PUBLIC SERVICE: Why we do it
Our jobs are important because Washington’s communities depend on us.
We keep highways clear, drinking water safe. We are law enforcement in state Parks, Community Corrections and the Liquor & Cannabis Board. We care for veterans, disabled citizens, mentally ill patients and abused and neglected children. We safeguard our natural resources. We make our state colleges and universities work so our kids get the education they need to get good jobs in the changing economy.
WFSE is the largest union for the largest employer in the state of Washington and we’re 42,000+ strong.
We’re part of the most respected nationwide union of public employees: AFSCME - the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. That’s why we’re also known as AFSCME Council 28.
We believe that every person working to sustain and improve their community deserves respect. We demonstrate our values through direct action—fighting to secure opportunity for WFSE members wherever, and whoever, they are.
We educate about the issues because informed advocates command respect.
Organize for respect
We organize because respect is offered to individuals who build power together.
We negotiate better pay and benefits because fighting for every member’s future is a form of respect. We use our voice together – at every worksite, at the ballot box, in the halls of power from city hall to university trustees’ boardrooms to the state Capitol.
And no better example of what we can do when we speak up together are our latest negotiated contracts.
Across the state in 2016, we spoke up for our families and communities and won state agency and higher education contracts with across-the-board raises of 6 percent over two years, that hold the line on health care costs and bring more vacation leave. In total, these represent the largest compensation package since we won the right to negotiate pay and benefits in 2004.Public Service sector members like medical interpreters also made significant gains.
Working together, we can win legislative funding and ensure these two-year contracts take effect on time, on July 1, 2017.
Please get involved. We never quit organizing for fair pay, affordable health insurance, fair and safe workplaces and leave to care for family members.
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