Friend, colleague, and WPEA member Debbie McBride has passed away.
Deborah Ann (Debbie) McBride passed away at home in Naches at age 60 on September 22, 2017. She is survived by her husband Glen McBride; children Shawn McBride, Nick & Paulina McBride, Tara McBride & Josh Gamble; mother Pat Cook; sisters Marie, Sue, Cindy, Diane, and Julie; grandchildren Adria, Aris, Preston, Gavin, Bella, Madison, and Vivian; and many nieces and nephews.
Debbie worked in several print shops throughout Yakima, ending her career at YVC. She enjoyed working at the college and always spoke fondly of her coworkers. Debbie has worked at YVC since August of 2000, initially as the Copy Center Lead, and most recently as Digital Printing Specialist. She always had a smile, kind words, and a willingness to accommodate everyone’s needs. When not working she enjoyed photography, traveling with her husband, and being a doting mother and grandmother.
As the holiday season draws near, please consider donating to your local food banks. For some, this is the only holiday meal they will receive. Some items include:
WPEA will be collecting donations! Donations due November 15th at WPEA Headquarters. 140 Percival St. NW Olympia, WA 98502. Can't make it to our Olympia location? Contact us at (360) 943-1121 ext 107 to find out how you can become involved.
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.
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