Rep. Brady Walkinshaw (D-Seattle) introduced a bill in Olympia last week that could strengthen worker protections for many farmworkers in Skagit and Whatcom counties as well as the rest of the state.
The bill, HB 2484, would require safety trainings and random inspections, as well as increase penalties for safety violations and strengthen anti-retaliation protections for dairy workers. Walkinshaw, whose family is from Everson, said he thinks we could be doing more for the safety of our state's dairy workers.
"We need to think long and hard about how an industry that's been left out of a lot of protections for workers can catch up," he said in a recent news conference.
The bill currently has support from 15 other House Democrats: Moscoso, Ortiz-Self, Sells, Reykdal, Robinson,Pollet, Kilduff, Frame, Ormsby, Fitzgibbon, Kuderer, Sawyer, Bergquist, Gregerson, Stanford.
You can track the bill's progress here.