Governor Inslee speaks to Local 443 members regarding Washington State hospital workers

WFSE Local 443 would like to thank Governor Jay Inslee, who took it upon himself to speak with WFSE Local 443 members about the alarming safety issues at Washington State institutions like Western and Eastern State Hospitals.

Thank you Governor, for your  pledge to take action to ensure a safe, assault free workplace for our union siblings. And a very special thank you to your lovely and gracious wife Trudi for allowing you some time to express your commitment to make certain our workers in Washington's instiutions are safe.


In solidarity, 

WFSE Local 443, on behalf of our union siblings at Eastern and Western State Hospitals and all of Washington State Institutions

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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.

Across the nation, women are creating change for working families more than ever before. The Women’s Leadership Academy is ready to train more AFSCME women to be leaders of that change.

WFSE members from the Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) held a summit over the weekend to identify workplace issues and strategize on how they can address them as a union.

Members brought up everything from outdated equipment to the need for biohazard training, issues they plan to take to management next Monday.

Joy Draper, a maintenance lead tech from Tacoma, said that taking on issues starts with becoming a union member.

Fifty-one years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis to help rally the community around 1,300 AFSCME sanitation workers who had gone on strike.

In the 1980s, I was living and going to school in Minnesota when women who worked for state government won a big victory. They got the state to increase the pay of women in “female dominated jobs” by passing a pay equity bill. In other words, they put a dent in the gender pay gap. As a student, I researched and wrote about the process of crafting, passing and implementing that legislation. And I learned something that I have never forgotten: the union made it happen. And not just any union. Our union: AFSCME. 

Our union gained more than 9,000 dues-paying members and nearly 19,000 dues-paying retirees in the last year, suggesting that billionaires and corporations are failing in their effort to “defund and defang” public service unions.

Workers in Missouri and New Mexico have chalked important victories against anti-worker laws that would have robbed them of their voices and the right to bargain collectively.

In Missouri, two separate anti-worker measures, HB 1413 and SB 1007, were halted by state courts last week.

Assistant attorneys general in Washington state have formed a union through AFSCME to gain a voice in their workplace.

The Association of Washington Assistant Attorneys General (AWAAG) joined with the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)/AFSCME Council 28 in late January to secure the right to collectively bargain.

All Washington state agencies rely on the dependable and essential services provided by the Attorney General’s Office.

Steward in Action Training 2/23, 5/18, 10/26 - Contact [email protected]
Continuing Steward Education - 3/23, 9/21, 12/7
Contract Training (8-hour class) - TBD near July 2019

We’ll meet at 9am on Feb 18th at the WFSE Legislative and Political Action (LPA) office (5th Floor, #503) located at 906 Columbia St SW, Olympia, WA 98501. There is plenty of parking on the street and a few reserved spots across from the building. We will reimburse your travel expenses, including parking fees.