Labor Practices (LA1, LA4)
As of June 30, 2014, Ecology had a total workforce of 1,633 individuals. The total number of Ecology employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement was 1,272 or 77.9% of the workforce.
Diversity and Equal Opportunity (LA13)
Diversity is both a value and a goal for Ecology. As a value, diversity describes a workplace where the unique qualities, values, and perspectives of all individuals and populations are respected. As a goal, Ecology’s workforce should reflect the diversity of the people in the state of Washington who are served by Ecology.
The characteristics of workforce diversity are varied as you can see in the information provided below.
Total workforce by gender, race/ethnicity, age, veteran status, and disability
Management employees by gender and race/ethnicity
Ecology employs 170 managers in the Washington and Exempt Management Services (WMS/EMS). These managers make up 10.4% of the agency’s total workforce.
Ecology will continue to carry out its strategic plan for developing and managing a highly skilled, engaged, and diverse workforce to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations by:
Washington Conservation Corps
Ecology helps fund the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), an AmeriCorps program that serves priority areas of environmental stewardship, disaster services, and veterans and military families. The WCC works directly with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as local non-profit entities around the state on various projects such as wetland and riparian habitat restoration, creation, and enhancement. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, planting native trees and shrubs, removing barriers from blocked culverts, installing riparian habitat structures, eradicating invasive plant species, constructing livestock exclusion fences, and erosion prevention.
WCC’s secondary focus is disaster response. The crews are trained in response to oil spills, wildland fires, hurricanes, floods, tornados, and other natural disasters. On March 22, 2014, Washington State faced one of its largest natural disasters on record, the State Route (SR) 530 landslide.
In response to the SR 530 landslide, WCC:
Collective bargaining is an important form of stakeholder engagement. It helps build institutional frameworks and facilitates collaborative efforts to enhance the positive social impacts of an organization.
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