April 18, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State employees 'Stand up for Washington' Wednesday over public services, contracts; Inslee speaking at Capitol
CONTACT: Tim Welch, Director of Public Affairs, 1-800-562-6002; cell (360) 481-5092
Support public services, state employees at "Stand Up for Washington" events Wednesday
In the largest coordinated job action since their successful "Unity Breaks" two years ago, thousands of state employees and their supporters will "Stand Up for Washington" at more than 150 worksites around the state tomorrow (Wednesday, April 19) to call on the Legislature to get the job done funding public services, the safety net and the negotiated state employee contracts.
Governor Jay Inslee will speak shortly after noon at Capitol Campus East Plaza (across Capitol Way from the Tivoli fountain). The program will be streamed live beginning at noon at https://www.facebook.com/wfsec28.
The Legislature's regular session ends Sunday, but the House and Senate are far apart on the budget. The House would find the revenue to fund education, public services and modest raises for state employees that help address the recruitment and retention crisis in state hiring. The Senate rejects negotiated state employee raises and puts the safety net in doubt.
StandUp for Washington events are coordinated by the 40,000 member Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME.
Major Stand Up for Washington sites will be:
Bellingham: Labor Temple April 19, 2017?12:00 PM 1700 North State St Bellingham 98225 Bellingham, WA 98225
Cheney: Eastern Washington University April 19, 2017?12:00 PM Campus P3 Parking Lot - Union Trailer 526 5 Street, Cheney, WA 99004
Everett: Everett Community College and DSHS April 19, 2017?12:00 PM Broadway & Tower 840 N Broadway, Everett, WA 98201
Kennewick: DSHS April 19, 2017?11:30 AM ? 1:30 p.m. Corner of Edison & Canal 1120 N Edison Street, Kennewick, WA 99336
Kent: DSHS April 19, 2017?12:00 PM On Sidewalk facing Meeker Street 1313 W. Meeker Street, Kent, WA 98032
Lacey: Department of Ecology April 19, 2017?12:00 PM 300 Desmond Drive SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Lynnwood: DSHS April 19, 2017?12:00 PM DSHS Lynnwood 20816 44th Ave West, Lynnwood, WA 98036
Medical Lake: Eastern State Hospital April 19, 2017?11 A.M. Medical Lake, WA
Olympia: East Capitol Plaza April 19, 2017?12:00 PM 1112 Washington Street SE, Olympia, WA 98504
Seattle: University of Washington April 19, 2017?10:45 AM ? 1 P.M. University of Washington Red Square, Seattle, WA 98105
Tacoma: Centennial Building April 19, 2017?12:00 PM DSHS Multi-Div? 1920 State Street, Tacoma, WA 98405
Tumwater: ? Labor and Industries Building Rotunda April 19, 2017?12:00 PM Rotunda? 7273 Linderson Way, Tumwater, WA 98501 ? Near Mark Twain statue April 19, 2017?12:00 PM 6880 Capital Blvd, Tumwater, WA 98501
Vancouver: ? DSHS/DVR April 19, 2017?12:00 PM 9th & 136th St.? 800 NE 136th St. Vancouver, WA 98684 ? Harney Street complex (State Patrol Crime Lab, Children?s, others) April 19, 2017?12:00 PM South Parking Lot 907 Harney Street, Vancouver, WA 98666
Yakima: DSHS April 19, 2017?11:30 AM 1002 N 16th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902
Most Unity Breaks will start at noon at more than 150 sites in cities and towns with major events listed below. All events are listed online here.