GENERAL GOVERNMENT Contract Negotiations

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GENERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

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NEWS

It’s never too early to prepare for the ratification vote on your next contract

Most WFSE/AFSCME contracts are still in negotiation. But members say in previous years, they felt crunched when it came time to vote on the contract. Sometimes, contracts don’t wrap up until late September – but under the law, all contracts have to be ratified and forwarded to the governor’s budget office by Oct. 1. So ...

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Seattle City Council unanimously backs WFSE/AFSCME members' push for geographic pay

All nine members of the Seattle City Council are urging Gov. Jay Inslee to support “geographic pay” (sometimes called “locality pay”) for state employees living in high-cost areas. Local 304 member Brooks Salazar and Dale Bright, president of the Martin Luther King County Central Labor Council, accepted the signed letter from Councilmember Lisa Herbold Aug. ...

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Latest bargaining update: Time for action in General Government!

General Government Bargaining Update 8/9/16 THE FACTS: Our General Government Bargaining Team met for their latest round of bargaining Aug. 8 and 9. This capped two weeks of negotiations where the General Government team worked into the night to move as many articles forward as the focus intensifies on our top identified priorities: real pay ...

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Respect IS a living wage

Members from King County locals (304, 341, 308, 843, 976) greeted Governor Inslee's negotiators this morning with a clear message:  #LocalityPay now! Respect IS a living wage Pay equity based on cost-of-living differences. Let's face it, the cost for rent/mortgage, childcare, food is all higher in King County (and other locations in Washington state). Paying ...

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General Government Bargaining Update 8/5/16: TAKE ACTION!

General Government Bargaining Update 8/4/16 THE FACTS: Our General Government Bargaining Team met for their latest round of bargaining Aug. 2 and 3. They reached agreement on several more articles to bring the number of tentative agreements to 39. They worked on a comprehensive response to the state’s compensation proposal. The team returns to the ...

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WSLC Resolves: fair contracts for state employees

INVEST IN WASHINGTON — FAIR CONTRACT FOR STATE EMPLOYEES Resolution #34 WHEREAS, 99% of state employees are paid below market rate of their counterparts in private and public sectors in state’s own salary survey; and WHEREAS, 600 state employees leave state service monthly, often due to low pay and workload; and WHEREAS, 1 million more ...

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General Government Bargaining Update 7/29/16

DOSH members to state negotiators: End the recruitment and retention crisis Dozens of safety and health professionals from the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the Department of Labor and Industries marched and rallied before the start of General Government bargaining July 28. This after the 2016 Legislature failed to address the problem of ...

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DOSH workers rally for competitive pay

About one in three safety and health professionals has left state service after two years. OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state employees who make sure workers are safe on the job are rallying today in Olympia for competitive wages. Employees from the Department of Labor and Industries' Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or DOSH, want ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: General Government Bargaining Team presents compensation package that aims to end “alarming trend”

Special General Government Bargaining Team update 7/7/16 Highlights: • Compensation package for 30,000 state agency workers presented to management. See special report below. • Members voice support in person and with online “solidarity messages”; effort for a fair contract hits the airwaves • Major contract event set for Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the state Capitol ...

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AUG 31 RALLY How can we get ahead when 99% are behind

VIDEO from Seattle Rally: It's about a lot more than our contracts 99% of state employees are paid below market rate That's right. 99% We can’t afford to be left behind again. Union contract negotiations are underway - a perfect time to let agency leadership know this is unacceptable. We need agency leadership to support ...

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TEAM RESOURCES

TEAM INFORMATION

  • Lead Negotiators: Greg Devereux and Amy Spiegel
  • Supplemental Bargaining Negotiators:
    • AGR – Lewis Woods
    • DOT – Bob Keller
    • DOC – Anita Hunter
    • DSHS – Amy Spiegel

SCHEDULE

  • NEGOTIATIONS:  SEP 13, Red Lion Hotel – Olympia

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Labor and Industries members Laura Farley (left) and Sarah Moran get ready for Unity Rally because s strong contract matters.

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