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June
20th

Gov. Inslee’s budget office puts out list showing how agencies are affected if state government shuts down July 1

Gov. Jay Inslee‘s budget office put out a preliminary plan this morning for shutting down state agencies in the event the Legislature’s budget stalemate prompts a government shutdown next month. July 1 is when the new budget cycle begins and most state agencies will lack legal authority to spend, incur debt or keep running.

Obvious exceptions are state prisons and hospitals that will continue operating under partial shutdowns, as will all of the state treasurer’s operations. Community colleges and universities also will continue operating in the short term but state parks would close completely. The Department of Corrections would also

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June
17th

Former Wash. state investment leader Joe Dear stepping back from California pension system role

Joe Dear, the former aide to then-Gov. Gary Locke and later executive leader of the Washington State Investment Board, is in the news for less than happy reasons. Bloomberg reported over the weekend that prostate cancer has forced Dear, executive leader of the California pension system, to step back from his day-to-day role managing the largest pension system in the country.

Dear, 62, is chief investment officer at CalPERS and continues to work from home, according to Bloomberg’s report.

Dear hsd roots and enjoyed a public profile in Olympia as a graduate of The Evergreen

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June
15th

State officials telling labor unions that July 10 paychecks will go out – even in a government shutdown

Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget office and lobbying team are working to win a budget deal in the Legislature that prevents a government shut down on July 1. But if no budget jells and a shutdown ensues on July 1, paychecks based on work done in June should go out to employees on July 10 as usual, unions say they are being told.

Several labor groups were briefed by Office of Financial Management director David Schumacher on Thursday and Friday, and they reported that OFM’s team  made clear the July 10 pay date will be honored. Money would come from taxes collected

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June
14th

Secretary of State Wyman names 8 members including Pam Toal to charitable-group advisory panel

Secretary of State Kim Wyman said Friday she has named eight new members to the Charitable Advisory Council, which advises her agency on issues related to charitable organizations. Pam Toal, former United Way of ThurstonCounty leader, is among the appointees.

Wyman’s office put out a press release that says:

OLYMPIA…A state council tasked with identifying emerging issues and trends affecting Washington’s charitable organizations has eight new members.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman has appointed the following people to the Charitable Advisory Council: Nola Grier of the United Way of Clallam County, Port Angeles; Alma Navarro of The Nonprofit Coalition, Yakima;

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June
12th

UPDATE: Evergreen student-support workers ratify first-ever contract; includes grievance process, 1 percent pay bonus on July 1

UPDATE: The Evergreen State College has clarified details of the contract and issued a statement from college president Les Purce.

ORIGINAL June 12 POST: Members of a new labor union at The Evergreen State College ratified their first-ever contract Wednesday on a 52-2 vote, according to the Washington Federation of State Employees. The federation is the umbrella organization for the more than 55-member Evergreen Student Support Services Staff Union, which went on strike for one day last month after failing to strike a deal after 17 months. 

The federation put out a statement to its members that

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June
6th

Workers say they reached tentative contract deal with Evergreen college administration

Workers who went on a one-day strike last month over failed contract talks at The Evergreen State College have reported reaching a tentative agreement with the four-year liberal-arts school near Olympia. Neither the college nor workers were revealing details but a ratification vote for the 57 union members is set for June 12.

The parties had been in mediation before and after the May 27 strike – with major differences on the college offer of pay increases and rules governing discipline and “just cause” firings. Our last story on the dispute – touching on the college decision to cancel an

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June
5th

CLARIFIED – House budget plan says no thanks to Senate proposal putting part-time workers into Obamacare exchange for health coverage

House Democrats’ latest budget proposal gives in to Senate Republicans on many spending and tax questions, but it holds firm its opposition to the Senate’s plan to shift  part-time school or state employees into the health exchange being opened next year via Obamacare. Washington appears to be the first state to seriously consider the concept as a budget-saving tool.

Rep. Ross Hunter, the Medina Democrat who chairs the budget-writing Appropriations Committee, said the proposal included in the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus budget has problems. It assumes some $127.2 million in savings from giving part time workers a $2 an

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May
30th

UPDATE – Strikers back to work but Evergreen says labor action forces postponement of ‘Return to Evergreen’ event planned Saturday

Update: Our print version of this post  is here.

An ongoing labor dispute between The Evergreen State College leaders and a union representing 57 student-support services workers is still at a virtual impasse, and the college announced it is postponing Saturday’s “Return to Evergreen” gathering of alumni out of worry about disruptions from workers.

In the meantime, the parties report they are getting back into mediation under the guidance of the Public Employment Relations Commission, a state agency, after a one-day walk-out. The workers who include residence advisers, counselors and coaches walked off

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