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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.

Last year, nearly half a million workers went on strike across the nation, the largest number since 1986, when

In the 1980s, I was living and going to school in Minnesota when women who worked for state government won a big victory. They got the state to increase the pay of women in “female dominated jobs” by passing a pay equity bill. In other words, they put a dent in the gender pay gap. As a student, I researched and wrote about the process of crafting, passing and implementing that legislation. And I learned something that I have never forgotten: the union made it happen. And not just any union. Our union: AFSCME. 

WFSE members from the Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) held a summit over the weekend to identify workplace issues and strategize on how they can address them as a union.

Members brought up everything from outdated equipment to the need for biohazard training, issues they plan to take to management next Monday.

Joy Draper, a maintenance lead tech from Tacoma, said that taking on issues starts with becoming a union member.

Washington State House Democrats proposed a 2019-2021 operating budget on Monday that would provide funding for all collective bargaining agreements. This is good news for state employees, however, the budget process will continue to unfold over the next few weeks.

Invest in Public Services, Invest in Us: Email your state legislators and tell them why it's important to fully fund collective bargaining agreements. You can also leave them a message at 1-855-982-1762.

Our union gained more than 9,000 dues-paying members and nearly 19,000 dues-paying retirees in the last year, suggesting that billionaires and corporations are failing in their effort to “defund and defang” public service unions.

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.