Invite the president!
Invite WPEA President Kent Stanford to your next meeting! Kent is happy to come to your worksite and talk to you. Share what's going on in your workplace and hear what's happening with other members. Email Kent at wpea.org and let him know you'd like to invite him to stop by.
Get into the action
Sign up for WPEA action emails and text alerts, and you can be entered to win monthly prizes! WPEA will select monthly gift card winners from September through November. Then all entries will be eligible for the grand prize drawn on December 4: two tickets to the December 20 Seahawks football game!
To sign up, attend your next member meeting or email your name, personal email address (not work), and/or cell number to Paula at wpea.org.
WPEA announces scholarship winners
The WPEA Scholarship Committee met on August 7 to decide this year's scholarship winners. Out of 40 applications, the committee awarded 12 scholarships. The committee is pleased to announce the following scholarship winners:
- Pavy Thao, $3,000
- Tim Melcher, $1,500
- Pauline Carlton, $1,500
- Lindsey Decker, $500
- Gabrielle Esparza, $500
- Antonio Brito, $500
- Chelcie Bailey, $500
- Peyton Mizell, $500
- Kara Patajo, $500
- Sean Smith, $500
- Carlo Alba, $500
- Pamela Parker, $500
Unions 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 KING5.com 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.
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.
- View the 2015-2017 General Goverment contract
- View the 2015-2017 Higher Education contract
- View the 2015 General Service Salary Schedules
- View the 2015 SP Range Salary Schedules
- View the 2016 General Service Salary Schedules
- View the 2016 SP Range Salary Schedules
#Public 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 Prosperity
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.