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 […]

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 […]

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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Health Care Coalition Updates

Health Care Bargaining Update

Health Care Bargaining Update...

ealth Care. The Federation-led Health Care Coalition of all state employee unions met again today (Aug. 21). Both sides swapped proposals. The state team will study our last proposal with another bargaining date set. Continue sending your messages to Gov. Inslee to back a fair health care agreement: http://www.wfse.org/no-more-takeaways/

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General Government Updates

General Government Bargaining Update

General Government Bargaining Update...

General Government. The General Government Bargaining Team met for two days of negotiations Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug. 19-20). Discussions on compensation will continue. As of the end of this session, tentative agreements had been reached on 44 of 54 articles. Watch your e-mail in the next few days for an […]

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In Solidarity

Contract Solidarity Round-up

Contract Solidarity Round-up...

Higher education members are holding out for a meaningful compensation proposal and basic rights for part-time/hourly workers. So far, that hasn’t happened. It’s COLA Time! View the slideshow at the bottom of this page. Here’s what you need to know. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING #MyVoiceCounts Bargaining teams are now negotiating contracts for […]

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AFSCME Across the Nation

CBTU leading seven days of Moral Mondays-inspired marches around state Capitol

CBTU leading seven days of Moral Mondays-inspired ...

Federation activists in the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists want all members to know about the CBTU-sponsored week of walks around the state Capitol in Olympia – marches inspired by the “Moral Mondays” movement started by the Rev. Dr. William Barber. The walks will be every evening in silent prayer […]

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Recent Articles

Health Care Bargaining Update

Health Care Bargaining Update

ealth Care. The Federation-led Health Care Coalition of all state employee unions met again today (Aug. 21). Both sides swapped proposals. The state team will study our last proposal with another bargaining date set. Continue sending your messages to Gov. Inslee to back a fair health care agreement: http://www.wfse.org/no-more-takeaways/

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General Government Bargaining Update

General Government Bargaining Update

General Government. The General Government Bargaining Team met for two days of negotiations Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug. 19-20). Discussions on compensation will continue. As of the end of this session, tentative agreements had been reached on 44 of 54 articles. Watch your e-mail in the next few days for an […]

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UW Police Management Bargaining Update

UW Police Management. The University of Washington Police Management Bargaining Team met last week (Aug. 13). They reached tentative agreement on two more articles: Article 6 — Union Dues and Deduction (including deduction option language for the WFSE/AFSCME Public Protection Safety Program); and Article 10 – Vacations. The Federation team […]

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RATIFICATION ABHS

RATIFICATION ABHS

CONTRACT RATIFICATION Negotiation of the 2014-16 Tentative Agreement between the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) bargaining unit and American Behavioral Health Systems (ABHS) concluded on August 12, 2014. Your ABHS WFSE Bargaining Team recommends that you ACCEPT this Agreement. After you have reviewed the information included in this packet, […]

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Federation challenges ward closures; state reverses course in wake of “psychiatric boarding” ruling

Federation challenges ward closures; state reverses course in wake of “psychiatric boarding” ruling

The Federation on Friday (Aug. 15) challenged the state’s closure of two geriatric wards at Western State Hospital just days after the state Supreme Court blasted the practice of ward closures that led to “psychiatric boarding” of mental patients in private hospitals. Federation Labor Advocate Sean Dannen filed the demand […]

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CBTU leading seven days of Moral Mondays-inspired marches around state Capitol

CBTU leading seven days of Moral Mondays-inspired marches around state Capitol

Federation activists in the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists want all members to know about the CBTU-sponsored week of walks around the state Capitol in Olympia – marches inspired by the “Moral Mondays” movement started by the Rev. Dr. William Barber. The walks will be every evening in silent prayer […]

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Community College Coalition Bargaining Update 8/16/14

Community College Coalition Bargaining Update 8/16/14

Community College Coalition. Community College members on our e-mail list got a special e-mail Friday on how to send college administrators the loud-and-clear message that its time for a meaningful compensation proposal and basic rights for part-time/hourly workers. In the latest bargaining this week, the Federation bargaining team for 12 […]

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TESC Classified Staff Bargaining Update 8/16/14

TESC Classified Staff Bargaining Update 8/16/14

The Evergreen State College Classified Staff. The bargaining team for TESC Classified Staff reports: “Your TESC Classified Staff Bargaining Team met with management on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (Aug. 12 and 13) and reached Tentative Agreements on three more articles, bringing our total to 39 (see the list […]

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CWU Bargaining Update 8/16/14

CWU Bargaining Update 8/16/14

Central Washington University. CWU Local 330 will have a Contract Solidarity event Monday, Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Kiwanis Park, N. “A” Street and 14th Avenue in Ellensburg. It’s one more way to show management CWU members are united for a strong contract that includes COLAs and affordable health […]

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EWU Bargaining Update 8/16/14

Eastern Washington University. The EWU Bargaining Team reports after its Aug. 13 negotiating session: Article 32 -Additional reasons for leave: TA 8/13/14 Management proposed for Child Care Emergencies change 9 possible days to 3 days. (Not accepted) We proposed verbiage for Faith and Conscience Leave and Parental Leave for bonding with new […]

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RECRUITMENT Council Representative in Seattle

RECRUITMENT Council Representative in Seattle

Council Representative Seattle Field Office Council Representatives are the “internal organizers” of the union, assigned to membership building and leadership development. These staff are primarily responsible for daily member contact and activation. The Council Representative organizes job actions, trains Member Action Team Leaders and Stewards and generally assist in grassroots […]

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TAKE ACTION Tell the Governor to back a fair health care agreement

TAKE ACTION Tell the Governor to back a fair health care agreement

TAKE ACTION:  Tell Governor Inslee we can’t afford more health care costs. We need to send a loud-and-clear message to Governor Inslee: No more takeaways in health care. Bargaining on how much state employees will pay in calendar years 2016 and 2017 for health premiums and Classic Uniform Medical Plan […]

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UPDATE: WWU contract solidarity event

UPDATE: WWU contract solidarity event

  Western Washington University members in Bellingham marched Wednesday for a fair contract! About 150 Local 1381 members, PSE union members and students marched outside the bargaining room to say it’s time for a contract as good as the community they serve. Bargaining team member Sonia Baker joined her colleagues […]

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State Supreme Court rules against public sector retirees

State Supreme Court rules against public sector retirees

The state Supreme Court upheld the Legislature’s elimination of the gainsharing benefit in the PERS 3 retirement system and the uniform cost-of-living adjustment in the PERS 1 pension system. The Federation, the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington (another AFSCME affiliate) and other public employee groups had sued the state […]

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ABHS members reach tentative agreement on new contract

ABHS members reach tentative agreement on new contract

This is the Hotline version of this story. Another group of Federation members – those in our public service bargaining unit at American Behavioral Health Systems – on Tuesday (Aug. 12) reached tentative agreement on a new two-year contract that includes several improvements. “We just made history,” said team member […]

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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 […]

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RECRUITMENT LPA Admin Assistant

RECRUITMENT LPA Admin Assistant

Administrative Assistant for Legislative and Political Action Olympia, WA This position works under the direction of the Director for Legislative & Political Action, and provides support to the director, lobbyists and field coordinator; as well as to union members, officers and committees.  Typical duties include:  Scheduling for department staff and […]

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ABHS Tentative Agreement Summary

ABHS Tentative Agreement Summary

WASHINGTON FEDERATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES Tentative Agreement (2014-2016) for American Behavioral Health Systems (ABHS) This is a summary that highlights and explains the most significant provisions of the Tentative Agreement between the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) bargaining unit and American Behavioral Health Systems (ABHS). It does not cover […]

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ABHS reaches tentative agreement

ABHS reaches tentative agreement

American Behavioral Health Services (ABHS) members’ bargaining team reached tentative agreement on a new two-year contract that includes several improvements. The ABHS Bargaining Team reached the tentative agreement on the 2014-2016 collective bargaining agreement at 1:56 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 12) after several months of bargaining. The team was working on […]

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Contract Solidarity Round-up

Contract Solidarity Round-up

Higher education members are holding out for a meaningful compensation proposal and basic rights for part-time/hourly workers. So far, that hasn’t happened. It’s COLA Time! View the slideshow at the bottom of this page. Here’s what you need to know. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING #MyVoiceCounts Bargaining teams are now negotiating contracts for […]

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