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Tue May 28, 2019, 03:15 AM

Hanford union worker pay dispute stalled. Then Sen. Patty Murray stepped in

RICHLAND, WA -- Union workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation are entitled to back pay estimated at more than $140,000 for sick leave after Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., took up their complaint.

“Our government has a moral and legal obligation to clean up Hanford, and that responsibility extends to making sure every worker at the site is being treated with respect and compensated fairly for their work,” Murray said.

A prevailing wage is set by the Department of Labor for Hanford, based largely on the collective bargaining agreements of the site’s more than 3,000 unionized workers.

The Department of Labor uses Department of Energy information submitted annually for base pay and fringe benefits to determine the prevailing wage for the site’s workers across multiple industries and collective bargaining agreements.

Read more: https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article230801819.html

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