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As educators at the Seattle Colleges, our Mission Statement calls us to prepare students to be engaged and successful in life, build a sustainable community, and adhere to the highest ethical standards. We teach our students that it is not enough to understand the world; that understanding must lead us to work towards a more just world in which all are safe and all are free, regardless of race, religion, or nationality. 

As workers, we recognize that solidarity is the necessary foundation for justice and liberation. As union organizers, we fight for our own rights and the rights of others

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AFT Seattle President, Helena Ribeiro, speaking at Convocation 2023.

During her speech at Convocation this Fall, newly-elected AFT Seattle President, Helena Ribeiro, invited Seattle Colleges faculty to "ask not what your union can do for you, but what we can do for each other."

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What unions do

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In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.