Articles by: TimWelch

Naselle members take action against proposed closure

Naselle members take action against proposed closu...

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. […]

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

Local 1488 and coalition partners stand to protect...

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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 […]

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Kathryn Lowell

Local 1253 members mourn “fine lady and role mod...

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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. […]

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

Governor’s proposed biennial budget would fund o...

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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 […]

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Support Tacoma General nurses at safe staffing action Dec. 14

Support Tacoma General nurses at safe staffing act...

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 […]

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Effort to help institutions workers in dangerous jobs gets airing

Effort to help institutions workers in dangerous j...

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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 […]

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WFSE job opening: Labor Advocate

WFSE job opening: Labor Advocate

Labor Advocate Olympia, WA WFSE Headquarters Who We Are: The Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) has a long history of fighting for workers’ rights and employee benefits while tackling social justice issues with passion and energy. The WFSE, Council 28 has been operating in the state capital for over […]

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Battle over funding of our ratified contracts begins

Battle over funding of our ratified contracts begi...

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 […]

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

Inslee budget expected to address proposed new Dep...

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 […]

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Tacoma Police Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez

Condolences for family, colleagues of slain Tacoma...

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 […]

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