Contract Solidarity

Contract Solidarity...

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING #MyVoiceCounts Bargaining teams are now negotiating contracts for the 2015-17 fiscal year. The team will complete negotiations when they reach a tentative agreement with management. This tentative agreement is then shared with all WFSE members during the ratification process, where members vote to accept or reject the tentative […]

WFSE Wednesdays

WFSE Wednesdays...

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 […]

RADIO AD spotlights members’ community service

RADIO AD spotlights members’ community servi...

WFSE/AFSCME unveils new radio ad on same day Kiwanis honors union’s community service The Federation on Monday (June 23) began airing a 60-second radio commercial with Local 443 Employment Security Department member Ginger Bernethy explaining the value of state public service, collective bargaining and how unions raise the standard of […]

Outsourcing Watch

Outsourcing Watch...

Have you heard about plans to outsource all or part of your work? FACT: Under all our contracts, management is REQUIRED TO BARGAIN THE DECISION to outsource your work. Have you seen contractors doing work you or your co-workers usually do? FACT: The competitive contracting law REQUIRES management to give […]

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Wildfire updates: Delegates raise $1,900 for wildfire relief

Wildfire updates: Delegates raise $1,900 for wildf...

• Delegates raise $1,900 for wildfire relief Delegates to the Washington State Labor Council Convention this week passed the hat and raised $1,900 for wildfire relief through the Foundation for Working Families. • If you know a Federation member in need, please share this link for an application for assistance […]

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Drive for equality “ongoing effort,” governor says as state marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964

Drive for equality “ongoing effort,” governor ...

Gov. Jay Inslee, business and labor leaders and human rights advocates gathered at the Capitol in Olympia Friday (July 25) for the state’s official observance of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The historic act signed into law July 2, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson […]

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In Solidarity

Another wave of AFSCME Green Contract solidarity events

Another wave of AFSCME Green Contract solidarity e...

With the start of Health Care Bargaining on Aug. 5 and the resumption of General Government bargaining on Aug. 6 and 7, it’s time to keep up the good work with the continuing grassroots Contract Solidarity Events. For instance, a solidarity event around Health Care is set for Aug. 5 […]

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Benefits board vote now July 31

Benefits board vote now July 31...

If you’re looking for results of the Public Employees Benefits Board vote that was scheduled for July 23 – that meeting was cancelled. The board instead will meet on July 31 for final votes on premium rates for calendar year 2015 and other benefit changes

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Benefits board vote now July 31

Benefits board vote now July 31

If you’re looking for results of the Public Employees Benefits Board vote that was scheduled for July 23 – that meeting was cancelled. The board instead will meet on July 31 for final votes on premium rates for calendar year 2015 and other benefit changes

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Wildfire updates: Delegates raise $1,900 for wildfire relief

Wildfire updates: Delegates raise $1,900 for wildfire relief

• Delegates raise $1,900 for wildfire relief Delegates to the Washington State Labor Council Convention this week passed the hat and raised $1,900 for wildfire relief through the Foundation for Working Families. • If you know a Federation member in need, please share this link for an application for assistance […]

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Drive for equality “ongoing effort,” governor says as state marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964

Drive for equality “ongoing effort,” governor says as state marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964

Gov. Jay Inslee, business and labor leaders and human rights advocates gathered at the Capitol in Olympia Friday (July 25) for the state’s official observance of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The historic act signed into law July 2, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson […]

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Another wave of AFSCME Green Contract solidarity events

Another wave of AFSCME Green Contract solidarity events

With the start of Health Care Bargaining on Aug. 5 and the resumption of General Government bargaining on Aug. 6 and 7, it’s time to keep up the good work with the continuing grassroots Contract Solidarity Events. For instance, a solidarity event around Health Care is set for Aug. 5 […]

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Contract Solidarity

Contract Solidarity

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING #MyVoiceCounts Bargaining teams are now negotiating contracts for the 2015-17 fiscal year. The team will complete negotiations when they reach a tentative agreement with management. This tentative agreement is then shared with all WFSE members during the ratification process, where members vote to accept or reject the tentative […]

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URGENT! Shop Steward of Year noms due July 31!

URGENT! Shop Steward of Year noms due July 31!

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 […]

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WFSE delegates call for wildfire relief, other priorities

WFSE delegates call for wildfire relief, other priorities

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 […]

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Labor delegates aid wildfire relief

Labor delegates aid wildfire relief

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.

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EWU’s July 23-24 bargaining cancelled

Eastern Washington University The July 23 and 24 bargaining sessions at EWU have been cancelled.

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Local 1299 meeting cancelled

Local 1299 meeting 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.

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WFSE Wildfire Relief Fund established

WFSE Wildfire Relief Fund established

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 […]

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UW Bargaining Update

UW Bargaining Update

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 […]

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ABHS Bargaining Update

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 […]

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WWU Bargaining Update

Western Washington University The WWU Bargaining Team holds a team meeting July 24 and bargaining with management on July 25.

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State’s official observance of Civil Rights Act of 1964 this Friday

State’s official observance of Civil Rights Act of 1964 this Friday

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.

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Some DSHS employees to get rebates

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 […]

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Area Report 7/21/14 (Sherri-Ann Burke)

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 […]

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Wildfire relief resources

Wildfire relief resources

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.  

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Parks members at wildfire’s Ground Zero

Parks members at wildfire’s Ground Zero

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 — […]

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Central Washington wildfires hit home with Federation members

Central Washington wildfires hit home with Federation members

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 […]

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