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WEA-Retired in Olympia: We"re not alone

02/05/2018
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Mary Lindsey (right) says, "We're not alone." WEA-Retired members showing their unity in the State Capitol building in Olympia.

Mary Lindsey taught for 32 years in the Bellingham School District. She’s retired now, but her advocacy for public schools and students continues.

On Feb. 5, Lindsey joined about 30 other WEA-Retired members for their annual lobby day in Olympia.

They talked to legislators about restoring the COLA for Plan 1 retirees and increasing state funding for retiree healthcare. They also lobbied legislators to support all of WEA’s 2018 Unity Agenda, which covers K-12, higher education, aspiring educators and students.

“It’s a big deal to have WEA-Retired on the WEA Unity Agenda,” Lindsey said. “We’re not alone.”

In this case, union solidarity extends beyond WEA -- Lindsey and other WEA-R members joined retired state employees at the Capitol for a joint lobby day for the second year in a row.

“It’s especially important to be lobbying in Olympia along with retired state employees,” Lindsey said. “They have the same issues we do as far as retirement security and healthcare. It’s very impressive to have both groups together.”

Email your legislators and urge them to support the Plan 1 COLA and retiree health care funding.

The last day of the 2018 regular legislative session is March 8, and key deadlines are approaching. Here's a calendar of bill deadlines.

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