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),

One simple chart tells it all


"The tax plan before Congress is a terrible deal for Washington state. At a time of economic inequality in our nation, we must not increase taxes on many working families or blow a $1.5 trillion hole in the federal budget just to help the wealthiest Americans and corporations. This bill also would result in hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians losing health coverage." - Gov. Jay Inslee

Aicha Danfakha, an attendant counselor 1 at Fircrest School in Shoreline and a member of Local 341, has suffered a terrible holiday season tragedy.

Her husband passed away in October while visiting Africa – before Aicha and their 13-month-old daughter Aminata Kourouma could join him.

TCC SSSU ratifies contract

Members in the Student Support Services Unit (SSSU) at Tacoma Community College (TCC) yesterday (Dec. 14) unanimously ratified their new (2017-2019) contract.

This unit bargains under a different law than most other AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) Higher Education and General Government members so has a different timetable.


Inslee proposes supplemental budget that finally enacts capital-construction budget, upgrades to institutions, natural resources, public safety, parks higher education

Gov. Jay Inslee today (Dec. 14) proposed a 2018 Supplemental Budget including the full 2017-2019 Capital-Construction Budget.

That $4.5 billion plan still has not passed because the former Senate majority refused to vote on it.

WSU Local 1066 members spring into action

Local 1066 at Washington State University in Pullman has a new slate of officers elected last night (Dec. 6) as the local joins the common-sense effort to not balance WSU’s budget on the backs of students, workers and vital programs.

Local 1066’s new officers: President Michelle Edenso; Vice President Victor Edenso; Secretary Eric Needham; Treasurer Deb Haupt; Executive Board - Derek Jones, Nate Smith; and Trustees John Baldwin, Brad Wilson.

Signs of the times for stewards in action!

Twenty-four WFSE/AFSCME members and staff completed a two-day Stewards in Action "Train the Trainer" course yesterday and today (Dec. 6-7) at the Olympia Field Office. Members became "Member Educators" and will be teaching other new stewards along side staff. What's on the signs they're holding? personal tips to new stewards.