We're Speaking Up for Interpreters

Interpreters United (WFSE) members met with Senator Sam Hunt, Rep. Liz Berry, Rep. Mike Sells, Rep. Debra Lekanoff, and Rep. Javier Valdez.

One of the key issues we discussed was offshoring.

Bottom line? State agencies should not be using state budget dollars to pay for interpreter services outside the US or outside our state, especially when there are so many interpreters in Washington looking for work.

Jessica Cofler Suarez, M.A
Interpreters United (WFSE) Member

"“I enjoyed talking to my Legislators on Lobby Day. They wanted to know about the problems that we are facing in our profession. So, I told them the issue of offshoring our interpreting services to different states and different countries. They were very surprised to hear that, and they even asked me to follow up with an e-mail with some information, which I did, of course.”

Quân Trần
Interpreters United (WFSE) Member
WFSE Local 1671 President

"Funding for the interpreting program is dependent on decisions made by the state politicians during the Legislative Session that occurs every two years in Olympia. If I am not speaking up during the session, I cannot blame anyone else if bad decisions are made that impact my job security or work conditions. I owe it to myself to participate in the political process that affects my livelihood and wellbeing.”

Political Power Equals a Voice

We have the strongest lobbying program in Washington State. 600+ WFSE members travel to Olympia every year to speak directly to lawmakers.

It’s why we’ve won:

As a member of Interpreters United (WFSE), you will have the chance to educate legislators about the critical issues facing interpreters. Your voice will be heard.

L&I interpreters deserve fairness and respect. 
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