Inslee told: "Your economic offer is not sufficient"



Ecology members visit with the General Government Bargaining Team Sept. 3 after delivering petitions to their management and before dropping more off with the governor.

Ecology members visit with the General Government Bargaining Team Sept. 3 after delivering petitions to their management and before dropping more off with the governor.

Two days of marathon negotiations ended at 12:18 a.m. Friday morning as the General Government Bargaining Team told Gov. Jay Inslee’s team there could be no settlement today.

Our chief negotiator, AFSCME’s Steve Kreisberg, who has seen post-recession settlements across the nation, spoke for the entire team when he told the governor’s representatives “your economic offer is not sufficient.”

Progress was made over the two days, but on the big issues you’ve identified in the recent priorities survey, not enough to come to an agreement.

Ecology members from Spokane, Yakima, Vancouver, Lacey and elsewhere outside bargaining site.

Ecology members from Spokane, Yakima, Vancouver, Lacey and elsewhere outside bargaining site.

The lines of communication remain open. Discussions should continue. But no further negotiations have been scheduled at this time.

The bargaining team, the WFSE Spring movement and others will now put an action plan into place that builds on all the thousands of actions you’ve taken. The It’s COLA time events, the visits to agency directors, the petitions, the phone calls, the e-mails have all made a difference. We can’t go into details, but the gains your General Government Bargaining Team has already made at the table would not have been possible if the governor’s negotiators didn’t see you were out there day in and day out standing up for a fair helping of decency.

Now, we build and move forward and continue that momentum. Join that movement. Much is coming. Watch for how you can play a vital role.

Now, Gov. Inslee needs to stop worrying about the Seattle Times and nutty fringe groups. He needs to put into play what he’s talked about toward his state employees. It’s about respect and it’s time to show that. It’s time for Gov. Inslee to talk the talk and walk the walk.

Stay tuned. Much more is coming.

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