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State moves to restore OT pay protections

After four decades of inaction, L&I releases “pre-draft” towards updated overtime rules that could restore protections to hundreds of thousands of salaried workers.   OLYMPIA (Oct. 9, 2018) — On Friday, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) released “pre-draft” rules, which could restore overtime protections to hundreds of thousands of salaried workers […]

Outdated overtime rules costing ‘salaried’ workers billions

Washington state’s outdated overtime pay standards are estimated to cost workers $4.2 billion each year in lost wages and time.   (Oct. 1, 2018) — Time is money, and employers in Washington state are taking both — to the tune of $4 billion worth from salaried workers this year alone. That startling figure represents the […]

WFSE: Tentative deal reached on 2-year deal with 6% raises

UPDATE from WFSE (Oct. 1, 2018) — Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME members ratify contracts — “The hard work of our bargaining teams, and advocacy of our members resulted in historic gains in our 2019-2021 contracts,” said Amy Spiegel, WFSE Director of Negotiations. “We are stronger together.” WFSE’s General Government contract included across-the-board raises of 6 percent over two […]

Washington ranked #1 (again) for aerospace manufacturing

New study ranks state as best place on the planet for aerospace manufacturing   By DAVID GROVES The Stand SEATTLE (Sept. 13, 2018) — In June, an internationally respected aerospace analyst released the most comprehensive data-driven aerospace competitiveness study ever performed. It found that Washington state is — by far — the best location in the United States to […]

Washington ranked as best state to work in new report

Paid family leave, higher minimum wage, other protections boost our state   OLYMPIA (Aug. 31, 2018) — Washington is the best state for workers, according to a ranking released Thursday by Oxfam America. The organization based its findings on wages, worker protections and workers’ rights in all 50 states and the nation’s capital — and only the District of […]

PNW apprenticeship conference: Sign up now and save money

TACOMA — The 2018 Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference, which promotes the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship through education of policy makers, employers, apprenticeship sponsors and workforce and education professionals, isn’t until Dec. 4-5 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. But NOW is the time to register and save money. The early-bird registration fee of $150 expires on […]

Tell Inslee: Fair pay, affordable health care for state employees

(Aug. 9, 2018) — Today, members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 are having a Fair Pay and Real Opportunity Day of Action with WFSE bargaining teams that are currently negotiating wages, rights and working conditions holding Unity Breaks across the state. TAKE A STAND — All union members and community […]

A fantastic day for labor candidates, causes

A big win in Missouri, plus a strong showing in Washington’s primary   (Aug. 8, 2017) — Tuesday’s election results offered great news for working people. In Missouri, voters resoundingly rejected Proposition A, their Republican legislature’s effort to create so-called “right to work (for less)” restrictions on their state. It was a rare opportunity for […]

State to feds: Don’t slash farmworker wages

OLYMPIA (July 31, 2018) — Washington’s apple industry has been pressuring both the Washington State Employment Security Division (ESD) and the federal Department of Labor (DOL) to lower harvest wages between $4-6 per hour for the upcoming 2018 apple harvest. But after a state agriculture lobbying group bragged that its manipulation of apple harvest survey […]

Tell Gov. Inslee: Restore state’s successful interpreter services

The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: OLYMPIA (July 24, 2018) — For the past six years, the Washington state government has had a successful interpreter services program that provides language access to Medicaid and DSHS Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons. In 2017, the statewide vendor, CTS LanguageLink, processed payments for […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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