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PSE Members Lobby for Higher Education

chamber1PSE members from all over the state met in Olympia yesterday to lobby for higher education. A very energetic group of members had great conversations with their respective legislators to advocate for the funding of PSE’s collective bargaining agreements at WWU, CWU and WSU.

Members made clear to representatives that the wage increases proposed in these contracts are vital to finally put higher education employees on a path to earning a more competitive, livable wage. PSE drove home the point that, with these wage increases, Universities will be better equipped to not only attract new employees in a competitive market, but to retain all of the talented employees who currently work there! Overall, the feedback from these legislators was largely positive and receptive.

Billig1While yesterday was a success by any measure, we all know and understand that our work is far from over! Make sure to contact your representatives and let them know how vital it is that these contracts be included in the final 2017-2019 budget! Here is the complete list of legislators. If you don’t know your legislative district, click here.

OrmsbyFinally, if you have not done so already, please join Zone 13’s Facebook page.

Zone 13 Director Angie Wedekind is always posting information relevant to higher education!

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New State Treasurer Elected

Earlier this month, former Zone 1 Director BJ Colvin was elected as our new State Treasurer.

“I am excited to continue to serve PSE’s 30,000 members from this new role,” said Colvin. “I believe that 2017 will be a great year for our union, as we work together to make a difference for working families in our state.”

State President Charlotte Shindler swears in BJ Colvin as our new State Treasurer.

State President Charlotte Shindler swears in BJ Colvin as our new State Treasurer.

Per PSE’s 2016-17 Bylaws, here are the duties and responsibilities of the State Treasurer:

It shall be the responsibility of the treasurer to oversee the management of, and report on, PSE ‘s finances to the Board of Directors and general membership. The treasurer shall monitor the budget and regularly review financial transactions to ensure compliance with all appropriate policies, procedures, laws, and regulations. The Financial Review Committee, under the direction of the treasurer who serves as the chair, shall advise and assist the Executive Director in formulating sound, prudent financial plans, controls, and funding priorities to be presented to the Board of Directors for approval.

BJ Colvin holds his new daughter Willow.

BJ Colvin holds his new daughter Willow.

The election comes at an exciting time for Colvin and his wife Sharis, who recently welcomed their first child Willow into the PSE family.

The Zone 1 Director election for BJ’s replacement is scheduled for December 1st at 6:00pm at the Kennewick Red Lion Columbia Center.

After the election, there will be a learning tour meeting with PSE Education and Training Manager Tom Krabbenhoft. He will be there to talk with the new Zone Director and hear feedback from the Zone 1 Members about what education and training they would like PSE to have in the future.

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Annual Chapter Financial Report

All chapters are required to file an annual Chapter Financial Report (990N) with the state office by October 31st, 2016. Click to download a copy.

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Latest Supreme Court Update

In early October, the Supreme Court issued its most recent order regarding the McCleary basic education funding lawsuit.

The Court decided that the Legislature has until September 1, 2018, to fully fund basic education from “dependable and regular revenue sources.” This is code-word for not paying for salaries and benefits from local levies. Meanwhile, the $100,000 per day fine continues for another year. You can read more about the order here.

For obvious reasons, the legislature has delayed making the most difficult decisions until the last moment: the 2017 legislative session. Though much of the legislative debate will be about certificated employee salaries and local funding, our salaries and benefits will be directly linked to that debate.

It’s time for us to stand together and get ready to raise our voices about the importance of our salaries and benefits. The legislature’s attempts to address the most difficult aspects of basic education funding will be a vital time for us all to get involved in PSE’s advocacy efforts.

A great place to start is by attending Legislative Conference. It’s an incredible weekend where you’ll network with fellow PSE members, learn how laws are made, how to talk to legislators, and how you can have your voice heard in Olympia.

As always, email action@pseofwa.org with questions, and text “PSE” to 787753 to receive legislative alerts throughout the session straight to your device. Standard message and data rates may apply.

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2016 General Election Endorsements and Contributions

With the General Election approaching on November 8th, download a list of candidates that were recommended by PSE’s Legislative Council and endorsed by PSE’s Board of Directors. This list also contains all contribution amounts by candidate, decided upon by the Board of Directors.

Important Election Dates & Deadlines

October 10
Deadline for voter registration, address change and other updates.

October 21
Start of 18-day voting period (through Election Day). Ballots are mailed out and Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available at voting centers.

October 31
Deadline for new Washington State voter registration (in person only).

November 8
General Election

Questions? Email action@pseofwa.org.

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State Treasurer Election

Donna Foley has resigned as PSE Treasurer. In compliance with Bylaw Article X, an election will be held at the PSE State Office.

Date: Saturday, November 5th 2016
Time: 1:00pm
Place: PSE State Office

Any member in good standing may nominate themselves to run for this position. The candidate must either submit a letter in writing (if they are unable to attend in person) or attend the meeting. Before the election, each candidate in attendance will be given 3 minutes to speak. Submitted letters will be read aloud for those not able to attend. The Board members will then vote by secret ballot.

Statements should be submitted to Jody Davison at jdavison@pseofwa.org or mailed and received no later than October 28th, 2016.

Per PSE’s 2016-17 Bylaws, here are the duties and responsibilities of the State Treasurer:

It shall be the responsibility of the treasurer to oversee the management of, and report on, PSE ‘s finances to the Board of Directors and general membership. The treasurer shall monitor the budget and regularly review financial transactions to ensure compliance with all appropriate policies, procedures, laws, and regulations. The Financial Review Committee, under the direction of the treasurer who serves as the chair, shall advise and assist the Executive Director in formulating sound, prudent financial plans, controls, and funding priorities to be presented to the Board of Directors for approval.

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It’s time for Open Enrollment.

Because PSE represents over 30,000 public school employees and their families, affordable, available health insurance is a high priority for our union. Paying careful attention to ALL the options available to you during the open enrollment period could prevent you from facing serious consequences that could raise your out-of-pocket responsibility and/or require you to change medical providers.

Rates are going up again, continuing a troubling trend over the past several years. Rising costs hit everyone hard, especially lower-wage workers. I want to call your attention to a few critical areas of our health insurance options so you can make informed decisions for yourself and your family.

If your open enrollment period has already closed, this is for information purposes only.

Preferred Providers

In addition to premiums, co-pays, and deductibles, a critical issue is the “preferred provider list.” A doctor who is “on the list” has agreed to accept the insurance company reimbursement and co-pay amounts. An “out of network provider” does not. The insurance company pays the provider a fixed amount and the additional cost is the responsibility of the patient’s family.

What is different this year is that some plans are changing their preferred provider networks. As such, hospitals, clinics, and doctors that have been participating will no longer be “on the list” after January 1, 2017.

Out of Pocket Maximums

There are annual out-of-pocket maximums that apply to the preferred provider network. After you spend this amount on deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance, your health plan pays 100% of the costs of covered benefits. The out-of-pocket limit doesn’t include your monthly premiums. It also doesn’t include anything you may spend for services your plan doesn’t cover. Going out of network is considered a “non-covered” expense. The maximum out-of-pocket limit for any 2016 marketplace plan is $6,850 for an individual plan and $13,700 for a family plan.

Get more information here.

Keep in mind, these impacts will be different for each employee. Those members with serious, ongoing health issues in their family should pay special attention during open enrollment.

PSE has been addressing the high costs of health insurance and inadequate funding for benefits with the Legislature for many years, and will be doing so again in January 2017. It is important to let your union leaders know about the kind of health care issues you are encountering.

Thank you for everything you do for our students and our public schools and universities. Have a great year!

Sincerely,

CharlotteShindlerHeadshotPresident

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Shindler
PSE State President
Paraeducator, Rosalia School District

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PSE Members elect new Zone Directors

This week, chapter leaders elected two new Zone Directors to PSE’s State Board of Directors.

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Paraeducator Susan Olson (left) is the new Zone 2 Director. Pictured with PSE State President Charlotte Shindler.

Susan Olson from Deer Park Paraeducators was elected as Zone 2 Director.

Olson replaces Charlotte Shindler, who was elected as State President at Convention 2016.

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Angie Wedekind (right) was elected as Zone 13 Director. She is the newest member of PSE’s Board of Directors.

Angie Wedekind from Central Washington University was elected as Zone 13 Director.

Wedekind replaces Tom Krabbenhoft.

Both of their terms begin immediately. Please join us in welcoming Susan and Angie to the PSE Board of Directors!

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Join us for fall training opportunities!

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You are invited to attend the first training in PSE’s brand new MEET (Member Experience, Engagement and Training) Program!

Over 5,000 new folks will be hired in our worksites this year. We know we will be stronger when we make a strong connection to each of our new hires. We want to make sure every new hire gets a personal greeting from an active PSE member in their first week on the job.

We will be holding trainings across Washington for members who want to help welcome new hires and make our union even stronger:

Bremerton –  Oct. 22 – 9am to 1pm – Fairfield Inn and Suites, 239 4th St. Bremerton, WA 98337.

All trainings are four hours on Saturday morning. Specific locations and start times to be announced. Please plan to attend if you:

  • Want to be a greeter yourself
  • Want to recruit more folks in your chapter to be part of this effort
  • Want to get ideas that you can share with others in your chapter
  • Want to be part of a fun and rewarding session that will help you build your personal leadership skills for everything you do

Click here to sign up!

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Convention 2016 Election Results

Delegates attending the 2016 Convention in Kennewick, WA voted on leaders for PSE SEIU Local 1948.

Here are the results of this year’s election:

President

Reen Doser/Lake Stevens Chapter
Election: 227 Runoff: 232

Lee Novak/Evergreen Chapter
Election: 91 Runoff: N/A

Charlotte Shindler/Rosalia Chapter (WINNER)
Election: 202 Runoff: 235

Secretary

Jennifer McMaster/Tahoma Chapter (WINNER)
Election: 303

John Lohr/Tumwater
Chapter Election: 221

Zone 2 Director

Mike Rathbone/Central Valley Chapter
Election: 6

Susan Olson/Deer Park Paras Chapter
Election: 11

Lynda Ford/Cheney Chapter
Election: 6

Charlotte Shindler/Rosalia Chapter (WINNER)
Election: 26

Zone 4 Director

Emma LaVallie/Glenwood Chapter
Election: 17

Michelle Weier/Yakima Chapter (WINNER)
Election: 18

Zone 6 Director

Gina Coleman/Tacoma NS Chapter
Affirmed by Motion in Zone Caucus

Zone 8 Director

Dick Sanderson/Meridian Chapter
Affirmed by Motion in Zone Caucus

Zone 10 Director

Deb Lewin/Wenatchee Chapter
Affirmed by Motion in Zone Caucus

Zone 12 Director

Dave Douglass/Aberdeen Chapter
Affirmed by Motion in Zone Caucus

 

Stay tuned for pictures and a full recap from Convention weekend this week!

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