The online votes are in and all 10 Federation contracts for 2017-2019 have been ratified. Online voting ended at 5 p.m. today (Sept. 30). All contracts were ratified by “overwhelming” margins, according to the Election Committee.
The tally was certified at 5:32 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 by the Council 28 Election Committee of: Bing Bristol, Department of Enterprise Services, Local 443; Ken Grubb, Department of Labor and Industries, Local 443; and Steve Segall, Department of Social and Health Services, Local 443.
Here are the results:
- Central Washington University – RATIFIED 40-18
- Community College Coalition of 12 Community Colleges – RATIFIED (format of results reporting determined by the bargaining team).
- Eastern Washington University – RATIFIED 100-10
- General Government – RATIFIED 5,034 – 228.
- Interpreters – RATIFIED 187-2.
- The Evergreen State College Classified Staff – RATIFIED 77-1
- University of Washington – RATIFIED 630-91
- University of Washington Police Management – RATIFIED 11-0
- Washington State University – RATIFIED 32-1
- Western Washington University – RATIFIED 139-7
Congratulations to all bargaining teams, members who voted and staff and members who got the vote out. To review the gains in your contract, go to: http://wfse.org/neverquit/ and click on your contract.
This is a big step, but not the last….
Now that we have voted to ratify our new union contracts, the Washington state Legislature must fund our contracts too.
That’s called “Legislative Ratification.” The Legislature has the final say on funding the parts of our contract on compensation and health care. (On non-economic parts of the contracts, they have no veto power.)
Only then will we see a raise on July 1, 2017.
But some legislators in the Senate Majority Coalition are already questioning whether to fund our raises:
“State Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, (the vice chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee) said rejection of the contracts is a real possibility next year….
“’On the surface, it’s hard to see how you could come to the conclusion that these (contracts) are financially feasible, (Braun told The Olympian Sept. 14).” SOURCE: The Olympian, 9/14/16 – http://www.theolympian.com/news/politics-government/article101697792.html
How can we help to send legislators to Olympia in 2017 who share our public service values — and are willing to invest in state employees? Please join us for the critical next step to winning fair pay for state employees. Find out how by emailing Brandon Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting our online action center at http://wfse.org/wfse-walks-get-out-the-vote/
And remember, to ensure legislative ratification of our contract, it is important for all members to vote for legislative candidates in the Nov. 8 General Election. Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Check your voter status to make sure you can vote in the General Election by going to our website at: http://wfse.org/voter-status-updates/