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AFT 1789 endorses the movement to vote “uncommitted” in the March 12th Democratic Primary in Washington State. 


Since our union endorsed a ceasefire statement two months ago, the death toll of Israel’s war in Gaza has surpassed 30,000, and without decisive intervention from the US, thousands more are at risk. In recognition of the outsized role the US plays in this conflict, our communities have urged our elected officials for a ceasefire, but our efforts have had little effect. President Biden and Congress continue approving military aid to Israel, going so far as pursuing an


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

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."



What unions do


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.