Guemes Island Ferry Worker Negotiation Update

The County received an e-mail with a flyer attached indicating the flyer was from the Guemes Island Ferry Workers and said that there may be “possible service interruptions due to ongoing crewing shortages exacerbated by the County’s refusal to bargain a fair contract.” We understand that same flyer has been distributed to passengers waiting to board the Guemes ferry. To be clear, the County has not scheduled any actions that would cause any ferry service interruptions and anticipates services will continue as scheduled. The County hopes nothing will interrupt service; Washington law, in RCW 41.56.120, does not give a public employee the right to strike.

The County welcomes contract bargaining and, contrary to what is implied in the flyer, has not refused to discuss contract terms with the Guemes Island Ferry Workers’ union since negotiations began. The County continues to bargain with the Guemes Island Ferry Workers’ union to reach a contract. After the County requested the union mediate the bargaining of a new contract between the parties, the union agreed. The parties have attended mediation sessions, and with the mediators’ assistance, made several proposals to try resolve their differences and agree to a contract that is fair and considers each sides’ concerns. The County remains committed to providing its workers fair wages and working conditions and we are hopeful that it and the union will come to an agreement soon.

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County Commissioners: Lisa Janicki, Peter Browning, Ron Wesen
1800 Continental Place, Suite 100
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Source: Skagit County Email 07.17.2023 4:26 PM