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The 2021 Washington State legislative session is here. Lawmakers are currently making decisions that will impact your jobs, families and communities.

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 U.S. Conference of Mayors has sent a letter to Congress that echoes what AFSCME has been saying for months: It’s long past time to robustly fund the front lines.

Terminated by Seattle Colleges during the pandemic, Maricres was reinstated with the help of her union, member activists, friends and colleagues.

Maricres Tuliao has worked for Seattle Colleges in one form or another for 25 years. She started out as a student worker washing gym towels while she pursued an Associate of Arts degree. 

Several WFSE members have received notification from their employer/agency regarding two separate public disclosure requests (PDRs) sent to the Department of Retirement Services—one from the Seattle Times and another from the so-called Freedom Foundation (FF). (See sample below.) Click here to complete a brief survey regarding this matter.

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Olympia, Wash. — The Washington Federation of State Employees (AFSCME Council 28) Executive Committee released the following statement in recognition of US Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman’s bravery during the insurrection at the U.S Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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Media Contact: Justin Lee

Olympia, Wash. —The Washington Federation of State Employees (AFSCME Council 28) Executive Committee released the following statement thanking public custodial workers of the U.S. Capitol for their brave and selfless dedication in returning the Capitol buildings to a safe and usable state after the January 6 attacks on democracy and justice.

In his first days on the job, President Joe Biden has taken swift executive action to protect and empower public service workers, strengthen public services and help working people. On his first day alone, he signed 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations that showed the kind of bold leadership our country needs now.