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Invest in Washington Rally in Olympia

As you know, State employees protect our children, keep our parks open and clean, fix roads and clear accidents, regulate pesticides, keep drinking water safe, certify organic farms, feed babies and mothers, keep small businesses open, keep the lights on, fight discrimination, help needy families, fight wildfires, and keep our workplaces and communities safe. But did you know, 99% of state employees are below market rate?


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.

We will update the list of endorsements as other candidates are endorsed and approved by our executive board. Download a printable version here.

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

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


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.


Will You Tell Us Your Story About Working in Education?

You make important contributions to society – both at work and in your personal lives. Most days, you go above and beyond what is required.

Stories are a powerful way to communicate. Please take a few minutes to tell us your story and the value of your work. It is important that everyone who cares about our students know who you are, the conditions under which you work, and the many contributions you make despite difficulties.

Freedom from What?

Everyone who works hard and plays by the rules should thrive in America. As hard-working people who are trying to make a living and support our families, we are working harder and harder to make ends meet. But our system is broken and rules favor corporations and the very wealthy. Indeed, working people are under attack in an attempt to weaken unions and undermine our rights. Find out more about what's happening and get resources that you can use for members.