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Public Service Matters events across state Saturday, April 18

public-service-mattersOur state values the quality public services we all rely on, and the people who proudly provide them. State employees are our friends, neighbors, customers, and family members who keep our communities safe, care for the elderly and disabled, teach and protect our children, maintain our roads and transportation system, and provide other essential services.

A minority of state senators is making the wrong choice by blocking funding for state employees. The governor, the House of Representatives, and a clear bipartisan majority of senators (29 out of 49) all support fully funding state employee contracts. But a minority of senators is blocking it. Even worse, they have proposed cutting 20,000 state employees’ spouses off of their health coverage.

That’s why unions representing public employees across Washington state are coordinating Public Service Matters events on Saturday, April 18 in locations across the state. These events in six cities will focus on the value of the work that state employees do and the positive economic impact that public employees and their families have in their communities. Follow the action: #PublicServiceMatters.

TAKE A STAND! All union members and community supporters are urged to attend the following to attend the following Public Service Matters events this Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to noon. Make sure you click on the city to RSVP and get email updates.

CENTRALIA — George Washington Park (Centralia Timberland Library) 110 S Silver St & Pearl, Centralia WA 98531

FEDERAL WAY — Poverty Bay Cafe & Coffee Company, 1108 S. 322nd Pl.

MEDICAL LAKE/CHENEY — Denny’s Harvest Foods, 215 E. State Road 902

MONROE — Old City Hall, 207 E. Main St.

SHELTON — Shelton City Hall, 525 W. Cota St.

STEILACOOM — Fort Steilacoom Park (across from Western State Hospital) 8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood

YELM — Yelm Middle School, 402 W. Yelm Ave.

TAKE AN ELECTRONIC STAND!  We’re using Thunderclap (a social media engagement tool) to promote the #PublicServiceMatters events on Saturday. That means YOU can help us spread the word far and wide.  Click here to go to our Thunderclap event page. By registering, you’ll allow us to post a message on your Facebook and/or Twitter pages, and simultaneously on many others’, maximizing our reach and amplifying our message.

CHECK OUT THE UNION DIFFERENCE in Washington: higher wages, affordable health and dental care, job and retirement security.

FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN TOGETHER with your co-workers to negotiate for better wages, benefits, and a voice at work. Or go ahead and contact a union organizer today!