Articles by: TimWelch

Inslee launches new Resilient Washington subcabinet in preparation for Big One

Inslee launches new Resilient Washington subcabine...

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today (Nov. 4) issued a directive to state agencies to bolster Washington state efforts to prepare for a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. The directive establishes a new Resilient Washington subcabinet charged with providing a coordinated approach to preparing for and responding to a major earthquake […]

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Coalition letter outlines framework for EFFECTIVE climate policy: Why it’s important for WFSE members

Coalition letter outlines framework for EFFECTIVE ...

Our union is part of a broad coalition of community leaders that is working on solutions to bring effective climate policy in Washington. Together with some of our partners from the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, the coalition has issued an open letter to the public announcing that “we […]

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IMPORTANT: Time and meeting locations changed for Tacoma, Vancouver Super Saturday events

IMPORTANT: Time and meeting locations changed for ...

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Join Nov. 5 Super Saturday GOTV events in Tacoma, Vancouver, Spokane GOTV WFSE WALKS/SUPER SATURDAY (11/5/16): IMPORTANT UPDATE 11/3/16: Time and location for Tacoma and Vancouver Super Saturday events changed. Details below. Join Nov. 5 Super Saturday GOTV events in Tacoma, Vancouver, Spokane Just a few key races will be […]

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Sen. Andy Hill at 10/6/13 appearance before WFSE/AFSCME Conservative Caucus.

In memoriam: Sen. Andy Hill

Sen. Andy Hill, the state Senate’s chief budget writer, has died following a recurrence of lung cancer that had been in remission since 2010.  Hill, who never smoked, was 54. He was a worthy opponent on our issues. Still, he appeared at one memorable WFSE Conservative Caucus Convention Breakfast in […]

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WFSE job opening: Deputy Executive Director

WFSE job opening: Deputy Executive Director

The Washington Federation of State Employees is now recruiting for the position of Deputy Executive Director. Deputy Executive Director 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 […]

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NO ON 732: A few FAQs on why WFSE/AFSCME members have voted to oppose Initiative 732

NO ON 732: A few FAQs on why WFSE/AFSCME members h...

“Initiative 732, the carbon tax measure on November’s ballot, is opposed or not supported by the labor movement, communities of color and social justice organizations, most environmental organizations, businesses, the Washington State Democratic Party, the Washington State Republican Party, and many others. “Why is that? “For most of us, it […]

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Is our election system secure from cyberattack? Ca...

Some interesting 2016 General Election FAQs from the Secretary of State’s Office. Q: Is our election system secure from cyberattack? Washington employs the recommendations raised by security experts, and have done so for years. Such as Paper based systems, including voter verifiable paper audit trails, Independent testing, Pre- and post-election […]

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Sgt. Allen Brandt (Photo courtesy City of Fairbanks, Alaska)

In memoriam: Fairbanks PD Sgt. Allen Brandt

We told you a few weeks ago about the brutal wounding of our AFSCME brother on the Fairbanks Police Department, Sgt. Allen Brandt. Sgt. Brandt died Friday (Oct. 28) of complications from eye surgery. Federation President Sue Henricksen issued this statement on hearing that sad news: “AFSCME Council 28 mourns […]

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IMPORTANT FOR STATE EMPLOYEE MEMBERS: You may need to act on optional life insurance during open enrollment Nov. 1-30

IMPORTANT FOR STATE EMPLOYEE MEMBERS: You may need...

UPDATES 11/1/16: • Life insurance: Your one-time opportunity in November will guarantee coverage starting in 2017: metlife-one-time-opportunity • 2016 Benefits Fairs and Webinar Schedule: open-enrollment-benefit-fairs • Annual Open Enrollment Webinar Schedule: webinar   PREVIOUS 10/31/16 POST: For state employee members in General Government, colleges and universities: • Open enrollment for […]

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Another court victory against those attacking your privacy

Another court victory against those attacking your...

A judge in Olympia today blocked another attack on your privacy – at least until March. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Mary Sue Wilson on Oct. 28 granted the preliminary injunction requested by the Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME and other unions against the mysterious “johnsmithofwa.” The judge’s order enjoins, […]

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