WFSE/AFSCME contracts deemed “financially feasible”



WFSE/AFSCME Executive Board listens today to confirmation of the contracts' financial feasibility.

WFSE/AFSCME Executive Board listens today to confirmation of the contracts’ financial feasibility.

Federation Executive Director Greg Devereux this morning confirmed to the union Statewide Executive Board the news reports that Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget office has deemed all of our 2015-2017 contracts “financially feasible.”

This is an important step because it allows Inslee to now include funding for the General Government, Higher Education, Interpreters and Health Care Agreement in his biennial budget proposal he is set to issue the week of Dec. 15.

The Olympian newspaper this morning (http://www.theolympian.com/2014/12/05/3463602_gov-inslees-budget-office-says.html?sp=/99/101/112/&rh=1 ) reported this from the governor’s budget director, David Schumacher:

“In his feasibility letter, Schumacher says the more than two dozen contracts are modest and come after a six-year stretch of ‘stagnant’ wages for public sector employees.

“’At the same time, health care and pension contributions increased as well as inflation, meaning employees have experienced a net loss of wages since 2008,’” Schumacher’s letter states, adding: “’These modest increases are important in order to maintain a quality workforce, be able to recruit talent, stem the workforce turnover within state government, and continue to provide vital services to the public.’’’

While the financial feasibility determination is good news, the Federation is committed to a full-court press to push the funding through. The union’s respective bargaining teams met at Seatac Friday to debrief on contract negotiations and other committees and the Executive Board are meeting this weekend to continue mapping strategy for the efforts needed to win what is called “legislative ratification” of the contracts that brought the first cost-of-living adjustments for most Federation members since 2008 and held the line on health care costs.

Inslee's budget office on Dec. 5 determined the WFSE/AFSCME General Government, Higher Ed, Interpreters and Health Care Agreement contracts as financially feasible; Devereux confirmed the news today to the WFSE/AFSCME Statewide Executive Board.

Inslee’s budget office on Dec. 5 determined the WFSE/AFSCME General Government, Higher Ed, Interpreters and Health Care Agreement contracts as financially feasible; Devereux confirmed the news today to the WFSE/AFSCME Statewide Executive Board.

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