Members discuss SPEEA issues with lawmakers
Members of the SPEEA Legislative and Public Affairs (L&PA) Committee connected with their U.S. representatives who were in the Puget Sound area on a late
summer recess from Congress.
Topics of discussion included trade, H-1B
reform and the Export-Import Bank. Many of
the congressional leaders asked the members
about their workplace experiences, resulting in
discussion of the impact of layoffs, for example.
“They were all successful meetings,” said Chelsea
Orvella, SPEEA Legislative Director, from the
perspective of sharing SPEEA members’ views
on national issues and their personal experiences
in the workplace.
In addition to meetings with lawmakers, SPEEA
staff and L&PA member Brent McFarlane,
a retiree, met with the district director for
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, (D) WA-7th district.
At the Midwest Legislative and Public
Affairs (L&PA) meeting in August, the
members hosted Kansas State Rep. Jim
Ward, (D) K-86th district, who spoke about
the 2017 state legislative session. Ward,
the Statehouse minority leader, announced his
candidacy for governor two days prior to the
meeting at the SPEEA office, scheduled the prior
Above: SPEEA Secretary Joel Funfar met with U.S. Rep. Dave
Reichert, (R) WA-8th district, (center), along with SPEEA
Legislative Director Chelsea Orvella on Aug. 21.
Above: SPEEA Labor Rep Stan Sorscher,
Dave Watt, retiree, Council Rep Evan
Wipf, Rep. Suzan DelBene, (D) WA-1st
district, Dwight Rousu, retiree, and
SPEEA Legislative Director Chelsea
Orvella, on Aug. 22.
SPEEA Legislative Director Chelsea Orvella, SPEEA Labor Rep Stan Sorscher, Rep. Rick Larsen, (D) WA-2nd district, SPEEA NW Vice President
Mike Shea, SPEEA Senior Legal Counsel Carrie Blackwood, SPEEA NW Vice President Mark Worden, Council Rep John Dimas and Council Rep
Nikki Wagener Aug. 24, at the SPEEA Everett hall.
Left: SPEEA Treasurer Jimmie Mathis (left), Rep.
Derek Kilmer, (D) WA-6th district and Northwest
Council Chair Tony Hickerson on Aug. 25.