Statement by Karen Strickland on the Anniversary of Executive Order 9066

January 16, 2017

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” This quote, initially stated long ago either by Edmund Burke or George Santayana,  seems especially relevant today, as the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 approaches. Executive Order 9066 was President F. D. Roosevelt’s order to incarcerate roughly 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII . . .


Join Us February 20th in Olympia

Workers' rights and unions are under attack. Immigrant and refugee rights are under attack. The LGBQT community and people of color fear setbacks to their rights. It's time to show our legislature that we believe in social, racial, and economic justice for all. Washington State has always been an advocate for their residents and there are those in our legislature who want to take rights away. Let's also tell our legislature that we want full funding for public education AND funding for critical human services that help our communities and families live and thrive.

Please join us at the Equity Rally on February 20th at 9:30 AM at the State Capitol and make your voices heard. We have arranged for buses to pick up people at designated locations (download bus schedule). Contact us for information at or 206-244-4777.

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Union Members Question UW Provost Cauce at Town Hall Meeting

Union members Aleksandra Petrovich and Donna Schaeffer attended the UW Townhall meeting with Provost Ana Mari Cauce and asked her for an explanation for the long delay in contract negotiations between UW and the English Language Faculty. The English Language Faculty has been negotiating for their first contract with the UW since March 2012.
You can view the townhall meeting video at YouTube. Aleksandra's question is at 41st minute and Donna's at 46:50.



AFT Local 6486 at the UW Board of Regents Meeting

In a short speech at the November 14 meeting, Daphne Mackey asked the Board of Regents to support the union’s efforts to reach a fair labor agreement with the University of Washington. She informed the Board of the union’s goals and expressed concern about the University’s proposals and refusal to mediate their differences. She asked the Regents to join others in the University community as well as government leaders in urging that negotiations move forward.