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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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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Our Locals in Action

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

Digital Short of the Week: One local celebrates se...

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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TCC Exempt Staff Updates

Student, members’ support bolsters negotiations at Tacoma CC

Student, members’ support bolsters negotiations ...

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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In the news

Health Benefits Fairs conclude this week; some open enrollment tips

Health Benefits Fairs conclude this week; some ope...

• 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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Recent Articles

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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Today’s election day. Get your ballots in!

Today’s election day. Get your ballots in!

Don’t forget to get your mail ballots in today. Make sure your ballot gets a valid Nov. 4 postmark or that you deposit it in an official county dropbox or at your county elections office no later than 8 p.m., tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 4, Pacific Standard Time. To find drop […]

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Benefits fairs in progress

Benefits fairs in progress

Open enrollment has started for 2015 and benefits fairs are in progress around the state. They started yesterday in Cheney and Spokane and continue today in Pullman and Seattle. The benefits fairs give you a chance to talk to representatives from health insurance providers and staff from the Public Employees […]

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Money Management Educators

Money Management Educators

Since 1989, Money Management Educators has been providing interactive seminars for groups across the United States – both large and small. Staffed with volunteer instructors, MME is an “education only” company. MME is passionate about financial wellness education and its instructors are committed to teaching others how to take ownership […]

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Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship

Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship

AFSCME members are eligible to apply for the Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship. Awarded in honor of former AFSCME Pres. Jerry McEntee, the $5,000 scholarship will go to the candidate who best exemplifies President McEntee’s commitment to strengthening our union through organizing, building political power for working families, defending workers’ rights, […]

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WSE 11/2014

WSE 11/2014

The Washington State Employee (WSE) is the official newspaper of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28, AFL-CIO. Washington State Employee 11/2014

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In memoriam: Robert William Boneham

In memoriam: Robert William Boneham

Services for longtime Green Hill School and Chehalis-Centralia Local 862 member Robert William Boneham will be this Thursday, Oct. 30. He died peacefully in his Chehalis home Oct. 16. He was 53. The former U.S. Marine found his calling working toward the rehabilitation of troubled youth, at Echo Glen Children’s […]

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