Local 17 to offer two $3000 college scholarships this year

For several years, Local 17 has offered a $3000 annual scholarship to dependents of members who will be incoming college freshmen in the fall. This year, a second $3000 scholarship has been approved by the Executive Board for students who are continuing their education beyond freshmen year.

The application is now available HERE. In it, applicants are asked to demonstrate their academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, and educational goals. They are also asked to write a labor-related essay which is reviewed by outside labor educators. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2015.

Last year's winner Chikodi Ezeokeke, pictured on the right -- son of member-leader Kenneth Ezeokeke -- is currently studying bioengineering at the University of Washington.

Legislature finally passes WA state operating budget -- Local 17 state members to get three percent salary increase on July 1

In the evening hours on Mon., June 29, the state House passed the same version of a state operating budget that the Senate had passed just a few hours earlier. The Governor is expected to sign the budget at 3:30 pm on June 30. For Local 17 state employees, this means their 2015-2017 contract will go into full force and effect, including a 3% salary increase, on July 1, and no state employee will face furloughs.

You can read more about this legislative session on the Local 17 Public Affairs blog.

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