KOSE was established in March 2007, when the boards of the Kansas Association of Public Employees/AFT (KAPE) and Kansas AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) voted overwhelmingly to merge their executive branch state employee members into KOSE, creating one strong, united organization.
KOSE has the backing of two parent unions, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). AFT and AFSCME are the two largest unions in the AFL-CIO and together represent more than 2.8 million union members nationwide. With the support of these two strong unions, KOSE has the resources and expertise to be a powerful advocate for state employees.
The units that are currently represented by KOSE include:
*Maintenance, Trades and Technical
*Health and Human Care Non-professional
*Social Services, Counseling and Teachers
*Law Enforcement Investigators