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WA Attorney General, union leaders discuss Hanford worker safety at town hall meeting

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson was in the Tri-Cities Tuesday night to attend a town hall meeting about Hanford workers.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson was in the Tri-Cities Tuesday night to attend a town hall meeting about Hanford workers.

The meeting took place at the UA Local Union 598 Hall in Pasco.

Besides Ferguson, union leaders, including AFL-CIO Metal Trades President James Hart, spoke about newly implemented worker protection laws and available resources for Hanford workers.

Ferguson says he's been invested in the fate of Hanford workers for years. In 2015, he filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state against the federal government regarding worker safety at the site.

"Doesn't matter who violates that trust with workers. In this case, it happened to be the federal government, but they've done it for so long and the injuries are so serious that I just felt it required an actual lawsuit from the state of Washington to hold the federal government accountable and make them do the right thing,” he says.

Ferguson adds that they're near the end of resolving that case and he believes it will be a good outcome.

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