Unemployment Insurance Advisory Committee


About the Advisory Committee 

The Unemployment Insurance Advisory Committee (UIAC) consists of nine members: four representing employees, four representing employers and one representing Workforce Development Councils. An ESD representative serves as chair of the committee. The committee’s purpose is to consider and provide advice to the department, legislature and Governor to improve the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. The committee may consider changes to state statute, comment on department rulemaking and policies, make recommendations on other specified matters, and study issues as the committee determines appropriate. 


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Next meeting

Wednesday,  November 10, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


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Committee Members

Department Representative:

Dan Zeitlin, Employment System Policy Director


Employee Representatives:

Sybill Hyppolite, Washington State Labor Council
Cindy Richardson, UNITE HERE Local 8
Josh Swanson, Operating Engineers 302
Brenda Wiest, Teamsters 117


Employer Representatives:

Bob Battles, Association of Washington Business
Julia Gorton, Washington Hospitality Association
Tammie Hetrick, Washington Food Industry Association
Jerry VanderWood, Association of General Contractors


Workforce Development Council Representative:

Joy Emory, Washington Workforce Association

Employment Security Department Committee Contacts


Dan Zeitlin
Director, Employment System Policy and Integrity Division


Wendy Goldmark