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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 76


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  • WSAEW Letter to Governor Inslee
    Updated On: Nov 04, 2021

    November 2,2021

    Governor Jay Inslee
    Office of the Governor
    PO Box 40002
    Olympia, WA 98504-0002

    Dear Governor Inslee,

    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the great state of Washington, with your leadership, have achieved many of our common goals. We have partnered on marquee legislation such as the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), the Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) and the Climate Commitment Act (CCA). Together we are forming and implementing policies that are leading our nation in many areas, many ot which involve large-scale investments in electrification.

    With the important work before us with building and expanding electricity generation, storage, and transmission facilities, the IBEW is facing an “all hands-on deck” scenario. With so much work in this industry, we are already short-handed. Mandatory vaccination has caused challenges in workforce supply. This is true throughout our memberships in all locals across the state. It is even affecting our State Electrical inspectors at Labor & Industries. If a critical mass of inspectors is lost, the construction industry will grind to a halt. Without our inspectors, we cannot complete the work.

    With winter storm season approaching, we are concerned that any reduction in electrical workers will result in unnecessary delays in restoration of electricity upon which we all depend. Any reduction in electrical workers will in fact compromise our electricity grid at all points in the system.

    We believe it is crucially important for you to know our situation as it is on the ground, while we understand your position and the complexity of the COVID-19 matter, we also have a high percentage of members who are vocally and energetically displeased with the way things are
    going. The pandemic has taken its toll on our members and is straining relationships within our local unions. Please take this into consideration regarding any future actions around the COVID vaccine/or mandates.

    We understand COVID-19 is the enemy and we too want to defeat this virus as soon as possible. As you are aware, organized labor led the initial response to COVID-19, organizing and planning with you the early safety protocols that kept our essential workers and communities as safe as possible. In this same spirit, we ask that you work with us as we strive to keep our highly skilled members at work. Just as during the nascent phases of this pandemic, it is critical that we think and move as strategically as possible.

    Sincerely,

    Ken D. Brown
    WSAEW President


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