Leanne Kunze began serving as the union’s executive director this February after being selected by the AFSCME Council 28/WFSE Executive Board in January.

Thousands of public employees from across the state called in for a tele town hall on January 30 hosted by President Mike Yestramski and Vice President Andrea Vaughn.

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.

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.


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!

This was day two of bargaining for our locals: Local 3488 (Harborview/Laundry) and Local 1488 (Campuswide/UWMC).

We'll start with a small but important win: Some members of the teams were getting pushback regarding being released for the talks. It appears that has been resolved and we should be at full strength going forward.

The team presented nearly all of the non economic proposals initial proposals. Those are all the issues (except pay issues) members shared with the team and local leadership.