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Workers on Janus: A Political Effort to Further Rig the Rules Against Working People

The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will try for a second time to decide whether 5 million government workers can refuse to pay union fees, accepting a case that could deal a major blow to the labor movement’s finances and clout. In a joint statement, the nation's four largest public employee unions call the …

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Save the date: The 2018 AFSCME NW Region Public Safety Conference

The 2018 AFSCME NW Region Public Safety Conference is scheduled for March 9-11, 2018 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington Hotel.¬† This biennial conference brings both Council 28 and 75 members together to¬†discuss the latest issues affecting public safety & law enforcement as well as an opportunity to meet and network with other public safety sisters …

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State Capital Budget Held Hostage – Day 159

State Capital Budget Held Hostage – Day 159 The Olympian Editorial Board has condemned the stalemate on the state Capital Construction Budget. It’s spawning lawsuits and people face harm. The Olympian today (9/27/17) in an editorial titled "State capital budget hostages still at risk," wrote: “the Senate Republican coalition is to blame for taking the …

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Union Helps Member Who Lost Home to Brush Fire

For 36 years, while working for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services as an administrative hearings coordinator, AFSCME Local 862 (Council 28) activist Karen Mork advocated for people who needed food, financial help and medical assistance. Then, just three months after retiring, she lost her home in a brush fire and found …

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Reminder: Emerging Leaders Conference: Social Justice Unionism in the Face of RTW

If you’re not a delegate to the WFSE/AFSCME Convention, you might be interested in this important conference. WHAT: Emerging Leaders Conference: Social Justice Unionism in the Face of RTW WHEN: Friday Evening, October 13th, 2017, 5:30pm – 8:30pm Saturday, October 14th, 2017, 9am – 8:30pm   WHERE: Georgetown Campus of South Seattle College   NOTE: …

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In Memoriam: Alvin Turner, Memphis Sanitation Worker and Labor Hero

Passing of a giant. May he rest in peace. Brother Turner said a few years ago: "If you don't stand strong and together, you're going to lose." What was true in Memphis in 1968 is still true today all across Washington and the United States. This is what 100% Union is all about. #100pctUnion AFSCME …

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Results of elections for 2019-2021 bargaining teams and bargaining communication teams

UPDATED 10/11/17: Here are the results of elections for Federation bargaining teams that will negotiate the next (2019-2021) contracts. Ballots were counted Sept. 21 at WFSE/AFSCME Headquarters in Olympia. The election team was Imelda Ang and Kodi Gaddis, both of Local 443. The WFSE/AFSCME president will appoint members to fill vacancies. This updated list reflects …

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L&I proposes 2.5% rate decrease for 2018

Safety net for injured workers strengthened by sArialafety, return-to-work efforts From The Stand: On Wednesday, the news got even better. L&I announced a proposal to decrease rates an average of 2.5 percent in 2018, collectively saving the state’s employers about $67 million or an average of about $34 less per employee in 2018. In Washington, …

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National labor press “Pulitzers” awarded to WFSE/AFSCME Communications Committee, staff

Seven "Excellence in Labor Journalism" awards have gone to WFSE/AFSCME's well-rounded communications program overseen by the union's Communications Committee. The awards, announced today by the International Labor Communications Association, AFL-CIO, included the prestigious Saul Miller Award for collective bargaining coverage. That package, "31 days that changed our lives," spotlighted the final days of our successful …