Our Bargaining Team Elections
Updated On: Nov 28, 2021

Nominations to the Bargaining Team open in summer of odd years.

Members can nominate themselves or their colleagues in accordance with the Bargaining Team Structure.

Bargaining Team elections are conducted by AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) in the fall of odd years. Vacancies are filled by appointment of the AFSCME Council 28 President.

Due to the huge time commitment, Bargaining Team members may request time loss as well as reimbursement for their travel expenses.

Candidates may run for only one Election Group.

Ties will be decided by run off. 

Bargaining Team Structure

Union members in good standing may elect up to eleven (11) interpreters to their bargaining team based on the following allocation and election groups:

Election Group Number

Bargaining Team Positions

Election Group Candidate Eligibility

Group 1


All interpreters in Clark and Skamania counties.

Group 2


All interpreters in Clallam, Cowlitz, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties.

Group 3


All interpreters in Pierce county.

Group 4


All interpreters in King county.   

Group 5


All interpreters in Snohomish, Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom counties.

Group 6


All interpreters in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima counties. 

Group 7


All Interpreters in Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Orielle, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman counties.

Group 8


All Interpreters in Adams, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, and Walla Walla counties 

Group 9


All Interpreters in the bargaining unit whose primary working language is not Spanish or Russian.

Election Groups 1-8:  

Candidates for bargaining team positions in Election Groups 1-8 will be nominated and elected by WFSE members in the LAP bargaining unit who reside in the counties specified for each Election Group. The Interpreter’s primary residential address shall be used to determine which Election Group an Interpreter belongs to. Only in cases where the Interpreter does not have a primary address shall post office mailing boxes be used for the basis of determining Election Group membership.  If an eligible Interpreter lives outside of the State of Washington, they shall be considered part of the Election Group with the county geographically nearest to their primary residence address.

Election Group 9:  

Candidates for bargaining team positions in Election Group 9 will be nominated and elected by all WFSE members in the LAP bargaining unit.  To be eligible to be nominated and run for a position in election group 9, the candidate’s primary working language cannot be Spanish or Russian.  

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