May 24, 2011

Enterprise Services/Consolidated Technology bill moves, but barely

On a narrow 14-12 vote, the House Ways and Means Committee early Tuesday morning passed out the bill to consolidate GA and other “back office” work into a new Department of Enterprise Services, with most of DIS going into a new Consolidated Technology Services agency.

The committee adopted a striking amendment to ESSB 5931 authored by Rep. Zach Hudgins of the 11th District that goes a long way to retain collective bargaining and contracting out rights of affected members.
But he admitted it was a “work in progress” because it was clear that opponents would try to erode collective bargaining and competitive contracting rights when the bill hits the full House later Tuesday.

So we can’t assume anything. So….

Call 1-800-562-6000 and urge your two House members to reject any DES/CTS consolidation bill (ESSB 5931) that does not respect current collective bargaining rights and takes away the ability to compete to save money for taxpayers.

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