After dealing with years of favoritism, retaliation, and arbitrary staffing changes, the legal assistants, legal interviewers, and victim advocates at the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office have come together to form a union. To Laura Devereaux, who has been a legal assistant there for 24 years, it’s a moment that was a long time coming. Throughout her career, Laura has pushed to organize. She comes from a family with a history of union activism and always thought that the need to organize was self-evident. “I always say, ‘We have to pay for insurance for our homes, and yet we have nothing that protects our jobs. It doesn’t make sense.’” But the last time she seriously pushed to organize a union ten years ago, and in conversations with her co-workers before that, Laura always hit the same wall; people were interested and thought it was a good idea to organize, but were afraid to get involved. “After so many years, I just put it in my back pocket and figured it would never happen.”

AFSCME praised today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that extends protections under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to millions of LGBTQ workers.

Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is calling for a statewide day of action in support of all Black lives in Washington State on Friday, June 12th.