"I am thrilled that there was such a strong turnout for the election, and we have come together to form our union," says Will Brucher, co-chair of the organizing committee. "I am looking forward to building a strong union that is focused on student and institutional success. It will be exciting to work with the administration to overcome any challenges."
Says AFT Washington President Karen Strickland, "This vote is testament to the fact that working people, including professionals, recognize the best route to having a voice at work and working conditions that work for them and students is a show of collective action and solidarity."
The state Legislature passed a collective bargaining law in 2007 to allow exempt administrative staff to form unions. In addition to Seattle Community Colleges, exempt staff have formed unions at Clover Park Technical College, Everett Community College and Yakima Valley College.
[AFT Washington press release]
March 14, 2014