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),

LOBBY DAY - Affordable Housing

AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) members now have a new service, the MCC which just opened; Medal of Valor awards; Seattle Mayor speaks out for low paid workers; Oregon AFSCME strikes Lane County.

Port Angeles Local 1463 does it again

Port Angeles Local 1463 continued its holiday commitment to feed the hungry with a $1,000 donation to the Forks Food Bank and another to the Port Angeles Food Bank. This is why unions are so important for our communities. 


SEATTLE (Nov. 16, 2017) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, announced today that April Sims, whom you remember for her many years on our staff and as a Local 53 activist, has been appointed to serve as WSLC Political and Strategic Campaign Director. She will replace Teresa Mosqueda, who is leaving the council after nearly seven years following her election to the Seattle City Council.

Here’s the latest on Day 210 of the state Capital-Construction Budget held hostage

488 positions cut because of Capital Budget impasse; here’s the latest on Day 210 of the state Capital-Construction Budget held hostage

IN MEMORIAM: Lois Masten

In a week of sad news comes word of the passing of another WFSE/AFSCME giant. Lois Masten, former WFSE staffer and wife of one-time Executive Director George Masten, passed away peacefully this morning (Nov. 15). The family is comforting George.

Lois was devoted to the members and her family in the many jobs she did at WFSE. In addition, she was a major force in George's vibrant but unsuccessful 1988 run for State House in the 20th District.