OLYMPIA – Right to work legislation drew more than 1,100 people to the Senate to have their voices heard in opposition to the bill. (TRT: 72) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
On Wednesday, in a sea of neon green and fluorescent orange, laborers led by the building trades and skilled craftsmen filled the halls and hearings rooms of the Senate. Approximately 1,100 people signed in to oppose Senate Bill 5692, also known as a “Right to Work” bill. Sen. Rebecca Saldaña of Seattle is a member of the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee where the hearing took place:
Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle: (TRT: 30) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “For Washington, we believe that all work is dignified and that people should be able to make a living, and to be able to provide for their families. Right to work is really a misnomer; it’s really about right to work for less or not having the right to actually work safely. In states where right to work has been on the books for many years, we have higher rates of injuries in the workplace and we have significantly lower wages particularly whether there’s a union or not a union.”
Often, when businesses look at where to relocate, the availability of skilled labor is one of the most important factors. With more than 800 people wanting to testify in opposition to the bill, a potentially historic number, their voices and stories will be difficult to ignore.
In Olympia, I’m Nicole Vukonich.