In AFSCME’s International Constitution, The Bill of Rights for Union Members states: 

Labor & Industries Interpreter Billing Workshops

L&I is currently looking at how best to reform their procurement model for L&I interpreter services.

Local 1671 (Interpreters United) recently concluded negotiations for their 2019-2021 contract.

Let's take a look at the gains:

Dear L&I interpreters,

We are overjoyed to learn that your organizing drive has started in earnest. As you know, Senate Bill 6245 that passed last winter granted you the right to hold an election to decide whether or not you want to form a union. If you succeed in getting enough eligible interpreters to vote in favor of forming a union, then you will have a union. That same bill also allows you to elect your own bargaining team members to negotiate a contract with the state of Washington.

What are your priorities for the future of LNI Interpreter Services?

Interpreters deserve a voice in shaping the future of how the work is done. Please take a moment to fill out this survey and share your thoughts and priorities about what is the best path forward:

LNI Interpreters Priorities Survey

What’s next for LNI Interpreters? – It’s up to you!

L&I Interpreters are coming together to form a union and secure our future.

We are pleased to announce that on March 23, Gov.


Workers organize labor unions primarily to secure better wages and better working conditions.

We hold that they also organize in order to participate in the decisions which affect them at work.

One of the fundamental tenets of democratic government is the consent of the governed. Unions are an extension of that idea.

Union members are both workers and citizens.

Collective bargaining is the expression of citizenship in employment. Participation in the political life of the nation is but another aspect of that citizenship.

Union democracy depends upon two things: an understanding of the union’s procedures and participation. Nowhere is understanding of more importance than in the local unions’ elections process.

This manual represents an attempt to spell out, in uncomplicated terms, the requirements that AFSCME local unions must meet in conducting elections. We have taken the requirements spelled out in the AFSCME Constitution and included them here, with wording approved by the International Executive Board.