Author: TimWelch

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Parks Commission OKs co-management of Fort Worden, but takes action to protect jobs and bargaining rights

The state Parks Commission Thursday (Dec. 6) ended years of controversy and OK’d a plan calling for a negotiated co-management agreement with the Fort Worden Public Development Authority (PDA) —  but addressed union opposition by directing that any agreement minimizes the direct loss of state jobs. The vote on the grounds of the Evergreen State …

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WFSE/AFSCME mourns the passing of Eva Santos

Eva Santos, state human resources director and the last director of the state Department of Personnel, died Tuesday (Dec. 4) after a long fight with breast cancer. The Federation sends its condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. Santos played a key role in Federation history. She took over as then-Gov. Gary Locke’s chief negotiator …

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Take the pledge Wednesday for jobs, not cuts

This Wednesday, join thousands of other AFSCME members in fighting to keep middle class tax cuts. The Middle Class should not be thrown over the Fiscal Cliff just because the wealthiest 2 percent want to hold onto their millions and billions. Tomorrow, go to: http://action.afscme.org/c/51/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=10617 You’ll get the message. And then you’ll be patched through …

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Devereux named to Inslee transition committee; first meeting today

Federation Executive Director Greg Devereux has been named to Gov.-Elect Jay Inslee’s 34-person transition committee as the incoming chief executive fills cabinet positions, builds a staff and turns his campaign agenda into legislative and executive action. The committee meets for the first time today (Nov. 29) in Seattle. The committee will be divided into issue-specific …

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Observers needed for recount in 17th District Legislative races

The razor-thin races for the state Senate seat and one House position in the 17th District in Clark County are going to a hand recount starting Monday. The Senate Democratic Campaign Committee and House Democratic Campaign Committee are asking any interested Federation members to volunteer as observers. At stake is whether our endorsed candidate, current …