AAUW-WA 2016 Lobby Day and Board Meeting
Lacey Community Center
6729 Pacific Ave Se, Lacey, WA 98503 (360) 491-0857
Board Meeting, Sunday, January 24
Lobby Day, Monday, January 25
See the Fall Evergreen Leader for Details or click to read the flyer
The 2015 Lobby Day was held on January 26th.
AAUW-WA sponsores an annual Lobby Day in Olympia on the last Monday in January. The most recent lobby day, members and friends came from across the state to hear briefings from key people on AAUW-WA legislative priorities for the year, to attend hearings in the Senate and House, and to visit with their own legislators to advocate for AAUW priorities.
Lobby Day 2014 was also a huge success
Lobby Day 2014 was a huge success! Thanks to Judy Blair, Lobby Day Chair, our state leadership team and volunteers from the Olympia branch, we had an informative morning program and went well prepared for afternoon visits with our legislators. The seventy five attendees were attentive and actively engaged the speakers. Slightly more than half of our branches ( 18 of 35) were represented.
The program focused on priority issues – Carol Andreason, former Port Townsend School Superintendent spoke on Pay Equity research and highlighted results for our state and our ten Congressional districts. Like most of us, she had a personal story to illustrate how women can find themselves being paid inequitably despite qualifying experience and education. Her presentation sparked substantive contributions from audience members.
Former legislator Velma Veloria brought a new perspective to the issue of human trafficking and tied it to problems of women in the workforce. She focused on the feminization of migrant labor and the vulnerability of these women who often lost rights in both the home and host country. This leads to wage discrimination that can also affect wages of others in the job classifications that they fill as well as low standards of living and other abuses for the migrant. She appealed to AAUW to consider adding human trafficking both domestic and international to our agenda.
Dr Marilyn Watkins, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Health Services and representing the Washington Work and Family Coalition spoke about sick leave and family and medical leave insurance. Lobby Day occurred at precisely the right time as the House caucused on the Sick Leave bill today and it is scheduled to be on the floor this week. Members were able to talk with their legislators at the time they were making their final decisions about their vote.
Pam Crone, AAUW-WA Lobbyist, helped prepare the members to be effective in representing AAUW-WA priority issues in their meetings with the legislators from their districts. A record was made of the offices that would be visited so that information, including the signed petitions on pay equity and sick leave, could be emailed to the remaining offices. All members of the House and Senate were emailed copies of our signed petitions encouraging their support for pay equity and sick leave legislation — and a hard copy of each was mailed to Governor Inslee.
Lobby Day 2014 Participants:
Lake Washington Branch Members
Kirkland-Redmond Branch Members
Issaquah Branch Members