Local 443 News

4/21/2020
April 2020 General Meeting is tentatively scheduled as a web meeting. More information to come.

4/20/2020
April 2020 meetings canceled
The April 2020 General Membership Meeting and all remaining Committee meetings till May 4, 2020 are hereby postponed.



Workshop: Igniting Engagement With Your Union

WhenSat Jan 25, 2020 9am – 12pm Pacific Time - Los Angeles

Last year, nearly half a million workers went on strike across the nation, the largest number since 1986, when

A bill that has been introduced in the House of Representatives would simplify the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program for current and would-be participants.

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In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy battered the east coast of the United States, causing billions of dollars in damage across 24 states. The hurricane quickly became known in the impacted region as “Superstorm Sandy.”

Shileen Shaw knows firsthand how the storm got that name.

“We had never seen anything like it,” says Shaw, recalling the damage her East Orange, New Jersey, home suffered at the time.

Join workers from across the South Sound for a day of workshops discussions and collective action that will supercharge your local union. Now is the time to build skills strategy and power to ignite the fight for a 21st century labor movement! Sunday May 19, 2019 from 9am-3pm at the Davis-Williams building in downtown Olympia.

Assistant Attorneys General in Washington State officially gained the right to collectively bargaining when Governor Inslee signed Senate Bill 5297 into law this morning.

The bill signing was witnessed by an exuberant group of advocates and members of the Association of Washington Assistant Attorneys General (AWAAG). AWAAG joined WFSE earlier this year to make collective bargaining a reality for 600 AAGs across the state.

Workers Memorial Day is this Sunday, April 28, when we honor workers killed or injured on the job. On this day in 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was formed.

For almost half a century, OSHA has been charged with helping to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for men and women across this country. But under the Trump administration, OSHA is failing us. As we observe Workers Memorial Day, it’s clear that we can do more – much more – for worker safety.

AFSCME Council 28 is seeking nominations for the Laurie Merta Steward of the Year Award and the Rising Star Steward Award. These awards will be presented at the Rise Up Conference in June. If you know of any stewards that stand out, please email [email protected]. The deadline for nominations is May 8th, 2019.

Megha Desai is a public defender in Multnomah County, Oregon. In a given week, she might work upwards of 60 hours. Right now, she has about 145 open cases.

“It's like a conveyor belt. Every day you work on your assigned cases, new ones roll in,” said Desai, a member of Local 2805 (Council 75). “There's a joke in the office: If you don't come in on the weekends, you’re screwed for the next week.”

The first weekend of April was an exception: It was her wedding. 

OLYMPIA, Wash. — On Wednesday, community and family gathered to honor fallen and injured Washington State Department of Transportation workers.

This week marks the 2019 National Work Zone Awareness Week. In Washington State, DOT worker safety remains a significant issue. According to WSDOT, 11 workers lost their lives due to work zone crashes, and 422 workers were injured just in 2018.

At the worker memorial, an honor guard of 60 WSDOT workers commemorated the service and lives of the 60 workers killed on the job in Washington since 1950.