About Us

The union for Washington's public workers. Speaking up for our jobs, families and communities since 1943.

America’s communities never rest: Families and children need support. Patients need care. Students need a quality environment in which to learn. Roads need maintained and parks need protected.

WFSE members care for the most vulnerable in Washington state, keep us safe, protect our environment and so much more. That’s why people who work in public service never stop.

This isn’t just a job; it’s a calling. But it's a calling that's under threat from privatization, contracting out and those looking to slash the services Washingtonians depend on. Our members stand in the way.

Our union believes that every person working to sustain their community deserves respect. As part of the AFSCME and AFL-CIO, our union is one of the nation’s leading advocates for working people. Our 1.4 million members across the country provide the vital services that make America happen.

WFSE honors solidarity without conformity, drawing each member’s story into a force of experience and commitment that can’t be ignored. That’s how we win better lives for ourselves, our families, and our communities. For people proudly committed to public service, we never quit.

Here in Washington State, we represent over 50,000 state and other public service workers.

WFSE’s purpose is:

  • To organize and empower individuals to create a strong collective voice.
  • To respond to the needs and directions of the membership.
  • To achieve and maintain excellent wages, benefits, and working conditions.
  • To ensure the union is a positive force in workers’ lives, families, and communities.
  • To unite the WFSE Locals of AFSCME for mutual protection and advancement of workers.

Not a member? Join today and help us speak up for our jobs, families and communities.