News and Updates

Last week, Governor Inslee announced a four-phase approach to a partial re-opening of Washington State's businesses.

Tonight, Governor Inslee announced his Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation, similar to orders that other governors have issued. Our hope is that this order will buy time to slow the spread of COVID-19, so our health systems and front-line workers are able continue providing quality services to Washingtonians in need.

These are unprecedented times that require bold action. The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted our daily lives, and most Washingtonians are concerned not only about their safety, but their economic security as well.

As public employees, we are uniquely positioned to lead during this crisis. Across all departments/agencies, we are doing what we can to keep ourselves and the public safe while continuing to do our jobs. 

South Seattle College’s main campus has transitioned to remote operations starting Tuesday, March 10 due to a confirmed case of COVID-19. No employees were identified as exposed or potentially exposed. The campus will keep this status through Winter Quarter (March 25). During this time, the main campus in West Seattle will be closed. Students will continue with online instruction.

WFSE members are on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), and that's why our union has taken proactive steps to protect workers and their families.

From Local 1488 President Paula Lukaszek and Local 3488 President John Frazier:

You should have received a notice from UW that starting Monday, March 9, classes will no longer be meeting in person until the quarter concludes on March 20. This is NOT suspended operations. UW is still fully operating and your work schedule is not affected at this time.

Update from the Washington State Department of Health's COVID-19 Community Task Force:
Community Engagement Task Force—COVID-19
COVID-19 Call Center: 1-800-525-0127

We will be providing updates on COVID-19 (the coronavirus) as this public health matter unfolds. Public health officials do anticipate the continued spread of the virus, so it’s imperative that we all stay informed and continue to practice good hygiene.

COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) is now spreading in the United States, and six people have already died from the virus here in Washington. This is a serious public health matter, and we are keeping a close eye on recommendations from the Washington Department of Health (WA DOH) as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).