Registration is now open for 2015 Lobby Training

Registration is now open for 2015 Lobby Training...

We need your help! The 2015 Legislative Session is right around the corner and public service employees face significant challenges: we’re facing a projected revenue short-fall of more than $3.2 billion and we need to make sure our legislators don’t balance the budget on the backs of State Employees. At […]

Campaign to protect at-risk children

Campaign to protect at-risk children...

What will you do to protect at-risk children? GET INVOLVED: Help us deliver a stack of postcard-petitions to Governor Inslee DEC 4 CA Lobby Day:  REGISTER HERE ** CAMPAIGN BACKGROUND Workload is crushing and getting worse. For example: Some 2,300 CPS investigations are open more than 90 days • Positions […]

Ratified Tentative Agreement Resources

Ratified Tentative Agreement Resources...

Member voted to ratify the following tentative agreements: Central Washington University (CWU) Approved 51-13 Community College Coalition (CCC) Approved Eastern Washington University (EWU) Approved 97-73 General Government (GG) Approved Approved 3698-481 The Evergreen State College (TESC) Approved 52-4 University of Washington (UW) Approved 524-144 University of Washington Police Management (UWPM) […]

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Interpreters, bilingual DSHS members weigh in on proposed rule change

Interpreters, bilingual DSHS members weigh in on p...

WFSE/AFSCME members from Interpreters United Local 1671 and DSHS responded to the agency’s proposed rules on independent contract interpreters today (Tuesday, Nov. 25) in Olympia. From left: Sarah Clifthorne, WFSE/AFSCME strategic campaigns supervisor; Chevy Zarate, DSHS, Local 1299, Moses Lake; Louise Morehead, French interpreter and chair of Local 1671’s Professional […]

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TCC Exempt Staff Updates

Fair first contract reached for TCC Student Support Staff

Fair first contract reached for TCC Student Suppor...

After nearly three years of sometimes frustrating negotiations, the Federation bargaining team for Tacoma Community College Student Support Staff and management today reached tentative agreement on a fair first contract. The agreement brings them the same cost-of-living adjustments as for those under the Federation’s Community College Coalition contract for 2015-2017: […]

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“Don’t be a turkey” on comp time, Eastern State members say

“Don’t be a turkey” on comp time, Eastern St...

It’s Thanksgiving time and Eastern State Hospital members have served up a heaping helping of loud-and-clear messages on management’s table: “Don’t be a turkey – reinstate comp. time!” The Local 782 members took this job action to show why management should reinstate compensatory time at the acclaimed mental health facility […]

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Donations for school kids in the wildfire zone make big difference in Pateros

Donations for school kids in the wildfire zone mak...

The Federation Women’s/Equal Partners Committee presented $150 and a small pink backpack to Pateros Elementary School earlier this month. It was part of the committee’s drive at Policy Committee and throughout the union to help school children in the region in North-Central Washington devastated by last summer’s wildfires. Carol Van […]

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Interpreters, bilingual DSHS members weigh in on proposed rule change

Interpreters, bilingual DSHS members weigh in on proposed rule change

WFSE/AFSCME members from Interpreters United Local 1671 and DSHS responded to the agency’s proposed rules on independent contract interpreters today (Tuesday, Nov. 25) in Olympia. From left: Sarah Clifthorne, WFSE/AFSCME strategic campaigns supervisor; Chevy Zarate, DSHS, Local 1299, Moses Lake; Louise Morehead, French interpreter and chair of Local 1671’s Professional […]

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Registration is now open for 2015 Lobby Training

Registration is now open for 2015 Lobby Training

We need your help! The 2015 Legislative Session is right around the corner and public service employees face significant challenges: we’re facing a projected revenue short-fall of more than $3.2 billion and we need to make sure our legislators don’t balance the budget on the backs of State Employees. At […]

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Fair first contract reached for TCC Student Support Staff

Fair first contract reached for TCC Student Support Staff

After nearly three years of sometimes frustrating negotiations, the Federation bargaining team for Tacoma Community College Student Support Staff and management today reached tentative agreement on a fair first contract. The agreement brings them the same cost-of-living adjustments as for those under the Federation’s Community College Coalition contract for 2015-2017: […]

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Latest (Nov. 20) job action at Tacoma CC

Latest (Nov. 20) job action at Tacoma CC

tudents and staff combined for another job action Nov. 20 in support of a fair first contract for Tacoma Community College Student Support Staff.

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“Don’t be a turkey” on comp time, Eastern State members say

“Don’t be a turkey” on comp time, Eastern State members say

It’s Thanksgiving time and Eastern State Hospital members have served up a heaping helping of loud-and-clear messages on management’s table: “Don’t be a turkey – reinstate comp. time!” The Local 782 members took this job action to show why management should reinstate compensatory time at the acclaimed mental health facility […]

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Donations for school kids in the wildfire zone make big difference in Pateros

Donations for school kids in the wildfire zone make big difference in Pateros

The Federation Women’s/Equal Partners Committee presented $150 and a small pink backpack to Pateros Elementary School earlier this month. It was part of the committee’s drive at Policy Committee and throughout the union to help school children in the region in North-Central Washington devastated by last summer’s wildfires. Carol Van […]

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Governor tours Western State

Governor tours Western State

Gov. Jay Inslee toured Western State Hospital Nov. 13 with WFSE/AFSCME Council 28 President Sue Henricksen (left) and Local 793 President James Robinson. Inslee came to the mental health facility at the urging of the union to see firsthand the conditions that make it one of the most dangerous places […]

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Local 1299 meeting cancelled

The North Central Washington Local 1299 local meeting set for this Friday, Nov. 21, in Wenatchee, has been cancelled because of the threat of inclement weather.

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Minimum wage debate Wednesday in Lacey

A debate on raising the minimum wage will be 7 p.m., tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 19, at St. Martin’s University in Lacey in Harned Hall. Your attendance is encouraged if  you’re in the area.

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Digital Short of the Week: One local celebrates service to veterans

Digital Short of the Week: One local celebrates service to veterans

Local 482 at the state Veterans’ Home in Retsil celebrated their 60th anniversary Nov. 13. It was a time to celebrate their commitment to caring for the men and women of the armed forces who risked their lives so that we could be free. And have the right to form […]

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Student, members’ support bolsters negotiations at Tacoma CC

Student, members’ support bolsters negotiations at Tacoma CC

With the support of classified staff who’ve had a contract for years, the Tacoma Community College Student Support Staff Bargaining Team made progress at Nov. 12 negotiations. The team has a partial day of negotiations today (Nov. 18) and two full days set for Nov. 20 and 24. At the […]

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Health Benefits Fairs conclude this week; some open enrollment tips

Health Benefits Fairs conclude this week; some open enrollment tips

• Benefits Fairs: Here is the schedule of final health insurance open enrollment Health Benefits Fairs that wrap up Nov. 21 in Bellevue: Olympia November 18, 2014 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. General Administration Auditorium 210 11th Avenue SW Shoreline November 19, 2014 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Shoreline Conference Center […]

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Members voice need for reforms at Harborview

Members voice need for reforms at Harborview

Frontline workers used their voice and gave the unvarnished truth about working conditions at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle at a no-holds-barred town hall meeting Friday (Nov. 7). The town hall meeting – without management present – came as part of the King County Council’s comprehensive review of its contract […]

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Local caring for veterans holds 60th anniversary

Local caring for veterans holds 60th anniversary

Members of Local 482 at the state Veterans’ Home in Retsil during this Veterans’ Day Week appropriately celebrate their 60th anniversary as an AFSCME local union. The Local 482 60th Anniversary Event will be 4-8 p.m., this Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Training Room at the soldiers’ home in Retsil. […]

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For veterans: "Union Plus Mortgage Veterans Grant"

For veterans: “Union Plus Mortgage Veterans Grant”

Veterans of the armed forces who are Federation members have added value from their dues-paying membership – the new Union Plus Mortgage Veterans Grant. This members only benefit provides qualified dues-paying union member veterans with a $1,000 grant that never needs to be repaid to help offset the costs of […]

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Benefits fairs continue

Benefits fairs continue

Remember, November is open enrollment time when you can make changes to your health plans. Before we give you the list of Health Benefits Fairs for the next week, here’s an important tip from the Public Employees Benefits Board: During November, you can choose among PEBB medical and dental plans […]

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You can help in too-close-to-call legislative races

You can help in too-close-to-call legislative races

Several of the Federation’s endorsed candidates for state House and state Senate are in too-close-to-call races. And that means a handful of challenged ballots could make the difference. So the Federation and its allies in Organizing For Washington are teaming up this weekend to go door-to-door and contact voters whose […]

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Our website calendar will be down Thursday and Friday

Our website calendar will be down Thursday and Friday

The calendar on the Federation website will be unavailable Thursday and Friday (Nov. 6 and 7) as we reset the calendar for 2015. If you think you’ll need the information, please go to the Calendar (http://www.wfse.org/calendar/) and Subscribe. This will give you access to the existing information while we work […]

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Post-election update: Many races too close to call, recounts likely in some

Post-election update: Many races too close to call, recounts likely in some

Early media reports predict Republicans will gain full control of the state Senate and Democrats will retain control of the state House after Tuesday’s elections. But several close races still have to be decided to definitely say which party will control each house. It may be several weeks before close […]

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Human touch at stake as members challenge computer monitoring program

Human touch at stake as members challenge computer monitoring program

Members in DSHS Community Services Offices and Working Connections Childcare who help those in need of a hand up in life have sent a loud-and-clear message about a computer scheduling and monitoring program they believe takes the “human” out of human services. At a demand to bargain meeting Oct. 30 […]

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