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The pandemic has led many of us to take stock of our lives and our goals.

WFSE members at Western State Hospital learned to use their union rights as a tool to save the Violence-Reduction Team, a small group that has made huge safety gains over the last several years.

More Americans approve of labor unions today than at any time since 1965, according to annual Gallup poll results released around each Labor Day.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents – 68% – approved of labor unions. That means a clear majority of voters views labor unions favorably. Among adults 18-34 years of age, 77% approve of unions. Support is also high among those with annual household incomes under $40,000.

We are excited to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with the state regarding the effects of the governor’s vaccine mandate. This agreement is a result of our demand to bargain (DTB) and represents a victory for both public health and due process.

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You may have heard about the rising costs of long term care. It's a serious issue, and unless you've been through it, you might not realize how financially overwhelming it can be.

That's why the State of Washington is administering a state-provided long term care benefit funded via a new payroll tax, starting Jan 1, 2022.


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We will continue to provide updates as we learn more about the vaccine mandate along with answers to common questions and concerns.

The Washington Federation of State Employees (AFSCME Council 28) released the following statement regarding vaccine mandates.

After receiving more than 6,000 letters from WFSE members, Governor Inslee’s office has agreed to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a general wage increase for state employees.

Stay tuned for more details.

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After winning hazard pay in March of 2020 — a first for public service workers in Washington state—WFSE Local 304 members at Seattle Colleges did it again. How?