13 results for author: WFSEc28

Local 304 stands in support of landmark rental housing policy in Seattle

Seattle City Council passed (12/12/16) landmark policy to make rental housing in Seattle more accessible to all and cap extreme move-in fees. WFSE Local 304 member Alex Bacon testified on behalf of Local 304 and echoed Seattle renters everywhere who struggle to keep in step with the quickly escalating cost of living in Seattle. It's one of the most expensive rental markets in the country. WFSE members have said everywhere they should be able to live in the communities where they work. News coverage below: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/council-takes-aim-at-high-seattle-rents-by-trying-to-limit-move-in-costs/ http:...

Seattle members take Locality Pay to the Governor

<strong>King County members rallied at Seattle's Fishermans Terminal in hopes of catching Governor Inslee's attention</strong> as he attended an event to christen the <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/seattle-based-blue-north-christens-vessel-designed-to-transform-the-fishing-industry-300325327.html">Blue North</a> fishing vessel. Members on the terminal were flanked by kayaking members in the water, both groups chanting, waving signs  and leafletting to bring attention to the high cost of living in certain areas of our state. The activists were persistent in their efforts. And it payed off. <stron...

TAKE ACTION for Locality Pay

Please make calls and send emails to the Governor today so we can win #LocalityPay for public employees in high cost of living areas. TAKE ACTION TODAY EMAIL Governor Inslee and Labor Relations Assistant Director Franklin Plaistowe During recent contract negotiations the state said NO to #LocalityPay and market pay for state and community college employees. These economic gains are critical to those of us living and working in King County where the cost of living is spiraling out of control. Without real raises and locality pay, many of us can't afford to live and serve here any longer. 90% of children's social workers in Kent ...

Seattle City Council unanimously backs WFSE/AFSCME members’ push for geographic pay

All nine members of the Seattle City Council are urging Gov. Jay Inslee to support “geographic pay” (sometimes called “locality pay”) for state employees living in high-cost areas. Local 304 member Brooks Salazar and Dale Bright, president of the Martin Luther King County Central Labor Council, accepted the signed letter from Councilmember Lisa Herbold Aug. 12. The council wrote Inslee that they “respectfully request that you work with the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to allow more flexibility to help address the inequities faced by state employees in high-cost areas. “We respect the work that public servants perform for ...

Higher living costs are real

Last week, I contacted the KinderCare facilities closest to the four Ecology regional offices statewide.  The weekly infant care for Bellevue is $343.  The next highest is Lacey at $299 (a $135 per WEEK difference.) Compared to the least expensive location, Yakima, I get to pay $9,000 more per year for the same child care service. That's real money, and only one of the additional expenses of serving in King County.

Respect IS a living wage

Advocates for #LocalityPay traveled to Olympia AUG8 to support General Government bargaining, to greet and express their message to management negotiators and deliver over 1300 #LocalityPay petitions. Members from King County locals (304, 341, 308, 843, 976) greeted Governor Inslee's negotiators this morning with a clear message: #LocalityPay now! Respect IS a living wage Pay equity based on cost-of-living differences. Let's face it, the cost for rent/mortgage, childcare, food are all higher in King County (and other locations in Washington state). Paying a differential is not new. Today with housing prices areas around the state exploding, ...

Cost of living makes recruitment and retention difficult

The cost of living in high-cost areas make it difficult to recruit and retain public employees. State employees in high-cost areas have a lower standard of living than other areas due to the higher costs of housing, child care, and transportation. Check out this living wage calculator for King County to see what a real living wage is.

NEWS King County Council calls on governor, legislative leaders to end “inequities faced by state employees in high-cost areas”

The King County Council chair and other key members yesterday backed the convention-sparked efforts by WFSE/AFSCME members to help state employees in high-cost areas of the state. The councilmembers said that would be in line with the county’s values of paying its employees a living wage. The councilmembers urged Gov. Jay Inslee and the eight legislative leaders to work with the Office of Financial Management (OFM) “to update its practices to allow new flexibility to help address the inequities faced by state employees living in high-cost areas. We also ask that you update the relevant state laws and regulations to create an equal standard ...

The cost of living in Seattle is 36% higher than Olympia

“I ensure King County workers return safely to their families every night. Living and serving locally helps me respond to unsafe emergencies in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks. The cost of living in Seattle is 36% higher than Olympia. As a recent graduate, it is increasingly difficult to build a sustainable middle class lifestyle within the community I serve daily.” – Tom Vroman, M.S. CIH, Industrial Hygienist, Department of Labor and Industries

Relocating to Burien from eastern Washington increased my housing costs $600 per month

“I am an Industrial Hygienist who provides workplace protections for people in King County. Several years ago I took a promotion within Department of Labor and Industries that meant relocating to Burien from eastern Washington. My housing costs increased $600 per month. I moved also to spend time with my family, but I can no longer afford to vacation with them since my housing costs so much more over here.” – Debbie Haigh, Industrial Hygienist, Department of Labor and Industries