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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.

Updated On: Feb 10, 2015


Transparency in government-run programs

and labor union representation

Glasnost, literally "publicity" in Russian, was a policy introduced by Gorbachev in the 1980s that called for increased openness and transparency in government institutions and activities in the Soviet Union. Transparency generally implies more openness, communication, and accountability in such a way that it is easy for taxpayers to see what actions are performed and whether they are getting real value for money. To increase transparency, managers of state funded programs actively infuse greater disclosure, clarity, and accuracy into their communications with stakeholders and taxpayers.

Transparency in state-run interpreter services

Local 1671 maintains open channels of communication with the two Washington State agencies covered in the union contract, the Health Care Authority (HCA) and the Department of Social and Health Services. The procurement reform ushered by Interpreters United has resulted in HCA creating a webpage devoted to interpreter services where the public can find:

  • the contract between the state and its statewide vendor (currently CTS LanguageLink)
  • monthly reports of interpreter services requested and paid
  • quarterly newsletters to healthcare providers created in collaboration with Local 1671
  • rules, policies and best practices concerning interpreter services

Transparency towards the general public

Our constitution as well as all of our collectively bargained agreements are publicly posted on our website. Once negotiations are finalized, the Tentative Agreement reached with the state is posted on our website as soon as it is available

Bargaining team elections take place every other year and all members in good standing are eligible to run. The electoral rules and process are publicly posted on our website. Elected bargaining team members’ names and email address is posted on our website and make themselves available to answer interpreters’ concerns.

The names and contact information for all executive board members, stewards, and leaders are publicly posted on our website so that interpreters can easily reach out to them.

Transparency towards our members

Dues paying members are entitled to a full accounting on how their membership dues are being spent. Accordingly, at every quarterly Local 1671 membership meeting, the Executive Board presents treasury reports. These reports are then posted on our website under the ‘Members Only’ tab.

Once approved, minutes of Local 1671 Executive Board meetings as well as quarterly membership meetings are always posted on our website under the ‘Members Only’ tab.

Before negotiating with the state, Local 1671’s surveys its membership to find out what are interpreters concerns to be addressed at the negotiating table. During bargaining negotiations, Local 1671 updates its membership about its progress during the bargaining season via email. Once a Tentative Agreement is reached, Local 1671 members must vote to ratify it or not.

Local 1671 Executive Board periodically sends surveys to its members to find out what difficulties interpreters are facing or what concerns they may have. Local 1671 maintains an email account that is answered on an almost daily basis.  

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