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After a bizarre disinformation campaign by a billionaire-funded, anti-worker think tank, spoken language interpreters who take appointments from the Department of Labor and Industries (LNI) have voted to unionize and join the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), AFSCME Council 28

The impacts of HB 1533, a bill our members fought for and passed, felt as the latest Freedom Foundation request for public employees' personal information is shot down by the Supreme Court.

Don’t think standing together as a union for affordable health care matters, consider this....

From the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC, to the Freedom Foundation in this state, powerful special interests want to take away our ability to negotiate better wages and benefits to sustain our families and provide quality public services.

The aim of these “right-to-work” and other attacks is to cripple this movement and undo the progress we’ve made.

State employee privacy again boosted by Senate committee

The legislative tug-of-war over your dates of birth isn’t over yet. But the Senate State Government Committee this morning (Jan. 31) considered a compromise bill that like another bill would keep state employee dates of birth out of the hands of the Freedom Foundation and others.

The proposed Substitute Senate Bill 5418 would also keep state employee passport and visa numbers private as well.

Affordable housing effort moves to Senate

Our priority effort on affordable housing moved to the Senate Tuesday (Jan. 30).

Alex Bacon, a Seattle Central College member and president of Seattle Local 304, said all SB 6400 does would be to allow local governments to consider rent controls as one tool to cap housing costs that are pricing many state employees out of their communities.

AFSCME Council 28 (WFES) VP urges rejection of bill that could cut Community Corrections staff

A bill touted as improving rehabilitation of adult criminals isn’t what it appears to be and may spark unintended consequences.

That’s what AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) Vice President Judy Kuschel told the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee.

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.