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Tell legislators: Stop this political nonsense!

State workers are getting layoff notices as Senate GOP refuse to do their job   OLYMPIA (May 26, 2017) — Washington state agencies have been instructed to plan for a partial government shutdown on July 1 because legislators are in a political standoff over the 2017-19 operating budget. In fact, amid a second overtime session […]

Coalition ‘disappointed’ in move to take capital gains off table

OLYMPIA (May 25, 2017) — All In For Action, a coalition of 50 organizations committed to cleaning up Washington’s upside-down tax code, issued the following response to Governor Jay Inslee’s comments on Tuesday that there is not sufficient support in the State Legislature to close the capital gains tax loophole: “The governor has been a strong advocate of fixing our […]

Rally, picket May 20 to save Fircrest School from closure

SHORELINE — The Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 encourages all union members and community supporters to a Save Fircrest Rally and Picket on Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Fircrest School, 15230 15th Ave. NE in Shoreline. (Download, post and share the rally flier.) As state lawmakers continue […]

Bradley Foundation targets unions in Washington state

Reports: Group is funding Freedom Foundation to attack workers’ rights   SEATTLE (May 16, 2017) — Recent reports from the Center for Media and Democracy and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed that Washington is one of the top targets for the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s plans to dismantle unions and state laws protecting workers’ […]

Amid Boeing job cuts, legislators eye tax break accountability

OLYMPIA (May 3, 2017) — The extended special session to approve the state budget has given Washington state legislators a chance to reconsider bills that weren’t approved during the regular session. On Tuesday, the House Finance Committee heard two bipartisan labor-supported bills that would add accountability measures to the state’s lucrative aerospace tax incentives. Since […]

Tax-exempt Freedom Foundation faces AG action over politicking

The following is from the Northwest Accountability Project: OLYMPIA (April 28, 2017) — Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) recommended Thursday that the Attorney General’s Office take action against the Freedom Foundation for allegedly violating state law. The complaint, filed by the Northwest Accountability Project, alleged that the Freedom Foundation violated state law by not registering […]

Policy bills languish in divided Legislature

OLYMPIA (April 14, 2017) — Wednesday was the cutoff deadline for policy bills to have passed both houses of the Washington State Legislature and sent to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature or veto. As in recent years, having Democrats control the House and Republicans control the Senate meant that a lot of policy bills […]

Take action TODAY to fund public services

Support state employees at a Stand Up for Washington event near you   OLYMPIA — Washington’s state employees are our hard-working friends and neighbors who keep our communities safe, care for the elderly and disabled, protect our children, maintain our roads and transportation system, instruct and serve students at state universities and colleges, and provide […]

Rival state budgets demonstrate party values

Dems’ plan funds schools, protects critical services, respects working families; GOP’s plan… doesn’t   OLYMPIA (April 5, 2017) — Last Friday, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved its state spending plan for the 2017-19 biennium. It passed on a strict party-line vote, just as the Republican Senate’s version did the week before. These budgets are […]

Senate Republican budget plan short-changes state employees

GOP ignores state collective bargaining laws, slashes negotiated raises   OLYMPIA (March 21, 2017) — The long-awaited Senate Republican budget proposal was released today, and just as it did two years ago, it short-changes state employees and ignores the state’s collective bargaining laws. Rather than a straight up-or-down vote on the negotiated and ratified state […]


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