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2020 Candidate Questionnaire

AFT Washington provides an endorsement questionnaire for candidates seeking our support. This edition is newly updated for 2020, with questions relevant to the interests of our members. We represent about 6,500 education professionals working in community and tedhnical colleges, regional universities, early learning, and K-12, in all aspects of education. Our members' interests skew, naturally, to education topics, but also to union and justice topics as well.

Resources on Immigrant Rights

We have compiled a list of human and immigrant rights organizations for your use. Feel free to download and/or share this three-page document.

Training on Civil Disobedience Available

The decision to engage in non-violent, civil disobedience is an important one, and an activity that many AFT Washington members may not have considered before now, but in light of the current political climate, there may well soon be times and situations where such a course of action is appropriate. 

AFT Washington has compiled a list of trainers skilled in the legal and tactical issues surrounding civil disobedience. We are willing to provide this list if your local, or a group of activists at your local, would like to receive relevant training or information on this topic.

Unfortunately, due to the sensitivity of this information, we are not able to provide a list to the general public. If you are interested, please contact AFT Washington at 206-242-4777 or   

How To Pick A Candidate, A Step-by-Step Guide

This helpful guide, produced by the League of Education Voters-Seattle, outlines seven steps to successfully picking a candidate who is running for office -- including looking at their campaign information, rating candidates, and examining the candidate's campaign finances. Download a copy at


Mythopedia, Debunking Myths About Laws and Rights

Mythopedia, a project of Media Matters for America, was created as a website to debunk the most common myths and lies on anything from elections to environment to national security to right-to-work laws. For example: Workers in states without right-to-work laws are forced to unionize is not true. Fact: forced union membership is banned by federal law. Check out their website at:

Getting Updated Employee Information

Employee information is essential to your ability to effectively represent the bargaining unit members of your local, but unfortunately, many locals have no information, partial information or disorganized information. Having this information at your fingertips also means that communications about union meetings, events and opportunities will be easy to provide and that outreach to bargaining unit members who haven’t yet joined the union can occur on a regular basis.

Transparency is Purpose of Required Local Audits

As local leaders, you share AFT’s desire to protect members by operating in an open and transparent manner. Engrained in that transparency is for members to know how its local is spending their dues, which helps establish trust and confidence in the local and its officers.  To that end, annual audits of each local’s financial records are required in order for locals to remain in compliance with AFT. Below are the basic rules for what kind of audit a local needs, which is dependent upon how many members it has: fewer than 1,000 or more than 1,000 members.

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

Health Care Information for Contingent Faculty

Affordable Care Act Information

Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires large employers to offer insurance coverage to their full-time employees, defined as one who is employed on average at least 30 hours per week. AFT has been following the ACA closely and has developed a website that may be helpful for you as you have questions about coverage. This information can also be useful for bargaining.