Agreement a Victory for Workers at OPLC

Group is Now Covered by Executive Branch Master Contract

The state and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 have signed a memorandum of agreement that officially allows workers in the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification (OPLC) to be covered by the Executive Branch master contract.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla cheered the agreement, calling it a victory for the union’s newest group of members.

“Any time working people come together and are recognized, it’s a win,” Gulla said. “When we stand together, we have a greater ability to affect positive change in our workplaces and communities.”

As part of the state budget process last year, the state consolidated dozens of small boards into one group — the OPLC. The boards that comprise OPLC license, certify, register, regulate and adjudicate across all manner of professions, from architects and barbers to real estate brokers and reflexologists. In consolidating those boards into one group, workers there became eligible to organize. Earlier this summer, workers at OPLC voted by a nearly 3-1 margin to be represented by SEA/SEIU Local 1984.

Within a few weeks of voting to be represented by SEA/SEIU Local 1984, members at OPLC were able to meet and ask questions of their new director before the Executive Council considered his appointment.

“Not many workplaces have the opportunity to do that,” Gulla said, “but this is an opportunity we regularly arrange for our members. The key is that they took advantage of the opportunity, and we had a positive meeting and ultimately supported the candidate. It’s great to see that this group, which is still very new, was able to take action and have an impact so quickly.”

Members at OPLC are now fully covered by the Executive Branch master contract and will become part of Chapter 20. If you’d like to know more about the boards that comprise OPLC and what they do, you can find more information here.

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