Elected Official Sign-on Letter

In Support of Strong Unions After Janus Decision


With its decision on Janus v. AFSCME, the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned more than four decades of legal precedent by declaring fair-share fees for public sector workers to be unconstitutional. This case is not about free speech. It is an effort to divide and conquer working families and take away their power to join together and negotiate for fair wages and working conditions.

I pledge to continue standing with Washington’s union members and their families. Together, we will demonstrate that no court decision can extinguish the necessity of working people to stand together in strong unions. When we join together and fight for what is right, amazing victories are achieved. We will redouble our efforts at the local levels of government to raise wages, ensure all workers have paid sick days, enact paid family leave, protect immigrants on the job, strengthen workplace safety, fund public education, and much more.

As elected leaders in Washington state, we stand shoulder to shoulder with union families not only to condemn this decision, but to amplify the need for strong unions to fight back against an economy that’s rigged to the advantage of the wealthy and powerful.

Elected officials: PLEASE SIGN!





Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council

Larry Brown, Auburn City Council

Jean Burnham, Cathlamet City Council

Sue Cameron, Cathlamet City Council

Bob Champion, Mukilteo City Council

C. Brandon Chapman, Pullman City Council

Dow Constantine, King County Executive

Claude DaCorsi, Auburn City Council

Lorena González, Seattle City Council

Larry Gossett, King County Council

Nigel Herbig, Kenmore Deputy Mayor

Jeanne Kohl-Welles, King County Council

Eileen Macoll, Pullman City Council

Carmen Méndez, Yakima City Council

Teresa Mosqueda, Seattle City Council

Pedro Olguin, Burien City Council

Dan Rankin, Darrington Mayor

Christopher Roberts, Shoreline City Council

Paul Roberts, Everett City Council

Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council

Ryan Smith, Cathlamet City Council

Tanya Waller, Cathlamet City Council

Bryan Yambe, Fife City Council


Sen. Andy Billig, 3rd-Spokane

Sen. Steve Conway, 29th-Tacoma

Sen. Manka Dhingra, 45th-Redmond

Sen. Karen Keiser, 33rd-Des Moines

Sen. Sharon Nelson, 34th-Vashon

Sen. Guy Palumbo, 1st-Maltby

Sen. Jamie Pedersen, 43rd-Seattle

Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, 37th-Seattle

Rep. Sherry Appleton, 23rd-Poulsbo

Rep. Eileen Cody, 34th-West Seattle

Rep. Beth Doglio, 20th-Olympia

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, 34th-Seattle

Rep. Roger Goodman, 45th-Kirkland

Rep. Mia Gregerson, 33rd-SeaTac

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, 27th-Tacoma

Rep. Nicole Macri, 43rd-Seattle

Rep. Mike Pellicciotti, 30th-Federal Way

Rep. Gerry Pollet, 46th-Seattle

Rep. Kristine Reeves, 30th-Federal Way

Rep. Cindy Ryu, 32nd-Shoreline

Rep. Mike Sells, 38th-Everett

Rep. Derek Stanford, 1st-Bothell

Rep. Gael Tarleton, 36th-Seattle