When you sign a union membership card, you become a member of the largest union for state, higher education and public service employees in the state of Washington! We are 42,000+ strong and together we have a powerful voice to protect workers’ rights and our jobs, pay, benefits, working conditions and public services.

  • Union membership helps us build a strong and united voice for public service and the services we provide. Union membership gives you the right to participate in decisions that impact you at your job.
  • Union membership gives you a voice and the opportunity to participate in the democratic governance of the union.
  • Union membership gives you access to members-only benefits.

Unity is a strong defense

Are you concerned about what has happened to state and public employees over the past few years?

Coordinated attacks on unions and workers’ rights across the country could soon impact us right here in Washington. We are at a crossroads. Either we unite and use our voice - and rights - to strengthen our union, or we may lose all we’ve gained:

  • Living wages
  • Basic union rights
  • Affordable health care
  • Real pensions

Bottom line: Union membership matters

We cannot take our rights and benefits for granted any longer. The most important way you can help grow this movement of working people is by becoming a union member today.


  • Right of representation under the contract.
  • Full rights of WFSE/AFSCME membership, including input into and voting on union contracts, electing union officers, and participating in other democratic processes.
  • Exclusive member-only benefits and scholarships for you and your family.

How much are dues? In accordance with Article VI, Section 1 of the WFSE/AFSCME Constitution, membership dues are 1.5% of a union member’s gross monthly salary, capped at $84.40 per month as of January 1, 2019.

Our dues cap increases in proportion to wage increases. The dues rate (1.5%) can only be changed if elected member-delegates vote to amend our constitution during our WFSE/AFSCME member convention held every two years (last met Oct 2017).

If you have questions about your membership, please call the Member Connection Center (MCC) at 833-622-9373 or send us an email at [email protected].

You can reach us at Member Connection Center (MCC)
833-MCC-WFSE (1-833-622-9373)
[email protected]

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