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VOL. 37 NO. 8 Appeals Court victory for WFSE/AFSCME. The official newspaper of the
OCTOBER 2009 Judges overturn contracting out rules. Details, page 8 EMPLOYEES/AFSCME Council 28•AFL-CIO


Times are tough enough. In case of Green River Valley flooding...
State, local
and federal

Let’s not make

officials are
ing plans

them worse.
for possible
winter flooding in the Green River Valley below the Howard Hanson Dam.
Some 800 WFSE/AFSCME families potentially sit in harm’s way in the fol-
lowing zip codes: 98001, 98002, 98055, 98030, 98031, 98057, 98092 and
98188. Several state offices, including three DSHS CSOs and a Division of
Vocational Rehabilitation Office, also sit in the flood zone.
On your absentee Your agency may have specific flood plans. But a good source of general
flood information is on the state Emergency Management Website at
ballot or at the polls
recommends... Swine flu information
Details, page 3

On your absentee ballot or at the polls

Nov. 3, WFSE/AFSCME recommends
a YES vote on Referendum 71.
Details, page 3


‘With all due
‘Conversation’ with governor sparks dialogue
on cuts, consolidation and contracting out
Convention Oct. 3 gave Gov. Petters from
Chris Gregoire a unique wel- Child Wel-
come. fare Services;
Seven delegates from tar- Alice Rog-
geted programs escorted the ers from
governor to the floor of the Corrections;
convention hall at a SeaTac Greg Davis Gregoire
hotel, then individually wel- from Men-
comed her with pleas for her tal Health; Pam Carl from
Gov. Gregoire listens to Scott Mallery, Ecology, Local 1221, explain the harm of possible consolida- to stop the bleeding. Higher Education; Gabe Hall
The cordial “conversa- from Juvenile Rehabilitation;
tion of natural resources agency functions. “Proposed cuts to natural resources agencies would harm
tion” came days before the and Scott Mallery from Natu-
the quality of life in Washington state,” Mallery said. governor’s budget office was ral Resources.
“Please find an- “Please join “The cuts are to issue a report mandated by They politely welcomed
other way to pre- us in restoring a recipe for the Legislature on possible the governor and asked Gre-
serve these vital, these cuts be- disaster.” closure of juvenile rehabilita- goire, “with all due respect,”
quality services fore a tragedy Gabe Hall, tion, developmental disabili- to recognize the harm of cuts,
for the public.” occurs.” Local 862, ties and Corrections institu- consolidation and contracting
Julianne Moore, Alice Rogers, Green Hill School tions. out.
Local 1326, Local 1253, Greeting the governor
Yakima Valley School Corrections were: Julianne Moore from See RESPECT, page 4
At press time, the report mandated
If you’re a represented non-member by the Legislature on possible
fee payer and you don’t wish to closures and/or cuts to institutions
receive this publication, e-mail us and Corrections had not yet been
at, or write: WFSE/ released. But WFSE/AFSCME
AFSCME, 1212 Jefferson St. S.E., members have wasted no time
Suite 300, Olympia, WA 98501 mobilizing. See convention story
above and stories on pages 2 & 8.
Yakima Employment Security
members protest bullying
Local 1326 stood with its Employment Security members in Yakima Sept. 24
as they picketed against a mean-spirted management that has brought intimi-
dation, unwise changes to policies and procedures and other issues that have
destroyed morale in the high-pressure office.

Third in a series

Legislators step up support at latest Western State job action

Area legislators continued their show of support
to reverse the recent wave of cuts and layoffs at
Western State Hospital in Lakewood.
Rep. Tami Green (far left in photo at near right) said
she’d use her influence to get the hospital CEO
to the table. “We can’t be penny-wise and pound-
foolish,” Green said at the Sept. 2 event. “We have
to protect the community.”
For recreational staff Kim and Danny Campbell
(far right), the husband and wife team face layoff
after a combined 48 years at WSH. “It’s a sad day
when you give half your life here,” Kim Campbell

WWU members win cash for contracted out work they should have done
Two maintenance me- received checks for $369.12 to for work we should’ve done,”
chanics at Western Washing- compensate them for the lost Harvey said.
ton University in Bellingham work. WFSE/AFSCME Council
got a nice addition to their Representative Addley Tole
wallets. It came as a settlement and Local 1381 President
It came in the wake of over the work done in the Old Brandon Taylor presented the
contracting out of some Main building on the WWU checks to Harvey and Suter-
remodeling work they should campus. man Sept. 21.
have done. The two Local 1381
members were pleasantly
Tim Harvey, a main- surprised by the victory and FROM LEFT: WFSE/AFSCME
tenance mechanic 2, and the cash settlement. Council Rep. Addley Tole, Local
Stephen Sutterman, a main- 1381 President Brandon Taylor, Tim
tenance mechanic 3, each “It’s nice to be reimbursed Harvey and Stephen Sutterman

Member outrage triggers possible changes after escape, capture of Eastern State hospital criminally insane murderer
Members in mental health have Hospital criminally insane murderer authorities. field trip danger.” Greg Davis, an
united in sharing the public’s outrage during a “field trip” to the Spokane The ward workers, members of Eastern State Hospital worker and
over the escape of an Eastern State County Fair Sept. 17. Local 782 of the Washington Federa- president of Local 782 in Medical Lake,

State Employee
When state officials and media tion of State Employees, have repeat- appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning
outlets started the typical scapegoating edly over the years opposed the ad- America” Sept. 21.
of WFSE/AFSCME members given an ministration policies and practices that And when DSHS Secretary Susan
impossible job, Eastern State Hospital allow the kinds of “field trips” like the Dreyfus issued her preliminary report
Washington State Employee (USPS 981- members struck back. one Paul took to the fair. They believe Oct. 2, she agreed that the workers on
200) s pub shed month y, except February
and Ju y, for $5.08 per year by the Wash ng-
They issued the following state- he was an extreme escape risk and the scene not once, but twice, asked
ton Federat on of State Emp oyees/AFSCME ment that was carried by media the administration should never have their management to call 911 imme-
Counc 28 • AFL-CIO, 1212 Jefferson St. S.E. around the world: allowed him on the field trip. The work- diately. And, Dreyfus said, they were
Su te 300, O ymp a, WA 98501. Affi ated w th In the Phillip Paul incident, the ers have unsuccessfully fought to stop told not to return to the hospital im-
the Amer can Federat on of State, County
and Mun c pa Emp oyees (AFSCME) and the
hospital workers on the scene at the the outings for murderers, rapists and mediately after the escape.
Wash ngton State Labor Counc , AFL-CIO. fair, as they were instructed to do, pedophiles committed to the hospital Both were “significant break-
notified their chain of command within as criminally insane. downs,” state Mental Health Director
Periodicals postage paid at Olympia, WA two to three minutes of discovering Media outlets across the country Richard Kellogg said.
and at additional offices. Circulation:
Paul’s escape. It was the administra- carried the members’ concerns, run- The head of Eastern State Hospi-
tion in Medical Lake that waited some ning stories with headlines like this: tal, Hal Wilson, resigned in the wake
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to two hours to notify law enforcement “Wash. Union says it warned about of the controversy.
Wash ngton State Emp oyee, 1212 Jefferson
St SE Su te 300 O ymp a WA 98501-7501
Important date change! November November meetings originally sched- The Nov. 21 Policy Committees are
Carol Dotlich, Pres dent policy committee meetings moved uled for Saturday, Nov. 14, have been important because that’s when del-
moved to the following Saturday, Nov. egates to the nine respective commit-
Greg Devereux, Execut ve D rector to Nov. 21
21, at the SeaTac Airport Hilton. The tees will elect their representatives to
Editor im Welch change came to avoid a conflict with the Federation’s Statewide Executive
e-mail: tim@w se org • Internet: www w se org If you’re a Policy Committee del-
Member, ILCA the AFSCME Public Safety Congress. Board.
egate or alternate, please note that the
Page 2 WFSE/AFSCME Washington State Employee October 2009
NO ON 1033!

Why NO! on Initiative 1033?

dy a p oven fa ure. It’ l m e times ven ha der or wo king familie Tha ’s
ton S a e ab Co nci sh n t S a e C unci f Fire Fig te Un ted

Times are Let’s not make

tough enough. them worse.

Initiative 1033 is a failed out-of-state idea

imported by Tim Eyman.
I-1033 places arbitrary limits on revenue and spending which will slow our economic recovery
and force deep additional cuts to public services. In Colorado, a similar measure did so much
damage to the economy that the citizens voted to suspend it. We are already struggling through tough times
in Washington. 1-1033 will only make things worse.

Tim Eyman’s latest initiative uses the same failed for- This year we’ve slashed school funding by $1.5 billion,
mula as the “TABOR” law passed in Colorado, which and as many as 3,000 teachers and education em-
led to deep cuts to public schools, roads and high- ployees are facing layoffs. The Eyman TABOR plan will
ways, children’s health care and other public services. take even more resources away from Washington’s
classrooms - and Washington’s kids.
By 2015, Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1033 would slash state
revenues by $5.9 billion, according to the Office of Despite a growing senior population, funding for nurs-
Financial Management. We’re already facing more ing homes, in-home care and adult day health services
layoffs, closures, consolidations and contracting are being cut - and 40,000 Washington residents of
out with a $1 billion deficit. Eyman’s initiative will all ages may lose their Basic Health Plan coverage.
only make things worse--and make it harder for us to Eyman’s TABOR plan will make our health care crisis
dig out of the recession. more severe.

Vote N ! on 1033.

Help save the Domestic Partnership Law

• There are more than 12,000 people in Washington registered in killed in the line
domestic partnerships. of duty, so that
• Domestic partnership families need the laws Ref. 71 would pre- their families are
serve to provide essential protections for their families. taken care of by
• Families with children need the protections provided by domes- their pension or
tic partnership laws, especially when a parent dies. workers’ com-
• Seniors need the protections provided by domestic partnership pensation.
laws. • By voting to approve Referendum 71, you will vote to ensure that
• Police officers and firefighters who risk their lives to protect our all families should be treated fairly, especially in times of crisis.
communities need domestic partnership laws if they are hurt or Ref. 71 was endorsed by the WFSE/AFSCME E-board Oct. 1.


October 2009 WFSE/AFSCME Washington State Employee Page 3
When delegates to the 2009 WFSE/AFSCME resolutions and elected officers.
Convention stood up Oct. 4 and sang along with Lo- But the convention also served as a high-powered
cal 53 member Bruce Witham’s (left) anthem, “Stand morale booster where members come together to
Strong,” they summed up the biennial gathering in show solidarity and recharge their batteries for the
SeaTac of more than 400 delegates. tough fights ahead.
They acted on constitutional amendments and Here are reports from Convention 2009:

ABOVE: Anna Inthavong, Local 53.

RIGHT: Paul Bentson, Local 1488,
at Steward Committee booth.

Among the locals at the con-

vention was Spokane Local
1221 (right), which continued
its tradition of decorating its

RESPECT, “Providing other services

from page 1 has become much like
spreading hard butter on
WFSE/AFSCME Presi- untoasted white bread.
dent Carol Dotlich presented The support we need to
the governor with hundreds do our jobs effectively is
of letters from members and no longer there. Please
delegates respectfully plead- find another way to pre-
ing with her to find alterna- serve these vital, quality
tives to an “all cuts” approach services for the public.”
to filling another $1 billion Ursula Petters,
deficit. Local 1181
Gregoire responded, “I DSHS Children’s Services
get it,” but added, “You’ll
have to tell me where to cut.” A subdued convention listens respectfully to Gregoire’s remarks Oct. 3, pro-
Delegates quickly shout- jected on three huge screens for all delegates to see.
ed, “Administration!” and
She still praised WFSE/
AFSCME members.
Delegates sought her out
to shake her hand at the end
of the cordial exchange.
“I know I am proud to
have you as my partners,” she
said. “Because of the severe “Our mental health institutions
She said the past legisla- budget cuts in higher ed, we work, they’re friendly, efficient
tive session was “ugly, ugly, are not able to offer enough and human. Please join us
ugly….It was the worst legis- classes for students, and we in making them stronger, not
lative session I’d ever seen.” don’t have enough staff and weaker.”
“We’re going to get services to assist students. Greg Davis,
through these tough times, Therefore, we have a lot of Local 782,
but it isn’t going to be easy,” unhappy students, parents Eastern State Hospital
Gregoire added. and community members Delegates respected Gregoire for coming to hear their concerns. Delegates
out there because we cannot like Local 443’s Joe Mihelich sought her out for her handshake after her Oct.
physically do more with less.” 3 speech.
Pam Carl,
Local 862,
Centralia College
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Henricksen elected WFSE/AFSCME VP
Convention acts
on several amend-
ments, resolutions
Shortly after their
“conversation” with Gov.
Chris Gregoire, delegates
to the 2009 WFSE/AFSC-
ME Convention approved
a resolution to use “any
and all remedies” to stop
the closure of Pine Lodge
Corrections Center for
Women and other state
Resolution No. 4 was
just one of several consti-
tutional amendments and
resolutions adopted by
WFSE/AFSCME Executive Director Greg Devereux administers the oath of office to (from left): Vice President Sue Henricksen, Local 53; President Carol Dot-
Several mostly
lich, Local 793; Secretary Lee Novak, Local 1400; and Treasurer Rosemary Sterling, Local 1381.
“housekeeping” constitu-
tional amendments won
WFSE/AFSCME may incumbents President Carol two-way race with incumbent (Local 443), finished third in
approval, including one to
be the only AFSCME council Dotlich (Local 793, Western Vice President Bill Copland of the first round of balloting.
allow an earlier start for
with an all-female slate of top State Hospital, Lakewood), Local 1253. Sterling was the sole
officer elections starting
officers. Secretary Lee Novak (Local Dotlich won re-election as nominee for WFSE/AFSCME
with the 2011 convention.
Sue Henricksen, a DD 1400, Community Correc- president in her race against treasurer. She was declared
case resource manager in Ta- tions, Longview/Kelso) and John Frazier, UW Local 1488. re-elected by acclamation.
coma and president of Local Treasurer Rosemary Sterling Novak won a run-off in The four officers will Constitutional amend-
53, got convention delegates’ (Local 1381, Whatcom Com- the secretary race against serve until the next WFSE/ ments adopted:
nod as vice president. munity College, Bellingham). Steve McGillis, Local 313. The AFSCME convention in 2011.
She joins re-elected Henricksen prevailed in a other nominee, Shellie Savage Constitutional Amend-
ment 4 – Clarifying the
ability to publish and

The convention Delegates at the 2009 Convention honored members for a

number of accomplishments.
distribute (including
electronically) the WFSE/
AFSCME newspaper.

honors And they feted a legislator for the kind of courage that so few
lawmakers show today. More awards on page 6.
Constitutional Amend-
ment 5 – Strengthening
process for submitting
Howard Ocobock PEOPLE Award and reviewing proposed
(for the local with the highest PEOPLE MVP membership): constitutional amend-
Rainier School Local 491. ments and resolutions.
Other PEOPLE Awards: Constitutional Amend-
• Six locals were honored for having signed up at least 15 per- ment 6 – Allowing officer
cent of their members for PEOPLE: Local 341, Fircrest School; elections to start as early
Local 482, Veterans Home (Retsil); Local 491, Rainier School; as 7 a.m. on the Sunday
Local 793, WSH/CSTC/SCC/Oakridge; Local 1181, Kitsap of convention.
County; and Local 1291, Transportation, Pasco. Constitutional Amend-
• The PEOPLE Committee honored the WFSE/AFSCME Tacoma ment 7 – Clarifying that
The Local 491 convention delegation brought their PEOPLE awards back to
Field Office with an award for its work recruiting new PEOPLE constitutional changes
the local meeting Oct. 8 in Buckley to personally award to Kellie Klimczak, the
steward largely credited with the local’s success recruiting PEOPLE sign-ups. members. are adopted by the con-
Constitutional Amend-
ment 8 – Updating the
constitution to include the
name Human Services
Policy Committee, which
has been used for some
20 years.
Constitutional Amend-
ment 9 – Giving con-
vention delegates more
notice of appointment to
convention committees
and clarifying that the Ex-
ecutive Board shall select
the city and dates of the
biennial convention.
From left at Oct. 2 Medal of Valor Award presentation: VP Bill Copland; Tim Foley, Local 1221, chair of the Medal of Constitutional Amend-
Valor Committee; recipient Jon Brogger, Local 443; Charyn Neimeyer, whose life the recipients saved; Margaret Kem- ment 11 – Tightening up
rer, nominator who accepted the award for Sunny Hawkins; and President Carol Dotlich. timeframes for convention
George Masten Medal of Valor Award: Constitutional Amend-
Courage Award: To Local 443’s Jon Brogger and Sonja “Sunny” Hawkins (nominator Margaret Kemrer accepted
ment 17 – Prohibits
members from the same
To recipient outside Council for Sunny). In a surprise, the award was presented to them by Charyn Niemeyer, the co-worker
local or policy committee
28 who has stood up for state whose life they saved by performing CPR. “Sunny and Jon are more than deserving in my book,”
as a member charged
employees: Niemeyer told delegates at the convention banquet Oct. 2.
with violating Article X of
State Rep. Brendan Wil-
the AFSCME Constitu-
liams of the 22nd District. tracts; voting no on the “all- the budget in Olympia. Williams praised WFSE/ tion from serving on the
Williams was honored cuts” budget; publicly criticiz- “Boy I really am honored AFSCME members as the “of- accused member’s trial
for joining the union’s lawsuit ing the budget and hikes in to receive this award,” said ten unseen” force that “keeps body.
against the governor for not state employee health cuts; Williams, who had been told this state running.”
forwarding a funding request and working to undo the dam- he was presenting an award “Public employees are the See ACTS, page 6
for WFSE/AFSCME’s con- age with a recent forum on to someone else. solution,” Williams said.

October 2009 WFSE/AFSCME Washington State Employee Page 5

Saunders: Council 28’s activism filling ‘political vacuum’
AFSCME is standing
with Council 28 in battling
Allen praises
Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1033 Council 28-
that would choke off funding
for public services. Council 75
In his address to the
WFSE/AFSCME Convention partnership
Oct. 3, Lee Saunders, execu-
tive assistant to the AFSCME
president, delivered a check
for $200,000 to go the No on
1033 campaign.
“We have beaten him
(Eyman) before and I guess
we’re just going to have to
kick his a- - once more,”
Saunders said.
Saunders also handed The 2009 WFSE/AFSCME Convention opened Oct. 3 with an address from AFSCME’s Lee Saunders.
over a check from AFSCME
for $35,000 to Council 28’s litical leadership in the last walking away from us.” Saunders enlisted Council
campaign to grow the ranks session, there was a huge po- 28 members to step up the
of PEOPLE contributors. litical vacuum in Washington Council 28 is sending a fight for national health care
These are smart strategic state…,” Saunders said. strong message to politicians, reform.
moves to help fill the recent “But you’re reacting to he said. A health reform package
political vacuum marked by that vacuum….(You’ve said) “Not one dime will you must include three core prin- WFSE/AFSCME’s key
deep budget cuts and attacks ‘Enough is enough.’… get from this union until you ciples: a public health option; ally, Oregon AFSCME Coun-
on state employees, he said. “We are tired of politi- prove yourself to us,” Saun- an employer mandate; and no cil Executive Director Ken
“When it comes to po- cians taking our money and ders said. taxation of benefits. Allen, praised the partnership
between the two councils that
has pioneered the Next Wave

ACTS, Lucy: ‘We’re doing our best movement and grown the
PEOPLE program.
from page 5
to ease the pain of our
Next Wave, the under-35
program to energize young
Delegates rejected nine activists, came out of the
other proposed amend-
ments, including ones
members’ in tough times AFSCME Northwest Region.
Allen and Council 28 Execu-
that would have changed tive Director Greg Devereux
the union’s dues struc- Council 28 isn’t resting on ing how we use our political also will help the union con- are NW Regional VPs.
ture, governance and gu- its laurels and is on the cut- power, including on endorse- tinue to grow for the benefit “These two councils start-
bernatorial endorsements ting edge of the labor move- ments. of state employees. ed this (Next Wave) together
process. One proposed ment in recognizing trends “The key to 28’s strength “We’re not going to sit on and we should be proud of
amendment was ruled overlooked by other unions is the power of political our behinds proud of some- that,” Allen told convention
out of order. and building a stronger strength and the ability to thing we did 20 years ago,” delegates Oct. 3.
union, AFSCME Secretary- use it wisely on behalf of Lucy said. The Northwest Region is
Treasurer William Lucy told members,” Lucy told about “We’re going to keep a also home of the fastest-grow-
Resolutions adopted:
WFSE/AFSCME delegates at 700 delegates, alternates and strong union…,” he added. ing PEOPLE program in all of
the convention banquet Oct. guests. “We are the front line of AFSCME, he said.
Resolution 2 – Seeking
2. defense for decency in our He pledged his support to
a legislative change to
Lucy also applauded He said WFSE/AFSCME’s society.” Council 28 on upcoming leg-
waive the actuarial reduc-
WFSE/AFSCME for re-think- new strategies on bargaining islative and contract battles.
tion of income for state
employees forced to re- “Stand up and be the
Other awards: cal 793 (recently laid off from Unionists raffle: Joy Cage,
tire on a disability before leader that you can be and
• Next Wave Logo Design Western State Hospital). Local 491, Rainier School.
the age of 62 because fight for a better union,” Allen
Contest: Joseph Wells, Lo- • Coalition of Black Trade
of medical or physical said.
Howard Jorgenson Organizing Award:
Resolution 4 – Work- Julianne Moore, Local 1326, for mobilizing her members to fight
ing to stop the closure the closure of Yakima Valley School.
of Pine Lodge and other “We’re not out of the woods yet, it may be targeted again,”
state institutions. said former WFSE/AFSCME President Howard Jorgenson in
presenting the award. “But our recipient has set the standard for
Resolutions how to fight off these ill-advised, mean and nasty attacks on our
“We’re all in this together,” Moore said in accepting the
Delegates voted to
refer two resolutions.
Rosella Charvet Leadership Award:
Resolution No. 1 Rick Hertzog, Local 793, for leadership bringing the union
on safeguarding debate directly to the worksites of Western State Hospital, Child Study
on measures before the and Treatment Center, Oakridge Group Home and Special Com-
AFSCME Convention mitment Center.
was referred to AFSCME In accepting his
Regional Vice Presidents award from 2007
Greg Devereux and Ken winner Kandy
Kraig (Local
Allen and the 2010 AF-
SCME Convention. 1221), Hertzog Job Action of the Year Award:
honored WFSE/ Local 793 for its many job actions against cuts to Western State
Resolution No. 3 re- AFSCME’s late Hospital and other institutions in its local.
garding stronger contract Vice President “Their job actions spotlight nonsensical management initia-
language on assignment Howard Ocob- tives that if left unchallenged threaten the quality of care,” said
pay and special pay ock. VP Bill Copland, Local 1253, in presenting the award to the Lo-
provisions, was referred “I just try to cal 793 delegation Oct. 4.
to WFSE/AFSCME’s live up to what Other awards:
bargaining teams. Howard would do • Most LaborWeb local web-
on a daily basis,” site sign-ups: Rainier School
Hertzog said. Local 491.

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Smokey Point -- Phyllis Alexander.
Seattle -- Britt Kauffman and James Dannen (formerly
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Meghan Elliot, formerly a temporary associate, has be-
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come a permanent associate in Seattle.
For more information, or to schedule a class, call 1-800-562-0999, Ext. 10101.
of Local 1488, is recovering Craig Harrington, a correc- to maintain her benefits— son at (206) 760-2336.
SHARED LEAVE from breast cancer surgery tions/custody officer 3 at Pine October is when her next
and radiation treatments. She Lodge Corrections Center for surgery is scheduled. She has Mary Luxa, a medical assis-
REQUESTS is in dire need of shared leave. Women in Medical Lake and been forced to use her FMLA tance specialist 3 with DSHS
Contact: Jean Swarm at (206) a member of Local 782, is LWOP back-to-back instead in Olympia and a member of
If you’ve been approved to 685-9012. recovering from a heart attack of intermittently, so she has Local 443, is still in need of
receive shared leave by your and is in need of shared leave. exhausted it long before her shared leave as she recovers
agency or institution, you can Rhenda Stewart, a financial Contact: Julie Holford at (509) end date. She has been re- from surgeries that will keep
place a notice here. Once services specialist 3 with 299-2303. fused approval of other LWOP her off the job until mid-No-
you’ve been approved by your DSHS and a member of Local leave. She is concerned if she vember. Contact your human
agency or institution, WFSE/ 1299 and now caring for her Michele Mallery, a program doesn’t maintain her benefits, resources office.
AFSCME can place your seriously ill husband in Port specialist 3 with the Secretary she will be forced out of her
shared leave request here Angeles, is in need of shared of State’s Office (Archives job, where she has built up Ann Hill, a support enforce-
and online. E-mail the editor at leave. Contact: Bonnie Schuch Section) in Olympia and a 20 years of seniority. Contact: ment technician in the DSHS Or call 1-800- at (509) 764-5608. member of Local 443, is still in Kathleen Young at (360) 902- Division of Child Support in
562-6002. need of shared leave for ad- 9413. Olympia, will soon exhaust all
Gary Jefferson, a truck driver ditional knee surgery. Contact: her leave because of an ongo-
• The following could use a 2 at the University of Wash- Terri Parker at (360) 236-5071 Carol A. Smith, a mental ing medical issue. Contact:
donation of eligible unused ington and a member of Local or health technician 1 at Western Patti Clark at (360) 664-5030
annual leave or sick leave or 1488, is undergoing treatment State Hospital in Lakewood or
all or part of your personal for stomach cancer. He is on Wendy Hogan, a medi- and a member of Local 793, is
holiday: extended leave for surgery cal assistance specialist 1 battling a very serious medi- Diana DePontee, a financial
and continued radiation and with DSHS in Olympia and cal condition and is in need of services specialist 3 with
Donald Minter, a Financial chemotherapy treatments. He a member of Local 443, is in shared leave. Contact Dave DSHS in Olympia, has been
Services Specialist 3 in Mount will be off the job at least six need of shared leave to care Wiggen at (253) 761-3366. approved for shared leave.
Vernon and a member of Local months. Contact: JoAnn Wuts- for her sister who has been Contact: Grace Chambers at
1060, is dealing with personal chik at (206) 543-2805. diagnosed with cancer. She Denise Auve, a laundry work- (360) 725-6627 or chambge@
health issues after the recent only has about two weeks of er 1 at Western State Hospital
death of his wife. Contact: Liane Calamayan, a sup- leave left and will likely need a in Lakewood and a member of
Vickie Rothernbuhler, (360) port enforcement officer 2 month more of leave. Contact: Local 793, is in need of shared Spokane Veterans Home
714-4006. with DSHS Division of Child Joanne Fulton at (360) 725- leave for surgery and recovery. Local 1221 members M. Kay
Support in Kennewick and a 1082. Contact: Dave Wiggen at (253) Kroiss, a nursing assistant,
Robert Steele, an informa- member of Local 1253, will be 761-3366. and Sofia Alexander, a food
tion technology specialist 3 undergoing neurosurgery and Luana Gilley, an unemploy- service worker, have been
with DSHS in Olympia and a could be off work for several ment insurance specialist 3 Amy Brady, a financial approved for Shared Leave.
member of Local 443, is suf- months, not including follow- with the Employment Security services specialist 3 with the Contact: Sandie Wollan, (509)
fering from Morton’s Neuroma, up treatment. Contact: Kristi Department at the King County DSHS Region 7 Call Center 344-5777.
a condition that prevents him Christensen, (509) 374-2035. Telecenter in Seattle and a in Port Angeles and a mem-
from walking without pain. member of Local 435, is still ber of Local 1463, has been Lisa Walsh, an office assistant
He has used up all his leave. Barbara Maasch, an unem- in dire need of shared leave. approved for shared leave. 3 in the DSHS Division of Child
Contact: Gayle Hatfield at ployment insurance specialist She has been hospitalized and Contact: Lynn Logelin at (360) Support in Olympia and a or Judi 4 with the Employment Secu- is recovering from surgeries 565-2190. member of Local 443, will soon
Rogers at rogerja3@dshs. rity Department in Spokane and. She wants co-workers exhaust all leave because of and a member of Local 1221, to know that even one hour Sandra Bazan-Molnar, a any ongoing medical issue.
is recovering from surgery and can help, as she is within 3.33 financial services specialist at Contact: Patti Clark, (360) 664-
Pamela Edmison, a food ser- is in need of shared leave. hours of having her September the DSHS White Center CSO, 5030 or
vice worker at the University Contact: Kathleen Young at medical leave covered. But has been approved for shared
of Washington and a member (360) 902-9413. she will need time in October leave. Contact: Shearun Fai-

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Where’s this worksite?

Fun in the sun at the Local 1221 picnic

Spokane Local 1221 always puts on a good spread and this year’s annual
picnic in August was no different. It was a time for members and their families
to enjoy fun, food and fellowship.
Can you guess where the worksite above is and what WFSE/AFSCME
Local 843 strikes blow members work there? Send your guesses by e-mail to
for health care reform or regular mail: Editor, 1212 Jefferson St. S.E., Suite 300, Olympia, WA
Members from King County Human 98501. Include your name and mailing address. Deadline: Nov. 10. The
Services Local 843 joined thousands of first 10 readers with the correct answer who include their name and
others at the Sept. 2 rally in downtown mailing address will receive a prize.
Seattle to push for national health care
reform. Answer to August’s “Where’s this
You can keep up to date online at worksite?”: The mystery worksite pictured
in the August Washington
State Employee showed the
Supplemental bargaining team elections process set Interstate 90 floating bridges
across Lake Washington
The WFSE/AFSCME Col- bargaining teams. after the respective statewide, from Seattle to Mercer Island. Members of Seattle Depart-
lective Bargaining Committee The joint committees on coalition or institution-wide ment of Transportation Local 378 keep traffic flowing and
and Executive Committee Sept. 9 adopted a process bargaining team assigns any the bridges floating. The readers who submitted a correct
OK’d the process for electing calling for election of team supplemental issues. guess were: Derrick Guthrie, Jim Hudson, Frank O’Neal,
members of any supplemental members as soon as possible Each supplemental team Larry Skoglund and Todd Zey.
will have up to six elected
RTC bargaining starts members.
Elections will be by mail
Answer to September’s
“Where’s this worksite?”:
Members at Renton Technical College, which negotiates ballot. The mystery worksite in
under a different collective bargaining law than other state This is not to be confused the September Washing-
employees represented by WFSE/AFSCME, have set bar- with the in-progress elections ton State Employee was
gaining dates. for members of the main bar- the Cowlitz/Wahkiakum
A job action in support of bargaining was set for Oct. 12. gaining teams. The deadline WorkSource center (Em-
The RTC team recently completed a two-day training on for the main bargaining teams ployment Security) where Local 1400 members provide
Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB). The first bargaining session nominations closed Oct. 5. unemployment and training services. The readers who
took place Sept. 21. They agreed on ground rules and set Ballots for the main bargain- submitted a correct guess were: Randy Bateman, Jen-
bargaining dates through December: Oct. 12 and 22; Nov. 2 ing teams are due out the nifer Beverage, Bill Copland, Deanna Duggan, Tyson
and 16; and Dec. 3 and 15. week of Oct. 22 and must be Graham, Jodi Murphy and Tom Patterson.
returned by Nov. 13.

Appeals Court sides with WFSE/AFSCME, Gainsharing hearing postponed

strikes down contracting out rules The summary judgment hearing on the union’s gainsharing
pension lawsuit originally scheduled for Oct. 30 has been
The state Court of Ap- Department of General Ad- said employees whose posi- stricken.
peals has agreed with WFSE/ ministration. tions or work would be “dis-
AFSCME and struck down placed” would be allowed to Technically, the Dec. 1 trial date remains, but likely will also
three of the state’s contracting But the appeals court ruled offer alternatives. not take place. No new dates have been set.
out rules. Sept. 15 that GA had exceeded The appeals court ruled
The court upheld the 2008 its authority when it wrote those rules restricted the op-
ruling made by a Thurston the restrictive rules about portunity only to employees
County Superior Court judge
on the lawsuit against the
which employees could offer
alternatives to contracting out
who lose their jobs or who
would be reassigned.
State task force on child
rules filed by the Federation.
The rules came from the
or bid for projects.
The Legislature in 2002
The state may appeal to
the state Supreme Court. welfare privatization meets
The union’s steering com- DSHS Secretary Susan Drey-
Natural Resources Task Force crafting That’s why the union task
force takes them so seriously.
mittee on the proposed two
pilot privatization projects in
fus addressed the task force.
She said she’d gotten the
response to consolidation report The WFSE/AFSCME task
Child Welfare Services met
over the convention weekend
governor’s approval to “be
bold” and “innovative” with
The union’s Natural Re- into two agencies to inter- force includes representatives and committed to expanding her intentions to “increase
sources Task Force was set to agency collaboration in the from several natural resource its outreach and communica- capacities in the communi-
meet Oct. 16 to craft a formal current structure; sharing agencies, including Ecol- tion activities with affected ties” and “incorporate greater
response to the Natural Re- services and resources, with ogy, Parks and Recreation, members. stakeholder input.”
sources reform report. emphasis on data, financial Fish and Wildlife, Natural It’s part of the research Reading between the
The governor’s subcabi- and law enforcement services; Resources, Agriculture and the committee continues to lines, that was taken by some
net of natural resource agency improving permitting; and Health. do as part of its “next step to mean the state is interested
heads issued a list of possible streamlining the quasi-judicial It met Sept. 11 to go over strategies” in dealing with the in privatizing more of DSHS
ideas Sept. 14. It put the ideas hearings process. a preliminary matrix of ideas. proposed privatization. Children’s Administration
out for public comment. But there’s been external They got a briefing from John The steering committee than just the two pilot demon-
The WFSE/AFSCME pressure for the governor Mankowski, the governor’s already has a Facebook page stration sites in Child Welfare
Natural Resources Task Force to leapfrog the process and natural resource liaison. and a blog. To request in Services.
set up is own survey to pres- make some of the costly ideas And they talked to Marty invitation to the secure blog, The state panel meets
ent to the governor. reality on policy, not fiscal Brown, director of the gover- e-mail Jeanine Livingston at again Dec. 14 and 15. Sub-
The ideas rolled out Sept. grounds. nor’s legislative affairs office. committees, including the one
14 are just that. They are not Meanwhile, the state on site selection co-chaired
recommendations. They are Transformation Design Com- by Livingston, have begun
not options. Many contradict
CSO staff airs concerns at convention caucus mittee, the formal name for meeting.
each other. Many are cost- the task force on the CWS All information on the
Members from the DSHS Community Services Division and privatization pilots, met Sept. state committee’s business,
call centers caucused during convention weekend at SeaTac 16 and 17. including data, agendas and
The ideas are grouped
and aired concerns directly to their division director Leo The committee dealt with minutes, can be found online
into four broad categories:
Ribas and administrator Vicki Hobbs. Members reported talks many technical issues. But at www.accountabilityin-
organizational, with ideas
will continue. red flags went up again when
ranging from consolidation

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