Members of the faculty and staff of Peninsula College hold signs on Tuesday at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in downtown Port Angeles to raise awareness of state underfunding of the state’s community and technical colleges. The informational picket was set up to urge state legislators to increase the budget for the college system and its employees. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Members of the faculty and staff of Peninsula College hold signs on Tuesday at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in downtown Port Angeles to raise awareness of state underfunding of the state’s community and technical colleges. The informational picket was set up to urge state legislators to increase the budget for the college system and its employees. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Peninsula College faculty protest part of larger walkout

SEATTLE — The Peninsula College protest at the Conrad Dyar Fountain in Port Angeles on Tuesday was part of a larger action by faculty and students at state community and technical colleges.

The Seattle Times reported that organizers estimated about 1,000 people walked out of classes at the three Seattle College campuses; Shoreline Community College and Peninsula College faculty and students walked out of classes Tuesday, urging the Legislature to invest in their schools.

The walkouts are part of a week of action organized by American Federation of Teachers union chapters in the Puget Sound region geared to getting action from state lawmakers, The Seattle Times said.

Community-college faculty in Washington are paid about 12 percent less than faculty in peer states, according to a study prepared by the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University.

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