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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.  

KODX, Seattle, Dec. 8, 2018

Watch the full town hall meeting held at the UW addressing inequality for workers.

Pamela Knight, a child protective investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS), was sent to check on the welfare of a child last fall.

TAKE ACTION Email GovernorWe're entering the final weeks of contract negotiations when real raises will be won or lost.

This is it — the most critical period in negotiations focused on pay raises for our next union c

The coalition of unions spent the day making the cases for our member most behind the local market.

These raises would be in addition to across-the-board raises put forward at our last session.

The coalition unions FACED A TOUGH GO ON August 20

— Coalition Unions include WFSE 1488 and 3488, and SEIU 925 with support from SEIU 1199 NW — who are not bargaining right now.

We all signed on to 925's two proposals to address and track racism and discrimination in both hiring and operations at the UW and the medical centers and clinics.

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.

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

The more we respond to some of management's language, the more it looks they don’t want to prioritize classified staff issues. The mostfrustrating issue — among many frustrating proposals — was one to make probation for transfer go from six weeks to six months.

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.