LAS VEGAS — More than 160 AFSCME members gathered in Las Vegas last week to lift up the voice of public service workers and move our union forward.  

KODX, Seattle, Dec. 8, 2018

Watch the full town hall meeting held at the UW addressing inequality for workers.

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Have you ever wondered how our union makes decisions about who to endorse in political campaigns?

There’s some misleading chatter floating online about unions, dues and politics. So let’s dive in and explore
how political endorsements are made at AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE).

When people ask if our union engages in politics, we say “Yes! We do.”

That’s because no workforce anywhere has more at stake in decisions made by elected officials, who decide our wages, our benefits, our job security and our working conditions.


Washington State Employee

Official newspaper of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28

In October 2017, Mihret Tirfu, a Hospital Assistant at Harborview Medical Center was unjustly medically separated after 17 years at Harborview.

As a union member, her separation was challenged by WFSE and headed to arbitration but the employer settled in mediation after hundreds of signatures demanding Mihret be returned to work were delivered to management.

Stewards are the face of our union, the trusted workplace leaders we go to for information, support and ways to get involved.

We currently have over 950 stewards in AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE), but are always actively recruiting and training new stewards to build our workplace power and ensure all members have union leadership and representation in their workplace.

Thanks to the hard work of our Steward Committee, we are launching a new steward program that includes new classes and a mentor program for stewards-in-training.

Employees of the Thurston Conservation District (TCD) said #UNION YES! for a voice and respect at work by joining WFSE.  

Thurston TCD employees are the first conservation district in Washington State (and perhaps the nation) to organize, and they will begin negotiating their own contract soon.