The People First Campaign: What It Is and How to Get Involved

Washington State has the most unfair tax system in the country. That’s right, we are 50 out of 50. Those who make the least carry the heaviest burden.

Washington state's tax code is the most regressive in the country.

With our state now facing an economic catastrophe of unprecedented scale, the projected budget shortfall over the next three years is $9 billion. 

Almost all WFSE members work in the 30 percent of the budget that's NOT constitutionally protected from cuts. 

Almost all Washington Federation of State Employees members work in the unprotected portion of the budget that is subject to cuts.

Without action, public sector workers like us — the very people who have risked their lives to get us through this pandemic — are facing:

  • A 25 percent cut across the board at all our agencies
  • Worse job losses than the Great Recession
  • Devastating cuts to services that our most vulnerable residents depend on
  • An acceleration of racial inequality (layoffs in the public sector disproportionately impact people of color, particularly women)

We launched the People First Campaign to educate and mobilize WFSE members and our allies on the need for revenue reform, institutional change, and an investment in public services. 

This is the moment we have to decide whether we want a Washington that works for the super wealthy or for everyone. The choice has never been more clear.

How You Can Help

1. Support Elected Officials that Support You

To protect our jobs, families and communities, we need to support elected officials that will reject knee-jerk budget cuts and instead fix our upside-down tax code by finding new sources of revenue.

Fellow WFSE members have endorsed these candidates because they stand strong on state employee issues.

2. Write Your Elected Officials

Clicking this link will automatically send a letter to elected officials in your district urging them to do the right thing and call on the super wealthy to pay their fair share.

You can customize the letter however you like.

3. Call Your Elected Officials

Clicking this link will automatically trigger a call to your legislators. 

You will be provided with a short script but you are encouraged to share what you do and why your service matters to the people of Washington.