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Our union has provided information to help IT employees navigate the new IT structure. The new structure was implemented on July 1, 2019.

SEATTLE — More than a year after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling some thought would deal a major blow to unions, the organizations show no signs of slowing down in Washington state.

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.

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.  

At the AFSCME Volunteer Member Organizer Rise Up conference, VMOs from around the country attended skill-building training sessions and visited Nevada state employees to share the vision of improving the quality of public services and the lives of those who provide those services.