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AFSCME is 50,000 Stronger

AFSCME is 50,000 Stronger

by Olivia Sandbothe | March 20, 2014

When the going gets tough, AFSCME gets organized. And in the throes of the right wing’s relentless attacks on labor and public service workers, we are organizing like never before with a campaign to grow the union by 50,000 members this summer.

To accomplish this goal, the union is recruiting and will train 800 volunteer member organizers (VMOs) from across the country. The 50,000 new members will come from the ranks of their co-workers who are not now union members.

Read more on AFSCME.org

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Weingarten Rights - Don't Go It Alone -

DON'T GO IT ALONE - The U.S. Supreme Court let stand an appeals court decision that reinforces non-union employees' rights to request that a co-worker accompany them to management interviews that might result in disciplinary action. These are called 'Weingarten' rights, after a 1975 Supreme Court decision that authorized employees to have a union representative present during such interviews. Extending this right can help workers deal with management efforts to ward off organizing campaigns by the use of intimidation.

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Local 120 AFSCME Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Local 120 AFSCME Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Local 120 Executive Board Members (from left) Wayne Withrow, Celeste Suliin Burris, John Ohlson, Angelo DeFazio and Dian Seider display a plaque commemorating the 50 year anniversary of Local 120's charter on May 17, 2012.

Download the Letter from AFSCME International President Gerald McEntee, congratulating Local 120 AFSCME on the 50 year anniversary of the original charter.

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WSLC's The Stand - Labor News From Around The Sound

WSLC's The Stand - Labor News From Around The Sound

If you want interactive news and opinion from Washington State that hasn’t gone through the corporate filter of the for-profit media, The Stand is for you.

A project of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (WSLC) and its affiliated unions, The Stand was launched on May Day 2011 to restore the kind of progressive populist source of information that once thrived in Washington state, but has disappeared thanks to media consolidation and the zenith of corporate influence on the press — and on all levels of government.

The Stand features news about and for working people. Its reports and opinion columns focus on creating and maintaining quality jobs, improving our families’ quality of life, promoting public policies that will restore shared prosperity, and other things that the rest of us care about.

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Local 120 President Announces Retirement

Local 120 President Announces Retirement

May 31, 2012
After 30 years of employment with the City of Tacoma, Local 120 President John Ohlson announced his retirement recently, effective June 1, 2012.

Elected to the office in 2002, John has guided Local 120 through some challenging times for our Union over the past 10 years, including layoffs, the economic downturn in the midst of negotiating the class & comp wage adjustments, weathering through two multi-year contract negotiations, and growing the Union by organizing 35 new members over the past two years.

With the two recent organizing victories for the Broadband Technicians and Business Analysts behind us, John leaves the leadership of the City bargaining Unit in good hands. A new Policy Chair and a robust Shop Steward corps will help lend support to the new Policy Chair and ensure that the hard fought rights of our newest members will be protected.

John also served on the Executive Board of the Washington State Council of County and City Employees, and was Cha... Read More

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Quote of the day: "For a worker to refuse to belong to a union is not to exercise a democratic freedom. It is to accept benefits that others have worked for without contributing to the costs. Democracy flourishes only when freedom is accompanied by responsibility." (Australian Bank Employees Union).


Local 120 AFSCME

Local 120 AFSCME
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