Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday morning (Dec. 18) proposed a two-year budget that funds all of the negotiated pay raises you ratified this past fall – for most the first general wage increases since 2008 – the longest state employees have gone without one since at least 1960. The governor […]continue reading
Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday morning (Dec. 18) proposed a two-year budget that funds all of the negotiated pay raises you ratified this past fall – for most the first general wage increases since 2008 – the longest state employees have gone without one since at least 1960. The governor […]
“Our View,” WFSE/AFSCME’s long-running cable TV and now YouTube window on the world of working family issues. Now in its 20th season. Winner of two 2014 “Excellence in Labor Journalism Awards” from the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA).
Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday is set to release his proposed budget plan for the two years starting July 1 – and it’s expected to recommend funding for your negotiated pay raises. The governor’s budget office on Dec. 5 determined the pay raises – generally 3 percent July 1, 2015, […]
The most recently ratified Federation contract cleared another important step Dec. 9 when the Tacoma Community College Board of Trustees approved the first-ever collective bargaining agreement for the TCC Student Support Staff Bargaining Unit. Those covered by the agreement unanimously ratified that tentative agreement Dec. 8.
ederation members on Tuesday (Dec. 16) urged legislators to dust off and embrace a humanitarian pension measure that passed the House earlier this year but not the Senate. The Select Committee on Pension Policy once again got an ask from a group of Federation mental health members to expand the […]
Dustin Nicholas Meyer, a custodian at Centralia College and Local 862 member, died Dec. 6 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He was 25. He is survived by wife Leslie and two children, Colby and Ariyah. At the time of this writing, the family was still raising funds for […]
TCC Student Support Staff unanimously ratify first contract! Student Support Staff at Tacoma Community College this afternoon made history by unanimously ratifying their first-ever contract. In onsite voting that closed at 1 p.m. today, the TCC Student Support Staff Bargaining Unit members, it was a unanimous vote to accept the […]
Our View is WFSE/AFSCME’s monthly YouTube/Cable show showed on public television in Washington and Portland. This month’s episdoe: Harborview staff reports on the work environment; AFLCIO President Rich Trumka says the mid-term election included victories for labor; German labor leader sees Alabama governor’s opposition to Mercedes-Benz workers joining the UAW […]
Federation Executive Director Greg Devereux this morning confirmed to the union Statewide Executive Board the news reports that Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget office has deemed all of our 2015-2017 contracts “financially feasible.” This is an important step because it allows Inslee to now include funding for the General Government, Higher […]
You’re going to hear much more about these recent wins by two groups of state employees who have won a strong voice and contract rights thanks to the advocacy of the Federation. • After months of signing union cards and talking with the Federation, about 120 non-permanent employees in Department […]
The Department of Labor and Industries on Tuesday (Dec. 2) announced that workers’ compensation rates will not go up as much as originally announced in September. The average increase in workers’ comp premiums for 2015 will be 0.8 percent – less than half the original estimate of 1.8 percent.
41 years after closing, will there be new life for Northern State Hospital in Sedro Woolley? While Local 476 members are working hard with our contract compliance staff to save the campus of Northern State Hospital in Sedro Woolley, the threat of court action over lack of mental health beds […]
You may have seen the news reports about the most recent assault on staff at Western State Hospital in Lakewood. KOMO TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Another-assault-at-Western-State-renews-calls-for-increased-staff-284057291.html Tacoma News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/12/02/3520165/three-nurses-assaulted-at-western.html?sp=/99/296/331/311/ The assaults took place two days before Thanksgiving. Two patients assaulted three staff. One had minor injuries, the TNT reports, and was sent […]
Children’s Administration members delivered about 1,000 petition cards to Gov. Jay Inslee’s office today (Thursday, Dec. 4). The message was clear: Budget cuts, reduced staff and reduction in services have put vulnerable children and families at risk. Support for additional staff, reduce caseload sizes, more resources to help place foster […]
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 Olympia/Thurston County/Mason County Local 443’s Next Wave/Women’s and Workforce Diversity Committees are presenting a free Multi-Cultural Brunch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The celebration will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13. For more […]
3:30 p.m., this Thursday, Dec. 4, state Capitol, Olympia TAKE A STAND! Join poverty-wage workers unable to support themselves on the state minimum wage of $9 and change, along with community supporters and elected officials as they rally at the State Capitol to raise pay and raise up Washington’s economy […]
10 a.m., tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 3, Amazon Headquarters, 440 Terry Ave N., Seattle Our community needs more accountability and more responsibility out of Amazon. Join Rev Jesse Jackson, SEIU Local 6 along with community and labor allies as we demand more. What: Rainbow PUSH and SEIU Local 6 join in […]
Negotiation of the 2015-2017 Tentative Agreement between the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) and Tacoma Community College (TCC) concluded on November 24, 2014. Your WFSE TCC Bargaining Team recommends that you VOTE TO ACCEPT this Agreement. After you have reviewed the information below, we believe you will agree that […]
Local 443 members and their families gave back to the community as they pitched in at the annual Thanksgiving meal served up by Barb’s Friends and Families today (Nov. 26) at United Churches in Olympia.
our new Olympia Local 443 stewards graduated from Stewards in Action training Nov. 22-23. From left: Ken Grubb, Labor and Industries; Andre Eubanks, Office of the Insurance Commissioner; Doug Miller (L&I); and Phyllis Moncrief (Licensing). Congratulations!