Amidst a renewed movement for racial justice, a global pandemic, and a recession, workers across the country are seeing the benefit of unions more clearly than ever. Conversations with members from across Eastern Washington about these crises show a diversity of opinion on where WFSE can focus its resources to make the greatest impact.
Washington state faces an economic catastrophe of unprecedented scale. Without action, public sector workers like us — the very people who have risked their lives to get us through this pandemic — will be forced to pay the price with cuts to the vital services we provide Washingtonians, cuts to our benefits, and permanent layoffs. This campaign is about choosing a better path forward: putting working People First and asking the super wealthy to pay their fair share.

Clockwise from top left: Bo McClung, Kevin Allen, Laurel Trammell, Riley Ingram-Sowell

LOS ANGELES – In a union election victory 17 years in the making, child care providers across California have voted overwhelmingly to be represented by their union, Child Care Providers United (CCPU). A joint effort of UDW/AFSCME Local 3930 and SEIU Locals 99 and 521, 97% of voters chose to join CCPU.

Sarah Reyneveld is a WFSE member, a working mother of two, an assistant attorney general, and a candidate for State Representative in Washington’s 36th District. We caught up with her to discuss why it’s critical for public employees to participate in the political process and why her campaign is all about working folks. 

“I’ve spent my entire fifteen-year career working for the people of our state, and I’m running for the State House now to make our government work for the people and to create a future we can all believe in,” she said.

No other workforce has more at stake in the decisions made by elected officials.
AFSCME Council 28/WFSE has released its full list of political endorsements for the 2020 August primary. View the full list here. Members made endorsements after a series of interviews to determine where candidates stand on issues impacting public employees.

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Unions have long been a source of strength for working families when times are tough—and times are tough now. Former Washington Representative Tim Probst is offering the royalties of his newly released book, Joe Lake Journal, to the Foundation for Working Families (FFWF) from now till 7/21/20.