Creation of DCYF

Creation of DCYF (5/2018)

In February of 2016 Governor Inslee established the Blue Ribbon Commission on Delivery of Services to Children and Families. The commission’s task was to recommend the organizational structure of a new agency that focused solely on children and families. In November of 2016 they issued their final report, which can be found here: https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/health-care-human-services/blue-ribbon-commission-children-and-families.

Based on that report, and following passage by the legislature, Inslee signed HB 1661 in July of 2017 creating the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). July 1, 2018 DSHS/CA and DEL will merge to form the new DCYF. Multiple reports to the legislature are due in November and December of 2018. This will inform the decision making about the addition of some childcare functions and JR to DCYF. It is important to note that the law is written to include them effective in 2019. You can find more information about the timeline here: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/oiaa/timeline-deliverables-hb-1661.

Our Union bargaining team has begun meeting with the employer over the many facets of implementing this new agency.

This will occur over several meetings and months and will include discussion or bargaining over many things like work locations, leave approvals, layoff units, agency policies, protections for permanent status, and a new UMCC, just to name a few.

Our first meeting occurred on 4/17/18 and the team spent time discussing and outlining all of the tasks that lie ahead to ensure a thorough and thoughtful bargaining process. 

The bargaining dates are 4/17, 4/23, 5/7, 5/18, and 5/21/18.

Our Union bargaining team is Cynthia Anstiss, Damon Corrigan and Rita Swanson from DEL, Sandra Hilzedenger, Joyce Murphy, and Jeanette Obelcz from DSHS/CA, Gabe Hall from DSHS/JR, WFSE President Sue Henricksen, and WFSE Staff Laura Hartless and Amy Spiegel. You can also find more information in Labor Advocate Laura’s Hartless’s monthly reports.