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Voters' Guide for the AFT Executive Board officer elections

The Voter's Guide contains position statements from our candidates. Positions are listed in the order they appear in Article V of our Constitution, and candidates are listed alphabetically.

Contested positions are those with more than one candidate. Only contested positions will appear on the ballot.

AFT1789 members in good standing can vote in the election, which will take place online June 7-11, 2021.

Questions? Contact Katy Dichter at katy.dichter@seattlecolleges.edu

Thank you to the additional members of the Election Committee: Shireen Deboo and Esther Sunde

AFT Seattle’s Response to Financial Information on SCD’s Website

The Seattle Colleges District website gives the public information about our current financial situation and the District’s decisions regarding the situation. AFT Seattle finds sections of the information to be objectionable to faculty, creating an administrative narrative that we believe shows faculty in a negative light.

We invite you to submit your reactions to their information directly to the chancellor and trustees. Let’s tell them how their portrayal of the situation sounds from our perspective, and copy AFTSeattle@gmail.com so we know your thoughts, too. 


OPINION: Seattle Colleges in Crisis, but Harmful Budget Cuts are not the Answer

"According to the District’s audited financial statements, six years ago, the District spent 51% of its budget on instruction and by 2018 instruction funding fell to 41% of the budget. Now, Seattle Central has announced that 75% of 2020–2021 anticipated cuts should come from instruction. If North and South take the same path, instruction could fall to barely a third of the District’s operating revenue."


Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”


MEDIATION Oct. 29, 2020

Yesterday was our first mediation session with the District.  We elected to use a mediator to facilitate our negotiation sessions following our September 11th joint session because we were not making forward progress on several issues. 



AFT-Seattle Commits to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion actions

AFT Seattle commits to:

  • Providing financial support for organizations that work to build an anti-racist society, including bail funds and community funds for protesters;
  • Holding our local and affiliate unions accountable for eliminating racist and exclusionary practices;
  • Participating in conversations about changing the city of Seattle’s budget priorities by increasing allotments for housing, healthcare, and education;