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),

AFSCME Family: 

We have all watched with shock and outrage the latest developments in Ukraine. This sovereign democracy is under military attack by Vladimir Putin’s Russia, with entire cities leveled and civilian populations targeted.

Ukrainians are demonstrating extraordinary courage and resolve in standing up to a violent autocrat. Their defense of their country is nothing short of inspiring. 

The hardworking staff at Tacoma Community College’s (TCC) Early Learning Center (ELC) will soon receive a welcome boost in the form of a Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) Child Care Stabilization Grant.

The $42,000 grant is intended to combat child care staffing issues through increasing employee pay, benefits, signing bonuses, and other retention incentives. 

Today, following President Joe Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the United States Supreme Court, AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued a statement praising the historic selection.

There is power in numbers, and that’s why we continue to expand our union. WFSE members work hard to inform co-workers of the benefits of joining and to bring union representation to public employees who don’t have it.

Through the pandemic and subsequent economic crises, we’ve used our collective power to ensure the continuation of public services. We’ve also spoken up to protect each other’s safety, rights, and wellbeing.