PASCO, Wash. – UA Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 598 will host a Hanford Town Hall on May 22, 2018 from 5to 7 p.m. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will lead a discussion with Hanford workers regarding his office’s case for worker safety at Hanford.
Other speakers will discuss the newly passed worker protection legislation and the Hanford Workforce Engagement Center.
The Town Hall will be held at UA Local 598’s Hall, located at 1328 N. Rd 28, Pasco, WA 99301. Moderating this important evening will be President of the AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department, James Hart, “Tonight we gather with heartfelt condolences to the families of Hanford workers whose dedication to the mission of ensuring America’s national security led to their sickness or premature demise. The Metal Trades Department is a proud partner of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Hanford Challenge in the fight to confront issues that impede the safety and quality of life of Hanford workers and their neighbors in the surrounding communities”.
“After two sessions of heartbreaking testimony, it became clear to the Legislature that an unjust price was being paid by these workers as a result of their service to this State and our Nation,” said Nickolas Bumpaous, Government Affairs Director for UA Local 598, after Substitute House Bill 1723 was passed by the Washington Legislature in February of 2018. SHB 1723 creates the presumption of occupational disease for employees at the Hanford site.
“When we brought this bill forward to the Legislature, we knew it would be a giant step towards justice for the men and women of labor and our nuclear veterans. Our stance has always been that a cavalier attitude toward the health and safety of working families will not be tolerated, and we are proud that our Legislature shares that conviction,” said 598 Business Manager Randy Walli. “Attorney General Ferguson’s steadfast resolve in seeking and supporting protections for these Washington families has been the catalyst for this momentum.”
The Hanford Workforce Engagement Center opened in April of 2018 and serves Hanford employees and their families in navigating the questions, concerns and processes regarding occupational health issues.
“We want to continue to pursue good research that is going to help us answer and unlock the last of the questions we need to make sure that we get Hanford cleaned up,” said U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. “Safety is a job that is never complete. We have to be vigilant, and we have to respect the tremendous amount of sacrifice that many, many Hanford workers have made over generations.”
Bob Ferguson is Washington State’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, Bob is committed to protecting the people of Washington against powerful interests that do not play by the rules. He is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a graduate of the University of Washington and New York University law school.
About UA Local Union 598
UA Local Union 598 Plumbers and Steamfitters have served eastern Washington and Oregon since 1944. Contractors and members take pride and ownership of every project, from residential projects to nuclear facilities. Local 598’s 1,300 members receive the training to be the most productive and highly skilled craftsmen in the industry. Visit ua598.com to learn more.