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The Safe Leave Act passed out of the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee Friday March 26th and had advanced to the House Rules Committee. This means that we are as few as two steps away from passage and the Governor’s desk for enactment, if no amendments are added when the bill is debated on the floor of the State House of Representatives.

Our first hurdle is to get the bill passed out of the Rules Committee and onto the House Floor Calendar. Read more about the bill here.

The next legislative cutoff deadline is Sunday April 11th, at 5:00 pm, after the cutoff all legislation except bills that have passed both houses and bills related to the state budget, will be dead until the 2022 legislative session.

We are on the cusp of passing landmark legislation, that will finally provide us with protection from draconian carrier attendance and availability discipline policies, as well as putting a stop to the carrier’s practice of “accelerated depletion” of rail workers FMLA time banks.

Once the bill advances to the House Floor, the railroads plan to try to add amendments to it during the debate to neuter or kill it!  WE CANT LET THAT HAPPEN!

It’s time for everyone to contact their districts two elected members of the Washington State House of Representatives to ask them to advance ESSB 5065 from Rules to the House Floor, oppose ALL amendments that may come up on the house floor, and VOTE YES!

Sending a message to your state representatives is as easy as: 1) click on link below, 2) enter or verify your address and other essentials, and 3) press send.  There is a pre-written message, or add text if you like.

PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ALONG TO YOUR COWORKERS, FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS AND ANYONE ELSE WHO CARES ABOUT RAIL WORKER SAFETY AND HEALTH!

SEND MESAGE TO YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE