HE and GG contracts out for ratification

WPEA bargaining teams have reached a tentative agreement with the State of Washington. The contracts include two across-the-board increases: a 3% raise in July 2015 and approximately 1.8% in 2016.

On September 19, ratification ballots were mailed to all members in General Government and Higher Education. The ballots must be received at WPEA headquarters by September 30.

Thank you to the bargaining team members!

General Government
Frank Ackerly (DOR)
Paul Baldwin (WSSB)
Jeff Freshley (WSDA)
Joe Hubbard (DOL)
Tim Lynch (WSLCB)
Frank Marshall (DOR)
Larry Pasco (WSP)
Kent Stanford (DNR)

Higher Education
Candace Alvarez (OC)
Jaleel Brown (TCC)
Rafe Carroll (WVCC)
Billie Garner (CC)
Linda Gulbransen (PC)
Randy Karnath (GHC)
Mindy Neissl (WWCC)
Jan Ng (BC)
Patti Pollardo (EdCC)
Alex Swidergal (CCC)

WPEA delivers petition to Gov. Inslee

COLA petitionWPEA delivered a petition to Governor Inslee on September 10, calling for a fair COLA along with stable health care costs for classified state employees.  The petition was signed by more than 500 WPEA members and supporters. View the petition.


2015-17 officer elections concluded

On September 5, WPEA members elected Kent Stanford (DNR) as the new WPEA president and Mark Baca (DOR) was elected to serve as secretary-treasurer. The new term starts January 1, 2015 and runs through December 31, 2017. Read more on the Executive Board page.


Supreme court rules against gainsharing

On August 14, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of lawmakers in two pension cases.  The rulings stated that lawmakers were within their rights when they repealed gain-sharing and cost-of-living increases for some retirees. The ruling maintained the Early Retirement Factor that replaced gainsharing.

WPEA and other unions have argued that state used gain-sharing to lure employees to the cheaper PERS 3 plan.  The plan promised additional money when investment returns on pension funds exceeded expectations.  Read more in The Seattle Times, in The Spokesman-Review, or on the DRS website.



News links

U.S. Supreme Court decision on Illinois home care workers may affect 43,000 care workers here
The Olympian, 6/30/2014

Supreme Court Ruling on Union Fees Is a Limited Blow to Labor
The New York TImes, 6/30/2014

Gov. Inslee hints of 2015 pay increases for state workers
The Olympian, 5/22/2014

Studies look at what happened when cities raised minimum wage
The Seattle Times, 3/12/2014

Decline of unions affects all
The Seattle Times, 2/20/2014