Union Helps Member Who Lost Home to Brush Fire

For 36 years, while working for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services as an administrative hearings coordinator, AFSCME Local 862 (Council 28) activist Karen Mork advocated for people who needed food, financial help and medical assistance.

Then, just three months after retiring, she lost her home in a brush fire and found herself in need of help. Her union, AFSCME Council 28, was there when she needed it.

“Without my union,” Mork said, “I would be alone. My community has really come together.”

Her troubles began while driving to her home near the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area on August 22. Mork saw a brush fire approaching. As the daughter of a volunteer firefighter, she knew she had to act quickly. First she alerted her neighbors. Then she set a sprinkler around her house, which arriving firefighters could use to prevent the fire from spreading.

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