The Federation on Wednesday (April 16) challenged the new tobacco and spousal insurance surcharges, contending they violate the Health Benefits contract by imposing a greater premium cost than what the state and coalition of unions negotiated. The grievance challenges the validity of not only the surcharges but also that those […]continue reading
The Federation on Wednesday (April 16) challenged the new tobacco and spousal insurance surcharges, contending they violate the Health Benefits contract by imposing a greater premium cost than what the state and coalition of unions negotiated. The grievance challenges the validity of not only the surcharges but also that those […]
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The Federation-Employment Security employee engagement partnership is dedicated to open lines of communication – even with potentially bad news. Employment Security Commissioner Dale Peinecke this morning (April 17) e-mailed ESD staff that the agency faces a projected $9.5 million funding shortfall at the end of June 2015. “A year ago, […]
The coalition effort to bring greater transparency and accountability in how the University of Washington runs the King County-owned Harborview Medical Center came before the county council’s Committee of the Whole Wednesday (April 16). “We believe the upcoming Harborview contract negotiations (the agreement under which the UW runs the hospital […]
Here are recent success stories and new efforts as member volunteers reach out to engage colleagues one-on-one to join the important work of building strong contracts, negotiate raises to help our economic recovery, save our earned benefits, protect programs that help students in higher education – and that make Washington […]
LAURIE MERTA SHOP STEWARD OF YEAR AWARD The award is named in honor of Laurie Merta, WFSE/AFSCME’s field services director who died in June 2012. Alice Rogers of Local 1253 was the first recipient of the renamed honor in 2013. Locals and individual members may nominate shop stewards who have […]
Human Resources Specialist Washington Federation of State Employees Olympia Headquarters Reporting to the HR Director, independently accomplishes assignments in classification, compensation/salary survey, benefits, recruitment and selection, employee safety program including L & I injuries, and training. Works with internal WFSE staff and members on classification and compensation issues, research and […]
In support of the WFSE Spring effort, trainings of volunteer Field Organizing Committees (or FOX) are taking place around the state, including this recent session in Seattle with WFSE/AFSCME Volunteer Member Organizer Coordinator Pam Carl. Attending were: Lashalle Jones, Margaret McDonald, Raul Alforque, Raeno Alforque and Darreis Joiner.
Flags lowered in honor of Oso victims; Darron Bowerman thanks Federation members; more locals donate
Flags at all state buildings will fly at half-staff until April 22, the 1-month anniversary of the landslide that devastated the lives of families in Oso, Darrington and Arlington in Snohomish County. Gov. Jay Inslee, with his wife, Trudi Inslee, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen and Secretary of State Kim Wyman […]
The Federation’s Internal Organizing Committee is asking members to show their colors during Public Service Recognition Week, May 5-9. The committee is asking members to wear their AFSCME Green t-shirts on Wednesday, May 7, and Thursday, May 8. Observances include: Olympia – May 7 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM […]
• From the Community College Coalition: “Our Community College Coalition Bargaining Team met on April 10 and 11. Our team discussed and finalized the ground rules that we are proposing to management. We also discussed and finalized the various articles that members, voiced concerns about. We are really working hard […]
Federation-represented members at American Behavioral Health Systems (ABHS) are challenging their employer’s outsourcing of work they do, specifically analyzing and processing urinalysis results. These public service sector members provide substance abuse treatment and are locked in negotiations over fair pay, affordable health insurance and adequate staffing levels to protect the […]
‘WFSE Spring’ is a fresh effort to: Support our union contract bargaining teams Negotiate a cost-of-living adjustment (or “COLA”) to help our economic recovery Save our earned benefits like health insurance Engage more members to participate in the important work of building strong contracts Join our voices to make a […]
Federation members who’ve volunteered to talk one-on-one to members and representation fee payers alike who all have a stake in what we do together have sprung into action in a big way. Here are some recent “WFSE Spring” success stories: • Eliga Sacks, (top left) Special Commitment Center residential rehabilitation […]
Tacoma Community College Exempt Staff. The TCC Exempt Staff Bargaining Team met April 4. The team members prepared for their next meeting with management set for April 18.
The state Supreme Court has not scheduled a date to issue its decision in two Federation lawsuits to preserve retirement security. These are the gainsharing and PERS 1 COLA cases. The Federation and others joined last fall to argue before the high court against the repeal of PERS 3 gainsharing, […]
A group of about 50 UW custodial workers (Local 1488), faculty members, and students rallied in Red Square on Wednesday to demand that UW Custodial Services be held accountable for what workers say are abuses of their rights. See more online: http://dailyuw.com/archive/2014/04/09/news/uw-custodians-rally-demand-working-rights#.U0hlWMf0upC
We have sad news to pass along about a beloved member of Longview-Kelso Local 1400. Tom Swihart, an information technology technician 1 at Lower Columbia College, died April 5 after a tough battle with cancer. He was 63. “Tom’s smile, humor, mentorship and love of music were a constant in […]
Did You Know? Many of you are probably wondering what happens now that the current contract term has ended without negotiations being complete for your next contract. Not to fear! Article 33.2 of your contract, “Term of Agreement”, states in part: “If this Agreement expires while negotiations between the Union […]
From the Washington State Democrats blog: OLYMPIA – State legislators held a work session (4/8/14), casting a light on the growing problem of retirement insecurity in Washington. One in four Washington residents between the ages of 45-64 years old has $25,000 or less in savings for retirement. In addition, 77 […]