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Local delegates, executive board members, and member of PEOPLE, our union's political action fund, came together on April 27 to decide which candidates our union endorses in a critical 2024 election season.

WFSE members have been hard at work making DOC a safer and better place to work.

WFSE DOC employees keep communities safe.

WFSE leaders from 41 different locals across Washington gathered on May 31 and June 1, learning the best ways to organize for success within their locals.

In keeping with the resolution passed by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) Natural Resources Policy Committee earlier this year and the letter sent by WFSE to the Board of Natural Resources and the Commissioner of Public Lands, the following statement is in response to Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal's proposal to cea

Thanks to her hard work in the AFSCME Free College program, WFSE Local 443 member Kaycee Keys was recently promoted to Fiscal Analyst 4 at the Department of Social and Health Services, earning a significant pay raise. 

Keys found her way to this new position through perseverance, a desire to help others, and public service.

After finding herself in difficult times, Keys learned about DSHS employment programming when she visited an office to apply for food stamps.

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived at a time when our nation’s health care workers were already experiencing burnout. The National Academy of Medicine, in a report from 2019, said that 35% to 54% of nurses and physicians in the United States had “substantial symptoms of burnout.”

Then things got worse.

When eight WFSE members at Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) realized they were being asked to do work beyond their job class without a pay increase, they joined forces to make things right.

They organized to win back pay—and planted seeds for a stronger union in their workplace.

MoU Review: Targeted Pay Increases

WFSE members at community colleges have approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) bringing raises to targeted state employee/college job classifications--with a 99% ratification vote.