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Women - Are Unions a Benefit for You? July 20, 2018 - 9:21pm

Now that the US Supreme Court has basically ruled that you do not have to pay for union representation, are you questioning the value that Unions have in the work place.  For women, the answer is an unequivocable yes.  

SUBCHAPTER 153 PICNIC 2018 July 20, 2018 - 12:06am

Contract with JVS GAIN, 3/1/17-2/29/20 July 19, 2018 - 7:36pm

AUG2 State employees speak out July 19, 2018 - 5:53pm

State employees in King and Snohomish counties speak out about #FairPay.

Join us on AUG2 at South Seattle College (Georgetown) to talk to elected officials about the crises we face: low pay, high turnover, and negative impacts on state services and our community.

  • AUG 2 at 6pm
  • South Seattle College (Georgetown), 6737 Corson Ave S, Seattle WA 98108

NEED MORE INFO?  Contact WFSE's Member Connection Center (MCC) at 1-833-MCC-WFSE (833-622-9373) or [email protected].

Fight for Fair Pay July 19, 2018 - 5:49pm

State employees speak out

State employees in King and Snohomish counties speak out about #FairPay.

Join us on AUG2 at South Seattle College (Georgetown) to talk to elected officials about the crises we face: low pay, high turnover, and negative impacts on state services and our community.

UNITY BREAKS August 9 July 20, 2018 - 11:46am

Fair Pay and Real Opportunity Day of Action

Statewide Unity Breaks Aug 9

Fair pay and real opportunity to improve working conditions can only be achieved if we demonstrate strength across the state.

WFSE bargaining teams are negotiating wages, rights and working conditions right now.

Let's remind the state of critical public services and why we need a strong contract!

PARKS Area Report 6/2018 July 19, 2018 - 4:07pm

1-    Met with C&M workers to discuss issues that have developed as a result of area management

Update: Based upon concerns brought to my attention I am evaluating another method of approving or providing feedback from maintenance workers to ensure they have a voice.

Working with the Board to address these concerns. A local meeting is being scheduled to determine support/non-support for the area management concept.

PARKS Area Report 5/2018 July 19, 2018 - 4:06pm

1-    Met with C&M workers to discuss issues that have developed as a result of area management

Update: Based upon concerns brought to my attention I am evaluating another method of approving or providing feedback from maintenance workers to ensure they have a voice.

Working with the Board to address these concerns. A local meeting is being scheduled to determine support/non-support for the area management concept.

Corrections Area Report 6/2018 July 19, 2018 - 4:02pm

Department of Corrections:

1-    DTB DOC 410.210-220-235-920 Use of Force

Working with the Teamsters to identify discrepancies with the policies. We have concerns Prisons and the Field operations are combined. There are different constitutional issues. Met with management and developed a subcommittee to evaluate the policies.

First round of bargaining held and second is being scheduled.

Several meetings held to reduce the scope of time spent at the table. LRA is drafting the agreements and sending them over.

Pending final policy review with changes.

Corrections Area Report 5/2018 July 19, 2018 - 4:02pm

Department of Corrections:

1-    DTB DOC 410.210-220-235-920 Use of Force

Working with the Teamsters to identify discrepancies with the policies. We have concerns Prisons and the Field operations are combined. There are different constitutional issues. Met with management and developed a subcommittee to evaluate the policies.

First round of bargaining held and second is being s cheduled.

Several meetings held to reduce the scope of time spent at the table. LRA is drafting the agreements and sending them over.

2-    DOC 380.200 Community Supervision

Tacoma CC Area Reports July 19, 2018 - 3:52pm

6/2018 Thomas Wray

(Still Pending) Reallocation of the Payroll Coordinator position to a HR Consultant 1 position. Met with OFM and had an informal conversation regarding this matter. OFM informed me they will be speaking with the Assistant AG, to determine if TCC should reverse their reallocation decision; or to have this matter to be heard by PERC.

Settled DTB:

EvCC Area Reports July 19, 2018 - 3:49pm

6/2018 Thomas Wray

(Still Pending) Awaiting ECC to send me the final draft of the 2018 Winter Break Closure MOU.

The State of Washington (State), Everett Community College (Employer College) and the Washington Federation of State Employees (Union) hereby agree to the following compensatory time/additional regular hours accrual and use during the College’s December 24, 2018 through December 30, 2018 holiday campus closure (campus closure):

Local 1303-26 Staying AFSCME Strong in Southington July 19, 2018 - 2:38pm
The 34 members of AFSCME Local 1303-026, Southington Public Works/Water Pollution Control, are sticking with their union. One way they show their union pride is by wearing their Council 4 AFSCME Strong tee-shirts at work every Tuesday.
 
It’s a simple equation, according to bargaining unit President Eric Prinzorn, who is employed as a Driver. “I’ve seen it time and time again,” he said.
Update: State Contract Negotiation Has Been Settled July 19, 2018 - 4:25pm

UW Laundry workers given Mother Jones Award July 19, 2018 - 12:22pm

At the Washington State Labor Council Convention in Wenatchee, Local 3488 UW Laundry workers were awarded the Mother Jones Award:

Mother Jones said “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living”. This year’s recipients of the Mother Jones Award do exactly that.

UW Laundry workers win Mother Jones award July 19, 2018 - 12:23pm

At the Washington State Labor Council Convention in Wenatchee, Local 3488 UW Laundry workers were awarded the Mother Jones Award:

Mother Jones said “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living”. This year’s recipients of the Mother Jones Award do exactly that.

Westport Police Standing Up For Retirement Security July 19, 2018 - 11:40am

A respected economic think tank is urging support for Westport police union members and cautioning against the negative impact of efforts to scale back pension benefits.

In a blog post published by the Economic Policy Institute of Washington, D.C., staff economist Monique Morrissey said the national trend for slashing benefits could prove harmful in Westport, where the police union, Local 2080 of AFSCME Council 4, is in pension arbitration with the town.

Council 4 Union Podcast July 19, 2018 - 11:24am

Listen to our Council 4 Unplugged podcast. Our focus is on union members and the campaign for workers' rights, freedoms and dignity.

Click here for the Council 4 Unplugged podcast page. Be sure to follow us and spread the word!

P.S. -- If you like what you hear and have ideas for future shows, contact us: [email protected]. Thanks!

Stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh July 18, 2018 - 6:12pm

If a worker is brutally killed on the job because their employer failed to provide workplace safeguards, who do you think should be held accountable?

Judge Brett Kavanaugh sided with the employer, even when their negligence resulted in the death of a worker.

And that's who has been nominated to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Does that make you feel safe?

Centralia College Area Reports July 18, 2018 - 4:39pm

6/2018

We met regarding cameras in the library and TransAlta Commons.  They emphasized that the purpose was to record members for disciplinary purposes.  Instead they are responding to members’ requests to provide a higher level of security.

Additionally, the college rovided notice of a proposed hours increase in the education department.  We have filed a demand to bargain and are awaiting a date for the meeting.

5/2018