WA state government shutdown looms as legislature remains deadlocked on the 2017-19 budget

Now well into the second special session, the WA legislature still has not come to a resolution on the state budget, which includes state employee contracts and public health, among many other funding priorities. If there is no resolution by June 30 - the end of the fiscal year - state government will shut down on July 1. Visit our Public Affairs page for the latest.

Local 17 member Rick Best dies a hero in Portland tragedy

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Local 17 member, Rick Best -- a Technician in the Bureau of Development Services at the City of Portland -- was among one of the victims in the Portland stabbing on Fri., May 26. Best and two other heroes were defending two young women who were being harassed with hate speech on the Portland MAX train.

Best was a retired army veteran who began working for the City in 2015. He is survived by his wife, Myhanh Duong Best, and three sons and a daughter, Erik, Isaac, David, and Tramanh.

Our hearts go out to Rick's family, friends, and colleagues as they grieve this senseless loss. A GoFundMe page has been set up to fund scholarships for Best's children if you would like to contribute.

Local 17 scholarship application now available!

Local 17 is offering two $3000 scholarships this year to dependents of members who will be attending a college, university or technical institute in fall 2017. One scholarship is for a student who will be an incoming college freshmen in the fall, and one is for a student who is 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, as well as write a labor-related essay which is reviewed by outside labor educators.

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Deidre Girard, Local 17 Communications Director.

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In this video, Local 17 members talk about the value of having a union.

Right-to-Work is just plain WRONG

Watch this video from Robert Reich, economist and former Secretary of Labor, to better understand how Right-to-Work laws threaten your contract, workplace, and community.


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