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Washington's Archaic Revenue System is Worst in Nation

“Washington’s tax system is the most regressive in the nation, placing a disproportionate burden on those with the lowest incomes.” – TIME Magazine


2015 AFT Washington Convention

The 2015 AFT Washington Convention, the 79th convention of this organization, will be held at The Hotel Murano in Tacoma on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, 2015. This year we will be electing officers to the AFT Washington Executive Board, and the two-year term will start in July. Important deadlines for nominations, bylaws amendments, and resolutions are available below. Please refer to the Convention Call, including the calendar on the reverse side, for additional details and important deadlines.


Reinvestment Begins with House Budget

Statement by AFT Washington President Karen Strickland

It is refreshing to see the House take bold action to address the revenue crisis in Washington State.

I was especially pleased that the House budget begins to reverse the budget cuts of the last six years and recognizes that students carry too much of the cost of education by freezing tuition. However, tuition has risen to compensate for significant state disinvestment in higher education over the years. A substantial infusion of funding is needed in order to ensure the high-quality education we expect from our colleges and universities. A key ingredient of this high quality is the faculty. While funding the Cost of Living Adjustment is much appreciated by our membership, our community and technical college faculty continue to earn salary steps, which once again are unfunded for the fourth consecutive biennia.



Another Good Turnout for Classified Conference

A record 88 classified members attended this year’s professional development conference on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Tacoma. The theme was "Fighting Forward, Making a Difference Every Day."

Workshops were held on anger and conflict management, early brain development and the impact of trauma, how to distinguish gripes from grievances, responding to challenging behaviors in at-risk youth, and working with children who have autism. [read more and see photos of the conference]

Teachers union presidents discuss ESEA priorities

The presidents of the nation's two largest teachers unions offered a solid shared vision for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at a Washington, D.C., meeting with state policy chiefs and in a joint keynote address to a nationwide audience of classroom educators participating in Share My Lesson's third annual virtual conference.


Annual Education Scholarship Program

Accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Education Scholarship Awards!

We are now accepting applications for our 2015-2016 AFT Washington/Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt Scholarship. Up to three $1,000 education scholarships will be awarded to eligible applicants. The deadline for receiving applications is June 1, 2015.