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WEA members kick off 2018 legislative session with Day of Unity in Olympia

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United!The 2018 Legislature begins Monday, Jan. 8, and WEA members are wasting no time getting involved and advocating for our students and schools.

On Wednesday, WEA councils are sending teams of members to the Capitol in Olympia for WEA’s Day of Unity. Each team will be delivering WEA’s Unity Agenda to legislators, explaining our legislative goals and asking lawmakers to support our education priorities.

The Day of Unity and the Unity Agenda are intended to send a message: While right-wing, anti-worker political groups might be attacking our union rights and trying to diminish our influence, WEA members remain united in fighting for quality public education and the needs of our students.

“WEA's ‘Unity’ concept stands out to me because it drives home the idea that we are all in this together. Whether we are conservative or liberal, from eastern Washington or western Washington, retired or still teaching, current or future teachers, higher ed or K-12 -- what makes us strong is being unified in our desire for a better education for our students and our commitment to our profession,” says Jeremy Pitts, a teacher and president of the Moses Lake Education Association. “By standing together, it will be our united front keeping us strong.”

Even if you can’t join your WEA colleagues in Olympia this week, here are other actions you can take to show your unity and support for our legislative goals:

  • Wear red to school on Wednesday and post pix on social media with #waleg and #waedu.
  • Email your legislators and urge them to support Gov. Inslee’s K-12 supplemental budget.
  • Leave a message for your legislators on the Legislative Hotline, 800-562-6000.
  • Text OURVOICE to 41411 to get regular WEA legislative update texts

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