News

LAS VEGAS — More than 160 AFSCME members gathered in Las Vegas last week to lift up the voice of public service workers and move our union forward.  

KODX, Seattle, Dec. 8, 2018

Watch the full town hall meeting held at the UW addressing inequality for workers.

Free College Now Enrolling For The Spring Term

Classes Start January 14

Members at the newly formed DCYF unit are celebrating a hard-won reallocation winning fair pay — and back pay — for the work they do every day.

Union membership equals fair pay, affordable healthcare and retirement security, YES! But it also provides access to union staff resources such as technical support when you need it most.

In July 2017, twelve co-workers at DSHS submitted a position review request (PPR) stating their duties warranted reallocation from Social & Health Program Consultant 1 to Management Analyst 3 (MA3).

Like others around the world, I mourned the death last week of Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul set a new standard for enduring classic songs with both artistic and political impact, like her mega-hit “Respect,” which became an anthem for both the civil rights and women’s movements.

And that song is on my mind as we embark on a week of action dedicated to shining light on the stakes for women in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

We expect revenue will be an issue in the 2019 legislative session and so did the 2017 Legislature.

We need to fix Washington's upside-down tax system. This is one opportunity to address the structure's impact on public services.

The 2017 supplmental budget (SB 6032 Sec. 101) provided for a tax strucutre reform work group to facilitate public discussions throughout the state regarding Washington's tax structure.

Petitions to increase pay Served at Yakima CSO

WFSE members from DSHS CSOs and Call Centers signed petitions asking the DSHS Secretary Cheryl Strange to support pay increases for DSHS Finanicial Service Specialists and WorkFirst Progam Specialists.

Addie Rodriguez, Local 1326 shop steward and member at the Yakima Call Center, and WFSE Council Representatives Phedra Quincey and Gus Gonzalez delivered the signed petitions to the Secretary today during a visit to Yakima.

Contract negotiations for General Government continue.

Great turnout and lots of energy marked Spokane’s first Local Leaders Launch training over the weekend.

Local Leaders Launch training is an opportunity for local officers, stewards and activists to come together for two days of learning and planning to build their locals and our union.

Our Spokane-based Local Leaders Launch training included WFSE locals from central and eastern Washington

Locals will meet again in September to follow up and share progress on their goals and attend more skill-building workshops.

John Zeman - WFSE Member, Spokane

I’m from South Dakota. It’s a right to work state. I'd like to share my experience and why I'm #UnionStrong.

The average salary of state workers in South Dakota is close to half to two-thirds of what workers in Washington make. The cost of living there is about the same as Spokane, cheaper than Seattle.