Congratulations to the state employees who recently voted for the Washington Federation of State Employees' labor contract that essentially reduces their wages by 3 percent for the next two years.
I’ve recently retired from over 35 years of state service and know that most state employees fully understand the financial difficulties we are facing, and are supportive of doing their part to help address the situation.
I should point out that this response is consistent with the attitude that drives most state employees; one of service to our communities and pride in our state.
It’s unfortunate however, that the federation doesn’t share these attitudes. I don’t see them offering to reduce or return any of their dues or forced “fair share” fees they continue to happily collect from the employees and, for the most part, send out of state.
It makes one wonder about fairness in sharing the burden.