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The following is adapted from remarks delivered by President Saunders at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s Martin Luther King Day Breakfast on January 14, 2023.

WFSE members must come to Olympia to lobby during the 2023 Legislative Session to ensure funding for our contracts, which will benefit our communities, workplaces and families.
In a rushed vote, the Tacoma Art Museum Board refused to voluntarily recognize TAM Workers United (TAMWU), which has over 80% support among employees.
L&I interpreters overcame divisions that the Freedom Foundation tried to exploit and chose to unionize for their profession and the patients they serve.
As a fish hatchery specialist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1998, Kurt Spiegel was lucky. He had a good state job, and even better he had a great coworker—a friend to learn the ropes with as they navigated state service.
WFSE members ran a successful petition that ended years of inaction from the state on the issue of housing foster children in hotel rooms.

In keeping with the resolution passed by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) Natural Resources Policy Committee earlier this year and the letter sent by WFSE to the Board of Natural Resources and the Commissioner of Public Lands, the following statement is in response to Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal's proposal to cea

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived at a time when our nation’s health care workers were already experiencing burnout. The National Academy of Medicine, in a report from 2019, said that 35% to 54% of nurses and physicians in the United States had “substantial symptoms of burnout.”

Then things got worse.

CJ Alicandro (left) is pictured with a few of their colleagues. Photo credit: AFSCME Council 75.

CJ Alicandro (left) is pictured with a few of their colleagues. Photo credit: AFSCME Council 75.