COVID layoffs should be rehired


Last updated 10/19/2023 at 10:01am

When Gov. Jay Inslee’s misguided vaccine mandate ended in May, his office said there would not be an outreach effort to rehire the more than 2,000 employees lost because of the condition for employment — even with staff shortages in the state workforce. Instead, fired state workers could reapply for their former jobs or seek new careers with the state just like everyone else. (I thought they should be asked to return, pretty please, and that the ask should be accompanied by an apology for a mandate that was outdated before it even began, ignoring science and ruining careers.)


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