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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.

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

Washington State House Democrats proposed a 2019-2021 operating budget on Monday that would provide funding for all collective bargaining agreements. This is good news for state employees, however, the budget process will continue to unfold over the next few weeks.

Invest in Public Services, Invest in Us: Email your state legislators and tell them why it's important to fully fund collective bargaining agreements. You can also leave them a message at 1-855-982-1762.

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.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — AFSCME Council 28/WFSE and Retired Public Employees Council members are remembering longtime activist and community pillar Wanda Riley.

Riley was a leader in WFSE for 30 years, serving on the WFSE and RPEC boards for many years. She passed away Saturday, March 9, surrounded by loved ones in Olympia.

 “Wanda was a dedicated and fiery champion of working people. We will miss her dearly,” said WFSE President Sue Henricksen. 

Washington's information technology (IT) employees are calling on the state's human resources department to stop devaluing their work. A delegation of WFSE members delivered a petition with more than 500 of their coworkers' signatures to Assistant Director of State HR Henry Plaistowe on Tuesday, March 19.

The state began unveiling a new IT structure early this year that was designed to help recruit and retain IT professionals. However, hundreds of employees have said that the manner in which the new structure is being implemented will make the problem even worse.

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.