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2017 Convention Packet

Our biennial Convention will be held May 19 and 20 (Friday and Saturday) at the Silver Reef Casino and Spa in Ferndale, Washington. The venue is located on the tribal land of the Lhaq'temish, The Lummi People, the original inhabitants of Washington's northernmost coast and southern British Columbia.


Trump Education Budget Tips Scale Against "Marginalized Communities"

April 26, 2017  | Public News Service | Eric Tegethoff, Producer

SEATTLE - Teachers and education staff are watching closely this week to see what happens with the Trump administration's proposed cuts to Education Department programs, as Congress works on a budget for next year.

The proposal slashes more than 13 percent, or $9 billion, off the agency's budget. While this might change during negotiations, Karen Strickland, president of the American Federation of Teachers of Washington, said she sees a theme that is emerging from the proposal. [full story]


Proposed Bylaws Amendments & Standing Rules for 2017 Convention

The AFT Washington Executive Board has proposed amendments to the Standing Rules. These amendments are:

  • Increasing the income threshold for Category D and to apply an increase to Categories C and D.
  • Changing the date of the Executive Board appointment to the Nominations and Elections Committee.
  • Inserting the name of our newest local, AFT Seattle Professional Staff, and updating local names to their actual chartered names.
  • To designate that an amendment to per capita fees will take effect on September 1, 2017.

Download or read the proposed amendments here. The proposed amendments will be included in delegate packets.

Officers To Be Elected at This Year's Convention

As you know, our biennial convention will take place in May, and we will be electing officers during that time.

Nominations for officers made by petition from locals must be sent to the attention of the AFT Washington Nominations and Elections Committee at the AFT Washington office no later than Saturday, April 29. The committee accepts nominations for the offices of the president, secretary, treasurer, and the vice presidents and ensures they meet the requirements. Those meeting requirements will be sent in delegate packets.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Ferrell at 206-432-8088 or


Applications for 2017/2018 Education Scholarship Available

With the arrival of Spring, the fundraising and application process for the 2017-2018 AFT Washington/Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt Scholarships is under way! At least three $1,000 education scholarships are available this year to AFT Washington locals’ members in good standing and their family members or dependents.