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DECEMBER 2012

Health care matters...

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The official newspaper of the WASHINGTON FEDERATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES/AFSCME Council 28•AFL-CIO

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t press time, WFSE/AFSCME and other state employee union co-

alition partners were planning meetings with outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire and incoming Gov.

Jay Inslee to discuss outstanding issues in the 2013-2015 Health Care Agreement that is still in

negotiations. This would affect premiums and benefits starting Jan. 1, 2014 (because health benefits run on a calendar-year basis; the current health care agreement covers

benefits in Calendar Year 2013). Keep up-to-date on any developments online at wfse.org or call the union’s Hotline at 1-800-562-6102.

Help for holidays
Port Angeles Local 1463 once again dug deep to help the less fortunate during the holidays. Local members Annie Carver (left) and Lourene O’Brien-Hooper (right) donate checks totaling $1,250 for Thanksgiving and Christmas to Salvation Army Major Kathleen.

Nearly $5,000 collected for fired KTSS Workers Relief Fund
Locals and union members are digging deep to help workers at Kitsap Tenant Support Services who’ve been fired for standing up for their rights. Some $4,907 has been collected so far. Locals and members who want to contribute should make checks out to the Foundation for Working Families and send to: KTSS Workers Relief Fund c/o WFSE Organizing Dept. 1212 Jefferson St. S.E., Suite 300 Olympia, WA 98501 ATTN: Irene Smith

Locals/unions that have donated so far:
Yakima Local 1326 -- $1,500 Everett Local 1020 -- $500 WSLC Organizing and Defense Fund -- $2,500 WFSE/AFSCME Policy Committee delegates -- $407 KTSS fight goes on. See story below

Chorus of concern over KTSS

growing chorus of criticism and concern over quality care has engulfed Kitsap Tenant Support Services (KTSS). Bremerton City Councilmember Leslie Daugs and Edmonds City Council member Adrienne FraleyMonillas joined some 50 advocates for developmentally disabled citizens who took to several locations on Bainbridge Island Nov. 17 to urge community support for quality care and accountability for residents under the care of KTSS.

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Advocates take fight for quality care to CEO’s doorstep; meanwhile, a new report says for-profit outfits like Kitsap Tenant Support Services pose ‘unacceptable risks’ to disabled clients

They urged Bainbridge Island residents to contact the KTSS chief executive officer, Mike Closser, an island resident. They held a brief noontime rally near Closser’s home. They then leafleted several locations on Bainbridge Island. In the wake of an Aug. 22 Bremerton forum with legislators, the advocates are concerned about how taxpayer

See KTSS, page 8

About 50 advocates, including dozens of WFSE/AFSCME members from around the state, gathered outside KTSS CEO Mike Closser’s Bainbridge Island mansion Nov. 17.

Judge upholds union’s victory for UW members’ special pay
King County Superior Court Judge Richard Eadie Dec. 7 upheld the Federation’s earlier victory in what’s become known as the University of Washington “special pay case.” The UW could appeal Eadie’s decision. The UW earlier this year appealed to Superior Court a state Public Employment Relations Commission decision in favor of the union on special pay provisions for a number of custodial and Trades classes. This comes even though the UW had agreed to the special pay provisions and even paid for several months. 2009-2011 contract, both graveyard shift custodial staff went from 65 cents an hour to $1 an hour on July 1, 2008. • In bargaining the next, 2009-2011 contract, both sides agreed to a provision building on those increases. Thirty days after ratification of the contract, certain Skilled Trades employees received a wage increase, and all employees who were not receiving a $1 shift differential got an increase to a $1 shift differential. Both those took effect Nov. 1, 2008. • But in the face of the Great Recession and a financial infeasibility ruling by the state budget office, the UW unilaterally withdrew the wage increases as of Jan. 31, 2009. That sparked the legal action with the latest union victory before Judge Eadie.

Victorious UW Local 1488 members Dec. 7 outside King County Superior Court where Judge Eadie upheld their special pay. With them are (front) Local 1488 President Paula Lukaszek, WFSE/AFSCME PERC Activities Coordinator Gladys Burbank and union attorney Ed Younglove. WFSE/AFSCME Labor Advocate Banks Evans is in back. • This goes back to 2008. As a result of a negotiated market survey, the shift differential pay for swing shift and graveyard shift custodial staff went from 65 cents an hour to $1 an hour on July 1, 2008. • In bargaining the next,

UNION NEWS; WFSE/AFSCME JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS
Judge rules in WFSE/AFSCME’s favor on lawsuit over PERS 1 Uniform COLA
A judge has ruled in favor of the Federation and against the repeal of the uniform cost-of-living adjustment for those in PERS 1 who worked after 1995. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Wickham on Nov. 9 granted the Federation’s motion Labor Advocate Olympia Headquarters
This position is the field “technical expert” of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), AFSCME, Council 28. These staff are primarily responsible for grievance arbitrations and contract and mid-term negotiations. Advocate/negotiators perform advanced representational work for the organization. Represent the WFSE in presentation of grievances to Pre-Arbitration Review Meetings (PARM) or Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) mediation; represent WFSE in all aspects of grievance arbitration for disciplinary and non-disciplinary cases including selection of arbitrators, obtaining evidence, conducting research, preparation of pleadings, oral presentation of the case, brief writing, and possible settlement agreements; investigates, prepares, and presents grievance-related Unfair Labor Practice complaints before the PERC; attends and presents representational matters related to Personnel Resources Board (PRB) hearings; represents WFSE in agency-wide Union Management Communication Committee meetings; acts as Chief Negotiator in biennial contract negotiations and represent WFSE in mid-term mandatory subjects negotiations with full decision-making authority. Desired Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with relevant course work in labor relations, law, social sciences or allied field. Substantial paid work experience in related field may be substituted for education. Knowledge of principles and procedures of negotiation, arbitration, and administrative hearings; working knowledge of general management principles, state and federal laws related to labor and public employment, and Washington Administrative Codes. Outstanding oral and written advocacy skills; excellent judg-

Devereux named to Inslee transition committee
WFSE/AFSCME Executive Director Greg Devereux has been named to Gov.-Elect Jay Inslee’s 34-person transition committee as the incoming chief executive fills cabinet positions, builds a staff and turns his campaign agenda into legislative and executive action.
mail merge labels, envelopes and letters. Experience using formulas in Excel. Must have a valid driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and valid vehicle insurance. Release of driving record required prior to interview. Excellent benefits package provided. Salary: $33,638 - $41,115 annually. Open until 5 p.m. January 6, 2013. Send cover letter clearly indicating the position you wish to apply for, and your resume, to: Kathy Andruss, HR Manager Washington Federation of State Employees 1212 Jefferson St. S.E., Suite 300, Olympia, WA 98501 OR e-mail to: resume@wfse. org OR FAX to: (360) 754-9228 •••

for summary judgment in what is commonly referred to as the “UCOLA” case. The judge agreed with the union that the Legislature’s repeal of the uniform PERS 1 COLA amounted to an illegal impairment of contract. The state is expected to appeal.
(Journey Organizer). Knowledge of public and private sector labor laws; strong computer skills a must and bilingual in English/Spanish is desirable. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills; a track record of moving individuals and groups to take action to solve problems or advance a cause; must have a strong commitment to social and economic justice, be a self-starter and able to work independently and in a fast-paced environment. Strong recordkeeping and organizational skills is a must. Required to work weekends and evenings and travel throughout the state, depending on the campaign; must have a valid driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and valid vehicle insurance. Release of driving record required prior to interview. Includes excellent benefits package. Salary is $40,000-$47,500 annually (Organizer); $50,250-$59,250 annually (Journey Organizer). Open until 5 p.m. on January 13, 2013. Send cover letter and resume to: Kathy Andruss, HR Manager Washington Federation of State Employees 1212 Jefferson St. S.E., Suite 300 Olympia, WA 98501 OR e-mail to: resume@wfse. org OR FAX to: (360) 754-9228 •••

ment and discretion, ability to compare and evaluate possible courses of action, interests of members, and the WFSE’s strategic goals. Ability to prioritize work; evaluate and solve problems; work independently and as a team; be reliable in completing work and meeting deadlines is critical. Must have a valid driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and valid vehicle insurance. Release of driving record required prior to interview. Position is permanent, full-time, overtime exempt, and often requires work beyond a 40-hour work week. Includes an excellent benefits package. Salary is $66,165-$78,850 annually. Open until 5 p.m. January 13, 2013. Send cover letter clearly indicating the position you wish to apply for, and your resume to: Kathy Andruss, HR Manager Washington Federation of State Employees 1212 Jefferson St. SE, Suite 300, Olympia, WA 98501 OR e-mail to: resume@wfse. org OR FAX to: (360) 754-9228 •••

tarial or general administrative work. Knowledge of political process is a plus. Must have knowledge/experience in office machines, Microsoft Word, Excel, knowledge of business management practices, research methods, communication and correspondence practices. An ideal candidate must work independently, is highly organized and capable of juggling multiple projects simultaneously; is diplomatic and has strong communication skills; is able to function well in a sometimes stressful environment; is resourceful; and is a strong supporter of the mission and goals of the union. Must have a valid driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and valid vehicle insurance. Release of driving record required prior to interview. Excellent benefits package provided. Salary: DOQ $41,469 - $48,005 annually. Open until 5 p.m. on January 13, 2013. Send cover letter and resume to: Kathy Andruss, HR Manager 1212 Jefferson St. SE, Suite 300, Olympia, WA 98501 OR e-mail to: resume@wfse. org OR FAX to: (360) 754-9228 •••

Associate (Accounting Department) Olympia Headquarters
This position processes dues receipts, transaction preparation/data entry; document and reconcile reports; maintain other accounting data; correspond with members, staff, and state agencies. Minimum Qualifications: One year of professional accounting experience including accounts receivable; strong Excel, 10key and computer proficiency; excellent analytical ability; professional verbal and written communication skills and sound judgment. Database and Human Resources experience are desired. Must successfully complete screening test administered by WFSE before being considered a viable candidate. Must have a valid driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and valid vehicle insurance. Release of driving record required prior to interview. Excellent benefits package provided. Salary: $33,368-$41,115 annually. Open until 5 p.m. on January 6, 2013. Send cover letter clearly indicating the position you wish to apply for, and your resume, to: Kathy Andruss, HR Manager Washington Federation of State Employees 1212 Jefferson St. S.E., Suite 300, Olympia, WA 98501 OR e-mail to: resume@wfse. org OR FAX to: (360) 754-9228

Organizer/ Journey Organizer Olympia Headquarters (2 positions)
Organizers and Journey Organizers build union power by organizing new members into the union and mobilizing workers to take action. This requires one-on-one communication with non-workers through worksite visits and home calls; inspiring, encouraging and teaching people to take action; identifying, developing and directing organizing committees; developing leadership; leading organizing campaigns and facilitating worker trainings and/or workplace actions. Organizers/Journey Organizers are responsible for a variety of aspects of an organizing campaign including: campaign planning; data management; implementing strategy and tactics; organizing committee development; house calling; research; identifying campaign issues, opportunities and leaders; directing workplace actions; other organizing duties as assigned. Desired Minimum Qualifications: Minimum of one year experience in union or community organizing (Organizer); three years experience in union or community organizing

Data Associate Olympia Headquarters
This position writes reports and queries using either Access, SQL or another database interface program. Imports and exports tables and files in Access. Uses Word and Excel to mail merge labels, envelopes and letters. Works closely and communicates with internal and external customers to research and process a variety of requests involving multiple customer databases. Must be able to learn quickly, problem solve, and exhibit strong critical thinking qualities, and successfully handle difficult or stressful situations. Minimum Qualifications: Two years experience writing queries using either Access, SQL or another database interface program. Must have an understanding of table joins, select filtering as well as using aggregate and grouping functions. SQL knowledge ideal but query writing experience is a must. One year of experience importing and exporting tables and files in Access as well as report and query writing. Experience formatting and handling different file types. Experience using Word and Excel to

Administrative Assistant – Legislative & Political Action Department Olympia
This position works under the direction of the Director for Legislative & Political Action, and provides support to the director, lobbyists and field coordinator; as well as to union members, officers and committees. Typical duties include: Scheduling for department staff and member lobby visits; organizing, planning and executing meetings and events both large and small; tracking department expenditures and filing reports with the Public Disclosure Commission; ensuring all department payroll and expense reports are accurate when submitted; managing and organizing all departmental activities; and general correspondence and administrative duties. Desirable Minimum Qualifications: Five years of progressively responsible experience in office/clerical, secre-

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UNION NEWS
IN MEMORIAM
IN MEMORIAM: Nancy K. Larsen, a Community Corrections Officer 2 with the Department of Corrections in Seattle and a member of Local 308, died suddenly last month. She was found in her home after her supervisor did a “welfare check” after she failed to report to work. She was 57. IN MEMORIAM: Jennifer “Jena” Johnson, a vocational rehabilitation counselor with DSHS in Bellingham and a member of Local 1060, died unexpectedly Nov. 12. She was 41. She had chaired the office’s safety committee for many years. IN MEMORIAM: Lorie Palmateer, a financial services specialist 4 for DSHS at the Kelso Community Service Office and a member of Local 1400, passed away suddenly Nov. 24. She was 51. IN MEMORIAM: Kevin Nathan, a statewide program coordinator for the Department of Services for the Blind in Seattle and a member of Local 304, died Nov. 23. He was 59. IN MEMORIAM: Rick Wunder, a former longtime active member of Ellensburg-area Local 1301 who worked for the Department of

Tom McArthur, longtime EWU activist, dies
Tom McArthur, a recently retired Local 931 activist at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, died Oct. 30 of a heart attack. He was 65. Funeral services were Nov. 6 in Spokane. McArthur was a heavy equipment operator at the EWU campus, a steward, former Local 931 president and longtime member of the Federation Statewide Executive Board elected out of the Institutions of Higher Education Policy Committee. He was an original member of the Federation’s Communications Committee in 2005. In that role, he helped develop the union’s website and other public affairs tools, including the All About WFSE booklet that gathered lots of scattered information into one easy-to-use reference. He also volunteered with the AFSCME Transportation, died Sept. 14 at his home in Cle Elum. He was 59. He had worked for DOT for more than 25 years in the Ellensburg, Bullfrog and Hyak areas. A memorial mass took place Sept. 22 in Cle Elum. IN MEMORIAM: Services were held Oct. 5 in Medical Lake for Nick Green Team on a number of pledge drives in support of local public TV in Spokane. McArthur was also a dedicated writer of letters to the editor to campus and Spokane-area newspapers defending his members from public attacks. And as a steward, he won many victories for his members. “He will be missed for his honesty, integrity, dedication and humility,” said Federation President Carol Dotlich. Clemenson, a former social worker 3 with DSHS in Seattle and a Local 843 member. He died Sept. 23. He started his state career at Lakeland Village in Medical Lake, later becoming Region 4 community resource manager and, later, social services program manager.

IN MEMORIAM: Eva Santos, state human resources director and the last director of the state Department of Personnel, died Dec. 4 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 56. Santos played a key role in Federation history. She took over as thenGov. Gary Locke’s chief negotiator halfway through the first General Government contract negotiations in 2004. She helped break many logjams as both sides sailed uncharted waters for that inaugural full-scope collective bargaining agreement. Then and in her Eva Santos later roles – including on the Public Employees Benefits Board -- Santos was a worthy adversary, but always a straight shooter and a class act. “Even when we disagreed, Santos always treated Federation members with the utmost respect,” said WFSE/ AFSCME Executive Director Greg Devereux. Gov. Chris Gregoire visited Santos days before her death to deliver a proclamation thanking her for her public service.

SHARED LEAVE REQUESTS
• The following could use a donation of eligible unused annual leave or sick leave or all or part of your personal holiday:

cal 443, has been approved for shared leave from Dec. 27, 2012, to Feb. 8, 2013. Contact: your human resource office. Kendra Hogenson, a medical assistance specialist 3 with the state Health Care Authority in Olympia and a member of Local 443, has been approved for shared leave from March 20, 2013, to June 13, 2013. Contact: your human resource office. Cristina Jallow, a financial services specialist 3 with the DSHS SW CSS Change Batch in Mount Vernon and a member of Local 1060, has been approved for shared leave because of a medical condition. She has exhausted all leave. Contact: your human resource office. Michael J. Clark, an unemployment insurance specialist 3 with the Employment Security Department in Lacey and a member of Local 443, has been approved for shared leave. He has exhausted all leave. Contact: Judy Nelson, (360) 725-9448, or your human resource office. Naomi Fischer, a forms/ records analyst 3 with DSHS in Everett and a member of Local 948, has a medical condition requiring surgery that will keep her away from work for medical treatments and appointments. Contact: your human resource office. Theresa “Terry” Ludwick, a social worker 2 at the DSHS Smokey Point Community Service Office in Arlington and

a member of Local 948, has exhausted all leave caring for her husband. Contact: your human resource office. The following Local 1381 members at Western Washington University in Bellingham have been approved for shared leave: Jason Bailey, a maintenance mechanic 2; Wendy Johnson, a parking guide; Stephanie Scott, a program coordinator; Debra Sams, a program coordinator; and Mel Loveday, a maintenance mechanic 2. Contact your human resource office, or on the WWU campus, Human Resources at 3774. Frances Woody-Smith, a financial services specialist 3 with DSHS in Vancouver and a member of Local 313, is recovering from a long-term illness and is in need of shared leave. She has exhausted all leave. Contact: Clarissa Cretella, (253) 476-7078. Donald Guy, an office assistant 3 with the Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater and a member of Local 443, is recovering from a long-term illness and is in need of shared leave. He has exhausted all leave. Contact: Nancy Caldwell, (360) 9025705 or your human resource office. Tracie Forler, a program specialist 2 with the Health Care Authority in Olympia and a member of Local 443, has had her shared leave approval extended. Contact: your human resource office.

LaToya McFarland, a tax services representative 2 for the Employment Security Department in Seattle and a member of Local 435, is caring for her critically ill father. Contact: Amy Estes, (360) 725-9429. Heidi Erickson, a financial services specialist 3 with DSHS in Lynnwood (Alderwood CSO) and a member of Local 948, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: your human resource office. Department of Health bargaining unit members in need of shared leave (all based in Olympia): Lanette Batterson, Wayne Carlson, Carissa Duncan, Shelly Dillworth, Diana Horan, Katherine Franks, Cheryl Hayes, Andrea Keller, Jenni Kirner, JoAnne Lemaster (sick leave and personal holiday donations only), Julianna Lloyd, Nancy Maxson, Jennifer McLachlan, Kari Neal, Sybille Oatney, Laura Olexa, Robin Paradiso, Gene Thune, Lynda Whitney and Catherine Suter. Contact: your human resource office. Diana Salazar/Robello, an office assistant 3 with the state Health Care Authority in Olympia and a member of Lo-

cal 443, has been approved for shared leave through April 8, 2013. Contact: April Yancey, (360) 725-2134 or april. yancey@hca.wa.gov. Diana Shawen, a residential rehabilitation counselor 2 at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island and a member of Local 793, is still in need of shared leave. Contact: your human resource office. Diane Green, a support enforcement officer 2 for DSHS in Lakewood and a member of Local 53, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: your human resource office. Andrea Osborn, a program assistant at Western Washington University in Bellingham, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: Mike Greathouse, (360) 650-3771. Margaret Silva-Perry, a secretary senior with the Health Care Authority in Olympia, is recuperating from a serious illness and is in need of shared leave through March. Contact: Tracy Wynder, (360) 725-1027.

John Aron, an equipment technician 4 with the Department of Transportation in Randle and a member of Local 1290, is recovering from injuries suffered in an off-the-job accident. He will be unable to work for about four months. Contact: Renee Miller at (509) 577-1600.
Audrey Ahrens, an office assistant 3 at Rainier School in Buckley and a member of Local 491, is battling cancer that has metastasized. She has exhausted all leave. Contact: Sarah Hawkins, (360) 8293003, or your human resource office.

Angie Schulz, a customer service specialist 2 with the state Department of Health in Olympia and a member of Local 443, is recovering from surgery and has exhausted all leave. Contact: Brandy Chinn, 360) 236-3961, or your human resource office. Billie Anderson, an insurance technician 1 with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner in Tumwater and a member of Local 443, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: Gina WilsonKing,(360) 725-7004. Nitanya Jones, a medical assistance specialist 3 with the state Health Care Authority in Olympia and a member of Lo-

Gainsharing update
For those following the union’s gainsharing lawsuit, now in the legal appeal process: The state’s brief to the Supreme Court is due Dec. 21. The union’s response and cross appeal brief is due Feb. 28, unless a request for more time is made. The state’s reply to that is due 30 days following, unless they request more time.

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WFSE/AFSCME goes to bat for UW custodian fired for ‘stealing’ his own Coke Zero
Things go better with Coke, so the commercials say. But for a while last year things couldn’t have gone worse for University of Washington custodian Marvin Choi and his preference for Coke Zero. The UW accused him of stealing Coke Zeros from a refrigerator in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences in the basement of Johnson Hall on the UW Seattle campus. The UW had video evidence. It concluded he was a thief and fired him. Choi, a Local 1488 member, turned to his union and filed a grievance. But the UW’s case fell apart when it went to a neutral arbitrator. It turns out that Choi, originally from Korea with limited proficiency in English, had no interpreter during the investigation leading to his firing. There was gross miscommunication. Choi is also diabetic. He drinks Coke Zero because it’s sugar-free. He stocked his custodial closet on the third floor of Johnson Hall with a case or half a case of Coke Zero. His family grocery carries Coke Zero, so, the arbitrator concluded, he could buy it at an even lower price. “One wonders why he would risk his job stealing approximately one dollar’s worth of product,” the arbitrator wrote. Until July 2011, Choi actually kept a refrigerator in his INTERPRETERS WIN SCHEDULING VICTORY. Interpreter members of Local 1671 Dec. 6 won another victory: Starting about Jan. 1,

MEMBERS IN ACTION
The fight continues...

...AT THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE. Academic advisers, financial aid counselors, sports coaches and others who now can be fired at will at The Evergreen State College (TESC) in Olympia got a rousing round of “Applause for Just Cause” at a Nov. 7 rally at the college’s Red Square in Olympia. They filled a huge canvas petition with applauding hands and signatures in support of the just cause rights the Student Services Support Staff is seeking in negotiations for their first-ever contract. ...FOR MEMBERS IN HIGH-RISK JOBS. The Legislature’s pension policy panel deferred action until Dec. 18 on recommendations that could place several new classes of high-risk jobs into the Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS). Testifying Nov. 20 that high-risk workers are hurting and need the right to go into PSERS were (left) Frederick Brown, Local 793, Western State Hospital, and Gabe Hall, Local 862, Green Hill School, displaying the cast he received after being assaulted by a youth offender at the Chehalis facility. ...AT FORT WORDEN STATE PARK. The state Parks Commission Dec. 6 OK’d a plan calling for a negotiated comanagement agreement at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend with a public development authority (PDA). The vote came after Parks Local 1466 members voiced their continued opposition on grounds it could cost more at a time Parks is seeking $27.2 million in state funds to fill the Discover Pass gap. The commission OK’d an amendment that directs any co-management plan to minimize the direct loss of parks jobs across the state. was the effect on the clients. We had 46 percent staff turnover every year and when you have that many staff coming and going, it’s just plain hard on the clients.” It comes in the wake of a recent report from Disability Rights Washington and Columbia Legal Services raising red flags about the KTSSes of the world. The report, “Too Little Too Late: A Call to End Tolerance of Abuse and Neglect,” was presented to the state’s Developmental Disability Service System Task Force. “Individuals with developmental disabilities face unacceptable risks of repeated physical harm, psychological trauma, sexual assault and even death because the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) does not adequately investigate and effectively respond to abuse and neglect allegations in Washington’s Medicaid-funded Supported Living program,”

“Because of the union, we win it,” Marvin Choi (center) said after union Labor Advocate Banks Evans (left) and Council Representative James Dannen (right) helped overturn his firing. custodial closet to chill his Coke Zeros. But then custodians were directed to remove all appliances from their closets. Choi took out the refrigerator. Soon, a colleague told him that an Earth and Space Sciences employee said it was ok to use the department’s refrigerator. So Choi began putting a few of his own cans of Coke Zero in with other department employees’ Coke Zeros. After a suspected break-in in August 2011, a secret video camera went in. But the camera was timed to shut off at about 7:30 each morning – before Choi retrieved his next can of warm Coke Zero from his closet to they’ll be able to view posting of new assignments at set – and reasonable – times of day. Up to now, the state posted interpreter assignments put in the department refrigerator to chill. The part-time video camera caught him taking pop out, but stopped before he re-stocked. Thanks to WFSE/AFSCME Council Representative James Dannen, Labor Advocate Banks Evans, union counsel and an interpreter, Choi prevailed before the arbitrator. The arbitrator on Oct. 23 concluded the UW had no just cause to fire Choi for simply taking his own Coke Zero out of a refrigerator he thought he had permission to use. The arbitrator ordered the UW to reinstate Choi and make him whole for nearly a year’s worth of lost wages. throughout the day. Interpreters had to constantly check. This made it hard to plan efficient schedules.

Local 1466 Parks members (from left) Brian Yearout, Carmen Shute and Terri McCullough listen to Dec. 6 Parks Commission debate over Fort Worden. WFSE/AFSCME Council Representative Dave Pardy looks on.

KTSS,
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dollars are being spent at KTSS, the largest for-profit corporation providing services to developmentally disabled citizens in Kitsap County. Top administrators reap six-figure incomes from these taxpayer supports, leading to fears that corporate greed has trumped client need. KTSS management has also been engaged in negotiations with the workers’ union, the Washington Federation of State Employees, on a first-ever collective bargaining agreement. “The working Jack Hopkins condiRetired KTSS caretions giver

the report said. The two city councilmembers onsite Nov. 17 showed that local governments are alarmed at KTSS management. “KTSS must be responsible to the public because we are the ones who pay them with our tax dollars,” Daugs said. Since the contract talks started this past spring, 10 KTSS direct-care union activists have been fired or laid off, including three of the five bargaining team members. Twelve have been written up or disciplined at a higher frequency than before the direct-care workers organized. And more than a dozen unfair labor practice complaints have been filed with the National Labor Relations Board for the illegal firings and retaliation of workers. The NLRB has issued complaints against KTSS, finding merit for almost all the unfair labor practice complaints filed to date.

In solidarity, dozens of WFSE/AFSCME members, like Yakima Valley School’s Julianne Moore, joined the KTSS demonstration on Bainbridge Island. are terrible, the worst of anywhere I’ve worked in my life...,” said retired KTSS caregiver Jack Hopkins. “The problems isn’t so much that it was bad on us. It

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