Some state employees (both WPEA members and AFSCME members) have received phony scam emails dated today, Sept. 11, that there is a furlough in a few days. It is a scam, repeat, a scam to get you to fill out a form to gain your personal, private information. To be clear, AFSCME did not send out any email like this. There is no furlough on September 13, and no action you should take - other than ignoring the email.
We were sad to learn that Jeff Grogan, a long-time WPEA member at Highline College, was killed this morning in an accident while riding his motorcycle just a few blocks from the college.
Jeff worked in the Financial Services Department at Highline. After joining WPEA in 2002, he served his colleagues as a WPEA shop steward for six years, as well as serving on the college's Policy Development Council.
Our hearts are with Jeff's coworkers, his loved ones, and the broader community at Highline. His warm spirit will be missed.
The final 2017-19 operating budget was passed and signed on Friday, narrowly averting a state government shutdown. Thanks to everyone who called, rallied, and met with lawmakers to call for a budget that invests in Washington. Here are some of the budget details:
Fully funds our 2017-2019 state employee contracts, including:
Some agency-specific program changes include:
You can see the whole budget, including agency-specific detail, here.
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