On Tuesday, the Senate released a worst-case scenario budget that rejects our collective bargaining agreements. If enacted, the Senate budget would wipe out the COLAs, the changes to vacation accrual, and the targeted pay increases we negotiated. It would replace them with two $500 annual pay-increases in the next two years. This proposal disregards both collective bargaining law and the hard work of our WPEA members who negotiated the contracts.
This is just the opening move by Senate Republicans as they go into budget negotiations. But we can’t allow them to play games with our contracts and threaten the vital services provided by state employees.
Now is the time to call your senator at 1-800-562-6000 and tell them to invest in Washington and fully fund our contracts! Find your legislator here.
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Since 2013, the WPEA Executive Board has offered annual scholarships to WPEA members in good standing, and their families, including:
Many of you have received notice from your Human Resources Department informing you of yet another Public Disclosure Request for information pertaining to your job. WPEA is aware of this request. This latest request is very similar to the ones the state received last year. The request is seeking information about your job and your status as a public employee. We do not know what will be done with this information, but we fear it will not be to the benefit of public employees.
Our 2017-2019 state employee contracts are at stake this legislative session - along with the 2% cost-of-living adjustments we bargained. Share what you will do with with the 2% COLA.