Signed budget funds contracts
The legislature narrowly avoided government shutdown by reaching a compromise on the budget. Gov. Inslee signed the deal in the eleventh hour. The legislature then headed into a third special session to continue their arguing. Read more in The Olympian or The Spokesman-Review.
Thank you to all members who fought for these contracts. The contracts will be signed by Gov. Inslee on July 9.
- View the 2015-2017 General Goverment contract
- View the 2015-2017 Higher Education contract
- View the 2015 General Service Salary Schedules
- View the 2015 SP Range Salary Schedules
- View the 2016 General Service Salary Schedules
- View the 2016 SP Range Salary Schedules
#Public Service Matters
On April 18, WPEA members joined fellow state employees at rallies in communities across Washington state to show that public service matters and to call for funding our collective bargaining agreements.
We received support from small business owners who understand that state employees don’t just provide vital public services. They also shop at local businesses and have a huge economic impact.
Read more on The Stand.
WPEA scholarship program expanded
The WPEA executive board expanded the scholarship program in 2014, making more scholarships available, and opening the scholarships up to members and their families.
The scholarships, which will be awarded for use in Fall 2015, include:
- Eight $500 scholarships
- Two $1,500 scholarships
- One $3,000 scholarship
Applications are due at WPEA headquarters by July 15, 2015.
View or download the application.
Editorials slam Senate budget
In reviewing the Senate budget, The Olympian's editorial board gets it right: "It is full of as yet unexamined budget complexities but one thing is obvious: It balances the books too heavily on the backs of state employees." Read the full editorial.
The Daily Herald's editorial board agrees: "The tax increases proposed are fair and allow the state to begin making up for past losses to programs and employee compensation." Read the full editorial.
Congratulations to Olympic College!
Olympic College was one of the ten finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Learn more about the Aspen Prize.
Paul Baldwin at work at WSSB
At first glance, Paul Baldwin’s classroom probably looks like your typical science class. The room is filled with scales, beakers, books, and skeletons. But when you look closer, you’ll notice there’s a lot more you can touch, like the models of cell division, of the human organs, of plants.
Paul teaches middle and high school science, covering everything from biology to physical sciences. But as a teacher at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, things are a little different in his classroom. Read more...
Rally calls for Shared Prosperity
On February 20, WPEA members joined 800 other labor supporters at the state Capitol to rally for Shared Prosperity. Read more on the Washington State Labor Council's news site, The Stand.
“Workers deserve a share of the prosperity that they create and the economy grows when this happens. We need to raise wages and grow the economy,” said WSLC President Jeff Johnson as he opened the rally.
Members approve contracts for 2015-17
The contracts include two across-the-board increases: a 3% raise in July 2015 and approximately 1.8% in 2016.
- View the tentative agreement for General Government and
the summary of changes
- View the tentative agreement for Higher Education and
the summary of changes
The new health benefits agreement maintains the 85/15 premium split and limits out-of-pocket cost increases in the UMP Classic plan.