SHOP STEWARD URGENT REMINDER #1: Shop Steward of the Year Award The deadline to submit nominations for this year’s LAURIE MERTA SHOP STEWARD OF THE YEAR AWARD is just days away – July 31. After months of intense promotion by the Federation’s Shop Steward Committee, we have received only a […]continue reading
SHOP STEWARD URGENT REMINDER #1: Shop Steward of the Year Award The deadline to submit nominations for this year’s LAURIE MERTA SHOP STEWARD OF THE YEAR AWARD is just days away – July 31. After months of intense promotion by the Federation’s Shop Steward Committee, we have received only a […]
This news report is running today (July 23) around the state from the Washington News Service. It features interviews with Local 304 member Ty Pethe and Local 1326 member Julianne Moore. To hear the report go to: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-07-23/livable-wages-working-families/state-labor-convention-includes-last-minute-fire-relief-efforts/a40627-1 State Labor Convention Includes Last-Minute Fire Relief Efforts Chris Thomas, Public News […]
UPDATE: Delegates to the Washington State Labor Council Convention in Wenatchee on Wednesday will take up a collection for wildfire relief. They’ll hand out applications for assistance for those members impacted by the wildfires.
Eastern Washington University The July 23 and 24 bargaining sessions at EWU have been cancelled.
BULLETIN: Local 1299 meeting cancelled because of wildfires North Central Washington Local 1299’s local meeting set for this Friday, July 25, at the Okanogan DOT Shed has been CANCELLED because of the wildfires in the area.
It’s raining in Wenatchee as Federation and other delegates gather for the annual convention of the Washington State Labor Council. They hope the rain is a good omen in the battle to quell the largest wildfire in state history across hundreds of square miles north of Wenatchee. UPDATE: Delegates to […]
University of Washington The UW Bargaining Team met Monday (July 21). UW had no new or counterproposals to present so the day was spent in caucus working to finalize our priorities AND prepare our wages and economic package proposals. We reviewed the bargaining survey results and used that to guide […]
American Behavioral Health Systems The ABHS Bargaining Team negotiated July 16 and 17. The team signed tentative agreements on three more articles, bringing the total number of signed TA’s to 15. Incredible progress was also made on wages, health care, layoff and other tough issues and the team will now shift […]
Western Washington University The WWU Bargaining Team holds a team meeting July 24 and bargaining with management on July 25.
The state Office of Financial Management HR is sponsoring the state’s official observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., this Friday, July 25, in the state Capitol Rotunda and Columbia Room.
We don’t know how many are affected, but some DSHS employees who have been overpaying for workers’ compensation coverage should be receiving rebates later this month or in early August. DSHS told us last week they had discovered the overpayments. Rebates could range from a matter of cents to nearly […]
GENERAL GOVERNMENT Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIAA): No Demands to Bargain at this time. Employment Security (ESD): ESD continues to struggle with reductions in many offices as they reduce their footprint by lease termination and layoff due to lack of funds. We met in Yakima May 28th to discuss […]
More relief efforts and ways you can help are opening up to help members, their families and neighbors in the wake of the Central Washington wildfires. Stay tuned for details. The Wenatchee World has an ongoing list of relief resources.
Don Hall, a park ranger with State Parks (Local 1466) and union treasurer on Friday sent us this image of the wildfire as it closed in on Alta Lake State Park near Pateros. Hall was standing at what is now considered Ground Zero for the devastating Carlton complex wildfire — […]
This is a special update of the Federation Hotline late Friday afternoon. We’re sending this message to our entire e-mail list because while you may not live in areas of North Central Washington now experiencing devastating wildfires. But you may know relatives, friends or co-workers who do. The entire Federation […]
UPDATE: On Monday (July 21), the Public Employees Benefits Board announced the July 23 meeting has been cancelled. The board will instead meet on July 31 for final votes on premium rates for calendar year 2015 and other benefit changes. That rescheduled meeting will be 10 a.m.-12 noon, July 31, […]
Participate on the ground by participating in “WFSE Wednesdays” events. These activities are scheduled in priority districts to increase visibility and deepen relationships with the candidates we’ve endorsed. We provide training so that you’ll feel confident volunteering directly for candidates. Watch for meetings scheduled in your area. If you have […]
The WFSE/AFSCME Community College Coalition Bargaining Team has sent a special alert after management last week presented an unacceptable compensation package. The team sent the urgent update and call to action today (July 14) via e-mail, internet and social media: In the latest round of negotiations July 10-11, your Community […]
Photos are still coming in from around the state along with summaries of this week’s bargaining at many of the Federation’s Higher Education bargaining tables. See the latest “It’s COLA time” and other photos you’ve sent in to support strong contracts. Go to: http://www.wfse.org/its-cola-time/
Washington State University WSU Negotiation Summary The agenda for today is: Continue working on housekeeping items, non-economic proposals, new concepts and WSU budget. The parties agree to invite Joan King to our meeting to present information concerning the WSU budget, funding sources and resources. A special meeting may be needed. […]