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Funding state contracts is good for business


OLYMPIA — Washington’s small businesses are supporting state employees by urging the State Legislature to fund the state collective bargaining agreements. Several hundred business owners around the state have signed postcards to their legislators that say funding the contracts is good for business and good for local economies. Those postcards will be delivered to legislators […]

Map shows state is united for fair revenue


OLYMPIA (May 26, 2015) — This Thursday marks the end of the first special session, and there is still no budget agreement in sight. House Democrats are seeking new revenue that makes the wealthiest and big corporations “pay their fair share” and Senate Republicans continue rallying around their “no new taxes” slogan. Polling of Washington […]

State employees to walk out in unison over stalled raises


UPDATE — See news coverage of the WFSE May 20 “unity breaks.” The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: In the largest coordinated job action since their successful strike 14 years ago, thousands of state employees will walk out of more than 70 worksites Wednesday, May 20 to call […]

WSLC urges state legislators not to attend Kerry TPP event


(May 19, 2015) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, sent the following letter to state lawmakers on Monday in advance of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Tuesday promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the Boeing factory in Renton: Dear Washington State Legislators: For the past 18 months the […]

Statewide radio ads remind all that ‘Public Service Matters’


(May 11, 2015) — As the special overtime session of the Washington State Legislature continues, lawmakers are still deliberating whether to fund state employees’ contracts, which would grant public workers their first general pay increases in seven years. For weeks, as these operating budget negotiations have continued, state employees and their supporters in communities around […]

49 for Fairness: People’s hearing calls for fair revenue package


OLYMPIA (May 5, 2015) — While State House and Senate budget leaders negotiate behind closed doors, Washington United for Fair Revenue called its own people’s hearing on Monday, featuring testimony from people representing each of Washington’s 49 legislative districts. Taxpayers, small business owners, teachers, nurses, parents, and many others from Walla Walla to Bellingham to Vancouver delivered […]

Events this week to honor, fund our public employees


OLYMPIA (May 4, 2015) — This week is the national Public Service Recognition Week honoring the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. In Washington, it coincides with the campaign to remind state legislators that Public Service Matters with events in support of fully funding the negotiated […]

Legislative Update: Sen. Hill’s collective bargaining chips


State workers’ livelihoods held hostage by ideological gambit   OLYMPIA (May 1, 2015) — The votes are there. A majority of state senators agrees with Gov. Jay Inslee and the House of Representatives that state employees deserve to get their first general wage increases in seven years by fully funding the negotiated collective bargaining agreements. […]

Message to Olympia: Public Service Matters!


(April 20, 2015) — Hundreds gathered in cities across the state on Saturday to honor the people who keep our communities safe, care for the elderly and disabled, teach and protect our children, maintain our roads, and provide other essential services. “Public Service Matters” events celebrated the contributions of our friends, neighbors, family members, and […]

Health dangers of pesticide drift warrants action, experts say


By ELISSA GOSS Special to The Stand OLYMPIA (April 15, 2015) — “A full year later, I still suffer from the symptoms such as nausea and headaches,” said Viviana Silva Guerrero, a farm worker who was exposed to pesticide drift in Eastern Washington. “If we had some form of notification, it would have helped. The […]


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