AFT Washington's current legislative campaign, launched in 2022 in preparation for the 2023 legislative session, is the Bridge To The Future. In order for Washington's students, workforce, residents, and communities to thrive, the state legislature must make deep investments in our CTC workforce.
Our community and technical college system is essential to Washingtonians, and it impacts every family in the state. Our CTCs put over $20 billion annually into Washington’s economy in ways big and small, and they offer a pathway to quality jobs and a secure future for over 65% of the higher education students in our state—nearly half of whom are students of color.
This year’s legislative session was challenging from the very start. We knew that the state had the opportunity to make serious investments and that there were a lot of competing priorities. On top of that, there was some signaling of reticence on the part of the legislature to budget for the kind of sweeping changes we need. That made our significant wins at the end of the session all the sweeter!
During the entire session – starting even before it – AFT Washington members took action – a lot of action. We sent cookies and letters to legislators, had a presence at district town halls, and