January 29, 2019
The following resolution was passed at the January 16 Delegates Meeting.
WHEREAS the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) currently does not have a deadline to take action on protests to orders, affecting thousands of workers; and
WHEREAS Washington state has the most complex workers’ compensation system in the world, making it difficult for injured workers to navigate and advocate for their rights; and
WHEREAS in many appeals, workers have filed a protest to an L&I order only to await a decision for a year or longer, keeping the injured worker in pain, awaiting treatment, and/or in financial ruin during this time; therefore, be it
RESOLVED for MLK LABOR to forward this resolution to the Washington State Labor Council to legislatively add a six-month deadline for L&I to act upon receiving a protest to an order.