House OK’s Washington Worker Protection Act

Lawmakers in virtual Olympia voted Friday night to expand workers’ rights in Washington. Dan Frizzell from the House Democratic Caucus has more.

WRAP: Despite stiff opposition by a united minority party, members of the House in remote session passed the Washington Worker Protection Act after hours of debate, giving employees the right to sue on behalf of the state when employers violate labor and workplace laws ranging from unsafe working conditions to wage theft. Representative Strom Peterson, Democrat from Edmonds, spoke in favor of the bill during the final hour of debate.

PETERSON: “This is a bill about protecting workers. Workers that work from paycheck to paycheck, that struggle to feed their family, even with a full-time job. These workers need some extra protection. And they need to make sure that the wage that they work so hard for, gets paid. And when that doesn’t happen, they need a remedy.”

The Worker Protection Act was introduced by Peterson’s fellow Democrat, Representative Drew Hansen of Bainbridge Island. After passing in the House on a near party-line vote of 53 to 44, the bill heads to the Senate for further action. Reporting from Olympia, Dan Frizzell.