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AGC represented on new Unemployment Insurance Advisory Committee

AGC represented on new Unemployment Insurance Advisory Committee

AGC’s Chief Lobbyist Jerry VanderWood has been appointed to the newly-formed Unemployment Insurance Advisory Committee (UIAC). The committee’s purpose is to consider and provide advice to the Employment Security Department (ESD), legislature and Governor to improve the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. The committee may consider changes to state statute, comment on department rulemaking and policies, make recommendations on other specified matters, and study issues as the committee determines appropriate.  The UIAC consists of nine members: four representing employees, four representing employers and one representing Workforce Development Councils. An Employment Security Department representative serves as chair of the committee. Members are:

  • Department Representative: Dan Zeitlin, Employment System Policy Director
  • Employee Representative: Sybill Hyppolite, Washington State Labor Council
  • Employee Representative: Cindy Richardson, UNITE HERE Local 8
  • Employee Representative: Josh Swanson, Operating Engineers 302
  • Employee Representative: Brenda Wiest, Teamsters 117
  • Employer Representative: Bob Battles, Association of Washington Business
  • Employer Representative: Julia Gorton, Washington Hospitality Association
  • Employer Representative: Tammie Hetrick, Washington Food Industry Association
  • Employer Representative: Jerry Vanderwood, Associated General Contractors
  • Workforce Development Council Representative: Kevin Perkey, Washington Workforce Association

UIAC meetings are open to the public.  AGC members can track the work of the committee by visiting its webpage:

For more information, contact AGC Chief Lobbyist Jerry VanderWood, 360.352.5000.

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