WFSEcon17 – it’s a wrap

Catch up with what happened this weekend at Convention. See the Convention Daily newsletter pdfs below for even more coverage. Or check our Convention FB

Saunders: Our enemies want to “de-fund and de-fang us”

AFSCME President Lee Saunders fired up the kickoff of WFSECon17 with a call to renewed commitment against dishonest think tanks and a looming potential adverse United States Supreme Court decision.

Don’t be fooled by the think tanks that lie about us and those who say less is more.

“What’s at stake here is nothing less than freedom…,” Saunders said. “They want to de-fund and de-fang us.”

The answer is to organize and mobilize from community to community to community, he said.

“Our job will never be done…,” Saunders said. “The other side has deep pockets and political advantages but we’ve got guts and we’ve got grit. We’ve got thick skin and we’ve got spines. We will never quit.”

Inslee: “I believe in state employees”

WFSECon delegates greeted Gov. Jay Inslee with a standing ovation while the Beatles’ “Revolution” played.

Inslee, who the Seattle Times said “has attracted national attention as a leading Democratic critic of the White House,” caught the mood of the delegates.

“We need a revolution so the working people of our state have a good wage that keeps going all the time,” Inslee said.

“That’s the revolution we need.”

Delegates lauded the governor for his support of fair contract provisions that in the latest contracts brought across-the-board pay raises, special pay adjustments and the first increase in vacation in 40 years.

“I believe in Washington state employees,” Inslee said. “I believe they are some of the hardest-working people in the state. I believe they are committed to the people they serve. I believe their jobs are based on empathy and compassion and public service….

“I just believe in what state employees do, I believe in what you do and I want to thank you for what you do.”

He rejected the “my way or the highway” attitude of the state Senate Majority who are holding up the state Capital Construction Budget to get their version of an unrelated water rights bill.

The governor said that budget hostage-taking hurts schools, parks, natural resources, higher education and much
more. And it’s resulted in the layoffs of WFSE/AFSCME members.

Inslee becomes chair of the Democratic Governors’ Association in December

Together, we all need to grow the numbers, grow the movement.

Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson – and labor movement leader in Washington state, stands with state workers and public service.

A Local 443 member, he emphasizes that the economy is being restructured by billionaires. We need to unite to overcome RTW, racial injustice, and give voice to labor at the bargaining table, in the halls of government and at the ballot box.

Together, we all need to grow the numbers, grow the movement.

Officers elected and swore in for 2017-2019

Delegates to the 47th Biennial Convention elected AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) Officers for 2017-2019 are Sue Henricksen (Local 53), Judy Kuschel (Local 313), Tracy Stanley (Local 1400) and Don Hall (Local 1466).

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