Author: TimWelch

News

Naselle members take action against proposed closure

One of the shocking and disappointing parts of the governor’s otherwise commendable budget plan released last week was the proposed closure of the Naselle Youth Camp in Pacific County. The governor would move the 76 youthful offenders to Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie and Green Hill School in Chehalis. But Local 2263 member wasted …

News

Local 1488 and coalition partners stand to protect rights of all UW students gains support

The call by Local 1488 and six other unions at the University of Washington to emphatically protect foreign students and students of color has gotten the attention of the UW president. “There is a lot of fear right now and the university needs to ensure for their students, their staff and the patients that use …

In Memoriam, News

Local 1253 members mourn “fine lady and role model,” retired member Kathryn Lowell

IN MEMORIAM: Kathryn Lowell, a retired and longtime member and activist of Tri-Cities Local 1253 when she worked for DSHS there, died Dec. 17 with her family by her side in Ellensburg. She was 73. She retired in April 2009. Services will be next Wednesday, Dec. 28, in Bancroft, Idaho. Those who knew her remember …

News

Governor’s proposed biennial budget would fund our negotiated pay raises and ratified contracts

The topline: Governor’s proposed biennial budget would fund our negotiated pay raises and ratified contracts. “Modest” increases would go a long way as an Investment in WA. Major initiatives in mental health, children’s, juvenile rehab. We need to be part of the debate and get the right info (no phony “fake” news) to legislators by …

News

Support Tacoma General nurses at safe staffing action Dec. 14

Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) members from Tacoma General are asking for our support fighting for a fair contract.  WSNA has been negotiating with Tacoma General for over one year and are currently in mediation.  The issue SAFETY.  Nurses want to care for their patients.  Currently the number of patients nurses are asked to care for …

News

Effort to help institutions workers in dangerous jobs gets airing

The good humanitarian effort to bring earlier retirement to institutions workers doing jobs with skyrocketing rates of injury will once again go to the Legislature without the recommendation of the state’s pension panel. A majority of the Select Committee on Pension Policy today (Dec. 13) supported the bill to expand eligibility for the Public Safety …

News

Battle over funding of our ratified contracts begins

The Seattle Times today (Dec. 7) is reporting what we already knew: Legislative funding of our negotiated pay raises and ratified contracts isn’t a sure thing. Here’s how the Times report started off: “Gov. Jay Inslee likely won’t release his proposed two-year state budget until next week, but the first fiscal skirmish with legislative Republicans …

News

Inslee budget expected to address proposed new Department of Children, Youth and Families

The governor’s budget proposal due out next week is also supposed to address the unanimous recommendation from his Blue Ribbon Commission to form a new Department of Children, Youth and Families. The recommendation has been the subject of several interim legislative committee hearings in November and last week. The proposed new agency would bring Children’s …

In Memoriam

Condolences for family, colleagues of slain Tacoma PD officer Jake Gutierrez

A message from WFSE/AFSCME President Sue Henricksen to the members of Tacoma Police Union Local 6, AFL-CIO, in wake of last night’s tragic shooting death of Tacoma PD officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez: “As President of the Washington Federation of State Employees Council 28, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your …