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SOURCE: Washington’s state-local tax burden, 1977-2008 (taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/486.html)

15%
12% 10%
Part Time, includes per diem

Custodian 1
Food Service Workers

Office Assistant 3

Average State Employee

Speaker of the House part-time, includes per diem

Senate Majority Leader part-time, includes per diem

Includes WMS, EMS, Exempt and Classified Employees

8%
LEGISLATOR

8%
LEGISLATOR

3%
GOV

3%
ATTY GEN

3%
COURT

SUPR

Meanwhile, the “taxes” you pay for your state health insurance keep going up and up. If the state’s health care bargainers get their way, by 2013 this “State Employee Health Care Tax” will take a greater share of your gross income. As this chart shows, those earning less would pay a crushing share of their income on health insurance premiums alone.

New challenges for interpreters

Take action! Join the WFSE/AFSCME Health Care Action Team! See pages 4 & 5.
RECRUITMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
WASHINGTON FEDERATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES/ AFSCME • AFL-CIO Council Representatives are the “internal organizers” of the union, assigned to membership building and leadership development. These staff are primarily responsible for daily member contact and activation. The Council Representative organizes job actions, trains Member Action Team Leaders and Stewards and generally assist in grassroots empowerment. Council Representatives also assist stewards in grievance processing, provide basic representation in the absence of a steward, attends mid-level grievance hearings and related meetings, and attends union/management meetings. Desired Qualifications: Education or experience with labor unions or labor or community organizing. The ability to work with and direct others effectively. Candidates must have good written and oral communications skills. Experience with union training a plus. Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle. Beginning Salary: $46,182 per year and includes an excellent benefits package. How to apply: Cover letter and résumé must be received via mail to 1212 Jefferson ST SE STE 300/Olympia WA

Average WFSE/AFSCME represented employee

9%

LEGISLATORS

98501, or fax to (360) 352-7608, or email to resume@ wfse.org no later than 5:00 p.m., December 7, 2010.

The 2,000 DSHS medical interpreters who recently voted to make WFSE/AFSCME their union now face the kind of challenges their union brothers and sisters face in these tough economic times. As part of the governor’s recent 6.3 percent cuts, DSHS is proposing cutting the entire interpreter services program

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Council Representative Position (Yakima)

ASSOCIATE (Half-Time Position) (Olympia Headquarters Office)
This position is a half-time position. Duties will include processing daily mail and providing administrative support for several manager positions and other staff as needed and time allows. This job requires excellent communications skills and the ability to use good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions. Knowledge of office practices, procedures, equipment and computer proficiency in Word required. Experience with Excel is a plus. Familiarity with Washington State government and labor unions are also pluses. Requires valid driver’s license. Beginning Salary: $33,638 per year and includes a benefits package. How to apply: Submit résumé and cover letter clearly indicating position desired to: WFSE / 1212 Jefferson ST SE STE 300 / Olympia, WA 98501 by no later than 5:00 p.m., December 7, 2010. Résumés may also be submitted via fax to 360-352-7608 or email to: resume@ wfse.org.

See INTERPRETERS, page 2

NEW ELECTRONIC DELIVERY OPTION. If you’d like to save paper and postage, you can receive this newspaper electronically. Log onto www.wfse.org and click on the newspaper icon in the upper right corner; then register for the electronic version. Or e-mail us at info@wfse.org, or write: WFSE/AFSCME, 1212 Jefferson St. S.E., Suite 300, Olympia, WA 98501. If you’re a represented nonmember fee payer and you don’t wish to receive this publication in any format, e-mail us at info@wfse.org, or write: WFSE/AFSCME, 1212 Jefferson St. S.E., Suite 300, Olympia, WA 98501.

Percent of income spent on health premiums (proposed by state in 2013) *Percentages based on 2010 annual wages and proposed UMP family rate for 2013.

Everyone’s tax burden is going down, except yours. Some say the 2010 elections showed the public doesn’t like taxes. But the truth is, in just 11 years, Washington’s overall individual tax burden has dropped to one of the lowest in the USA -- 8.9%.

Your health care tax burden
22%
18%

State Employee
The fight of our lives.
See 4 & 5.

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

WASHINGTON

JOB ACTIONS TO SAVE OUR STATE Members press PEBB on benefits
Federation members in AFSCME green jammed the meeting of the Public Employees Benefits Board Oct. 20 to ask their support in saving health benefits in 2012 and 2013. “Adequate health care is a necessity,” said Brad Samples, a Local 53 member with DSHS in Tacoma. “Darn it, I didn’t get in the business as a social worker or as state employee with lust for personal wealth,” Samples said. “I did it for reasons to try to improve my world, my community around me. “Unfortunately, we all need to be able to pay for minimum necessities of life…. What has been proposed of further increases, it will be undoable for a number of individuals.” Samples presented a bundle of letters from other members explaining the economic harm the proposed increases would mean. He read one from a member already hard-pressed by the out-of-pocket costs that went up this year, on top of no pay raises, pay cuts from furlough days and other sacrifices. “There are times when I and my wife go without food so that our two children have something to eat,” the member wrote. Steve Segall, a Local 443 member with DSHS in Olympia and a member of the General Government Bargaining Team, said legislators OK’d using a reserve fund, the “premium stabilization account,” to keep costs level in 2011. “We believe that the hardships continue as we look into subsequent years,” Segall said. “We believe that those reserves should be used again. And we ask for your support to move forward into this legislative session.” The Federation delegation showed up to enlist the benefits board’s support for innovative solutions to the huge cost increases proposed by the governor. A core minority

Samples tells board the governor’s proposed 117 percent health premium increases for 2012 and 2013 are “undoable” for most state employees. of the board, led by Federation Executive Director Greg Devereux, is often narrowly outvoted.

University of Washington Custodial delegation marches to the UW Benefits office Oct. 28 to deliver their message: the governor’s proposed health care cuts will have a devastating impact on Local 1488’s membership.

Local 1299 members used the Oct. 11 furlough day to picket outside the DSHS building. Some 40 clients, many angry at the politicians responsible for the shutdown, vowed to call the governor in support of the Local 1299 members.

UW custodians gather outside the UW Benefits office Oct. 28.

Join the WFSE/AFSCME Health Care Action Team!

University of Washington Trades & Food Service members voice concerns to UW Benefits office representative about the Governor’s proposed healthcare cuts Oct. 28.

State Employee
WASHINGTON

See pages 4&5

UW Trades & Food Service members march Oct. 28.

Some 50 Local 948 members picketed outside the Everett DSHS building Oct. 11. They explained to 80 clients why they were unable to help them that furlough day.

Washington State Employee (USPS 981200) is published monthly, except February and July, for $5.08 per year by the Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME Council 28 • AFL-CIO, 1212 Jefferson St. S.E. Suite 300, Olympia, WA 98501. Affiliated with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Periodicals postage paid at Olympia, WA and at additional offices. Circulation: 40,000. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Washington State Employee, 1212 Jefferson St SE Suite 300 Olympia WA 98501-7501 Carol Dotlich, President Greg Devereux, Executive Director
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INTERPRETERS,
from page 1
by Jan. 1. The union has mobilized to delay that fast-approaching date to allow time for alternatives to make up the $3.2 million the state wants to save by cutting interpreter services. The union argues the DSHS cut is penny-wise and pound-foolish. By cutting $3.2 million, the state would forfeit $12 million in federal matching dollars. The interpreters have long argued to get rid of the system of middlemen (the brokers) that siphons dollars away
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from frontline services. “The state shouldn’t forfeit $12 million in federal matching funds,” said WFSE/AFSCME President Carol Dotlich. “Changes to the broker system can save the state money and be used to maintain vital interpreter services to limited English proficiency patients.” Cutting the program would deny 243,000 patients the ability to commu-

YES! Interpreters vote YES Interpreters for WFSE/AFSCME! Bargaining Team
• 851 voted UNION YES

nicate with their physicians.NONPROFIT ORG Washington Federation of State Employees 1212 Jefferson Street SE #300, Olympia WA 98501 US POSTAGE It would also put the burden of PAID OLYMPIA WA those costs on doctors. PERMIT NO 238 And it would invite long and costly court battles because these interpreter services were started in the first place because of 15 civil rights complaints.
Union election results:

Meanwhile,voted NO • 47 the interpreters are mobilizing for125 ballots were contract. • their first challenged Nominations for the 11-person barNow it’s Nov. 8. Now gaining team closedtime to build our union. election ballots are going out. They’re Understand the next steps: due Dec. 9.
Now it’s time to negotiate a contract for DSHS Interpreters and continue our fight for DSHS Reform. Understand the difference between these two actions and find out how you can get involved. MORE BACKSIDE

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BARGAINING UPDATES
GENERAL GOVERNMENT

Bargaining Update
NOTE: Most detailed bargaining updates go in the mail to the members covered by that respective contract. But this latest General Government update is going in the newspaper to save on the cost of a separate mailing to those 30,000 covered by that contract.

With the governor giving the impression in the media that nothing is happening at the bargaining table because of the impasse over the health care article, your General Government Bargaining Team decided it’s time to be more explicit about the progress your team has made. It’s similar to what other bargaining teams have been doing. But up to now the General Government team has hyper-respected the contractual restrictions on what can be said publicly. So the team believes this broad outline doesn’t violate any contractual restrictions. GENERAL GOVERNMENT TENTATIVE AGREEMENTS SO FAR Of the 54 articles (including the Preamble), the General Government team has reached tentative agreement on 34: Preamble Article 1 – Union Recognition 2 – Non-Discrimination 5 – Performance Evaluation 7 – Overtime 8 – Training and Employee Development 10 – Holidays 12 – Sick Leave 13 – Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association 14 – Shared Leave 15 – Family and Medical Leave – Pregnancy Disability Leave 18 – Leave Without Pay 19 – Work-Related Injury or Illness

20 – Safety and Health 21 – Uniforms, Tools and Equipment 23 – Travel 24 – Meals 25 – Commute Trip Reduction and Parking 28 – Privacy and Off-Duty Conduct 29 – Grievance Procedure 30 – Employee Assistance Program 32 – Reasonable Accommodation and Disability Separation 33 – Seniority 35 – Management Rights 37 – Union-Management Communication Committee 40 – Dues Deductions/Status Reports 41 – Classification 45 – Contracting 46 – Presumption of Resignation 47 – Workplace Behavior 48 – Childcare Center – Lakeland Village 49 – Strikes and Lockouts 50 – Entire Agreement 51 – Savings Clause One article (43 – Health Care Benefits Amounts) is negotiated at a coalition table. One (26 – Housing) has been referred to the Parks Supplemental Bargaining Team. Other non-compensation articles left on the table are: 3 – Bid System 4 – Hiring and Appointments 6 – Hours of Work 9 – Licensure and Certification 11 – Vacation Leave 16 – Severe Inclement Weather and Natural Disaster Leave 17 – Miscellaneous Paid Leaves 22 – Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace 27 – Discipline 31 – Personnel Files 34 – Layoff and Recall 36 – Employee Rights jobs of 160 DSHS workers, has fewer furlough days for previously exempt employees than management originally proposed and showed the public our members have innovative ideas to generate savings to offset furlough days. It also has a commitment to use savings to offset furloughs if possible. Those previously exempt will take eight furlough days (not the nine originally proposed by management). Those who’ve been taking furloughs will take two additional days in November and May. There’s a commitment to pend all performance evaluations until next June, unless

38 – Mandatory Subjects 39 – Union Activities 44 – Tobacco Free Workplace 52 – Printing of Agreement 53 – Term of Agreement SUPPLEMENTAL NEGOTIATIONS • Supplemental negotiations in the Department of Transportation and DSHS Institutions also wrapped up with tentative agreements on parts of articles that will be folded into the main contract. • Supplemental negotiations are pending in Parks. • Overall, management did not agree to negotiations on most of the Federation’s supplemental proposals in other agencies. So the union filed an unfair labor practice. The Public Employment Relations Commission held a hearing on that ULP Oct. 18 and 19. A decision is pending. HIGHLIGHTS The team can’t go into explicit detail about every article. Some articles listed above retain current contract language. But many articles contain improvements. For instance, at the Oct. 15 bargaining session, one of the articles tentatively agreed to was Article 47 – Workplace Behavior (which we often refer to as the anti-bullying article). In this tentative agreement, an employee’s options to challenge inappropriate workplace actions would be expanded to include the ability to file grievances within an agency. Current contract language doesn’t allow any grievances over inappropriate workplace behavior. TENTATIVE AGREEMENTS ARE JUST THAT: TENTATIVE UNTIL RATIFIED absolutely necessary. 
 The agreement also has important workload modifications. 
 And workers making less than $2,500 a month will be exempt.

All articles agreed to are tentative until the entire contract is wrapped up and General Government members vote to ratify or reject the entire contract. So tentative agreements are just that: not final until you say so. ALSO: • On Article 42 – Compensation, the team has made it clear they are not interested in takeaways. Management proposed taking away step increases, more for political reasons than financial reasons. It’s a non-starter with our team. • Overall, your General Government Bargaining Team has taken the results of the survey members completed a few months back and respected the priorities you set. • The team has also taken the initiative when it comes to making proposals and identifying solutions – but management often resists and doesn’t respond to reasonable approaches. • The team has its eyes focused on the overall goal of getting to July 1, 2011 with a contract with no takeaways. UP NEXT: The General Government team has bargaining set for Nov. 16-17, Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and Dec. 9-10.

Other quick bargaining updates:
Central Washington University. The CWU team has reached tentative agreement on more than 43 articles. Bargaining was set to resume Nov. 19 with another session Dec. 7. Community College Coalition. The team representing the coalition of 12 community colleges has reached tentative agreement on 35 articles, with about 19 still on the table. Bargaining continues Dec. 15. Eastern Washington University. EWU members ratified the respective contracts for Bargaining Unit 1 and BU 2 Sept. 13. This was a “rollover” contract to protect the good contract they have, plus they made additional gains. The Evergreen State College. The TESC team has reached tentative agreement on nearly 40 articles. Bargaining was set to resume Nov. 18. University of Washington. The UW team has made great progress, reaching tentative agreement on more than 40 articles. But talks have stalled on a number of key articles – about 18. So the contract is headed to mediation by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). Mediation sessions were set for Nov. 17 and 22. UW Police Management. The UW Police Management contract is also headed to mediation by PERC. A mediation session has been set for Nov. 29. Washington State University. The WSU contract is at impasse. The team has met with a mediator from PERC four times, with the latest session Nov. 9. Western Washington University. The WWU team has reached tentative agreement on 48 articles with nine articles left open: Article 7 – Hours of Work Article 11 – Vacation Leave Article 17 – Suspended Operations Article 18 – Miscellaneous Paid Leave Article 21 – Uniforms, Tools and Equipment Article 35 – Layoff and Recall Article 40 – Union Activities Article 43 – Compensation Article 44 – Health Care Benefits Amounts (negotiated at the Health Care Coalition table; Brandon Taylor is the team’s representative in that bargaining) Appendix F – Assignment Pay WWU bargaining resumes Dec. 15.

DSHS, DOC furlough agreements
Negotiations have wrapped up on the additional furlough days in DSHS and Corrections caused by the governor’s order to cut 6.3 percent from the budget. Both agreements mitigate the effects of the added furloughs.

Corrections
The union’s DOC Supplemental Bargaining Team and the Department of Corrections reached their furlough agreement on Nov. 5. Under the agreement, DOC employees already subject to the 10 furlough days imposed by the Legislature will take an additional eight hours (the equivalent of one day) of furlough time in May 2011.

DSHS
The union’s DSHS team reached agreement with the management team led by Secretary Susan Dreyfus in the early morning hours of Oct. 28. The agreement saves the

All other DOC employees will take eight hours of furlough time each month from December 2010 to June 2011. That’s the equivalent of seven days. DOC employees can take their furlough time in increments of no less than four hours at a time. Both sides will work to set up a pool of WFSE/AFSCMErepresented employees willing to take voluntary furlough reductions in hours to potentially offset some of the mandatory furloughs. The first priority for any offsets will be those who have taken the furlough days mandated by the Legislature.

November 2010

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The fight of our lives
W
e are in the fight of our lives to save our health benefits and the quality services we provide the people of Washington. And we’re asking you to join the WFSE/AFSCME Health Care Action Team.
On health care, the facts speak for themselves:
• The governor’s bargainers want state employees to pay 26 percent of their premiums, a 117 percent increase over the current 12 percent. That would mean an estimated pay cut of about $2,316 a year. • All of us will need to press the Legislature to once again use health fund reserves to keep our benefits level in 2012 and 2013, the health plan years covered by the next contract. • WFSE/AFSCME members have already taken the campaign directly to the Public Employees Benefits Board. At the Oct. 20 meeting, members from several locals packed the meeting room and asked the board to join the union in asking for use of the reserves to save health benefits. One member told the board: “We all need to be able to pay for minimum necessities of life….What has been proposed of further increases, it will be undoable for a number of individuals.” • Meanwhile, the governor continues to speak out in the media against our goal of saving benefits. “I don’t have an extra penny…,” she told TVW Oct. 14. “We can’t afford the escalating cost of health care and therefore we’re asking them to help us get through the recession by paying more.” • Instead of joining with us to support using reserves and closing tax loopholes to save benefits, she instead insists that if we get our way, she’ll just have to lay off more of our co-workers. So it’s your fault for standing up for decent health benefits! • And many legislators, talk show hosts, newspaper editorial board writers and others are sharpening their knives to take more out of your hide.
Wenatchee, Oct. 11.

JOIN THE HEALTH CARE ACTION TEAM

It’s time to end the lies and fight back against the spineless politicians and so-called “experts” in the media and anti-state employee think tanks.

All of us in the union need your activism. By joining the Health Care Action Team, you will be called upon to help protect and save our health care – so you can provide the quality services our friends and neighbors depend on.
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JOIN THE HEALTH CARE ACTIION TEAM
The Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME has started a massive campaign to “Save Our State” – not just our health benefits, but the very quality services we provide.
• Your values of caring and integrity are the values of Washington. Many in power have lost sight of that. • The governor even told the media that the post-recession state will be far different than it is now. Public safety, care for the vulnerable, preserving our natural resources, workplace safety, all the services that make our colleges and universities run – all will be downgraded. “We’re not going to provide the same services we did,” the governor said. “It’s going to have to be taken up by volunteers, by churches, by non-profits, by businesses, by neighbors, by friends. State government cannot continue to do what it’s done in the past.”

This vision is not our vision. And the fight starts with health care.
The fight to save your health benefits isn’t just about you. It’s an investment in the very people who have the training, the passion and the commitment to the values of this state. You make this state run. This would be a very grim place to live and raise a family without you and the quality services you provide.

Everett, Oct. 11

So as part of the union’s massive campaign of 42,000-strong fighting for you, there’s something you can do. All of us need you to join this fight.

This is a fight we can win if we all join the fight.

Please join the WFSE/AFSCME Health Care Action Team.
You can sign up by filling out the pledge WFSE/AFSCME Health Care Action Team card below and mailing it back to: 1212 Jefferson St. S.E., Suite 300 Olympia, WA 98501

Or... You can join online!
Log onto www.wfse.org and click on “Action Center.”
We are in the fight of our lives to save health benefits and the quality services we provide the people of Washington.
Many legislators, talk show hosts, newspaper editorial board writers and others are sharpening their knives to take more out of the hide of state employees. It’s time to end the lies and fight back against the spineless politicians and so-called “experts” in the media and anti-state employee think tanks. We are launching a massive campaign to “Save Our State” – not just health benefits, but the very quality services we provide.

We need everyone in this fight.
I agree to be contacted to help when and where I can. Please add my name to the list of activists to be called to help as needed to protect and save our health care and quality state services.

PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
NAME HOME EMAIL HOME PHONE CELL PHONE AGENCY LOCAL ZIP CODE

If we stay silent, we lose.
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WFSE/AFSCME MEMBERS-ONLY BENEFITS UPDATE; NEWS
SHARED LEAVE REQUESTS
If you’ve been approved to receive shared leave by your agency or institution, you can place a notice here. Once you’ve been approved by your agency or institution, WFSE/ AFSCME can place your shared leave request here and online. Please include a contact in your agency, usually in human resources, for donors to call. E-mail the editor at tim@ wfse.org. Or call 1-800-5626002. • The following could use a donation of eligible unused annual leave or sick leave or all or part of your personal holiday:
Claudia Pearson, an office assistant 3 with the Department of Corrections in Seattle and a member of Local 308, has been approved for shared leave because of a recently diagnosed chronic disease. Contact: Ran Phin, (206) 516-7651, or Lydia Zamora-White, (206) 516-7635. April Elium-Allan, a financial services specialist 3 with DSHS in Lewis County and a member of Local 862, is in need of shared leave while recovering from surgery. Contact: Your human resource consultant. Robin Burkhart, an office manager with the Department of Health in Olympia and a member of Local 443, is caring for her mother who is battling cancer. Her mother is currently in the intensive care unit so Robin has had to take more time off than expected. Contact: Marie Butler, (360) 236-4409 or marie.butler@doh.wa.gov. Daria Matte, a financial services specialist 3 with DSHS in Seattle and a member of Local 843, has been approved for shared leave because of pre-term labor and was ordered to stop working as of Oct. 16. Contact: Tea’Launna Brown, (206) 716-2301 or tealaunna. brown@dshs.wa.gov. Shareece Hayes, a social worker 3 with DSHS in Seattle and a member of Local 843, has been approved for shared leave for a medical matter. Contact: Mark Lacy, (206) 9234930 (Mondays and Tuesdays), (206) 691-2428 (Wednesdays) or (206) 760-2468 (Thursdays and Fridays), or laza300@ dshs.wa.gov. Aldona (Donna) Ashman, an administrative assistant 3 with the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board in Olympia and a member of Local 443, has been approved for shared leave because of a serious health condition. Contact: Eleni Papadakis, EPapadakis@WTB.gov.wa.gov, or Karla Thomas, (360) 753-5682. Joe Ruby, a construction and maintenance project specialist lead with state Parks at Fort Worden and a member of Local 1466, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: Melanie Watness, (360) 902-8687. Ronda Rhinehart, an office administrator 3 with the Department of Corrections in Seattle and a member of Local 308, has been approved for shared leave because of a flare up in her fibromyalgia. Contact: Ran Phin, (206) 516-7651. David Morales-Chavez, a hospital assistant at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle and a member of Local 1488, underwent emergency surgery this month. He has exhausted all leave. Contact David at moralesd@u. washington.edu. Linda Popp, a financial services specialist 4 with DSHS in Vancouver and a member of Local 313, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: Daniel Lozano, (360) 725-4823 or lozand@dshs.wa.gov. Joan Selden, an office assistant 1 with the Department of Early Learning in Tumwater, is in need of shared leave because of a serious medical condition. Contact: Lisa Emmett, (360) 725-4933. Augustine Rios, an agricultural inspector 3 with the Department of Agriculture in Othello and a member of Local 1299, is in need of shared leave because of a serious staph inspection. Contact: Brandy Thompson, (509) 662-6161. Shirley White, a WorkFirst program specialist with DSHS in Federal Way and a member of Local 843, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: your human resource office. Vicki White, a financial services specialist 3 with DSHS in Tacoma and a member of Local 53, is in need of shared leave for a serious medical condition. Contact: your human resource office.

Where’s this worksite?
Send your guesses by e-mail to tim@wfse.org or regular mail: Editor, 1212 Jefferson St. S.E., Suite 300, Olympia, WA 98501. Include your name and mailing address. Deadline: Dec. 6. The first 10 readers with the correct answer who include their name and mailing address will receive a prize.
Tina Rodriguez-Berg, a financial services specialist 4 with DSHS in Smokey Point and a member of Local 948, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: your human resources office. Christopher Tabor, a support enforcement officer 2 with DSHS in Seattle and a member of Local 843, is in need of shared leave because of an extended recuperation following major foot reconstruction surgery. Contact: Anita Blakely, (206) 341-7385. Debra Browning, an unemployment insurance specialist 3 with the Employment Security Department in Olympia and a member of Local 443, will be having surgery and is in need of shared leave. Contact: Sharon Lindley, (360) 902-9532. Bonita Hill, an administrative assistant 3 with the Department of Health in Olympia, had surgery because of two herniated disks. Contact: Sandy Rosscup, (360) 236-4517. Doreen Clement, a DDS adjudicator 3 with DSHS in Olympia, is in need of shared leave for multiple serious illnesses. Contact: your agency human resources office.

IN MEMORIAM
IN MEMORIAM: Janis Baker, a DDS adjudicator 4 with DSHS in King County and a member of Local 843, died Oct. 8. She was 45.

IN MEMORIAM: Richard Lee, a financial services specialist 3 with DSHS in Olympia and a member of Local 443, died last month after losing his battle with cancer. He was 52.

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This came last month as a settlement of the ULP and demand to bargain. Under the agreement, DSHS will pay $200 in lost overtime wages for the hospital’s 100 security guards, psychiatric security attendants and psychiatric security nurses assigned to the Center for Forensic Services while the patient was there. The estimated cost of the settlement is $20,000. They’re members of Local 793. The agreement also brings training for security staff so there’s no question they have the skills to guard such patients in the future. The controversy arose when the state installed Department of Corrections staff to guard the patient, which is skimming, or taking away work, from Western State Hospital members. Because of medical confidentiality rules, the settlement does not name the patient.

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Eleven WFSE/AFSCME members have won Neville B. Crippen Grant-in-Aid Awards for Fall Quarter 2010. The Crippen Grants are quarterly awards to help members advance their education or improve their skills. Awards generally range from $100 to $300. For an application, go to www.wfse.org > Member Info > Scholarship Info. Applications are due at least 30 days before a course begins. The grants are named after Neville B. Crippen, the union’s first president who had led the fight to create WFSE/AFSCME. The grant is overseen by a subcommittee of the WFSE/AFSCME Women’s/Equal Partners Committee. The Fall 2010 recipients:

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November 2010

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MEMBERS IN ACTION

for bargaining, but the budget and the Health Care Action campaign. From left: Max Phipps, Local 1020, Everett; Sandie Reynolds, Local 1181, Bremerton; Daniel D’Haem, Local 843, Human Services, King County; Diana Smith, Local 396, Walla Walla; Rodolfo Franco, Local 304, Seattle; Rene Christensen, Local 716, Goldendale; Randy Kurtz, Local 948, Human Services, Snohomish County; Tracy Fosty-Wilson (secretary), Local 1060, Bellingham-Mount Vernon; Jim Pendleton, Local 931, Eastern Washington University, Cheney; Diane Rauschenberg (VP), Local 491, Rainier School, Buckley; Brian Yearout, Local 1466, Statewide Parks; Julianne Moore, Local 1326, Yakima; Bruce Witham, Local 53, Tacoma; WFSE/AFSCME President Carol Dotlich; Kandy Kraig,

Your 2010 meeting ofpresidents meet to discuss strategies local the Presidents’ Council met Nov. 6 in SeaTac The second

Local 1221, Spokane; Shellie Savage, Local 443, Olympia; WFSE/AFSCME Vice President Sue Henricksen; Shellie Swanson, Local 435, Employment Security, King County; Ginger Richardson, Local 308, Corrections, King County; Bill Copland, Local 1253, Tri-Cities; Ron Harshman, Local 1291, Transportation, Pasco; James Robinson, Local 793, Western State Hospital/CSTC/ SCC/Oakridge, Lakewood; Judy Kuschel, Local 313, Vancouver; and Dan Petruso, Local 1221, Spokane. Not in picture: Beth Mason, Local 976, Labor and Industries, King County; and Valdene Kneisly (VP), Local 1225, Washington State School for the Blind/Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss, Vancouver.

L&I members take on quotas

The L&I member delegation gathers after meeting with the governor’s office Nov. 8. From left: WFSE/AFSCME President Carol Dotlich; Steve Halpain, Local 1221, Spokane; Beth Mason, Local 976, Seattle; Ronni Caudle, Local 976, Seattle; James Dannen, WFSE/AFSCME council representative; Mario Haynes, Local 53, Olympia; and Joe Michielli, Local 976, Seattle. A delegation of WFSE/AFSCME members from Labor and Industries met with the governor’s office Nov. 8 over the quota issue. L&I management issued goals on enforcement activities, apparently even threatening discipline for failing to meet quotas. This practice violates the Occupational Safety and Health Act. So the L&I members appealed to the governor’s office, which listened and promised action. A report-back meeting is possible. Meanwhile, the members have designed signs and buttons (see inset) and plan job actions over the quota issue.

Renton ‘Green’

Members at the Renton Community Service Office of DSHS gather Oct. 15 for “Green Shirt Day” to wear their WFSE/AFSCME green shirts and show solidarity -- and a united front to management. PICTURED: Front, L-R - Antoine Tran, Fred Lappert, Isabel Estrada, Janet Stewart and Huey Nguyen; back row, L-R - Julio Amador, Don Paul, Justin Miller, Chante Richards and Lisa Bedingfield. They are represented by Local 843, which covers state Human Services in King County.

The state has admitted it committed an unfair labor practice when it used non-bargaining unit employees to guard a Western State Hospital patient involved in a high visibility murder case.

$20,000 settlement at Western State Hospital

See ULP, page 7

WFSE/AFSCME members made the difference in Election 2010
WFSE/AFSCME member activists devoted thousands of hours phone banking, doorbelling, sign-waving and talking to friends and neighbors to elect good legislators and vote the right way on ballot measures.

Rainier School Local 491 members wave signs in state Sen. Pam Roach’s tough re-election campaign. Roach (in foreground above) won with nearly 67 percent of the vote.

WFSE/AFSCME members staged a full-court press against I-1082, which would have privatized workers’ comp and thrown 2,000 L&I members out of jobs. They and allies from other unions held a counter-demonstration at L&I headquarters in Tumwater Oct. 20 when building-industry backers of the measure threw insults at L&I members watching inside. In the end, voters rejected 1-1082.

Olympia Local 443 President Shellie Savage (with King County Employment Security Local 435 member Loretta Gutierrez) delivers strong message to politicians at the local’s “Furlough Fest” Oct. 11. “It’s cowardly to target the very people who make this state run, doing dangerous jobs none of the so-called budget ‘experts’ would ever want to do,” Savage said.

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Vancouver members turn out for the first of two Super Saturday doorbelling blitzes Oct. 16. They urged neighbors to defeat bad ballot measures and re-elect 49th District legislators Jim Moeller and Jim Jacks.

WFSE/AFSCME Washington State Employee

November 2010

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