WSLC delegatesUnions come together at convention

WPEA delegates joined more than 500 labor advocates at the 2015 Washington State Labor Council Convention. At the first day of the event, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre challenged hundreds of union delegates representing unions from across the state to “put the mojo back in our movement.” Read more on The Stand.

Attendees included WPEA President Kent Stanford and Secretary-Treasurer Mark Baca; vice presidents Frank Akerley, Carl Sofie, Patti Pollardo, Roger Montanez, Raoul Perez; and WPEA staff Patrick Neville, Jason Holland, John Littel, and Seamus Petrie. Listen to Seamus's podcast about the convention.


KING 5 investigates management raises

JULY 10--Today, Reporter Chris Ingalls met with WPEA President Kent Stanford about management pay raises at DNR. Go to for more.

"It is very, very disappointing to see one individual get a double digit raise in a couple of years and the hard working men and women that put their lives on the line get a single digit raise that everyone else in the state got," Stanford said.


Contract signed!

2015 Contract signed!

JULY 9--Today, Governor Inslee signed the 2015-2017 contract, along with WPEA President Kent Stanford and chief negotiators Kathleen Otto (WPEA) and Banks Evans (OFM/LRS).

Other members of the bargaining team were able to attend the ceremony including Jason Holland (WPEA), Frank Akerley (DOR), Frank Marshall (DOR), and Joe Hubbard (DOL). Thank you to all members who fought for these contracts.


#Public Service Matterspublic 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


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.


Rally calls for Shared ProsperityShared Prosperity rally

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.



News links

Labor news and links from WSLC

Retirement Crisis: The Great 401(k) Experiment Has Failed for Many Americans NBC News, 3/23/2015

State House votes to raise hourly minimum wage to $12
Peninsula Daily News, 3/3/2015

State still needs to raise new revenue The Olympian, 2/26/2015

50 Years Of Shrinking Union Membership, In One Map
NPR's Planet Money, 2/23/2015

The Cost of a Decline in Unions
The New York Times, 2/19/2015

State lawmakers could see 11 percent raises
The Olympian, 1/22/2015