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Our 2016 General Election Endorsements

Please consider our official general election endorsements when making your decisions on the 2016 congressional, statewide, and legislative races. The AFT Washington COPE Committee conducted an extensive vetting process in order to endorse these candidates based on their responses to our candidate questionnaires, their voting records, and their positions on labor and education.

All candidates running for office were sent a questionnaire to complete, and the candidates listed returned their completed questionnaire.

Download a printable version here. (Updated on 10/7.)

Ballots drop October 21, and election day is November 8.

If you have questions, contact Bernal Baca at or 206-432-8086.


Seeking Political Organizer for AFT Washington

AFT Washington is seeking a Political Organizer to work on statewide political and legislative education programs involving our members. Resumes with a cover letter will be accepted until November 14. For the job announcement, click here.


NO on I-732: It's a giant misstep on climate

by Jeff Johnson, President, Washington State Labor Council

October 7, 2016 | The Stand

Initiative 732, the carbon tax measure on November’s ballot, is opposed or not supported by the labor movement, communities of color and social justice organizations, most environmental organizations, businesses, the Washington State Democratic Party, the Washington State Republican Party, and many others. [read full article]

Trump fails a crucial test

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about Donald Trump's education policies amd how they would devastate our public education system.


COPE: Building Our Union's Power, Building a Better Future

COPE - our Committee on Political Education -- is the political action committee for AFT Washington. COPE enables our union to engage the membership in both creating our political agenda and in making meaningful financial contributions to support candidates who will champion our legislative agenda. We do not use union dues to contribute to COPE. All contributions are voluntary.