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Our teams experienced a frustrating session bargaining with the UW on Monday.

The Governor needs to hear from you!

87% of state employees are behind market rate.

We need FAIR PAY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE NOW!

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It's time to close the gap on pay for state employees.

Right now we are bargaining our next union contracts. Here's two things you can do help win fair pay and affordable healthcare:

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.

Another tough slog with the employer

While a couple of good things are close being settled they still push back and try to control our stewards — "well if we pay them we think we should have some control came across the table."

Our team is getting very frustrated about some of the hills management seems to want to force us to die on.

The UW has not met with any unions about wages and pay yet. WFSE’s union bargaining team is working on pay proposals to get raises for everyone.

We are also working on getting increases for groups of workers who are behind the market, and are not getting paid as much as similar employees who work at other governments and private companies.

Our union bargaining team is working on proposals to get targeted raises for workers.

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

At the Washington State Labor Council Convention in Wenatchee, Local 3488 UW Laundry workers were awarded the Mother Jones Award:

Mother Jones said “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living”. This year’s recipients of the Mother Jones Award do exactly that.

OUR 3488 AND 1488 TEAMS PUT IN ANOTHER CHALLENGING DAY.

Management completed their non-economic proposals.

Our strength in numbers resulted in some good news regarding some of the MOU's they wanted to roll over and continue for the next agreement. Those MOU's involved some premium and certification pays in the medical centers and laundry. Another reason to keep supporting our members at consolidated laundry!