AFT Washington on Recent School Strikes

American Federation of Teachers Washington on Recent School Strikes

Tukwila -- AFT Washington stands in solidarity with the K-12 public school strikes and our sisters and brothers from the Washington Education Association in their efforts to get a fair contract.

Karen Strickland, president of AFT Washington, said “This is about respect and building the middle class. For decades teachers and school-support employees, whether in K-12 or higher education, have been undervalued and underpaid for their work. Educators should earn enough to have economic security and take care of their families.”

2018 WSLC Resolution 19: Renewing the Call for Full Support of the Labor Community and Technical College System

Delegates at the Washington State Labor Council Convention passed a resolution renewing the call for full support of the community and technical college system. Washington State has established a goal of 70% of residents achieving a post-high school credential or degree which will, by necessity, require additional investment in the higher education system and the employees who support students. The two-year colleges have been underfunded for decades, and it is time to step up and invest in the  employees who teach, who keep the college safe and clean, and who provide student services.

Join Your Union

When we stand together, we have power in numbers. That power allows for us to bargain a good contract that includes decent pay, health care, retirement security, and better working conditions. It gives us a seat at the table with our employer to negotiate for things that improve our job and allow us to better serve our communities. Interested in joining? Contact your local to become a member!

Not sure who to talk to at your local? Contact Cortney Marabetta at cmarabetta@aftwa.org for help.

Member Communications Survey

The AFT Washington executive board is interested in what types of communications are most effective in reaching members. It appears that we are not reaching everyone and often hear that members have not seen certain communications. To this end, the board developed a survey to find out what your preferences are in terms of e-mail, social media, print, etc. We would appreciate it if you would please take a couple of minutes to answer this short on-line survey so we are able to be efficient and effective in our communications to you. Thank you!

The Union Spotlight, also known as the "Spotlight," is an 8-page newsletter that is published three times a year. Articles on topics of interest to the general union membership are welcome. To submit an article, contact Cortney Marabetta, editor, at cmarabetta@aftwa.org or 206-432-8084.

If you would like to update your address or go digital, please contact Cortney Marabetta as above.

View the most recent issue of the Spotlight here, and the Retiree Chapter news insert here.

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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.