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The WFSE Executive Committee released the following statement regarding today's events:

Join our campaign to educate and mobilize WFSE members and our allies on the need for revenue reform, institutional change, and an investment in public services.

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.

The 2021 Legislative Session is in full swing. Decisions about our wages, work conditions, and the services we provide will be made over the next several months.

On January 2nd, I received my first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

This wasn’t a decision I took lightly.

I’m a Mental Health Practitioner Clinical Specialist at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle  where I’ve worked for the past six years. I currently sit on the Harborview Ethics Committee and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. I’m also the president of AFSCME Local 3488.

Heading into a legislative session entirely over Zoom, we know some legislators are considering serious cuts as a strategy to balance the budget—and we know that ends in lost services, folks falling through the cracks, and a prolonged economic crisis.

Join AFSCME and several other national unions as we host a town hall on the COVID-19 vaccine next Tuesday, January 12th, at 3pm PST. Medical experts will be on hand to answer your questions about the vaccine and what to expect after receiving it.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders called the victories of the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s Senate runoff elections “a bold mandate for change.”