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Register for the Higher Education Stakeholders' Summit

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 AM to 3 PM at Tacoma Community College to investigate Washington State’s continual defunding of public higher education. We’ll evaluate the impact on stakeholders — students, faculty, staff, and the community — and strategize how to collaborate to turn this troubling trend around. Sponsored by AFT Washington, Alliance for Justice, Washington Student Association, Education in Equity Coalition, Tacoma Community College Federation of Teachers Local 2196, and Jobs With Justice.


Meet Our New Field Representatives for Election 2014

Through an AFT grant, AFT Washington has hired four political field representatives to help with our political and electoral work in the locals through November. You'll be seeing them around your campuses this fall. Read their bios.


Our Endorsements for the 2014 General Election

AFT Washington conducted an extensive vetting process to endorse these candidates based on their legislative record and responses to our COPE questionnaires. Responses from each candidate for the State Legislature and US Congress were rated on a point system. Not all candidates responded to our questionnaire. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Elia, State Political Organizer, at 206-432-8085 or


Weingarten takes on critics of due process

AFT President Randi Weingarten appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" television show to make the case for teachers' due process rights, to correct widely held misconceptions about the teaching workforce, and to clarify that problems tied to evaluation are often mislabeled as due process issues.


Don't Third Party THE Union -- Make OUR Union Stronger

When was the last time you heard someone ask, "What does the union do for me?" Pretty recently, I would bet and, if you're like me, it’s not a question that makes you feel good about being a union supporter. If that question rubs you the wrong way, there's a good reason for it. Think about what that question assumes: [full article]