Author: TimWelch

News

BULLETIN! Life insurance open enrollment extended through Dec. 16, 2016

The deadline to enroll in or increase your optional life insurance for yourself or eligible dependents has been extended from Nov. 30 to Dec. 16. The extension came because the Health Care Authority has been overwhelmed by sign ups. Here are details provided by the Health Care Authority: Life insurance open enrollment extended through Dec. …

News

Tips for a union-friendly Thanksgiving — and Black Friday

From our friends at Labor 411: A feast for all As you celebrate a festive Thanksgiving holiday with family, friends and the special people in your life, Labor 411 reminds you to be grateful for the employers who provide their employees with living wages and a great working environment. Consult our union-made Thanksgiving shopping list …

News

ALERT! The election’s not over until all ballots are counted — action needed NOW! in 5th, 19th & 30th districts

ALERT! The election’s not over until all ballots are counted. And our endorsed candidates in the 5th, 19th and 30th districts likely will need all votes counted to make sure they’re elected. For instance: • In the 5th District, our endorsed candidate Sen. Mark Mullet’s lead is only 907 votes. • In the 19th District, …

News

Open enrollment update: Here are remaining Benefits Fairs

It’s the last week of the Health Benefits Fairs where you can get information if you want to switch health plans or need to act during this one-time-only window period on the optional life insurance. Open enrollment ends Nov. 30. Here is the schedule of remaining Health Benefits Fairs: Bellingham November 16, 2016 8:30 to …

News

United, we show lawmakers why our ratified contracts and negotiated pay raises matter

Federation members decked out in AFSCME Green t-shirts packed a Senate budget hearing Monday (Nov. 14) – and the senators got the message that our ratified contracts and negotiated pay raises will go a long way to keeping the employees who provide vital social services, public safety, health and other public services. “They (the senators) …

Community

Mark your calendars: Strategies for Sustainability at the Intersection of Labor and Community

Strategies for Sustainability at the Intersection of Labor and Community Emerging Leaders Conference Kick-Off Panel Celebration Event Friday Evening, December 9, 2016 – from 5:30 to 8:30   You will hear moving testimony from esteemed labor leaders and community activists about: * Their vision for a more inclusive labor movement * Their survival tactics and …

News

In the wake of the election: A day full of reflection, holding true to our core values.

From WFSE/AFSCME President Sue Henricksen: Today as the proud President of AFSCME/WFSE Council 28 it is a day full of reflection. Many are asking questions about what happened last night and what will it all mean? I don’t know if anyone has the answer to that question but I do know that we will continue …

News

In THIS Washington, historic victories for working families

From WSLC’s The Stand: (Nov. 9, 2016) — Washington state’s labor movement led the charge for some historic victories on behalf of working families on Tuesday night, but the stunning election of Donald Trump as President of the United States cast a dark cloud over local celebrations. Nevertheless, this morning the sun rises on an …

News

Election day is tomorrow – get your ballot in

Don’t forget to get your ballot in by tomorrow’s General Election. Just a few key races will determine if we have a 2017 Legislature that values public service employees. These key races will likely be decided by fewer than 100 votes. Our voice and vote matter. View our members’ endorsed candidates and positions on three …

News

Reminder: Open enrollment in progress for health, life insurance

Open enrollment when you can make changes to health insurance and act on the one-time-only opportunity on optional life insurance is in progress. To see important links, go to comprehensive post at: http://wfse.org/pebb-update-102816/ You can get questions answered at a Health Benefits Fair. Here is the schedule of Health Benefits Fairs from Nov. 8 to …