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April 07, 2020

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are scheduled through Washington State's coordinating entity, currently ULS and formerly CTS LanguageLink. The contract performance reports and fill rate by language and by county are posted on HCA’s website


July 2019                  $41.00

July 2018                  $39.76

July 2017                  $38.50

July 2016                  $38.00

July 2015                  $37.10

July 2014                  $32.50
July 2013                  $32.00
July 2012                  $31.50
July 2011                  $30.00

        2010                  $21.00


SFY2018                    406,007

SFY2017                    383,583

SFY2016                    359,750

SFY2015                     327,737

SFY2014                     282,636

SFY2013                     228,561

SFY2012                     201,576
SFY2011                     196,000


SFY2016                 15,836

SFY2015                 16,782

SFY2014                  15,943

SFY2013                  15,556

SFY2012                  10,234

SFY2011                  17,700

 HCA (Medicaid) BUDGET

Jul 2013/Jun 2015             $25.1M

Jul 2011/Jun 2013             $18.1M

Jul 2009/Jun 2011             $23.0M

A modified procurement model began on July 1, 2011

The coordinating entity procurement model began on September 24, 2012.

The new coordinating entity, ULS took over the contract on July 1, 2018.

Our Story in Photos & Video
Updated On: Mar 01, 2014

Check out our flickr stream for photos from our fight
to restore professional pay, benefits and respect
for interpreters in Washington!  

Our flickr collection includes photos from:

  • Ceremony marking the Governor's signing of our historic bill
  • Campaign to get collective bargaining rights & save funding; (fall 2009 to fall 2010)
  • 200+ interpreters from around WA gathering for a Forum in August 2010 to give testimony to DSHS & the Governor's office about why the broker system needs to end, and interpreters need more respect;
  • 95% of interpreters voting UNION YES in September 2010;
  • WFSE members, including interperters, learning how to help legislators understand our message in Jan 2011.


Watch this powerful video on why to say UNION YES that was shown today to the thousands of delegates attending AFSCME's 40th convention in Los Angeles in June 2012.  The video features a former Local 1671 Vice President and 2013-2015 Bargaining Team member discussing interpreters' struggles here in Washington!

View testimony by interpreters at the 1/18/2011 House Ways & Means Committee about saving interpreter services.

Interpreters, Providers, and Patients unite to save interpreter services in the Supplemental Budget:

Interpreters request a Union election in 2010:

Governor signs Interpreter Bill on April 1, 2010:

Please support Interpreter Bill (spring 2010):

 Interpreters provide a critical service (spring 2010):

Below are a select few photos from our campaign.  Check out our flickr page to see many more photos of interpreters coming together!

Upcoming Events
E-board Meeting
Apr 14, 2020
Conference call
CANCELLED Spring Statewide Mtg & Workshop
Apr 25, 2020
"Breath of Life Church" 65 23rd St NE, East Wenatchee, WA 98802
E-board Meeting
May 12, 2020
Conference call
Summer Statewide Mtg & Workshop
Aug 01, 2020
Fall Statewide Mtg & Workshop
Oct 17, 2020
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