Political Action

Screenshot of the 2021 PROTEC17 Political Action Committee on a Zoom training

Whether we like it or not, politics plays a huge role in our lives. And especially as public employees, lawmakers at every level make decisions that impact whether our jobs will be funded, our retirement plans will remain solvent, or whether we can take time off to care for a sick loved one.

PROTEC17 members advocate for laws and policies at the city, county and state level that support our members and their families. In addition, we have a political action committee (PAC) that makes endorsements for worker-friendly candidates. The PAC is funded through voluntary donations — NEVER DUES MONEY.

2022 WA State Endorsements

Image of a blue ballot box and a ballot being dropped in.We are excited to share our official endorsements for the 2022 Washington State election–coming up on Tues., Nov. 8! Our amazing member-led Political Action Committee (PAC) took the time to carefully interview dozens of candidates for these endorsement selections. The endorsements are a reflection of PROTEC17 political candidates who have our support due to their commitment to supporting working people and their families.

Interested in participating in the Political Action Committee (PAC)? It’s not too late! Reach out to our Political Director, Brandon Hersey.

Official Endorsements for the 2022 WA State Election:

  • Mari Leavitt – Candidate for 28th Legislative District, State Representative Position 1
  • Karen Keiser – Candidate for 33rd Legislative District, State Senator
  • Joe Nguyen – Candidate for 34th Legislative District, State Senator
  • Julianne Gale – Candidate for 35th Legislative District, State Senator
  • Rebecca Saldaña – Candidate for 37th Legislative District, State Senator
  • Sharon Tomiko Santos – Candidate for 37th Legislative District, State Representative Position 1
  • Emijah Smith – Candidate for 37th Legislative District, State Representative Position 2
  • Gerry Pollet – Candidate for 46th Legislative District, State Representative Position 1
  • Javier Valdez – Candidate for 46th Legislative District, State Senator
  • Shukri Olow – Candidate for 47th Legislative District, State Representative Position 2
  • Leesa Manion – Candidate for King County Prosecutor

Don’t see a race you’re curious about? Check out the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) endorsements here.

Political Action Committee

We are gearing up for the 2022 election season!  Last year, our member-lead Political Action Committee (PAC) interviewing and endorsed dozens of candidates. This unique opportunity allowed PROTEC17 members to share the work we do with political candidates, as well as showed our support to those who are committed to supporting working people and their families. If you are interested in participating on the Political Action Committee (PAC) this summer, please reach out to our Political Director, Brandon Hersey.

PROTEC17 is excited to begin our 2022 candidate endorsement process. If you are a political candidate seeking an endorsement from PROTEC17, please follow the link below to access our candidate questionnaire.

Candidate Questionnaire

Upon completion of the questionnaire, you will be prompted to schedule an endorsement interview with PROTEC17 members and staff. If you are not available on any of the provide dates, please contact our Political Director Brandon Hersey at for assistance. Thank you, we look forward to connecting with you soon.

2022 WA State Legislative Report

Click the link below to find a summary of the legislation that was passed during the 2022 Washington State legislative session that aligned with PROTEC17’s priorities — click on the graphic on the left for more details.

2022 Washington Legislative Report

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Oregon Primary Endorsements – May 2022

In spring 2022, PROTEC17 members interviewed candidates for Portland City Council and Auditor. These interviews were conducted in two rounds — one, as part of the Unions United table which consists of other public employee unions, and the other as a separate panel of PROTEC17 members. After both rounds of interviews, the PROTEC17 interview panel has decided not to issue a formal endorsement in either of the Commissioner races for Seats 2 and 3 (currently occupied by incumbents Jo Ann Hardesty and Dan Ryan). 

For Portland City Auditor, the PROTEC17 panel has chosen to endorse Simone Rede. 

“Simone showed an impressive knowledge of issues and vision for the office of Auditor that aligns with PROTEC17’s core values, and her experience and background gives us confidence that she will be an excellent choice,” said Ian Hackett, Portland Chapter Treasurer and GIS Technician III with the Bureau of Environmental Services, who sat on the interview panel.

Don’t forget to vote! Ballots for the Oregon 2022 primary election must be returned by Tues., May 17.

If you are interested in getting more information about the Oregon candidate endorsement process, please email PROTEC17 Research Director and Oregon Legislative Advocate Elliot Levin.

2022 Oregon Legislative Session

February 1 marked the beginning of the 2022 Oregon Legislative session, which is a short even-year session lasting until March 7. Broad priorities of the legislature this year include the State budget, pandemic response issues, housing services, and education funding. The session also welcomes a new Speaker of the House, Corvallis Representative Dan Rayfield. Representative Rayfield has been an ally to labor through his tenure in the legislature, and PROTEC17 members in Oregon have high hopes for his leadership.

Below are a few of the labor-related bills and issues that we were tracking this session in Oregon:

  • House Bill (HB) 4001 aimed to address essential worker pay for frontline workers during the pandemic. Unfortunately, it failed to make it out of committee on Feb. 7.
  • Senate Bill (SB) 1506 would give local jurisdictions more revenue authority to increase marijuana taxes.
  • SB 1586 stiffens penalties for employers who use non-disclosure agreements to silence workers who have experienced discrimination or harassment. PROTEC17 joined other labor unions in 2019 passing the landmark Workplace Fairness Act, and SB 1586 will strengthen the protections in that bill. 
  • HB 4002 would provide overtime protections to farmworkers in Oregon. While this bill gathered strong support in 2021 it did not ultimately receive a final vote. We hope to see Oregon joining Washington and California in providing this critical benefit to these vital workers.

While Federal infrastructure funding disbursements are currently being discussed in the Oregon Transportation Commission rather than the legislature, PROTEC17 will be monitoring legislative conversations on the subject in order to assure that appropriate funding reaches local transportation agencies including the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), and that State projects within the Portland metro area adequately compensate PBOT to mitigate impacts.

If you are interested in getting more information about these or any other Oregon legislative subjects, please email PROTEC17 Research Director and Oregon Legislative Advocate Elliot Levin.

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