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Megha Desai is a public defender in Multnomah County, Oregon. In a given week, she might work upwards of 60 hours. Right now, she has about 145 open cases.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — On Wednesday, community and family gathered to honor fallen and injured Washington State Department of Transportation workers.

Big win for WSU-Puyallup members

Members of the new WFSE/AFSCME bargaining unit at Washington State University’s Puyallup Research and Extension Center today (March 7) voted unanimously to immediately come under the current, 2017-2019 union contract for WSU members.

BULLETIN! WSU members take their message directly to Board of Regents.

Washington State University members of Local 1066 Friday alerted the WSU Board of Regents to a number of issues as part of their commitment to the students and Pullman campus community. They appeared at the regents' meeting in Tri-Cities, where members of WFSE/AFSCME Tri-Cities Local 1253 assisted them in solidarity.

More on Monday’s Supreme Court hearing

Top quotes from Monday’s US Supreme Court hearing on the Janus case that aims to install inequality at the bargaining table (to negotiate wages to sustain our families) and also in representing state employees’ contract rights in the workplace:

Local 1066 fights yet another proposed increase in parking rates.

Eric Needham, Local 1066 Secretary and WFSE representative on WSU’s Parking Committee, staved off a Valentine’s Day vote on a proposed 2.8% parking increase slated for next year.

Eric demanded that the vote be tabled until the Committee was able to review the Parking budget. Full transparency from WSU is needed, especially in this time of a self-inflicted budget crisis.

Local 1066 members are still fighting a unilateral cost increase imposed at the beginning of the school year.

WSU student journalist exposes critical deferred maintenance issue we should all care about

From the Washington State University Daily Evergreen campus newspaper in Pullman.

Note: Our Local 1066 members there have also raised the alarm on this issue because they take their job seriously -- keeping the WSU Pullman community safe and sound and a good place to learn and work.

Here’s some of what WSU journalist Luke Hudson wrote Feb. 20:

 WSU members gain greater voice with merger of two bargaining units

Two bargaining units merged into one will bring a greater voice on the worksite and at the bargaining table for some 140 affected members at Washington State University.

Merged into the new Construction Services, Maintenance Services and Waste Management Sections Bargaining Unit were the members in the previous units representing maintenance and construction workers and the one for waste management workers.

The merger also brings valuable contract advantages, too.

12/19/17

WSU members challenge detrimental parking changes

Local 1066 members at the main Washington State University campus in Pullman are fighting back to ensure safe parking areas in the face of detrimental – and unilateral – changes announced by the university.