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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.

Pat Devlin, after 30 years of state service at Central Washington University (CWU), has retired.

Pat leaves in his wake a deep well of union history in Washington state. Over his 30-year service, he served Local 330 members as President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer and eight years as a shop steward.

Pat also served as a bargaining team member for the 2009-2011, 2011-2013, 2015-2017 contracts and a delegate to the AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) Policy Committees.

Take a tour through the capitol campus veterans memorials and hear Washington veterans speak about their military experiences Thursday, Nov. 8, in honor of Veterans Day.

Members of WFSE Local 793 met with the Governor today to discuss on-going safety issues at Western State Hospital (WSH).

The members are seeking action to make WSH safer for both staff and patients.

Here's a review of the actions requested:

STAFFING FOR PATIENT CARE AND A SAFER WORKPLACE

Better wages. Check. Better working conditions. Check. And, thanks to unions, we now know there is also a union difference for workers who have access to critical benefits like paid parental leave.

According to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 17 percent of all U.S. workers have access to paid family leave.  

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Victory for represented Consolidated Support Services (CSS) Carpenters and Painters and for Union rights.

In early June our union (WFSE) learned that Eastern State Hospital’s administration contracted with Great Floors to have the basement flooring in ESH’s Eastlake building replaced.