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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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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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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Heath Care Coalition Updates

UPDATE: Benefits board vote postponed until July 31

UPDATE: Benefits board vote postponed until July 3...

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, […]

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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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UPDATE: Benefits board vote postponed until July 31

UPDATE: Benefits board vote postponed until July 31

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, […]

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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 […]

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Urgent contract action alert sent to Community College members

Urgent contract action alert sent to Community College members

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 […]

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Another successful AFSCME Green Day

Another successful AFSCME Green Day

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/

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WSU Bargaining update

WSU Bargaining update

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. […]

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WWU Bargaining update

Western Washington University. Tam Tocher of AFSCME has been chosen as the Federation’s chief negotiator at WWU. A team meeting is planned, the July 23 bargaining session will be rescheduled and negotiations will resume July 25.

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PEBB meets July 16 to preview 2015 premium rates, other changes

PEBB meets July 16 to preview 2015 premium rates, other changes

The Public Employees Benefits Board meets next Wednesday, July 16, for a briefing on 2015 health insurance premium rates and other program changes. Also on the agenda: 2015 SmartHealth program recommendations and transgender health services. The PEBB meeting will be 1:30-4:05 p.m., next Wednesday, July 16, at the Health Care […]

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