Strikes and shutdowns

In Los Angeles, UTLA members took to the picket lines because their schools are starved of resources. In Washington, D.C., President Trump has shut down the government to secure his border wall. In her monthly New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes that when our elected leaders fail, whether by not funding public schools or by shutting down services that provide for our safety, they strike at the very heart of what makes us a democratic republic. Read the full column.

Your Union Endorses These Education- and Labor-Friendly Candidates

Election ballots will arrive in your mail on or around October 19th. Check out the candidates who have been vetted through our member-involved Committee On Political Education (COPE) and endorsed by our executive board for the upcoming General Election. Your union sent out questionnaires on issues that matter to our members and their responses and voting records in the case of incumbents earned our endorsement. However you decide to vote, please be sure to fill out and mail your ballot or drop it in MY VOTE!

Take Our "[Re]Invest in Our Colleges" (ROC) Survey

Attn: AFT Washington Higher Education Members

We are seeking to amplify the voices of our members who work in Washington State's community and technical colleges and find out what's important to you. Please complete this brief survey to provide us with your priorities and ideas on how to improve your workplace specifically, and our community college system overall. The survey results will be helpful as we begin to finalize our legislative priorities for the 2019 legislative session that will help [Re]Invest in Our Colleges.

Paraeducators Look for Recognition, Livable Wages as School Returns

August 31, 2018

Washington News Service | Eric Tegethoff, Producer

Tacoma, WA - A low-paid group of educators known as paraeducators (or "paras") say it's time they received livable wages. Paras assist teachers in the classroom, often working with students with disabilities and in the special education department. Comments from Barbara Randall-Saleh ("suh-LEE"), president, Tacoma Federation of Paraeducators. [more]

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.”