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Jay Inslee endorsed for governor


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Gainsharing
WFSE/AFSCME is appealing a judges ruling against the unions fight to retain earlier retirement for those in the PERS 2 pension system. The ruling came in the second phase of the sometimes-complicated gainsharing lawsuit. King County Superior Court Judge Richard Eadie on Jan. 30 ruled against the Federation, the Washington Edu-

State Employee
The evils of pension reform
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The official newspaper of the WASHINGTON FEDERATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES/AFSCME Council 28AFL-CIO

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OUR BEST CHOICE IN 2012

he Washington Federation of State Employees/ AFSCME Executive Board members elected to represent all groups of members endorsed Congressman Jay Inslee for governor. The Feb. 9 vote to endorse was 51-8. The Washington State Labor Council followed suit days later as Inslees momentum continued to build. See INSLEE, page 3

Congressman Jay Inslee has represented the 1st Congressional District since 1999. He has a 96% Right voting record on your issues.

PARK RANGER ED JOHANSON 1967-2012

Judge rules against WFSE/AFSCME in second phase of gainsharing case but union appealing
cation Association and several individual plaintiffs on the second phase of the gainsharing class action lawsuit the part dealing with the earlier retirement factor, primarily for those in PERS 2. Once a final order from the judge on both the gainsharing issue (on which the union prevailed) and the earlier retirement factor portion, then appeals can be filed. At press time, a hearing on a final order hadnt been set. Its expected the state will appeal the gainsharing decision against them. The statute continues the PERS 2 earlier retirement until a final decision has been rendered on gainsharing. Its hard to tell when that would be. Members contemplating use of that benefit basically allowing full retirement at age 62 for eligible PERS 2 members are advised to contact the Department of Retirement Systems to confirm their options. Its believed earlier retirement will be in place for the foreseeable future, but DRS is the best authority.

A final salute to a fallen hero


Local 1466 member Ed Johanson, 44, remembered for his passion for parks -- and two exemplary sons

See GAINSHARING, page 3

he death of Park Ranger Ed Johanson was another tragedy for WFSE/AFSCME members in a month of violence in Kitsap County. Friends and fellow state employees from Gov. Chris Gregoire on down remember him for his more Ed Johanson than 20 years of service, including the Local 1466 members emphasis on recreation and turning Kitsap Memorial State Park into a niche as a locale for weddings. But his greatest legacy his shining lights are his sons, Brandon, 20, and Nicholas, 18. They proudly led hundreds of mourners who celebrated their dads life at his March 2 memorial at Gateway Fellowship Church in Poulsbo. Hes provided us a foundation for which we will

Photo courtesy The North Kitsap Herald 2012

Law enforcement officers salute the remains of Local 1466 member Ed Johanson, a 20-year-plus park ranger at March 2 memorial in Poulsbo. Reported the North Kitsap Herald: Johansons son, Brandon, speaking with his brother Nicholas at his side, said it was appropriate for their fathers ashes to be placed in one of his beloved ranger cookie jars as his final resting place. Johanson died Feb. 24 in Seabeck on his way home from work when struck by a driver suspected of vehicular homicide while under the influence of narcotics. build our lives, Brandon told the gathered, as reported by the North Kitsap Herald. These boys are Eds legacy, he raised them well, brother Ray Johanson said, as reported in the Kitsap Sun. Ed Johanson, 44, was killed Feb. 24 while driving home from his recent new assignment at Kanasket-Palmer State Park in the Green River

See JOHANSON, page 8

Here come the WFSE Warriors!

MEMBERS IN ACTION
Committed corps of grassroots activists to fan out across the state and coordinate job actions big and small. Phone banks against Zarelli Pension Bill showed first big impact. More coming!

Kay Halpain photo

The WFSE Warriors the unions grassroots corps of activists mobilizing the kinds of job actions we need to win the fight in the Legislature and beyond at Feb. 11 training in Seatac. The WFSE Warrior program is sponsored by the unions Internal Organizing Committee.

Recent WFSE Warrior-inspired job actions -- Dare to Wear Your Flair Days at the Bellingham DSHS Childrens Administration office (left) and Everett CA (above).
Phyllis Naiad photo

SAYING IT WITH FLOWERS -- SORT OF. Local 1221 member Linda Hartsell, a customer services specialist 2 with the Department of Labor and Industries in Spokane, used her arts and crafts talents to strike a blow against an annoying management edict that saw co-workers remove plants and other personal decorations from cabinets. So Hartsell took union buttons and made them into a flower arrangement and placed them in a pot adorned with a WFSE rain poncho. She took action in a way that is therapeutic and is within limits for decorations, because the 3-foot high arrangement is sitting on her desk, said colleague Kay Halpain, Local 1221 (and a WFSE Warrior).

Phyllis Jean Alexander photo

LOCAL FOCUS: MEDICAL INTERPRETERS LOCAL 1671


Edmundo Cavazos New board member
Sarah Clifthorne photo

OUTGOING LOCAL 1221 OFFICERS HONORED: Spokane Local 1221 Dec. 13 honored outgoing local treasurer Kay Halpain (left) and outgoing local president Kandy Kraig (right). Kraig, a support enforcement officer 3 for DSHS, was local president for 10 years, starting in November 2001. Halpain, a customer service specialist with the Department of Labor and Industries, was treasurer from 2007 to 2011.

Quan Tran New board member

New policy committee, new board members, new round of bargaining


Medical Interpreters Local 1671 is chugging right along, including at the first meeting of the locals district chairs Jan. 28 (above). The first meeting of the new policy committee that includes them, the Public Service Policy Committee, met Feb. 4 in Seatac and elected Local 1671 members Quan Tran and Edmundo Cavazos as its first-ever representatives on the WFSE/AFSCME Statewide Executive Board. Ballots for their 2013-2015 bargaining team go out the week of April 2.

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Local 1400 made a difference this holiday season


Longview-Kelso Local 1400 donated funds to the Jumbo toy drive for disadvantaged children in their area. Lower Columbia College stewards Molly Howard and Peter Hansen shopped and dropped off the toys Dec. 10.
Photo courtesy Local 1400

Photo courtesy Bob Overturf, Local 573

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Trades Committee meets

WFSE/AFSCMEs new Trades Committee met Feb. 17 in Seatac. This is one of the unions newest committees, dealing with issues central to Trades members in General Government and Higher Education.

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ELECTION 2012
INSLEE, from page 1
An independent North Carolina polling firm -- run by a Democrat but historically biased toward Republicans -- found that in just one week, Democrat Inslee had erased a 10-point deficit and pulled into a tie with Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna in the race for governor. The survey of 1,264 Washington voters from Feb. 16-19 showed Inslee and McKenna tied at 42 percent each, with 16 percent of the voters undecided. But the WFSE/AFSCME board was swayed by Inslees quarter century of ployee jobs. And he opposed the Wall Street bailout. Inslee has a 96 percent Right voting record on our issues. McKenna has publicly attacked pay, health benefits, seniority and workers compensation. McKenna wants to cut the number of state employees by 5 percent to 10 percent. McKennas given speeches supporting contracting out and privatization. And as a King County councilman, McKenna five times opposed collective bargaining agreements for public workers. More online at www.wfse. org.

Inslee has shown a vision for the state and has met regularly with groups of WFSE/AFSCME members over the years including a 2007 session with Ecology members in Lacey (above and above right).

support for public employees. That included strong and consistent support for pay and benefits, collective bargaining rights and worker health and safety in the state Legislature and for the past 15 years in the U.S. Congress. Hes also voted against contracting out of public em-

BARGAINING UPDATES
RTC Team reaches tentative agreement on 2012-2015 contract. The Federations bargaining team at Renton Technical College on Feb. 29 reached tentative agreement on a new, three-year contract. RTC bargains under a different law than most WFSE/ AFSCME members, so their cycle and term of agreement can be different. The term of this new contract, if ratified by the RTC membership, will be from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015. Among the major highlights: In an appendix, the longevity pay bonus requirement has been reduced from 15 years to 10 years. All RTC members who have been employed by the college for at least 10 years will receive the annual longevity bonus of $300. That means the annual longevity bonus will now be given to almost 30 percent of RTC members, up from 15 percent. Under RTC Article 10, members will be able to cash out Personal Convenience Leave once a year. Previously, it had a use it or lose it status. Under RTC Article 9, there will be improved vacation scheduling. Previously vacations were limited to the end of the school year and before the new school year. The onsite RTC ratification vote is set for May 1. Tentative Agreement reached with American Behavioral Health Systems. WFSE/AFSCME on March 9 reached a tentative

Learning to use and enforce the contracts. Stewards from Locals 304, 976 and 1060 pore over their respective contracts at recent Steward in Action training at WFSE/AFSCMEs Smokey Point Field Office.

agreement (TA) on a first-ever collective bargaining agreement for the more than 240 employees at ABHS, which provides substance abuse treatment services; that includes work for the state Department of Corrections and DSHS. If ratified, the new agreement would run from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2014. The first-ever agreement includes: Improvements on economics. It includes a wage increase of 1.5 percent. The union and ABHS will return to the bargaining table in June when the status of the contract with DOC is clearer to negotiate wages and benefits past July 1. Affordable health care. ABHS management agreed to fully absorb the increase in employee health costs that took effect March 1. Significant improvements to working conditions, including hours of work and scheduling, overtime, hiring, training and policies.

The ABHS onsite ratification vote was set for March 30 in Chehalis and Spokane Valley. ABHS members negotiate under the umbrella of the National Labor Relations Act. The Evergreen State College Exempt Bargaining Team finished its fourth day of bargaining March 1. In that last bargaining round, management had presented 12 initial and/or counter proposals. The WFSE/AFSCME team reached tentative agreement on 2 more articles: Shared Leave and Savings Clause. Unfortunately, weve yet to receive counters from management on our union members highest priority issues, the team reported. They were set to bargain again March 14. We are gaining strength every day, the team says. The TESC Exempts bargain under a different law than for most other WFSE/AFSCME members.

Medical Interpreters. Ballots for the Medical Interpreters 201315 Bargaining Team will go in the mail April 2. The deadline to get them in is April 30. Interpreters bargain under a different law than most other WFSE/AFSCME members. General Government and Higher Education This bargaining cycle for the General Government and Higher Education bargaining teams (under the 2002 bargaining law) officially began Jan. 23 when the Federation notified the respective managements with the required demands to bargain the next, 2013-2015 collective bargaining agreements. The demandto-bargain requests covered General Government, University of Washington, UW Police Management, Washington State University, Western Washington University, The Evergreen State College, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University and the Community Col-

lege Coalition. This will be the fifth contract for each of these teams. Most are scheduling team meetings to go over bargaining proposals and bargaining dates. At press time: General Government. The team was to meet March 20 and 21. The first of 14 scheduled bargaining dates will start May 1. All General Government bargaining will be at the Thurston County Fairgrounds in Lacey, except for the July 10 and 11 session in Olympia. University of Washington. Team meetings were set for March 14 and 20. Community College Coalition. Team meetings are set for April 20 and May 1. Western Washington University. Team meetings are set for April 6 and 17.

GAINSHARING,
from page 1
The Legislature in 2007 granted the earlier retirement for PERS 2 members as a tradeoff for ending gainsharing for PERS 1 and PERS 3 members.

(Gainsharing refers to the sharing of extraordinary investment gains based on a set period of time and exceeding a certain percentage.) But the Federation and others sued to restore gainsharing and won. However, the original law said if gain-

sharing were ever restored, the earlier retirement would be repealed. Those whod already retired under that provision wouldnt be affected. The Federation and others argued that poison pill provision was illegal. Judge Eadie acknowl-

edged that PERS 2 enrollees have been assessed increased contribution rates to their retirement system because of the benefits that are now repealed. But, he said, that fulfilled the test that the additional contributions might offset additional employee

contributions in the future. The legislative intent was clear; there was to be gainsharing or the replacement of benefits, but not both, Eadie ruled. So in short, the gainsharing issue is as clear as mud and far from over.

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VOICES THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE IN LEGISLATIVE SESSION


The Legislature adjourned its regular session March 8 after a controversial partisan meltdown in the Senate. The budget was unresolved. Some good legislation passed, some died and some was still pending in the special session that started March 12. But all along, WFSE/AFSCME members had their voices heard.

Medical and L&I Interpreters after packed Jan. 30 House hearing on WFSE/AFSCME bill to grant collective bargaining rights to L&I Interpreters (HB 2701). Grant L&I Interpreters union rights and expand the scope of bargaining rights to bring fairness (against) a corrupt and wasteful system, L&I Interpreter Alfonso Bautista Jr. said. At press time, the bill was still in the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rallying at the Capitol on Presidents Day Feb. 20.

The budget battle. It came down to the good budget from the House Democrats vs. the bad budget from the Senate Republicans. The House saved pensions and made no further cuts to higher education. The bad Senate Republican plan cut pensions and made $38 million in cuts to higher education. The House raised revenue by closing some tax loopholes. But even after more than $10 billion in cuts to education and healthcare in the last two years, the Senate Republican plan couldnt find a single tax loophole to close. At press time, the dispute continued.

WFSE/AFSCME Green Caucus members Michele Stelovich, Local 1060 (left) and Kerry Graber, Local 443, testify Jan. 25 on SB 6406.

At Feb. 16 House hearing on forensics evaluations bill (from left): Larry Thompson and Marilyn Ronnei of Local 793 (Western State Hospital). STATE PROCUREMENT REFORM. 2SHB 2452 passed and was sent to the governor.

Local 308 member Ginger Richardson (left) and Local 313 member Tony Shaver testify Feb. 24 at House hearing on ESSB 6204, the Community Corrections supervision bill. At press time, it had been amended to retain current supervision levels.

Fight to restore contract rights for exempted Consolidated Technology Services members: Like the firefighters, nurses and teachers in the state of Wisconsin, I have lost my collective bargaining rights and I want them back, 27-year veteran Jeff Paulsen testified at House hearing Jan. 25 on HB 2396. At press time, the bill had passed the House, but it was unclear if it would be resolved in special session.

Childrens Administration bills. Several WFSE/AFSCME members testified on many bills affecting DSHS Childrens Administration, with the biggest being the Child Welfare Services bill, E2SHB 2264. As passed, privatization pilots remained, but implementation was delayed until December 2015. Across the state of Washington, the social workers on the front line are dedicated to the children..., Local 1400 member Joyce Murphy, a DSHS social worker 3, testified at a Feb. 23 Senate hearing. There are 8,000 children in foster care right now. And the decisions that (legislators) have to make are difficult just as well as the decisions we have to make every day. The governor signed the bill into law March 19. Also: Family Assessment, ESHB 6555, passed and sent to governor; SHB 2263 to reinvest savings from improved outcomes in Child Welfare was signed by the governor 3/19/12.

Joyce Murphy

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PARKS FUNDING. E2SHB 2373 to increase the appeal of the Discover Pass, passed and was sent to the governor. Among other things, it allows the passes to be transferred to another vehicle. But additional funding in the budget to avoid any further cuts, including making parks seasonal, was still in dispute at press time. Olympia Local 443 member Frank ODell, testified on a liability bill, HB 2510, at Jan. 25 House hearing. It passed the House, but not the Senate. Aberdeen Local 970 member Molly Rowe, testified Feb. 1 on HB 2264 in the House.

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HIGHER EDUCATION. Rep. Hans Zeiger of the 25th District addresses WFSE/AFSCME Higher Education members during the unions Higher Ed Forum Jan. 31 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. At press time, budget proposals ranging from no cuts to $38 million in reductions were still in dispute.

Other bills left in limbo: ESHB 6078 -- Natural resource agency collaboration, passed the Senate but not the House. HB 2401 -- Saving Child Support mailing costs, passed the House, but not the Senate. SHB 1518 - transit/parking benefits, passed the House but not the Senate.

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What you need to know about the evils of pension reform


Sen. Joe Zarelli

Late in the regular session of the Legislature, a coalition of senators resurrected the bad pension reform bill pushed by Sen. Joseph Zarelli of the 18th District. Zarelli and his allies made this ill-advised reform scheme a major demand in the special session that started March 12. The special session could last until April 10. At press time March 15, it wasnt known if the special session would still be going when you receive this newspaper. But whether the special session is still going when you read this, this evil concept of pension reform will likely not die quickly. Heres what you need to know now and for the future about why its so bad for all public employees, no matter what pension plan theyre in.

Zarellis pension reform bill (SB 6378) would:

Close PERS 2 to new hires Force new hires into PERS 3 End early retirement for those forced into PERS 3 Suspend payments to the PERS 1 unfunded liability for one year

These changes harm all of us -not just new hires. Heres why:

It harms the viability of all pension plans By forcing more defined contributions, the State Investment Board would have to invest in more liquid investments with lower returns.

The scheme would take our pension system from 97% funded all the way down to 60% PERS 2 members would have even more money deducted from paychecks -- another pay cut. According to the state actuary: Under expected conditions, (PERS 2) contribution rates will increase higher under this bill (for about 20 years).

Zarelli-style pension reform is a bad deal: Higher risk. Higher costs. Even higher PERS 2 contribution rates -and less take-home pay!
Pension reform harms state pension funds for 150,000 public servants
FACT: Closing PERS 2 enrollment, forcing new hires into PERS 3, cutting early retirement and skipping a payment to the PERS 1 unfunded liability may add $3.3 billion in costs to taxpayers. FACT: Washington has one of the best-funded pension systems in the nation -- 97% funded. This scheme could drop the funded status below 60% . FACT: Under this pension scheme: The State Investment Board (couldnt)invest members defined contribution funds as efficiently as the defined benefit plan funds, because (theyd have to) invest defined contribution moneys in more liquid investments with lower returns.

SOURCE: State Actuarys Fiscal Note for SB 6378, 2/9/12, p. 1 of 23

SOURCE: State Actuarys Fiscal Note for SB 6378, 2/9/12, p. 1 of 23

SOURCE: Senate Bill Report, ESB 6378, pages 3-4

When you mess around with pensions, you are messing around with the long-term economic health of our state, with job creation, and the respect and security of retirees.
John Burbank, Executive Director, Economic Opportunity Institute Everett Herald guest editorial, 3/14/12

Dont gamble away our pensions!


If the special legislative session is still going when you read this, call 1-800-562-6000 and urge your legislators to oppose the bad Zarelli Pension Reform Bill (ESB 6378)
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WFSE/AFSCME MEMBERS-ONLY BENEFITS UPDATE


STEWARD CORNER
by Tim Foley Member, WFSE/AFSCME Steward Committee When looked up in Websters Dictionary, the word Confidential means 1) secret, or 2) entrusted with private matters. If one accepts these descriptions and then applies them to union shop stewards, you end up with what is called privileged communication. This special communication is part of the process of representing bargaining unit employees in formal grievance procedures or while assisting unit members with investigating workplace issues or problems. During these procedures, all stewards must abide by the WFSE/AFSCME Policy on Privileged Confidential Communication (found in the Policy for Processing Grievances). While protecting the rights of bargaining unit employees and the union, stewards must apply confidentiality to all communication, whether oral, signed (for hearing-impaired) or written (electronic or otherwise). It is the position of the Washington Federation of State Employees that any communication between a Federation member and his/her union representative, which is intended to be private and confidential regarding representational matters, is a privileged communication. Privileged communication is one which may not be disclosed to a third party (i.e. non-representatives). The privilege belongs to the member. Divulgence of a privileged communication with a member should be made only pursuant to a members waiver of the privilege or an appropriate court order, where the court has ruled either that the communication is not privileged or that the communication must be divulged despite the privilege. Finally, located in the Principles section of the Code of Ethical Conduct for Stewards, it clearly states that stewards will honor confidentiality. This rule must be followed at all times, in order to hold in stewardship, the welfare of the membership of WFSE. Stewards actions should also be consistent with the spirit as well as the letter of this code.

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Family Campout at Sun Lakes


Camp Delany - Sun Lakes State Park
September 21-23, 2012
north of Ephrata and Soap Lake

Interested in a union motorcycle rally?


Proposed Federation Motorcycle Rally.

Join us for fun in the sun!


Picnics Hikes Barbeques Games Solidarity
In-park attractions: Pristine chain of lakes, freshwater marshes and magnificent basalt rock formations. Hiking, fishing, swimming, water skiing and golfing. 400-foot-high, 3-mile-wide Dry Falls once the worlds greatest waterfall. Nearby attractions:
Camp Delany/Sun Lakes offers cabins and a full kitchen for group dining. RV hookups and tent camping are also available in the park.

Several WFSE/AFSCME members have asked the unions Members Only Benefits Committee about the idea of sponsoring a Federation Motorcycle Rally that converges on Olympia to join a huge picnic. If youre interested, the committee would like to know. Contact Committee Chair Randy Kurtz (Local 948) at (425) 870-1456 or randallokurtz@ gmail.com.

Grand Coulee Dam. Casino near Electric City.


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Sign up online at wfse.org Watch for registration form in next months newspaper SHARED LEAVE REQUESTS
If youve been approved to receive shared leave by your agency or institution, you can place a notice here. Once youve 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 1-800562-6002. The following could use a donation of eligible unused annual leave or sick leave or all or part of your personal holiday:

4930 (Mondays) or (206) 7602468 (Tuesdays-Fridays). Sue Clemenson, a social worker 2 at the DSHS Belltown CSO in Seattle and a member of Local 843, has exhausted all leave while caring for her husband, Nick, also a DSHS employee, who is battling a life-threatening illness. Contact: your human resource office. Robin Hicks, a social worker 2 with DSHS in Olympia and a member of Local 443, has exhausted all leave because of a serious medical condition. Contact: your human resource office. Mary Benton, an office assistant 2 with the state Health Care Authority in Olympia and a member of Local 443, has been approved for shared leave because of a potentially life-threatening medical condition. Contact: Kerri Kallay, (360) 725-3712. Angelica Rainey, an office assistant 3 with DSHS in Tumwater and a member of Local 443, has been approved for shared leave because of a high-risk pregnancy. Contact: your human resource office. Peggy Pattok, a social worker 3 at the DSHS Bellingham Childrens Administration office and a member of Local 1060, is in need of shared leave because of a medical

issue. Contact: your human resource office. Jessica Egleston, a customer services specialist 3 with the Department of Health in Tumwater and a member of Local 443, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: Skyler Jones, (360) 236-4409. Brandy Mester, a financial services specialist 3 with DSHS at the Lakewood CSO and a member of Local 53, has been approved for shared leave because of a serious medical condition. She has exhausted all leave. Contact: your human resource office. Kathy Livingston, a financial services specialist 3 with DSHS at the Pierce South CSO and a member of Local 53, has been approved for shared leave because of a serious medical condition. She has exhausted all leave. Contact: your human resource office. Feleni Schuster, a financial services specialist 3 with DSHS in Olympia and a member of Local 443, has been approved for shared leave to take care of her mother and mother-in-law, who live with her and are suffering from serious medical conditions. Contact: your human resource office. Brenda Olson, a financial services specialist 3 for the

DSHS Statewide Customer Service Contact Center in Pierce County and a member of Local 53, is in need of shared leave because of a serious medical condition of a family member who is in need of her assistance. Contact: your human resource office. Keona Tulloch, a financial services specialist 3 for the Statewide Triage Phone Team B in Pierce County and a member of Local 53, is in need of shared leave because of surgery that has caused her leave balances to drop to zero. Contact: your human resource office. Jennifer Pelletier, a social worker 2 with DSHS in Kelso and a member of Local 1400, has been approved for shared leave because of a serious medical condition. Contact: your human resource office. Christie Hayner, a WorkFirst program specialist at the DSHS Alderwood Community Service Office and a member of Local 948, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: your human resource office. Paulette Blain, a tax specialist 3 with the Employment Security Department in Olympia and a member of Local 443, was scheduled for shoulder replacement surgery Feb. 16 and will need shared leave to cover her two-month recovery.

Loni Nelson-Bounds, a financial services specialist 3 at the DSHS Bremerton CSO and a member of Local 53, has been approved for shared leave because of a serious medical condition. Contact: your human resource office. Sheila Martin, a Worksource specialist 2 with the Employment Security Department whos been off work since November with a serious illness, is in need of shared leave. She was a Local 53 member in Tacoma. Contact: Kathleen Young, (360) 725-9416. Lula Smith, a social worker 3 with DSHS in Seattle and a member of Local 843, is in need of shared leave. Contact: Mark Lacy at (206) 923-

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Contact: Kathleen Young, (360) 725-9416. Karen Parker, a financial services specialist 4 with the DSHS Statewide CSD Customer Service Contact Center Medical Phone and Batch Team in King County and a member of Local 843, has been approved for shared leave due to a serious medical condition. Contact: your human resource office. Cora Rudisill, a social worker 2 at the DSHS Lakewood Community Service Office and a member of Local 53, is in need of shared leave because of a serious medical condition. She has exhausted all leave. Contact: your human resource office. M. Kay Kroiss, a nursing assistant at the Spokane Veterans Home, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: Sandie Wollan, (509) 344-5777. Nicole Foos, a medical assistance specialist 3 with the Health Care Authority in Olympia and a member of Local 443, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: April Yancey, (360) 725-2134 or april.yancey@hca.wa.gov. Cecilia Benitez-Whidden, a financial services specialist 3 with the DSHS Contact Center-Medical Team in Seattle and a member of Local 843,

has been approved for shared leave because of a serious health condition. She has exhausted all leave. Contact: your human resource office. Claudette Gales, an unemployment insurance specialist 3 with the Employment Security Department in Seattle and a member of Local 435, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: Kathleen Young, (360) 725-9416. Alexander Neuland, a financial services specialist 3 at the DSHS North Smokey Point Community Service Office and a member of Local 948, has been approved for shared leave. Contact: your human resource office. Sandra Schmaltz, a DD case resource manager for DSHS in Longview and a member of Local 1400, is in need of shared leave because of a medical issue. She has exhausted all leave. Contact: your human resource office. Janet Karnas-Holst, a WorkFirst program specialist at the DSHS Chehalis Community Service Office and a member of Local 862, is in need of shared leave as she recovers from surgery. Contact: Grace Chambers, (360) 725-6627 or chambge@dshs.wa.gov. Dara Brooks, an information technology specialist 4 with the Washington State Patrol

long battle with cancer. He still needs leave for several months because of the ongoing treatments. Contact: your human resource office. Adriana Pimentel, a financial services specialist 3 in Moses Lake with the DSHS Statewide Triage Team A Call center and a member of Local 1221, is caring for her father, who recently underwent surgery for a life-threatening condition requiring ongoing treatment and assistance. Her care and support is crucial to her fathers recovery and wellbeing. She has depleted all leave. Contact: your human resource office. Lori Smart, a financial services specialist 3 in Spokane in the DSHS Statewide CSC Child Care Team, is in need of shared leave because of a serious disabling health condition that makes it difficult for her to work a full schedule. She has exhausted all leave. Contact: your human resource office. Tom Pierce Jr., a financial services specialist 3 at the DSHS Lakewood Community Service Office and a member of Local 53, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer. He is undergoing his second chemotherapy treatment and will be off work at least until June. He has exhausted available leave time. Contact: your human resource office.

Audrey Ahrens, an office assistant 3 at Rainier School in Buckley and a member of Local 491, is undergoing surgery for a brain tumor. Contact: your human resource office. Trish Havens, a WorkFirst program specialist at the DSHS Olympia Community Service Office and a member of Local 443, has been approved for shared leave. She has exhausted all leave. Contact: your human resource office. Kathi K. Holmes, a financial services specialist 3 at the DSHS Olympia Community Service Office and a member of Local 443, is in need of shared leave because of a serious medical condition. Contact: your human resource office.

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Gorge area. Police say a 35-year-old Central Kitsap man crossed the centerline of Holly Road in Seabeck and hit Johansons personal car head on. The man was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide; police believe he was under the influence of narcotics, according to the Sun. Even though Johanson didnt die on the job, the Parks and Recreation Commission treated it as such in how they carried out his memorial. Crisply uniformed colleagues and other law enforcement professionals, last salutes, emotional words from the agency director and governor. Ed wanted people to love the parks the way he did and get as much out of their park experience as possible, said agency director Don Hoch. Thats passion for you. Johansons death ended a string of tragedies in Bremerton and Kitsap County, including serial murders, a school shooting and the murder

of State Trooper Tony Radulescu. To the community here, on behalf of 6.7 million people, we stand with you, Gregoire said, as reported by the Herald. We are sorry for what youve had to put up with over the last few weeks. Kathy Andruss, WFSE/AFSCMEs director of human resources, worked with Johanson on an issue in 2004 when she worked in state Parks HR department. He was the epitome of a park ranger he loved parks, he loved talking to visitors, walking around, visiting campsites, Andruss recalls. Its sad to lose somebody like that who cares so much about the job they do, she added. I think hell be missed greatly.

Local 1466 member Ed Johanson spent most of his career at Kitsap Memorial State Park.

Photo courtesy The North Kitsap Herald 2012

A memorial account, the Ed Johanson Memorial Fund, has been established at Key Bank, for donations to help his family.

Johansons sons Nicholas, 18, left, and Brandon, 20, right, called their dad their best friend. Coach Dad was a positive role model in [our] life, Brandon said, as reported by the North Kitsap Herald.

Some 250 mourners, including Gov. Chris Gregoire (upper right, with husband, Mike), turned out for Ed Johansons memorial service March 2 in Poulsbo.

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The photos of Ed Johansons memorial service are reprinted here with permission of the North Kitsap Herald. They were taken by reporter/photographer Megan Stephenson. 2012 The North Kitsap Herald.

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WFSE/AFSCME members join with the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association in mourning the Feb. 23 murder of Trooper Tony Radulescu, 44. He was killed in an early morning traffic stop near Gorst on State Route 16 south of Bremerton. His assailant later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Donations to the Anthony Radulescu Memorial Fund may be made at any Key Bank to help his family. His funeral was March 1 in Kent.

DIANA PARKISON 1945-2012 Retired Olympia Local 443 member Diana Parkison, who represented Health Care Authority members on the WFSE/AFSCME Executive Board from 1999 to 2003, died Feb. 13 in Olympia. She was 66. Parkison later was active in the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington/AFSCME. Her funeral was Feb. 21 in Lacey followed by a military internment service at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. A Navy veteran, Parkison worked 28 years for the state. She continued in the Naval Reserves. She was a Red Cross volunteeer in the Parkison (right) at head of march from Tumwater to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Memorials sugCapitol on Day 3 of the 2001 strike, 4/20/01. gested to Red Cross or any cause in her name.

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Public employees, particularly those who work in state government, can be excused for feeling a bit under siege lately. These days, they shoulder too much blame for budgets that are out of whack. Whether its over collective bargaining rights, pension benefits or health insurance plans, state employees are unfairly singled out as a problem. The overwhelming majority of them deserve the gratitude of the public they serve. Despite unpaid furloughs that have lightened so many of their paychecks in recent years, and layoffs that -- like workers in the private sector -- have forced them to do more with less, most continue to work hard and with pride delivering the services we all depend on but so often take for granted. It was a state employee, Tony Radulescu, whose loss was mourned at a public gathering Thursday in Kent. The veteran Washington State Patrol trooper was shot to death during a traffic stop last month, reminding us of other officers lost in the line of duty, and of the risks police at the state, county and city levels take protecting us every day. It was another state employee, Department of Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl, who was slain while at her post in the chapel of the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe just over a year ago. Also last year, Department of Natural Resources worker Sam Gaydeski was killed accidentally while clearing brush in Jefferson County, and Department of

Reprinted by permission of The (Everett) Daily Herald Originally published: Sunday, March 4, 2012

Transportation worker Billy Rhynalds died after being struck by a wind-toppled tree while directing traffic around a flooding roadway. Ed Johanson, a 20-year state park ranger, was killed in a traffic collision while driving home from work last month. The driver of the other vehicle was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide, and authorities say drugs or alcohol may have been involved. Johanson wasnt killed on the job, but he had recently taken a job at a park two hours away from his home because of department downsizing, making for a long commute. And memories are still painfully fresh of the shooting death of National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson, killed in January by a suspect involved in an earlier shooting. To be sure, public-employee compensation and benefits are legitimate and serious policy issues. Government budgets must serve a variety of needs and be sustainable. But as debates continue over these issues, lets keep in mind the people behind the budget numbers, those who have answered a call to public service. The great majority perform their jobs well, and with pride. They deserve our respect, and our thanks. Copyright 2012 The Daily Herald Co., Everett, WA (Used by permission)

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