About Us

Local 443 is affiliated with Council 28 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC). Chartered by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in 1942, Local 443 represents the interests of thousands of state employees in Thurston and Mason counties in the state of Washington.

Our general membership meetings are held at the Davis-Williams Bldg. (WSLC Bldg.) suite 205, at 906 Columbia St. Olympia, WA at 6:00 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of every month unless otherwise noted. Light refreshments are provided. If you would like to request childcare or accommodation, please contact Local 443.

The Local Executive Board meets on the first Tuesday of every month. See our Events Calendar for more info.

Local 443 is governed by the constitution and by-laws of Local 443, Council 28 and AFSCME constitutions.

 

Mission

The mission of Local 443 is to provide a forum for Local 443 members to discuss, debate, organize and promote the objectives of the AFSCME International which include:


Organizing Activities

To promote organizationing activities in bargaining units, agencies and offices of the Local 443 members


Collective Bargaining

To promote the welfare of the membership and to provide a voice in the determination of the terms and conditions of employment. We are committed to the process of collective bargaining as the most desirable, democratic, and effective method to achieve this. Both as union members and as citizens, we shall also employ available legislative and political action.

Leanne Kunze began serving as the union’s executive director this February after being selected by the AFSCME Council 28/WFSE Executive Board in January.

Thousands of public employees from across the state called in for a tele town hall on January 30 hosted by President Mike Yestramski and Vice President Andrea Vaughn.

AFSCME members sat down with congressional lawmakers last week to share stories about how the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act would improve communities and empower workers.

Executive Director and International Vice President Greg Devereux retired in January after nearly 40 years in the labor movement. His leadership made the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) one of the strongest AFSCME councils in the nation and a progressive force for working people in Washington State.

Devereux began his career with WFSE in 1993 as the deputy director, and in 1994 he was selected to serve as the union’s fourth executive director. Prior to that, he worked at AFSCME’s Public Policy Department and ran corporate campaigns at the AFL-CIO.

If you followed every Democratic presidential primary debate and read the candidates’ positions on every topic and watched the AFSCME Public Service Forum held in August, you might think there is nothing left to know about the men and women vying to be the next president of the United States.

Join WFSE members and community on February 6 in Olympia to rally for our privacy and safety!

Public employees from all across Washington will converge on the Capitol with a strong message for legislators: Keep us safe.

Welcome to the 2020 Legislative Session! You are the best advocate for the issues that affect your workplace. Join us for a lobby day or call 855-982-1762 to reach your legislators immediately. Read below for the key legislative issues we're standing up for in 2020. 

Here’s a big reason to join a union – a bigger paycheck.New numbers from U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show just how much of a difference a union makes in terms of worker pay.

On a normal day, Sandra Pacheco, an administrative assistant in Puerto Rico’s Department of Transportation and Public Works, begins her day at 7 a.m., filing paperwork for her colleagues in the field. It’s a job that Pacheco, who is president of her local, AFSCME Local 3889, Council 95 (Servidores Públicos Unidos de Puerto Rico), does with pride and dedication.