OUR MISSION The Washington Food Industry Association is dedicated to promoting and protecting the independent, community-focused grocery industry and its suppliers.
BECOME A MEMBER Membership in the Washington Food Industry Association is open to all industry retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and suppliers in Washington State. JOIN NOW! OUR ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2013 CLICK HERE to Download WFIA's 2012-13 Annual Report!
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WFIA ACHIEVES BIG WIN AT THE POLLS!
In opposing Initiative 517 (the initiative giving more power to signature gatherers) WFIA did something it has never done before -- led a campaign to oppose a ballot initiative. As the lead organization we put together the coalition, ran the campaign office, hired consultants, did the campaign disclosure reports, manned the phone, did research for materials, participated in editorial boards, and our President and CEO Jan Gee served as one of the leading spokespeople. Between our members and our political action committee, we were also one of the leading contributors to the campaign which was able to purchase TV and radio ads in addition to social media activities.
IT WAS A SUCCESS!!!
Thanks to the efforts of WFIA's members and our fantastic coalition of retailers, sports team owners, progressive organizations, and an amazing mix of business groups and unions, Initiative 517 has been defeated at the polls by a vote of 60% NO to 40% YES. We got the message out and voters agreed... our initiative system works well now and we do not need to give signature gatherers the ability to interfere with property rights.