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2021 Lobby from Home: Public employees have a right to lobby their legislators on their personal time and equipment. Contact your legislators from anywhere using the action links below.  Know Your Rights to Lobby (PDF download)

Tell lawmakers to pass HB 1406, a 1% tax on all Washington residents whose wealth exceeds $1 billion. Instead of laying off front-line workers, it's time for BILLIONAIRES to help fund services for Washingtonians.

THE PROBLEM: Washington is the worst in the nation when it comes to making millionaires and billionaires pay their share like the rest of us. THE CONSEQUENCE: Public employees tend to shoulder the burden every time Washington has a budget deficit, often resulting in furloughs, a pay freeze, and layoffs.

Almost every other state in the nation – including Idaho, Montana, and Oregon – taxes capital gains, and are better situated to help their states’ economies recover from this pandemic.

The past months have left many of our communities hurting. Massive unemployment, the threat of serious illness, and the loss of coworkers and loved ones have hit folks hard. But we're not giving up. We're coming together as union and we're fighting for the changes we need to get through this pandemic. It's time for Washington State to do the right thing and call on the super-wealthy to pay their fair share.

Serving a population of more than 300, Rainier School is a vital part of Washington's safety net for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Thanks to WFSE members, the WA State Senate has removed language from their budget calling for the closure of Rainier School. However, the budget is not yet finalized. Let's keep the emails going until we know that Rainier School is safe from closure.

Washington has strong anti-discrimination, health and safety, and workplace protection laws, but they only work with an equally strong enforcement system. Unfortunately, understaffed state agencies do not have the capacity to keep up with violations. By empowering workers to enforce their rights on their own, without having to wait for government agencies that are stretched too thin, the Legislature will help secure worker safety, fair pay, and discrimination-free workplaces.

SB 5395 allows employees to use state resources when working from home, and to be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses. Tell lawmakers to pass this common-sense bill today.

We can do both. It is a false dilemma to suggest that we must choose between reform and supporting law enforcement. Lawmakers can and must pass law enforcement reform while also protecting due process and bargaining rights. Email your legislators today!

WFSE is part of a union coalition of multiple law enforcement and corrections unions supporting reforms. Learn more here.

High caseloads, poor employee retention, and few placement options. It's time for Washington State to start meeting federal recommendations for serving our most vulnerable. Email your legislators and tell them provide funding and additional full time employees for DCYF in the 2021 legislative session.

YES on SB 5133: Tell lawmakers to pass SB 5133, a bill that would extend collective bargaining to employees in Washington's Torts Division.

Fix our rigged tax code. Washington state has the most upside-down tax system in the nation. A low-income person pays about 17% of their income in state and local taxes while a middle- income person pays about 7% and a wealthy person pays about 3%.