WFSE Spring – get involved.

WFSE Spring – get involved....

‘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 […]

AFSCME 41st International Convention

AFSCME 41st International Convention...

As information is made available, we’ll post it here. Please use the form below to make your travel requests for the AFSCME International Convention.

Scholarship Deadlines

Scholarship Deadlines...

Deadlines are approaching for some scholarships. Want to view all scholarship opportunities? Our Scholarship Information is located under Member Resource > Scholarship Information. ALTHEA LUTE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP This $5,000 scholarship is available to eligible members or members of their families to pursue studies in a degree program at a public […]

Registration open for Endorsements Conference

Registration open for Endorsements Conference...

The purpose of the conference is to discuss and make possible endorsements for legislative, congressional, and statewide candidates, and to support or oppose statewide ballot measures. Read our Endorsements Process here. WHEN: APR 26 TIME:  10am – 5pm (registration opens at 9am) WHERE:  Machinists Hall A & B, 9125 15th […]


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Flags lowered in honor of Oso victims; Darron Bowerman thanks Federation members; more locals donate

Flags lowered in honor of Oso victims; Darron Bowe...

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 […]

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Seattle “FOX” training

Seattle “FOX” training...

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.

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Wear AFSCME Green during Public Service Recognition Week

Wear AFSCME Green during Public Service Recognitio...

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 […]

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ABHS Updates

ABHS members challenge outsourcing

ABHS members challenge outsourcing...

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 […]

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Seattle “FOX” training

Seattle “FOX” training

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.

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Flags lowered in honor of Oso victims; Darron Bowerman thanks Federation members; more locals donate

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 […]

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Wear AFSCME Green during Public Service Recognition Week

Wear AFSCME Green during Public Service Recognition Week

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 […]

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Community College Coalition bargaining update

• 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 […]

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ABHS members challenge outsourcing

ABHS members challenge outsourcing

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 […]

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WFSE Spring – get involved.

WFSE Spring – get involved.

‘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 […]

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WFSE volunteers spring into action, move co-workers to participate

WFSE volunteers spring into action, move co-workers to participate

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 […]

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TCC Exempt bargaining update

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.

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State Supreme Court watch: No ruling yet on gainsharing, PERS 1 COLA

State Supreme Court watch: No ruling yet on gainsharing, PERS 1 COLA

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, […]

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From the UW Daily 4/9/14: UW custodians rally to demand working rights.

From the UW Daily 4/9/14: UW custodians rally to demand working rights.

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

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In memoriam: Tom Swihart

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 […]

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ABHS bargaining update 4/9/14

ABHS bargaining update 4/9/14

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 […]

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Democratic lawmakers host retirement insecurity work session

Democratic lawmakers host retirement insecurity work session

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 […]

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More locals contribute to Oso landslide relief

More locals contribute to Oso landslide relief

Two more locals have donated to the fund to help the Bowerman family recover from losing six members in the Oso landslide in Snohomish County. These are the relatives of Community Corrections member Darron Bowerman of Spokane Local 1221. Darron lost his mother, stepfather, brother, sister-in-law and two nephews. • […]

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Oregon AFSCME member’s killer still at large — your help needed

Oregon AFSCME member’s killer still at large — your help needed

Any help you can provide to track down the killer of an Oregon AFSCME Council 75 member in February would be appreciated. Download the wanted flier: Dirck Morgan White Wanted poster copy Latest update from Council 75: The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and other police authorities continue to search for […]

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UW steward empowers members

UW steward empowers members

UW Local 1488 Shop Steward Claude Theard on April 4 hosted a WFSE Spring Event at the UW Laundry, where he’s been employed for over 17 years. Claude signed up four members and he and Council Rep Cleeester Thomas asked over 50 of his co-workers to find out their most important […]

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Tri-Cities locals spring into action

Tri-Cities locals spring into action

WFSE/AFSCME members from Tri-cities Locals 1253 (state agencies) and 1291 (Transportation) joined April 7 for an evening of training in Richland. Attendees got up-to-date on the WFSE Spring movement to engage and empower all represented members. They also got continuing steward education. What is WFSE Spring?

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Interpreters United bargaining update 4/8/14

Dear Local 1671 Member, We’re already winning with your help! Our elected Interpreter Bargaining Team has now met twice with the State’s Bargaining Team to bargain over our 2015-2017 union contract. Both sides have now shared our initial proposals for how to modify our union contract. And at our second […]

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TESC Classified bargaining surveys due today (April 4)

The Evergreen State College bargaining team met Feb. 20 to work on additional items for the upcoming negotiations with management and the survey, which members should have received this week. Please have those turned in by the deadline, Friday, April 4th.  The team also had surveys available to complete during the Quarterly membership […]

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Bellingham Local 1060′s new officers

Bellingham Local 1060′s new officers

Swearing in of the new newly elected executive board for Whatcom-Skagit Local 1060 April 3. Front Row L-R: Tracy Fosty, Executive Board; Michele Stelovich, President; and Robin Perigo, Trustee. Back Row L-R: Justin Ayers, Recording Secretary; Rick DeBay, Vice President; Kate Rogers, Executive Board; and Theresa McGee, Executive Board.

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