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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.

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Fight to save the UW Laundry spreads to full campus, community, corridors of power

At Save UW Laundry Rally on UW Campus. “It’s really sad they’re trying to close down this laundry.”—Patricia Thomas 

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:

UW LAUNDRY MEMBERS ASK COUNTY COUNCIL’S HELP TO STAY OPEN

Some 50 University of Washington Laundry members – many people of color and immigrants who have embraced the American Dream -- pleaded with the King County Council Monday afternoon (Feb. 26) to join their fight to keep their facility open.

“Please help us – our dream is gone,” Sewalem Gebre, a laundry operator 1 and Local 3488 member, told the council.

The UW claims a $75 million budget shortfall may mean a closure and outsourcing of the facility in Seattle’s Rainier Valley.

Chronicling decades of custodial mistreatment at the UW

Perhaps you were taking a walk through Gowen Hall and found the ground floor linoleum to be awfully sticky. Maybe you were in the back of a Cunningham Hall classroom and accidentally touched a disgustingly dusty windowsill. Or maybe your class in the Health Sciences Building got cancelled because of spilled chemicals. Regardless of the specifics, all of us have, at one point, encountered a situation that would have been prevented with proper custodial attention.

UW and Harborview members speak truth to power on proposed closure of UW Laundry and costly new laundering requirements for HMC custodial staff

AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) workers from the University of Washington (UW) Consolidated Laundry and workers from Harborview Medical Center (HMC) Thursday morning (Jan. 25) called on the Harborview Board of Trustees to uphold the values of King County and support workers on laundry jobs and respect for custodians.

Big victory for six UW painters who defended there work and split a $25,000 settlement

Remember the six painters at the University of Washington who defended their work after discovering their work had been assigned to others?

Not only did they use their 100% Union power to win, this month they're splitting a $25,000 settlement.

Speaking truth to power at King County Council

Local 1488’s Marcie Serafica, swing shift custodian at Haborview Medical Center in Seattle, on Wednesday (Oct. 4) urged the King County Council to continue to hold the University of Washington’s feet to the fire on how the region’s leading trauma center treats employees.

King County owns Harborview, but contracts with the UW to run it.