OLYMPIA — Washington’s state employees are our hard-working friends and neighbors who keep our communities safe, care for the elderly and disabled, protect our children, maintain our roads and transportation system, instruct and serve students at state universities and colleges, and provide other essential public services. And right now, they need our support.
State legislators in Olympia are negotiating a biennial 2017-19 budget that will either value our public employees and the work they do — or won’t.
On Wednesday, April 19, public employees across Washington state are stepping out to Stand Up for Washington to send a powerful message to state lawmakers: fund public services, the safety net and public employee contracts. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO urges all union members and community supporters of quality state services and the people who provide them to participate in these events and show their support!
TAKE A STAND! — Use this statewide event map to RSVP for a Stand Up for Washington event in your area. Enter your zip code to find an event near you. If you don’t find an event, email email@example.com to learn how an event can be added. Also, see the instructions below on sharing your support for state employees on social media.
The following is background information from the Washington Federation of State Employees, Council 28 about the competing budgets in Olympia:
Which budget plan will prevail? Will it be the Senate Republican plan that rejects state employees’ raises, increases health costs, cuts services and employees? Or will it be the House Democratic plan that funds these contracts, holds the line on health costs, makes revenue changes and boosts many other areas?
Here’s a quick comparison showing the stark differences:
House Democratic budget (ESSB 5048):
Senate Republican version (SB 5048):
It doesn’t have to be this way. On April 19, step out and Stand Up for Washington! Use the Statewide event map to RSVP for an event at your worksite in your area. Participants will urge lawmakers to support the House Democratic budget (ESSB 5048).
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