WA Building Trades 2018 Legislative re-cap
March 9, 2018
2018 Legislative Session Recap
While the above mentioned elected officials provided excellent leadership and cooperation concerning our Building Trades Legislative priorities, we cannot forget the outstanding work and effort provided to each of them from their respective staff. Many of them through their work ethic would be welcome additions on any of our construction projects, their dedication, innovation and commitment to providing the necessary resources to the elected officials resulted in outcomes that will greatly benefit our members for years to come.
HB 1723 Hanford worker health—sponsored by Representative Larry Haler
This means Hanford workers, including contractors and subcontractors, who have become ill will not have to prove the exact chemical or toxin that caused their illness. An estimated 1,500 chemicals have been found in Hanford's underground tanks that are vented into the air above ground.
Hanford workers are now able to file or refile for workers comp benefits and their case will considered under the umbrella that the worker is presumed to have worked in a contaminated environment that could have caused their illness. Claims can be filed anytime within the worker's lifetime because the effects of exposure may take years to develop. While many worked on this issue, Randy Walli and Nickolas Bumpaous of UA Local 598 championed this from the start. This is an extremely gratifying success as injured and ill Hanford site workers for years will benefit from this piece of Legislation.
SB 5493 CBA prevailing wage—sponsored by Senator Steve Conway
Our office is currently developing a letter that will be sent to all affiliates with information on the transition to this new system and what may be needed from the labor side.
HB 1849: Apprenticeship Utilization—sponsored by Representative Mike Sells
HB 1673: Contractor training—sponsored by Representative Beth Doglio
The goal of this legislation is to ensure that the laws are being complied with from the start of a construction project rather than engaging in a costly legal battle to ensure that workers are paid appropriately. Additionally, a universal training will make it harder for contractors to claim ignorance of the law and make it easier for L&I to identify willful misconduct.
HB 1672: Recovering wages & PW determinations—sponsored by Representative Noel Frame
Meanwhile a worker’s 3-year statute of limitations could run out by the time a final decision is rendered and they are unable to recover their lost wages if the decision was in their favor. This law puts that clock on hold and allows the determination process to work as designed without the possibility of the process timing out the ultimate remedy.
Finally, while the work for the 2018 Legislative Session has been completed, we are already in gear for the 2019 Session. Just as we celebrated a huge win with the CBA Prevailing Wage Bill (5493) for about five minutes then went right back to work that evening, we now focus on 2019, 2020 and beyond.
Many thanks to the Building Trades Lobbying team of Neil Hartman, Billy Wallace, Josh Swanson, Cody Arledge, Tim Herbert, Matthew Hepner, Nickolas Bumpaous, Michelle Frisk, Leanne Guier, Nathe Lawver, and Gordon Baxter. Your cooperation and efforts served our membership extremely well. These legislative victories belong to all of you.
Mark L. Riker, Executive Secretary
Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council
Cheri Bookheimer, Administrative Secretary
Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council
906 Columbia St SW #107
Olympia, WA 98501
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