Conservative Caucus

Council 28 Conservative Caucus members work to strengthen the voice and contributions of conservative members.

The Conservative Caucus was created by the union’s Executive Board as part of the council’s successful legislative and political action program. It aims to include the views of members who identify themselves as a conservative.

The Conservative Caucus brings WFSE/AFSCME’s values on fair pay, contracting out, and budgeting, to conservative politicians and policymakers.



  • Develop an ongoing and meaningful network by which the conservative voice becomes included.
  • Build a unified entity, contributing to all parts of the WFSE political process.
  • Strengthen the union by increasing conservative participation and diversity, committing conservative members to working effectively within the union’s rules, processes and structure.



“To maximize the power of the union we must recognize and validate the diverse viewpoints of all our members and call them to action.

“At WFSE/AFSCME, the Conservative Caucus serves not only the interests of the caucus members, but adds to the direction of the union as a whole.”

Carol Dotlich, WFSE/AFSCME President

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“We formed the Conservative Caucus to give conservatives a voice in the 
Washington Federation of State Employees, WFSE/AFSCME Council 28.

“Our voice strengthens WFSE’s political power.

“Our caucus is remarkably successful.  We are a sub-committee of the Council’s Legislative and Political Action Committee.  Our focus is primarily on ‘lunch box’ issues and we encourage our union brothers and sister to do so also.  We find common ground in the values we all share:  better wages, benefits, and working conditions.

“The caucus was initially organized to participate in the political process.

“We help select the candidates our Council endorses, then work to support these candidates through the election cycle.  Once in office, we help lobby them about our issues.

“With a voice in the political process, we believe the Council now chooses to endorse politicians that have proven values regarding labor issues, and not simply by party affiliation.

“In the five years since we first formed the caucus, conservative members have become more  involved in Council activities and participate at all levels of leadership.”

Tim Hughes, Conservative Caucus Chair

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Contact LPA about Council 28 Conservative Caucus at 800-562-6002 for more information or use the form below.

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