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At a time when our country needs real investments in infrastructure, education and public services, congressional leaders 

WFSE members overwhelmingly ratified 2019-2021 contracts today when voting closed at 5pm.

"The hard work of our bargaining teams, and advocacy of our members resulted in h

WFSE members overwhelmingly ratified 2019-2021 contracts today when voting closed at 5pm.

"The hard work of our bargaining teams, and advocacy of our members resulted in historic gains in our 2019-2021 contracts. We are stronger together." — Amy Spiegel, WFSE Director of Negotiations

A tentative agreement was reached September 11 on a new General Government contract for state employees that includes:

Rehabilitation workers at Western State Hospital (WSH) delivered a strong message to DSHS & Dave Holt, CEO at Western State Hospital. 

Many rehabilitation staff job classes are more than 30% behind the states own salary survey. 

Petitions demanding fair pay for DOC support staff were delivered September 5 to Steve Johnson, DOC SW Regional Administrator and Jeannette Dixon, DOC Labor Relations Consultant.

9/6/18

RALLY at Western State Hospital (WSH) FRI Sep7 from 1-3pm. Gather at the flagpole.

AFSCME members in Washington state are demanding solutions to ensure worker safety after one of their co-workers – sister Christa Butters – was assaulted by a patient who had a history of violence.

Member actions across the state are working!

We have mobilized to the Governor’s office at the Capitol, Seattle and other actions in Wenatchee, Yakima, Vancouver, and Spokane. Your calls, e-mails, and social media actions are pressuring the Governor.

Substantial progress has been made at negotiations over the last two days. We have momentum but must keep pushing to achieve a strong contract.

Negotiations start back up on September 10 & we need to finish strong.

No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

Negotiated Policies to Date

Below is a running list of the policies our Union and DCYF management have finished bargaining over. The documents are the marked up, draft outcomes of those discussions and formatting and other updates will be made.