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2019 House Bill 1817: Ensuring for a skilled and trained workforce in high hazard facilities
Introduced by Rep. Mike Sells (Everett) (D) on January 31, 2019
  Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee on January 31, 2019
Substitute offered in the House on February 19, 2019
Requires owners and operators of facilities engaged in petroleum refining or petrochemical manufacturing to require their contractors and subcontractors to use a skilled and trained workforce to perform onsite work.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 22, 2019
Referred to the House Rules Committee on March 4, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Gina Mosbrucker (Goldendale) (R) on March 6, 2019
Strikes the requirement that a skilled journeyperson be paid a rate consistent with the prevailing hourly wage rate and all other references to the prevailing hourly wage rate.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 6, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Sharon Shewmake (Whatcom County) (D) on March 6, 2019
Revises exclusions from onsite work to exclude: ship and rail car support activities; environmental inspection and testing; security guard services; warranty work performed by an original equipment manufacturer under certain circumstances; industrial cleaning and inspection services not related to construction; certain safety services; non-construction catalyst loading, regeneration, and removal; chemical purging and cleaning; refinery byproduct separation and recovery; and work performed that is not in an apprenticeable occupation.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 6, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Luanne Van Werven (Lynden) (R) on March 6, 2019
Strikes the skilled and trained workforce requirements related to workers being either registered apprentices or skilled journeypersons (paid consistent with prevailing wage) meeting graduation requirements. Retains the requirement that the workforce receive approved advanced safety training for workers at high hazard facilities, and makes this requirement enforceable under the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA). Strikes the rule-making authority.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 6, 2019
Received in the Senate on March 8, 2019
Referred to the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee on March 8, 2019
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 29, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on April 10, 2019
Provides legislative findings acknowledging the value and importance of the petroleum refining industry in Washington.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on April 10, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on April 10, 2019
Defines on site work.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on April 10, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on April 10, 2019
Provides that workers employed by an embedded contractor are a skilled and trained workforce. (2) Provides that an embedded contractor is a contractor that has maintained a contract with a high hazard facility for at least ten years prior to the effective date of the bill and has maintained an experience modification factor under one.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on April 10, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on April 10, 2019
Requires the department of labor and industries to establish the prevailing wage for the trades covered under the bill using stratified random sampling.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on April 10, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on April 10, 2019
Requires the department of laboir and industries to establish the prevailing wages paid under the bill using local wages paid in the county of the project rather than collective bargaining agreements.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on April 10, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Curtis King (Yakima) (R) on April 10, 2019
Requires skilled journeypersons be paid at a rate commensurate with the wages typically paid for the occupation in the applicable geographic area rather than the prevailing hourly wage rate. Provides that the prevailing hourly wage rate may be used to determine the appropriate rate of pay, but that a contractor is not required to pay the prevailing hourly wage rate. Provides that a worker may not be paid at a rate less than an hourly rate consistent with the seventy-fifth percentile in the applicable occupation and geographic area in the most recent occupational employment statistics published by the employment security department.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 10, 2019
Received in the House on April 18, 2019
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 8, 2019

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