General Government bargaining update

GREEN-CDHL-copyThe General Government Bargaining Team continued its momentum toward a fair contract with two days of bargaining Tuesday and Wednesday.

• Keep up the AFSCME Green show of support. And your show of support from your workplace is having an effect. All those “selfies” and photos of AFSCME Green from Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake to the Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss in Vancouver and all points in between bolstered your bargaining team.

And it was clear that the management side of the table was viewing them, too, based on comments in the give-and-take of bargaining.

Young AFSCME Green supporter at June 24 Solidarity BBQ at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake.

Young AFSCME Green supporter at June 24 Solidarity BBQ at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake.

You can view the latest AFSCME Green for Bargaining ’14 on our flickr and Facebook pages at:>

And remember:

It doesn’t matter what team you’re on, AFSCME GREEN extends solidarity across all bargaining tables. Please send us your worksite photos!

Share a “selfie” with us on FB or Twitter. Tag us “wfsec28”  ALSO email it to us at

• Between now and the next bargaining session Aug. 6, the General Government team will finalize its proposal covering compensation and other economic issues. It will also compile and analyze results of the General Government Bargaining priorities survey arriving in the mail this week. This is a vital action you can take to make sure your voice counts and your ideas are heard as we head into the second half of this summer’s bargaining cycle.

You can take the General Government bargaining survey online at:

The deadline to have mailed-back surveys to the Federation or to take the online version is July 9.

• The General Government team this week reached tentative agreement on four more contract articles and one memorandum of understanding. Most outstanding articles are on management’s side of the table with the Federation team working on counterproposals to several management proposals.

In all, the team spent more than 30 hours with late evening work to work on counterproposals and, with the latest state revenue forecast in, continue key work on the economic proposal to present to management, likely at the next bargaining session.

• Your team continues to take the high road, ready to bargain and look behind the words to get at what problem needs to be solved, both in management and union proposals. Your team is concentrating on constructive problem solving, not nitpicking of language that doesn’t get anyone anywhere.

(Thanks to the General Government Bargaining Team Communications Committee of Kate Rogers, Michael Weisman, Ken Blair and Rick Hertzog for this update on behalf of the team.)


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