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We won because we showed decisions-makers and the public that our fight is not just for our jobs and families, but for our communities as well.
On Tuesday, September 13, WFSE members took to the streets in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Olympia, Bellingham and Tri-Cities to deliver this message: An unfair state worker contract puts Washingtonians at risk.

At AFSCME’s urging, the U.S. House has passed a student-loan repayment bill that will help those who provide substance-abuse treatment throughout the country. Our union is now focused on making sure the bill passes the U.S. Senate and is fully funded.

Negotiated Policies to Date

Below is a running list of the policies our Union and DCYF management have finished bargaining over. The documents are the marked up, draft outcomes of those discussions and formatting and other updates will be made.


Have you ever wondered how our union makes decisions about who to endorse in political campaigns?

There’s some misleading chatter floating online about unions, dues and politics. So let’s dive in and explore
how political endorsements are made at AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE).

When people ask if our union engages in politics, we say “Yes! We do.”

That’s because no workforce anywhere has more at stake in decisions made by elected officials, who decide our wages, our benefits, our job security and our working conditions.


Washington State Employee

Official newspaper of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28

In October 2017, Mihret Tirfu, a Hospital Assistant at Harborview Medical Center was unjustly medically separated after 17 years at Harborview.

As a union member, her separation was challenged by WFSE and headed to arbitration but the employer settled in mediation after hundreds of signatures demanding Mihret be returned to work were delivered to management.