NEWS King County Council calls on governor, legislative leaders to end “inequities faced by state employees in high-cost areas”

The King County Council chair and other key members yesterday backed the convention-sparked efforts by WFSE/AFSCME members to help state employees in high-cost areas of the state.

The councilmembers said that would be in line with the county’s values of paying its employees a living wage.

The councilmembers urged Gov. Jay Inslee and the eight legislative leaders to work with the Office of Financial Management (OFM) “to update its practices to allow new flexibility to help address the inequities faced by state employees living in high-cost areas. We also ask that you update the relevant state laws and regulations to create an equal standard of living for state employees.”

“I would like to thank Joe McDermott and the King County Council members who stood up for state workers in King County and throughout the state,” Local 304 activist and WFSE/AFSCME Executive Board member Brooks Salazar said.

This is the latest development in the effort endorsed by delegates to the 2015 WFSE/AFSCME Convention when they passed Resolution 15 – Equal Standard of Living for State Employees.

Click here to see the letter from the King County Council: kcc letter 50316

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