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Forced overtime reaches breaking point

Forced overtime at state facilities has reached a breaking point.  KOSE is currently engaged in meet and confer with the Topeka Correctional Facility over their changes to the mandatory overtime policy.  KOSE has requested meet and confer at Larned State Hospital as well.  Their  Human Resource Department is analyzing forced overtime patterns before the first meeting with the union.  Additionally, KOSE and management of the Elsworth Correctional Facility will meet in the first week of October to discuss implementation of 12 hour shifts.

If you are interested in participating on the meet and confer teams, or in receiving alerts about the progress of the meet and confer sessions, contact Rebecca Proctor at


2013 KOSE Convention: Moving Forward

This year's KOSE Convention, Moving Forward, will begin with a reception on Friday October 25th and conclude at close of business on October 26th. The convention call was sent out to members on September 4th. All members of KOSE are encouraged to join our democratic process! The reception on Friday evening from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm is a great opportunity to meet and greet other KOSE activists and members. On Saturday, the work of the union will begin. Nominations for this year's officers must be received by 2:00 pm on October 26-- voting will take place by mail directly following the convention. We will have sessions on Workplace Bullying, legislative priorities and grievance handling. Registration materials can be found here. To register, please fill out the registration form and return it  to the union office.  If you need more information about the convention – which will be held at the Ramada Inn, 420 SE 6th Ave, Topeka -  please call the KOSE Office at 754-354-1174 or email us at .


National Day of Action - Cold Weather Clothing Drive

KOSE members in Wichita participated in the National Day of Action on December 9th.  For the Day of Action, KOSE is held a Cold Weather Clothing Drive, collecting donations of hats, mittens/gloves, scarves and socks, which were presented to for Interfaith Ministries.  KOSE members believe that good jobs and strong communities are essential for working families.  Our participation in the National Day of Action demonstrated belief.  

Due Process Threats Impact All Public Employees

Last year during the 2013 Legislative Session, the Kansas Legislature introduced a bill that would have completely eliminated the Civil Service system for state employees.  Without Civil Service protections, state employees could be fired for political reasons…or for no reason at all.  KOSE successfully fought against this change, but the threat has not gone away. 

Weingarten and Pechthalt discuss 'Vergara' decision

In a message to members following the June 10 court decision inVergara v. California, AFT President Randi Weingarten and California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt discuss the ramifications of the ruling and what the AFT is doing to fight back. They also are urging AFT members to sign a thank you card to California teachers to let them know you honor their commitment and courage.

Outsourcing public jobs results in a race to the bottom

A new report from In the Public Interest looks at what happens to communities, and to the quality of life of the workers who provide important public services, when those services are outsourced to for-profit and other private entities.

AFT announces 2014 Everyday Heroes

The AFT has announced its 2014 AFT Everyday Heroes after a nationwide nomination and voting process. Nine extraordinary union members will be honored at the AFT's national convention in Los Angeles this July.