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 […]


Heath Care Coalition Updates

Federation contests tobacco, spousal insurance surcharges

Federation contests tobacco, spousal insurance sur...

The Federation on Wednesday (April 16) challenged the new tobacco and spousal insurance surcharges, contending they violate the Health Benefits contract by imposing a greater premium cost than what the state and coalition of unions negotiated. The grievance challenges the validity of not only the surcharges but also that those […]

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Even with potentially bad news, Employment Security wants ideas to mitigate budget cuts

Even with potentially bad news, Employment Securit...

The Federation-Employment Security employee engagement partnership is dedicated to open lines of communication – even with potentially bad news. Employment Security Commissioner Dale Peinecke this morning (April 17) e-mailed ESD staff that the agency faces a projected $9.5 million funding shortfall at the end of June 2015. “A year ago, […]

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UW HMC Updates

Union coalition calls on King County Council to reform Harborview Medical Center

Union coalition calls on King County Council to re...

The coalition effort to bring greater transparency and accountability in how the University of Washington runs the King County-owned Harborview Medical Center came before the county council’s Committee of the Whole Wednesday (April 16). “We believe the upcoming Harborview contract negotiations (the agreement under which the UW runs the hospital […]

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WFSE Spring

These boots are meant for WFSE Spring-ing!

These boots are meant for WFSE Spring-ing!...

Here are recent success stories and new efforts as member volunteers reach out to engage colleagues one-on-one to join the important work of building strong contracts, negotiate raises to help our economic recovery, save our earned benefits, protect programs that help students in higher education – and that make Washington […]

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Recent Articles

Register to Vote!

Register to Vote!

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. Use the form below to register online or confirm that the state has your information correct.  

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IN MEMORIAM: Greg Pernu, Local 53

We’re sad to share with you that long-time state employee and Local 53 member Greg Pernu, a maintenance mechanic 2 at WSU Puyallup, died April 18. Greg is survived by his wife Sue and three children, Sarah, Zachary and Lisa. Greg, a native of Lakewood and graduate of Clover Park […]

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Take our minimum wage survey

Take our minimum wage survey

Did you know that nearly 1 in 10 full-time state workers in our General Government bargaining unit make less than $15 an hour? How should we approach this issue in our contracts? There’s a growing interest among WFSE/AFSCME members about the movement to raise the minimum wage to $15 an […]

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Federation contests tobacco, spousal insurance surcharges

Federation contests tobacco, spousal insurance surcharges

The Federation on Wednesday (April 16) challenged the new tobacco and spousal insurance surcharges, contending they violate the Health Benefits contract by imposing a greater premium cost than what the state and coalition of unions negotiated. The grievance challenges the validity of not only the surcharges but also that those […]

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WSE 4/2014

WSE 4/2014

Washington State Employee is the official newspaper of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28, AFL-CIO.

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Even with potentially bad news, Employment Security wants ideas to mitigate budget cuts

Even with potentially bad news, Employment Security wants ideas to mitigate budget cuts

The Federation-Employment Security employee engagement partnership is dedicated to open lines of communication – even with potentially bad news. Employment Security Commissioner Dale Peinecke this morning (April 17) e-mailed ESD staff that the agency faces a projected $9.5 million funding shortfall at the end of June 2015. “A year ago, […]

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Union coalition calls on King County Council to reform Harborview Medical Center

Union coalition calls on King County Council to reform Harborview Medical Center

The coalition effort to bring greater transparency and accountability in how the University of Washington runs the King County-owned Harborview Medical Center came before the county council’s Committee of the Whole Wednesday (April 16). “We believe the upcoming Harborview contract negotiations (the agreement under which the UW runs the hospital […]

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These boots are meant for WFSE Spring-ing!

These boots are meant for WFSE Spring-ing!

Here are recent success stories and new efforts as member volunteers reach out to engage colleagues one-on-one to join the important work of building strong contracts, negotiate raises to help our economic recovery, save our earned benefits, protect programs that help students in higher education – and that make Washington […]

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Shop Steward of Year nominations due July 31

LAURIE MERTA SHOP STEWARD OF YEAR AWARD The award is named in honor of Laurie Merta, WFSE/AFSCME’s field services director who died in June 2012. Alice Rogers of Local 1253 was the first recipient of the renamed honor in 2013. Locals and individual members may nominate shop stewards who have […]

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Human Resources Specialist

Human Resources Specialist

Human Resources Specialist Washington Federation of State Employees Olympia Headquarters Reporting to the HR Director, independently accomplishes assignments in classification, compensation/salary survey, benefits, recruitment and selection, employee safety program including L & I injuries, and training. Works with internal WFSE staff and members on classification and compensation issues, research and […]

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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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