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WFSE members, supporters rally across state for fair contract

UPDATE (Sept. 14, 2022) — Thank you to all who showed up on Tuesday to support Washington state employees!


As state threatens public services, rallies 9/13 in Olympia, Tacoma, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Seattle, Bellingham


The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), AFSCME Council 28:

Public sector workers — the very people who risked their lives to get us through the pandemic — are negotiating their 2023-25 contracts. The state and our higher ed institutions continue to willfully ignore the staffing crisis playing out across the state and the budget surplus that could be used to address it.

A Dangerous Decision

With just a few bargaining dates left, the state appears to have made the dangerous decision to:

●  Run our state agencies with critically low staffing levels
●  Skimp on public safety
●  Accept hazardous workplace conditions
●  Not recruit and retain the dedicated public servants Washingtonians deserve

Public servants don’t deserve the vicious cycle of mandatory overtimes, burnout and short-staffing. Washingtonians don’t deserve limited access to vital services.

That’s why WFSE members are rallying across the state to protect public services with a fair WFSE contract.

Join us Tuesday, Sept. 13! Rally times and locations:

●  Olympia
Eastside St. I-5 Overpass, 5:30 pm. –> RSVP HERE

●  Tacoma
72nd Street I-5 Overpass, 6 p.m. –> RSVP HERE

●  Spokane
West Broadway Ave Overpass Over Maple/Ash, 5:30 p.m. –> RSVP HERE

●  Tri-Cities
Columbia Center Boulevard I-240 Overpass, Richland, 5:30 p.m. –> RSVP HERE

●  Seattle
NE 92nd Street I-5 Overpass, Northgate, 5:30 p.m. — RSVP HERE

●  Bellingham
Illinois Street I-5 Overpass next to Memorial Park, 5:30 p.m. — RSVP HERE

WFSE/AFSCME Council 28 represents nearly 47,000 state and other public service workers in Washington state. WFSE members care for the most vulnerable, keep us safe, protect our environment, and so much more. Learn more at

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