A Message from Your President:
Welcome! We hope that you’ll use this website to get acquainted or reacquainted with the 42,000-plus working men and women of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), AFSCME Council 28.
This website - and our All About WFSE booklet - helps summarize WHAT we do and spotlights WHY we do it. You’ll see snapshots of major accomplishments over the years --and today. We show real members and real stories that show the difference we can make for fair compensation and benefits. Decent treatment on the job. Safety and security. And advocating for resources for the vital public services we provide every day. We do tough jobs that deliver real services that make a real difference to our neighbors, taxpayers and communities.
That’s why we say believing is seeing. We don’t just tell you, we show you.
And there’s no better example than the present. As you read this, in the first part of 2017, we celebrate our negotiated pay raises and ratified contracts set to take effect July 1, 2017. In total, our 2017-2019 contracts include the largest compensation package since we won the right to negotiate pay and benefits in 2002. They hold the line on our share of health insurance premiums and bring more vacation leave.
It didn’t just happen. We won these major contracts not just at the bargaining table, but across the state through the commitment of members. Tens of thousands of members took the time to make phone calls, send emails or attend rallies during negotiations. This grassroots movement showed the public and the politicians that these contracts were fair and reasonable; they go a long way to valuing state employees to keep them here instead of leaving for higher-paying jobs with other public or private employers.
That’s why I say we are all a part of the bargaining team. Our voice matters.
But the contracts members ratified in September 2016 are still “tentative agreements” until the 2017 Legislature funds them. Also at stake are needed changes in the law to enact new major leave provisions we negotiated in the new contracts that would allow new employees to use vacation leave in the first six months of employment and also bring new family leave provisions.
With the current power structure in Olympia, funding of our contracts and changes to the leave laws are not a sure thing. Get involved. RSVP today to attend a Lobby Day.
So we hope you will join us and become a full member of this union that won these unprecedented contracts. Because now we need to finish the job and make sure the politicians do their job and fund our contracts. We need you. Going forward, the more members speaking together, the more good we can accomplish.
Please contact us with questions and suggestions.
PRESIDENT—Sue Henricksen, a case resource manager with the DSHS Division of Developmental Disabilities in Tacoma and a member of Local 53, is in her second term as Council 28 president. She served two terms as vice president until elected president in October 2013. Henricksen served as president of Local 53 for six years; served on the Council 28 Executive Board; served as Local 53 vice president; served on the executive board at Rainier School Local 491; has been a steward; and a member of WFSE/AFSCME since 1982. Henricksen has served on every General Government bargaining team since full-scope negotiations started in 2004. She has also chaired the union’s Communications Committee and has served on the statewide Grievance Committee.
Message from Your Executive Director:
We have a big year ahead of us. Prominent this year is our 2017 Statewide Convention in October. This is where delegates set the direction for the union, network with each other and gather valuable resources. And this convention will be special – we’re celebrating the 75th anniversary year of the Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME Council 28. This calendar also lists tremendous opportunities to get involved in your union.
We all believe in public service. Through our union we have the ability to protect public services that are the vital lifeblood of our communities. Come join us make our communities stronger.
COUNCIL 28 EXECUTIVE BOARD
The Council Executive Board is the body that is charged with carrying forward the resolutions approved at the WFSE/AFSCME biennial convention and conducting the business of the membership between conventions. Council Policy Committee members elect representatives from their committee to the council-level Executive Board. The Executive Board meets at least three times a year, but may schedule special meetings to deal with urgent matters.
Members are of the Executive Board are:
Council President Sue Henricksen, Local 53, DD Field
Council Vice President Judy Kuschel, Local 313, DOC
Council Secretary Tracy Stanley, Local 1400, Lower Columbia College
Council Treasurer Don Hall, Local 1466, Parks & Recreation
Bill Copland, Local 1253, Community Corrections, Tri-Cities
Sean Raybell, Local 53, Community Corrections, Tacoma
Alice Rogers, Local 1253, Community Corrections, Tri-Cities
Ginger Bernethy, Local 443, Olympia
Joanne Bird, Local 443, Olympia
Rosanna Lugo, Local 396, Walla Walla
Quincy Burns, Local 931, Eastern Washington University, Cheney
Lin Crowley, Local 443, The Evergreen State College, Olympia
Joe Davenport, Local 1488, University of Washington, Seattle
Vicki Echerd, Local 1400, Lower Columbia College, Longview
Rodolfo Franco, Local 304, Seattle Community College
Rick Halverson, Local 1221, Community Colleges of Spokane
Skip Jensen, Local 330, Central Washington University, Ellensburg
Paula Lukaszek, Local 1488, University of Washington, Seattle
Ty Pethe, Local 304, Seattle College, Seattle
Max Phipps, Local 1020, Everett Community College, Everett
Tashia Smith-Hankerson, Local 1488, Haborview Medical Center (UW), Seattle
Claude Theard, Local 1488, University of Washington, Seattle
Craig Walker, Local 931, Eastern Washington University, Cheney
Kevin Allen, Local 843, Seattle
Dawn Burns, Local 1221, Spokane
Adam Draude, Local 443, Olympia
Cynthia English, Local 53, HCS, Tacoma
Steve Fossum, Local 443, Olympia
Jacquie Jones-Walsh, Local 843, Seattle
Patricia Loving, Local 313, Vancouver
Katie Nelson, Local 443, DCS, Olympia
Addie Rodriguez, Local 1326, Yakima
Brenna Schimpf, Local 948, Everett
Debbie Sills, Local 1326, Yakima
Ed Tilton, Local 53, Tacoma
Carol Van Arnam, Local 1299, DCS, Wenatchee
Tracy (Fosty) Wilson, Local 1060, CA, Bellingham
Dolly Adeyemi, Local 341, Fircrest School, Shoreline
Craig Gibelyou, Local 793, Western State Hospital, Lakewood
Gabe Hall, Local 862, Green Hill School, Chehalis
Kevin Hamel, Local 341, Fircrest School, Shoreline
Rick Hertzog, Local 793, Western State Hospital, Lakewood
Lyn Hofland, Local 482, Veterans’ Home, Retsil
Lee Malinda, Local 573, Lakeland Village, Medical Lake
Julianne Moore, Local 1326, Yakima Valley School
Mike Murphy, Local 491, Rainier School, Buckley
Eliga Sacks, Local 793, Special Commitment Center, McNeil Island
Michele Stelovich, Local 1060, DD Field Services, Bellingham
Dianne Womack, Local 782, Eastern State Hospital, Medical Lake
Steven Yates, Local 491, Rainier School, Buckley
LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
Thornton Alberg, Local 443, Tumwater
Imelda Ang, Local 443, Tumwater
Stacy Copland, Local 1253, Kennewick
Carmyn Shute, Local 443, Tumwater
Wendy Conway, Local 443, Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Olympia
Linda Erickson, Local 443, Health Care Authority, Olympia
Ingrid Hansen, Local 443, Department of Health, Olympia
Scott Hone, Local 1225, School for the Blind, Vancouver
Scott Mallery, Local 1221, Department of Health, Spokane
Joanne McCaughan, Local 443, Enterprise Services
Jeff Paulsen, Local 443, Consolidated Technology Services, Olympia
Brooks Salazar, Local 304, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, Seattle
Llyn Doremus, Local 1221, Ecology, Spokane
Denis Felton, Local 1466, Parks, Coulee City
Elena Guilfoil, Local 872, Ecology, Lacey
Eddie Holbrook, Local 1253, Ecology, Tri-Cities
Dianne Olegre, Local 872, Ecology, Olympia
Tami Lentz, Local 1671, Interpreters, Snohomish
Leroy Mould, Local 1671, Interpreters, Olympia
Larry Flue, Local 378, Seattle
Steve Fries, Local 1299, Moses Lake
Roberto Guerrero, Local 1299, Othello
Sam Schneider, Local 1299, Wenatchee
Georgina Willner, Local 443, Olympia
LABOR AND INDUSTRIES