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Advisory: Mosqueda to Advance City’s Commitment to Protecting Workers from Harassment and Intimidation

PRESS ADVISORY

 

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda

EVENT DATE
9:30 a.m.
Thursday, December 6

Contact: Dana Robinson Slote, Council Communications,
(206) 615-0061

     

Mosqueda to Advance City’s Commitment to Protecting Workers from Harassment and Intimidation

Committee meeting participants will address need for new office ‘… to create impactful, lasting change’

SEATTLE – Today at 9:30 am,  Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide), Chair of Council’s Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee (HHEWR), will host a committee briefing and possible vote on the creation of the Office of the Employee Ombud (OEO).  The meeting serves as an opportunity review changes to the legislation introduced by the Executive during budget to create additional trust, informed processes, and ensure accountability.

The creation of this office is one of 35 recommendations and 125 strategies generated by workers who testified about the changes needed, the IDT members, Seattle City Councilmembers and the Mayor, who has expressed her commitment to the creation of this critically-needed office.

WHAT:  HHEWR committee briefing and possible vote on the creation of the Office of the Employee Ombud (OEO), a key recommendation from the Anti-Harassment Interdepartmental Team (IDT) to prevent and address workplace harassment.  

WHEN:  Thursday, December 6 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:  Seattle City Hall
Council Chambers – Floor 2

WHO:  Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda
Members of the HHEWR committee
Representatives from the Silence Breakers
Front line workers and union members who are committed to enhancing the legislation

Please NOTE:  If passed today the bill will come to Full Council on Monday, December 10th. If additional time is needed, the next HHEWR committee will discuss and vote on the bill in January.

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About Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda:  Teresa fights every day to build an economy that works for all of us, make sure we can afford to live in the city where we work, and protect the rights of every member of our City.  She has dedicated her life to amplifying the voices of our working families. Teresa brings a decade of experience working with labor unions and working families to City Council and most recently served as the Political and Strategic Campaign Director of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.  Teresa is a third-generation Mexican-American, the daughter of educators and social justice advocates. Born and raised in Washington State, she lives on Queen Anne with her husband.

 

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