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Our union held a forum January 17 to clarify the upcoming changes in how the state classifies information technology (IT) positions.

LAS VEGAS — More than 160 AFSCME members gathered in Las Vegas last week to lift up the voice of public service workers and move our union forward.  

Like others around the world, I mourned the death last week of Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul set a new standard for enduring classic songs with both artistic and political impact, like her mega-hit “Respect,” which became an anthem for both the civil rights and women’s movements.

And that song is on my mind as we embark on a week of action dedicated to shining light on the stakes for women in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Our elected bargaining team met with management July 17-19 and again on July 24 to continue the work of negotiating our next contract. Our team achieved gains related to leave use and ensuring that members have a voice in our workplaces.

On July 24 we finalized our compensation proposal with the objectives of catching up to increased costs of living, ensuring the university can retain and recruit a quality workforce so that we can continue to make WSU happen. Only a few items remain to be settled with compensation being the main one.

John Zeman - WFSE Member, Spokane

I’m from South Dakota. It’s a right to work state. I'd like to share my experience and why I'm #UnionStrong.

The average salary of state workers in South Dakota is close to half to two-thirds of what workers in Washington make. The cost of living there is about the same as Spokane, cheaper than Seattle.

Our elected bargaining team met with management July 17-19 and again on July 24 to continue the work of negotiating our next contract.

Our team achieved gains related to leave use and ensuring that members have a voice in our workplaces.

ACT NOW to support IT workers in General Government & Community College Coalition — and the future of classification studies in Washington state!

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5/2018 Mark Hamilton

As part of the settlement agreement our Union’s grievance and Unfair Labor Practice complaint related to the parking zone changes have been withdrawn. 

Our elected bargaining team met with management on June 18-29 to begin the work of negotiating our next contract.  

Our union presented initial proposals to management on Monday, and on Tuesday both parties continued to discuss them. We even received some counter proposals from management.  We reached tentative agreements on ground rules for negotiations, 12 articles, and 3 appendices.

Our WSU bargaining team is Michelle Edenso, Victor Edenso, Nathan Smith, Derek Jones, Trevor Thompson, and Brian Lesko.