Come celebrate 60 years with WPEA
This year, Washington Public Employees Association celebrates 60 years strong. Our big event will be the All-Member Meeting, held April 16-17 in Yakima. We are also hosting WPEA Shop Steward Conferences on May 21 in Olympia and June 4 in Yakima. The conferences will include training for new and existing shop stewards, as well as training on the contracts and labor history.
Events are open to current members-in-good-standing. Learn more and register now.
Cammie Pavesic has join the WPEA team to help with the new member outreach project. She has many years of experience working as an organizer, recently with SEIU 775 in Spokane. Cammie will be meeting with members in Eastern Washington, identifying ways to strengthen the union.
Spread the word on WSLC Citizenship Clinic
On February 6, the Washington State Labor Council, along with One America and IUPAT District 5, will be presenting a workshop on naturalization. This one-day clinic is designed to help legal permanent residents (“green-card” holders) apply for U.S. citizenship.
This event will be open to the public but is primarily geared toward union members who are legal, permanent residents. And thanks to the generous donations from IUPAT DC 5, the State Building and Construction Trades Council, and UFCW 21, this Citizenship Day clinic will be FREE of charge! Learn more.
Join WPEA at this year's crab feed
WPEA is sponsoring a table at this year's crab feed, hosted by the Washington State Democrats. It will be held on February 15 in Lacey. If you are interested in attending, contact Fawn Hacker (firstname.lastname@example.org or at 360-943-1121 x100).
Group Health nurses and healthcare workers support Kaiser acquistion
If your health insurance is through Group Health, you may have a vote in the proposed acquisition by Kaiser Permanente. SEIU 1199NW, which represents nurses and healthcare workers at Group Health, endorsed this acquistion. Ballots should arrive the first week of February. Read more.
Ready for session
On January 11, legislators headed back to work for the 60-day "short" legislative session. The 2016 session is expected to be quieter and less controversial than 2015's drawn out fight over funding COLAs for state employees. If you have questions (or complaints!) about the legislature, you can always contact your WPEA lobbyist, Seamus Petrie (pictured with legislative intern, Abbie Zulock) at email@example.com or 360-943-1121 x116.
Good luck, Gloria!
Gloria Fenton, a longtime member and chief steward at Grays Harbor College, retired at the end of 2015. She will be missed by the college and the union, although we know she will keep in touch.
Highline College custodians and longtime members David Abruquah, Wilfredo Adanza, and Tinh Pham.
On December 4, WPEA member Aimee Trout received an unexpected surprise: out of 1,332 entries from WPEA members, Aimee won tickets to the Seahawks-Browns game on December 20. The tickets were the grand prize as part our recent effort to update member emails and cell numbers.
Aimee is the only woman on a night maintenance crew of about 8 or 9 at Skagit Valley College. This was a huge deal to the crew and they were all gathered around to see the handoff and to chat about their workplace.
Aimee couldn't be more excited about her win and planned to take her dad to the game. He has always been a die-hard Seahawks fan, and she always watches the games on TV with him – that is kind of their “father-daughter” time. But they have never been able to go to a game before.
Congratulations again, Aimee!
Clark member wins alumni award
In November, WPEA member and Clark alumna Naomi Kay was awarded a Rising Star Award from the college. “It was very appreciated,” says Naomi of the award. “To even be considered was a great honor and privilege.”
Naomi started working at Clark in 2006. As an eLearning program specialist, Naomi is devoted to mentoring everyone who walks through her doors. She strives to model responsibility, respect, and community involvement.
Naomi received her degree in 2010 while working full-time at Clark. She continued on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, all while working and raising her family. Congratulations, Naomi!