Governor Inslee has rescinded the COVID -19 vaccination mandate for state employees that was ordered by proclamation on August 9, 2021.

Together, we convinced the legislature to fund record-setting contracts that will make our workplaces safer, improve recruitment and retention, address significant pay disparities, and improve access to vital services for all Washingtonians.
There's a lot going on for WFSE Department of Correction Members: an arbitration award resulting in significant raises for our 2023-25 contract, workload concerns, important legislation, union organizing in WMS, and much more. Find everything you need here in the Corrections Corner.

Community Corrections members ask for privileged communications protections after critical incident responses

AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) Community Corrections members are often involved in dangerous situations that may involve use of force.

They’re asking for a bill (HB 2611) that would give them the same post-incident privileged communications protections as other law enforcement officers when talking to peer support counselors.

Protecting personal information regarding sexual harassment claims (HB 2778)

Juvenile rehab investments needed if institutions keep older residents

It might increase success to keep young offenders in state juvenile rehabilitation facilities until their age 25 ½ , but success needs investment in those institutions.

That’s what AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) Lobbyist Matt Zuvich told the House Early Learning and Human Service Committee Tuesday (Jan. 30) on HB 2907.

AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) urges passage of bill to protect privacy of state employee victims of sexual harassment

AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) on Tuesday (Jan. 30) urged a House committee to pass a bill to protect the privacy of state employees who blow the whistle on sexual harassment.

HB 2778 would prohibit state agencies from disclosing to the Freedom Foundation, media or anyone else any personal information about any stare employee who makes a sexual harassment claim.

Our priority #MeToo campaign sparks poignant House hearing

Thanks to the increased awareness from the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the effort to expand the mission to purge Washington’s worksites of non-sexual harassment as well sparked a poignant hearing Monday (Jan. 29) in the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee.

House Bill 2888 addresses workplace bullying by making it an unfair labor practice to subject an employee to an abusive work environment.