For Correctional Employees, the Fight for Interest Arbitration Has Only Just Begun


For correctional employees, January 10 was a momentous day.

Over 200 Teamster correctional employees and their supporters marched around the State Capitol in Olympia to demand that the Washington State Legislature pass interest arbitration legislation for Washington State prison workers. Many members of Local 117 from other industries showed their support by attending the event as well.

Throughout the day, Local 117 members made hundreds of calls to their representatives; 80 Local 117 members met with legislators in their offices to educate them on the challenges of corrections’ work and to urge them to support interest arbitration.

View photos from the Day of Action! and read more about the event here.

Thanks to those who participated on January 10, we are a small step closer to passing this legislation! We now have prime sponsors for our bill in both the House (Rep. Mike Sells – 38th) and in the Senate (Senator Kirk Pearson – 39th). Senator Steve Conway – 29th also announced at the rally that he would co-sponsor the bill in the Senate.

But the road ahead will not be easy. Many legislators oppose the legislation; others are still undecided. Monday was the first day of legislative session. Legislators will be facing an ongoing budget crisis and many competing voices demanding resources and action. We have to keep the momentum going! Let your legislators know that our fight for interest arbitration has just begun.


  • Call the legislative hotline in Olympia at 1-800-562-6000 and tell your representatives to pass interest arbitration legislation for correctional employees.
  • Send your Representatives a 5-6 sentence email telling them to support the legislation.
  • Sign the online petition at

For more information, visit All 6,000 correctional employees must take action today and many times throughout session in order to have a chance for success.

Thank you and stay safe!

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