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February 19, 2020

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are scheduled through Washington State's coordinating entity, currently ULS and formerly CTS LanguageLink. The contract performance reports and fill rate by language and by county are posted on HCA’s website


July 2019                  $41.00

July 2018                  $39.76

July 2017                  $38.50

July 2016                  $38.00

July 2015                  $37.10

July 2014                  $32.50
July 2013                  $32.00
July 2012                  $31.50
July 2011                  $30.00

        2010                  $21.00


SFY2018                    406,007

SFY2017                    383,583

SFY2016                    359,750

SFY2015                     327,737

SFY2014                     282,636

SFY2013                     228,561

SFY2012                     201,576
SFY2011                     196,000


SFY2016                 15,836

SFY2015                 16,782

SFY2014                  15,943

SFY2013                  15,556

SFY2012                  10,234

SFY2011                  17,700

 HCA (Medicaid) BUDGET

Jul 2013/Jun 2015             $25.1M

Jul 2011/Jun 2013             $18.1M

Jul 2009/Jun 2011             $23.0M

A modified procurement model began on July 1, 2011

The coordinating entity procurement model began on September 24, 2012.

The new coordinating entity, ULS took over the contract on July 1, 2018.

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Interpreters' Bargaining Team
Updated On: Jan 05, 2020


Negotiating the 2021-2023 Contract

Group 1: SW WA

Norma Verduzco



Group 2: Olympic Pa.


Group 3: Pierce Co.


Group 4: King County

Alfonso Bautista

Gabriel  Oseguera




Group 5: NW WA


Group 6: CE WA


Group 7: NE WA

Sarah McConahy Ziemer



Group 8: SE WA


Group 9: 2 interpreters whose primary working language is neither Spanish nor Russian

Masuood Muhammed

Quan Tran





Bargaining Team Structure for Language Access Providers (LAP)

WFSE members in good standing in the LAP bargaining unit will elect up to eleven (11) bargaining team members to their bargaining team based on the following allocation and election groups:

Election Group Number

Bargaining Team Positions

Election Group Candidate Eligibility

Group 1


All interpreters in Clark and Skamania counties.

Group 2


All interpreters in Clallam, Cowlitz, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties.

Group 3


All interpreters in Pierce county.

Group 4


All interpreters in King county.   

Group 5


All interpreters in Snohomish, Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom counties.

Group 6


All interpreters in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima counties. 

Group 7


All Interpreters in Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Orielle, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman counties.

Group 8


All Interpreters in Adams, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, and Walla Walla counties 

Group 9


All Interpreters in the bargaining unit whose primary working language is not Spanish or Russian.

Candidates may run for only one Election Group.

Election Groups 1-8:  

Candidates for bargaining team positions in Election Groups 1-8 will be nominated and elected by WFSE members in the LAP bargaining unit who reside in the counties specified for each Election Group. The Interpreter’s primary residential address shall be used to determine which Election Group an Interpreter belongs to. Only in cases where the Interpreter does not have a primary address shall post office mailing boxes be used for the basis of determining Election Group membership.  If an eligible Interpreter lives outside of the State of Washington, they shall be considered part of the Election Group with the county geographically nearest to their primary residence address.

Election Group 9:  

Candidates for bargaining team positions in Election Group 9 will be nominated and elected by all WFSE members in the LAP bargaining unit.  To be eligible to be nominated and run for a position in election group 9, the candidate’s primary working language cannot be Spanish or Russian.  

Ties will be decided by run off. 




The Washington Federation of State Employees Executive Board has established the following structure for bargaining and ratification of the following contracts: 

  • 2020-2022 American Behavioral Health Systems
  • 2021-2023 Central Washington University
  • 2021-2023 Higher Education Community College Coalition
  • 2021-2023 Eastern Washington University
  • 2021-2023 The Evergreen State College Classified
  • 2021-2023The Evergreen State College SSSSU
  • 2021-2023 General Government
  • 2021-2023 Health Care Coalition
  • 2021-2023 Language Access Providers
  • 2021-2024 Renton Technical College  
  • 2021-2023 Tacoma Community College Student Support Services
  • Thurston Conservation District (Term TBD)
  • 2021-2023 University of Washington/HMC
  • 2021-2023 University of Washington/Police Management
  • 2021-2023 Washington State University
  • 2021-2023 Western Washington University  


Only WFSE members in good standing in the appropriate bargaining units will be eligible to nominate, vote in the election of, or serve as a bargaining team member.  A member may not nominate, vote for, or be elected to serve as a bargaining team member for a contract under which they are not covered.

Careful and serious consideration should be given to these responsibilities before any member considers serving on the bargaining team. Bargaining team members should have a working knowledge of their contract.

Responsibilities of the bargaining team:  

  • Develop proposals and negotiate with employer;
  • make decisions about proposals in order to obtain the best possible language;
  • refer specific issues to other venues as appropriate; and,
  • reach and recommend ratification or rejection of the final tentative agreement.

Responsibilities of individual bargaining team members: 

  • Adhere to all bargaining team rules of conduct as developed by the team; 
  • be accountable, committed, open-minded, realistic, and highly engaged; 
  • partner with WFSE staff to communicate and meet with assigned groups of union members; 
  • be willing to share contact information with members you are elected to represent; 
  • be willing and committed to the possibility of late nights and travel as needed (often in two-day blocks); and,
  • follow WFSE expense policy, applicable travel request requirements, and time loss policy.  

Voting by the bargaining teams during negotiations will be one (1) vote for each bargaining team member present.

The four (4) WFSE officers will be automatic members of their respective bargaining team, with an equal voice and vote.  The WFSE officers may attend bargaining sessions of any other bargaining team, as the President deems necessary.

The WFSE President may remove any bargaining team member who, after careful investigation, is determined to have violated the rules of conduct, the responsibilities of their role as described in this document, or the AFSCME International Constitution (see Article X, Section 2), or who has acted inappropriately in their role.  Any bargaining team member removed from their position may appeal the decision of the WFSE President to the WFSE Executive Committee plus one bargaining team member chosen by the appellant’s bargaining team.

The WFSE President may appoint bargaining team members to fill vacant seats that occur prior the start of negotiations. 


Supplemental team members for groups with interest arbitration will be appointed by the WFSE President and will include team members from the main table as appropriate. All appointed supplemental bargaining team members for groups with interest arbitration will have the same expectations as those elected to their respective bargaining team and should have knowledge and expertise of the matters over which they are appointed to bargain. 


Provided the technology is available and in place by June 1, 2019, contract proposals may be submitted at any time by completing a proposal form on the WFSE website. Should the technology not be available on the WFSE website by June 1, 2019, an e-mail “in-box” for contract proposals will be made available in the interim. Proposals will be pulled from the electronic in-box on December 31 of every odd year for the upcoming round of negotiations.  Exceptions to rule regarding proposals submitted after December 31 or proposals submitted by WFSE staff are subject to approval by the WFSE Executive Director. All proposals are subject to the deadlines outlined in this document. 

Contract proposal collection pertaining to the American Behavioral Health Systems, Renton Technical College, TESC SSSSU, TCC Student Support Services, and the Thurston Conservation District contracts will occur at the appropriate time in their respective negotiating cycles. Each contract proposal will be assigned a tracking number so that it can be followed through the negotiating process and will not be provided to the Employer.

WFSE staff will assess contract proposals for legality and consolidate duplicate proposals.  The resulting proposals will then be passed on to the appropriate bargaining team(s) for debate, possible revision, and a vote to support, reject, and/or refer. Proposals referred for contract enforcement, legislative action, or as a UMCC issue will be routed to the appropriate staff for action not later than February 28 of the bargaining year. 


Informing and involving bargaining unit members during the bargaining process is critical to winning support for a strong contract and ratification of a final agreement.

A communication strategy will be developed involving frequent dissemination of information from each bargaining team to a wide net of leaders including stewards, activists, local officers and board members, WFSE executive board members and WFSE committee members.  When necessary, designated staff may distribute a press release to the mainstream media.

All WFSE Offices will be hubs for distribution of information materials and tools for job actions.

At the conclusion of negotiations, contract negotiations staff will communicate the disposition of all proposals to the member submitting the proposal upon their request. 

At the conclusion of bargaining, a debriefing will occur with all bargaining team members to discuss the process. A copy of this document will remain available through the close of the debriefing for members to propose amendments to be submitted to the CBC for consideration.  

Adopted as amended by WFSE/AFSCME Council 28 Collective Bargaining Committee –  4/22/2019

Adopted by WFSE/AFSCME Council 28 Executive Board – 4/26/2019

Amended by WFSE/AFSCME Council 28 Collective Bargaining Committee –  5/10/2019

Adopted as amended by WFSE/AFSCME Council 28 Executive Board – 6/21/2019


Upcoming Events
E-board Meeting
Feb 23, 2020
AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) Oympia Field Office 906 Columbia Street SW, 5th floor, Olympia, WA 98501
Interpreter Dinner
Feb 23, 2020
Red Lion Hotel Restaurant 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502
2nd Interpreter Lobby Day
Feb 24, 2020
AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) Olympia Field Office 906 Columbia Street SW, 5th floor, Olympia, WA 98501
Spring Statewide Mtg & Workshop
Apr 25, 2020
Summer Statewide Mtg & Workshop
Aug 01, 2020
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