December 02, 2021
Welfare & Pension Inc. Strike
Welfare & Pension Inc. Strike Information


  Photos from the Strike

WPAS Strike is Over!
OPEIU Local 8 reached a Tentative Agreement with Welfare and Pension Administration Services, Inc. that was ratified by the strikers this past Monday, September 25, 2017. Read more

Mercer Island Reporter - 70 Mercer Island union workers continue strike  
Wed. Sept. 20, 2017: About 70 Mercer Island workers have been on strike for more than a month, peacefully picketing and chanting near Island Corporate Center on Southeast 24th Street almost every day since leaving their desks on Aug. 23. Read more

Union Solidarity Rally  
Support Striking Welfare & Pension Inc. Workers Thursday, September 14, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Read more

WPAS Strike News - Aug. 31, 2017  
WPAS Employees Walk Out To Go on Strike –On August 16, OPEIU members at Welfare and Pension Administrative Services Inc. (WPAS) overwhelmingly rejected the employer’s second last, best, and final offer and voted to go on strike. Exactly when the strike was to occur was not known. Everyone was wondering when was it going to happen.

On Wednesday, August 23 at approximately 11:45 am OPEIU representatives arrived at WPAS’s Mercer Island office and declared “WE ARE ON STRIKE” to WPAS workers. WPAS workers who occupy the 2nd and 3rd floor of the office building left their desks and hit the street. Those who weren’t working in the office but were telecommuting received an email at the same time to let them know the strike had begun. Read more

Strike Press Release - Aug. 23, 2017  
Welfare & Pension Inc. Workers Go on Strike – Mercer Island, WA – The workers who administer health and pension benefits for thousands of union members in the Pacific Northwest are going on strike. After 11 months of negotiations and 7 months without a contract, members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 8 who work at Welfare & Pension Administration Services, Inc. voted to go out on strike. Read more

Strike Q & A  
Questions we've been asked... Read more

Workers On Strike  
We are out on strike because after 11 months of negotiations, our employer's last, best and final offer attacks the fundamental principles of worker rights... Read more

Seattle Times - Seattle-area union members who dole out benefits to other union workers go on strike  
Both the union and the company noted the irony of the labor dispute, which is happening at an office that serves members of other local unions.

Union workers go on strike around Seattle from time to time. But what happens when office administrators who serve union workers go on strike?

On Wednesday, a local union whose members handle pension and health-care benefits for about 250,000 unionized workers in the Puget Sound region and across the West announced it was fed up with negotiations with its members’ employer and went on strike. Read more

The Stand - WPAS benefit administrators go on strike  
MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (Aug. 23, 2017) - The workers who administer health and pension benefits... Read more

The Stand - Rally against WPAS union-busting Wednesday in Seattle  
(March 22, 2017) SEATTLE - About 100 employees at...  Read more