The US Supreme Court just issued a ruling attacking public employees' freedom to join strong unions. WPEA members are responding by gathering at rallies around the state today to show that we're sticking together, no matter what the court says.
In response to today’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, WPEA President Kent Stanford issued the following statement:
“WPEA members have worked together for over 60 years to negotiate for better wages, better lives, and better public services. No Supreme Court case or political attack is going to stop that.
“Unions are the great counterweight to corporate special interests and the wealthy elite, and to employers when they fail to recognize good working people. Our own state’s history shows that if corporate billionaires are left unchecked, the government will sacrifice our members’ salaries and ignore our hard work, just to protect corporate tax loopholes. There must be someone to stand up for working people and present our points of view. After all, we do the work and we know how it benefits the public.
“WPEA members will keep fighting. We’ll fight to protect our members’ pension plan, we’ll fight for the cost of our health care, we’ll fight for our vacation and sick leave, we’ll fight for a flexible work schedule, and we’ll fight for better wages.
“We’ve come too far to turn back the clock on protections for working people.”
On Wednesday, June 27, the US Supreme Court will release its decision in Janus vs. AFSCME.
In Janus, the Court is expected to impose so-called “Right to Work” on public employees throughout the nation. This is the culmination of a decades-long legal attack financed by corporate special interests and right-wing billionaires.
But we won’t allow a court decision to stand in the way of our fight for better wages, good jobs, and safe workplaces. That’s why on Janus Decision Day, Washington’s workers will show we are more resolved than ever to stick together!
Join a Solidarity Rally near you:
WEDNESDAY, June 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
On Monday mornings, check www.TheStand.org between 7 and 8 a.m. or SUBSCRIBE to The Stand for an email notification when the decision happens.
On May 19, delegates representing Washington State Labor Council-affiliated unions from across the state voted on early election endorsements at the WSLC’s 2018 COPE (Committee on Political Education) Convention at the Machinists 751 Hall in Seattle. Click here to see the results of that WSLC endorsement action in congressional, legislative, and state Supreme Court races, plus statewide ballot measures. Union delegates will consider additional endorsements at the WSLC’s 2018 Constitutional Convention, which will be July 17-19 at the Coast Wenatchee Hotel and Convention Center.
DON'T FORGET TO GET YOUR APPLICATIONS IN BY JULY 13, 2018
The WPEA executive board revised the scholarship program in 2017 by combining funds so each successful applicant would receive more. The larger awards were named in memory of two former WPEA board members who were instumental in initiating the scholarhsip program. The scholarships, which will be awarded for use in Fall 2018, include:
One $3,000 scholarship, in memory of Earl Kalles, former WPEA Secretary-Treasurer
and long-time member at the Liquor Control Board;
One $3,000 scholarship, in memory of Patti Pollardo, former WPEA Vice President
and long-time member at Edmonds Cummunity College;
Four $1,000 scholarships.
Applications must be postmarked or emailed to WPEA Headquarters
by July 13, 2018.
Please Click Here to Download the Application
For a Copy of the Flyer Click Here
*Please note that the scholarships ARE available to running start students!
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