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Invest in Washington state’s public service workers

Urge Gov. Inslee to reward their dedicated service, sacrifice amid pandemic with 2022 raise


OLYMPIA (July 28, 2021) — Washington’s public employees continue persevering to get our state through the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve taken furloughs and made other short-term sacrifices during the initial budget crisis. Many who have public-facing jobs continue to take significant personal risks in order to maintain essential services.

Now, they should be compensated.

Those short-term sacrifices have paid off for the State of Washington. As our state’s economic forecast has dramatically changed for the better, Washington state government needs to ensure that we are on track to support public services and public employees.

TAKE A STAND — The Washington State Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 is urging all to send Governor Jay Inslee a message in support of across-the-board pay raises for state employees in 2022. If you are a state employee, share a personal story about working during the pandemic. If you are not, share a personal story about your appreciation for the essential public services we count on every day, but especially during the pandemic.

More than 5,000 have emailed the governor to share their stories and ask for this across-the-board pay raise in 2022. Make sure you add your name to the effort. Thank you.

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!