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KDADS to transfer some Larned, Osawatomie legal staff to central office

KDADS to transfer some Larned, Osawatomie legal staff to central office
Agency says move to Topeka will improve efficiency, but some in legal community have concerns
By Megan Hart | May 10, 2016 PRINT 20 15 0

The head of the legal department at Larned State Hospital will be transferred to Topeka later this month, a move that has some western Kansas attorneys concerned the distance could throw a wrench in the process of committing people who need mental health treatment.

Correctional Officers - Take KOSE's Workplace Safety Survey!

You work in Kansas correctional facilities every day, and are the best source for what is happe­ning in your workplace.  Accordingly, KOSE wants to know YOUR safety concerns.  KOSE has created a safety survey that can be found HERE.  Please help us make the case for safer work environments by completing the survey. 

TCF Overtime Proposal and Survey

TCF Officers,

Earlier this week, a group of your fellow officers from all shifts met with KOSE representatives to discuss the overtime policy at TCF and what needed to be changed. TCF KOSE members gathered comments from the officer emails we received and brought them to the meetings for discussion.  We are doing our best to accommodate a wide variety of member perspectives as we proceed. 

National Day of Action - Cold Weather Clothing Drive

Join  KOSE members as well as AFT Kansas and the United Teachers of Wichita to "Reclaim the Promise" of strong communities by participating in our National Day of Action.

For the Day of Action, KOSE is holding a Cold Weather Clothing Drive.  We will collect donations of hats, mittens/gloves, scarves and socks for Interfaith Ministries and will present our donation on the evening of December 9th.  KOSE members believe that good jobs and strong communities are essential for working families.  Our participation in the National Day of Action demonstrates and supports that belief.  

KOSE member Irene Soto has graciously offered to collect items in her office - 5201 Finney Building in Wichita.  All items will be taken to the JFISC on December 9th.   

For more information, please click here -

Please join us by contributing hats, mittens/gloves. scarves or socks today.
If you would like to contribute, but are outside of the Wichita area, please contact Amy Coffman


Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.

National unions offer support for Orlando community

The AFT, the Florida Education Association, the National Education Association, the Service Employees International Union, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are working together to provide support and resources to the Orlando community in the wake of June 12's horrific shooting.

A fight for the very soul of our country

In her most recent column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the need for our country to return to the kind of thoughtful yet passionate discourse and engagement in civic life that's been far too rare lately.