Public service workers across the country are losing their foothold in the middle class. So says an article in The New York Times this week that serves as a reminder of why labor unions are more needed now than ever.

Local 304's General Membership meeting was held THU March 22 at Green River College.

Our General Membership meetings will rotate at worksites to reach more of our membership. Check back here for meeting dates and locations (TBA).

Green River College swing shift custodial crew joined the March 22 meeting. In rotating meeting locations we hope to reach out to more of our members.

SNEAK PEAK: From the upcoming WFSE/AFSCME March 2018 Washington State Employee newspaper:

First deaf member of Executive Board wears armor of empathy to fight for others

Tommy Fuglestad, Local 304: “We can all learn to respect each other”

Tommy Fuglestad -- like most of those reading this -- is a dedicated state employee and passionate union member.

As a groundskeeper for the past 2 ½ years on the campus of North Seattle College, he says he wants “to make sure that everything looks good.”

More on Monday’s Supreme Court hearing

Top quotes from Monday’s US Supreme Court hearing on the Janus case that aims to install inequality at the bargaining table (to negotiate wages to sustain our families) and also in representing state employees’ contract rights in the workplace:

Standing strong together for 100% Union today at North Seattle College followed by lunch and learn hosted by me and my colleagues.

Had a wonderful opportunity to take charge of union lunch and learn at work today to discuss about the US Supreme case on Janus and how it will impact us starting this summer. We are standing strong together!

Thanks to a couple of my union colleagues for the pictures!