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2/12/19 - All WFSE offices will remain closed today, Tuesday, February 12. If you need assistance, please email [email protected]

In June 2018, staff at the Thurston Conservation District (TCD) were certified as members of our union, making history by becoming the first conservation district in the state to o

Our union has provided information to help guide IT employees as the state transitions to a new IT structure.

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Washington State Employee

Official newspaper of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28

In October 2017, Mihret Tirfu, a Hospital Assistant at Harborview Medical Center was unjustly medically separated after 17 years at Harborview.

As a union member, her separation was challenged by WFSE and headed to arbitration but the employer settled in mediation after hundreds of signatures demanding Mihret be returned to work were delivered to management.

Stewards are the face of our union, the trusted workplace leaders we go to for information, support and ways to get involved.

We currently have over 950 stewards in AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE), but are always actively recruiting and training new stewards to build our workplace power and ensure all members have union leadership and representation in their workplace.

Thanks to the hard work of our Steward Committee, we are launching a new steward program that includes new classes and a mentor program for stewards-in-training.

Employees of the Thurston Conservation District (TCD) said #UNION YES! for a voice and respect at work by joining WFSE.  

 
Thurston TCD employees are the first conservation district in Washington State (and perhaps the nation) to organize, and they will begin negotiating their own contract soon.
When he first took a job at the Centralia Correctional Center in Illinois, Keith Kracht knew that a career in public service wouldn’t make him a millionaire. But then again, that’s not why he went into public service.

The Department of Education has announced an opportunity for federal student loan borrowers who enrolled in the wrong IBR payment plan to be reconsidered for PSLF.  It has established guidelines for the $350 million given for this purpose in the appropriations bill. This money is available on a first come first serve basis. See press release below for additional information.

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May 23, 2018
Contact: Press Office
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