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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.

The hotel has a spa, swimming pool, fitness room, and a casino, including a non-smoking casino area, and several restaurants. You can visit their website at

This year's Convention features an early bird workshop, "Labor in the Time of Trump: Turning Fear and Apathy into Action," at 2 PM, Friday, May 19. The no-host reception starts at 5:30 PM followed by dinner. Our featured speaker is Kent Wong, Director of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA. After the dinner program, we will host a hospitality reception. On Saturday we will hold breakfast caucuses on Human Rights, Political Action, Contingent Faculty Issues, Professional Staff, and Corrections Faculty. Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, will be our guest speaker at lunch. After the convention concludes, we are planning a solidarity action at the Peace Arch.

The deadline for registering delegates is April 29 (must be postmarked by April 29th).

Access delegate information here (except for the yellow and green credentials sent to local presidents).

For questions, contact Elizabeth Ferrell at 206-432-8585 or

WA Lawmakers Consider "Student Loan Bill of Rights"

March 10, 2017 | Eric Tegethoff, Producer, Washington News Service

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill to hold student loan providers accountable for their services.

Passed in the House last week, the Senate is considering the Student Loan Bill of Rights.

House Bill 1440 gives students protections as consumers of loan services, and also establishes a student loan ombuds to advocate for students and resolve loan issues.

Rep. Monica Stonier, who sponsored the bill in the House, says an ombuds will be able to help students navigate the questionable practices of some loan providers. [read or hear full story]

Contingent Faculty Issues Conference 2017

Registration is open for our Contingent Faculty Issues Conference on Saturday, April 8th at the South Seattle Georgetown Campus. This conference is held for contingent and/or adjunct faculty to meet one another, learn and share strategies on key issues, and organize for equity and respect. Bearing in mind the new and uncertain political situation at the federal level, the conference will also focus on the importance of defending and strengthening public education, labor unions, and human and civil rights.


There is no registration fee but registration is required at

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


Trump's budget takes a meat cleaver to public education

The 2018 budget proposal "takes a meat cleaver to public education" and ignores promised investments in the types of skills, training and other vital family supports that Trump rode to the White House in 2016, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.


Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.