SEATTLE – A bill in Congress to address workplace violence for health-care and social-service workers is moving closer to a vote in the House. 

Surrounded by friends and colleagues, Pat Bailey was awarded the Laurie Merta Steward of the Year Award. The ceremony took place June 1st at the Rise Up conference.

WFSE staff and members are mourning the death of labor attorney Anita Hunter.

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.

Our union has provided information to help guide IT employees as the state transitions to a new IT structure. The new structure will be implemented in July of this year (subject to funding by the legislature).

This restructuring will result in changes to IT job classifications. All IT employees should understand the new structure, the documents necessary for appealing reallocation decisions, and the key dates involved in this transition.