WPEA Endorsements Your WPEA Political Committee has been interviewing candidates for office this year, and are proud to announce our first round of candidate endorsements: 18th LD: John Zingale - https://www.electjohnzingale.com/ John Zingale is a history teacher and member of the Vancouver Education Association. He is running for the open seat in the Vancouver suburbs. “I have spent most of my adult life in a union, from when I first started bagging groceries and collecting shopping carts, until I reached upper management in the grocery retail industry. Even then, I worked to ensure our union contracts were being fulfilled and kept grievances/issues of my employees to as close to zero as possible. I know the value of working with our union employees. Now as a public school teacher, and current building representative, I know what it means, and takes, to have a strong union. I have been on strike with my fellow teachers for better wages and working conditions as well, and know first hand why and how unions can lift up the employees, their families, and their communities.” 22nd LD: Beth Doglio - https://www.bethdoglio.com/ Beth Doglio is a former legislator who left to run for Congress in 2020. She’s running for the open seat in urban Thuston County. “When I was in the legislature, I supported protecting employee information from public disclosure. Yes, there needs to be transparency in government, but not at the expense of the safety and privacy of our public employees. Additionally, as we all know, the requests were made by the Freedom Foundation in an attempt to intimidate our workers (not to mention they want to privatize public jobs, cut state employees' pay, benefits, and retirement). I won't stand for this.” 28th LD: Dan Bronoske - https://www.danbronoske.com/ Dan Bronoske is a firefighter and legislator from the Lakewood area, running for re-election. He serves as the chair of the Working Families Caucus in the legislature. “The main function of government is to provide services that allow for us to maintain a civilized society: running water, power, sanitation, life safety, law enforcement, the military, etc. There are some that have the opinion that transferring public work to the private sector would “increase efficiency” and provide the same level of service at a cheaper cost. The reality is that this is used by unscrupulous employers to cut labor costs by replacing the current workforce or busting unions and hiring less costly personnel to take their place. This transfers wealth from the workforce to the shareholders and CEOs, and in many cases the cost for service increases while the quality of work goes down.” 35th LD: James DeHart - https://www.dehartforlegislature.com/ James DeHart is a public employee running for the House of Representatives from the 35th, which stretches from rural Thurston County to western Kitsap County. “Here in the 35th LD, we desperately need to update our infrastructure, especially roads, bridges, and broadband. All three can bring good paying jobs to the people of the 35th. We also need to bring in new green energy jobs and sustainable forestry jobs. Our wonderful friends and neighbors deserve every opportunity to not only have good paying jobs but to also improve the community around them by having peace of mind with updated and sustainable infrastructure.” You can also check out the Washington State Labor Council’s full list of endorsements.
Volunteer to inform your fellow union members which candidates have earned labor's endorsement for the 2022 Elections — and why.
Labor Neighbor, the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots member-to-member political action program, engages union members to inform fellow union members and their families about the candidates and ballot measures that have earned labor’s endorsement — and why they earned it. UNION VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for neighborhood walks, phone banks, and other Labor Neighbor efforts. Even if you live outside the targeted districts, you can help in that area and/or phone banks. Will you help us elect pro-labor candidates this year? Fill out the Labor Neighbor Volunteer Form and folks will work with you to find the best opportunity for you to help. For more information or to RSVP, email Cherika Carter, WSLC Political and Strategic Campaigns Director.