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.

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.

Child welfare workers in Washington came together for a major win this year: in addition to advocating for much-needed cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs),

The Washington Federation of State Employees (AFSCME Council 28) released the following statement regarding vaccine mandates.

After receiving more than 6,000 letters from WFSE members, Governor Inslee’s office has agreed to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a general wage increase for state employees.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Members of WFSE, SEIU 1199NW, SEIU 925 and WSNA were joined by UW students and community members on Wednesday at Harborview and UW Medical Center to rally for respect and a fair wage increase. 

Hospital employees from nurses to custodians turned out in union shirts and masks with signs declaring, “Respect Us, Protect Us, Pay Us.”

Workers from several unions spoke to the gathered crowd.

Sibley Haamid IV, the son of a WFSE member, has been awarded one of twelve AFSCME Family Scholarships.

“When Sibley graduates from college, he wants to be a business owner,” said Sibley’s mother, Carla Cooper-Haamid, a Student Services Representative and WFSE Local 793 member. 

“I’m proud of him,” she said.

Cooper-Haamid has every reason to be proud.

Sibley applied for the scholarship on his own and was selected out of hundreds of national applicants.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders released the following statement about the sudden passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today:

“We’ve lost one of the nation’s fiercest, most effective advocates for working people ever. From his earliest days working in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, Rich has lived the values of the labor movement with the greatest passion and purpose. He has touched and improved so many lives.

After winning hazard pay in March of 2020 — a first for public service workers in Washington state—WFSE Local 304 members at Seattle Colleges did it again. How?