Remembering Josh Ellis

Local 17 mourns the loss of our member Josh Ellis, his wife Vanessa, and their eight-month-old son Hudson, who perished in a tragic accident on State route 410 on Monday, April 13. Josh worked for the last three years as a Licensing Services Representative at the Kent office of the Department of Licensing. He was enthusiastic and passionate about his job, and was integral to the team that was working on the employee-generated idea process. Josh and Vanessa were also youth pastors at the EastPointe Foursquare Church in Puyallup. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of the Ellis family.

There will be two memorial services: one on Mon., April 20 at 6 p.m. at the Puyallup Foursquare Church (601 9th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98372) and the second on Sat., April 25 at 3 p.m. at His Place Community Church (1480 South Burlington Blvd., Burlington, WA 98233).

TAKE ACTION! Tell the Senate to stop balancing the budget on the backs of public employees!

Some legislators in the Washington state Senate do not value public employees. This became clear on April 6 when the Senate Majority Caucus passed a budget that rejects state employee contracts and cuts funding to local governments, impacting public safety and infrastructure.

We need to send these legislators a strong message that the services we provide to our communities are valuable and important.

Please TAKE ACTION NOW by sending the pre-written, editable email HERE to the Senate Majoity Caucus to urge them to compromise on a fair budget!

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.

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