Governor Jay Inslee has announced the members of the Safe Start Advisory groups as Washington gets back into gear as the danger from Covid19 begins to diminish.
During a news conference (May 5) the governor told reporters, “These groups include a diverse group, from community leaders in labor, business, government and nonprofit organizations. They represent a cross-section of our state from east and west of the Cascades, different generations and a focus on different impacts from the pandemic on our state.”
The three advisory groups will be led by state cabinet officials. Public health by Dept. of Health Sec. John Wiesman, Social supports by Dept. of Social and Health Services Sec. Cheryl Strange and Safe Work and Economic Recovery will be led by Dept. of Commerce Director Lisa Brown.
Director Brown will advise on recovery plans while providing guidance for maintaining health standards during the re-opening and assistance to Washington’s workforce.
The members of the Safe Work and recovery group include representatives of union labor:
Larry Brown, president, Washington State labor Council, AFL-CIO
Jesus Alvarez, president, Southeast Central Labor Council, Teamsters Local 839, Kennewick
Tina Morrison, secretary-treasurer, Spokane Regional labor Council, American Federation of Musicians, Spokane
Mark Riker, president, Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, Olympia
Larry Brown, president, WSLC spoke for the states labor community saying, “We truly appreciate the opportunity to offer our perspective to the Governor regarding the difficult decisions ahead as Washington transitions to a more open economy. Job Number One for the labor movement is to ensure that workers are safe when they return to the workplace.”