Respect Rallies for Public Employees This Saturday

WNS | April 16, 2015 | Chris Thomas, Producer

OLYMPIA, Wash. - They teach kids, fix roads, care for the elderly and more. On Saturday, state workers are holding a half-dozen rallies in Washington communities to call attention to their jobs, in a campaign called Public Service Matters.

This weekend, state employees are asking their fellow Washingtonians to consider the value of the "service" in public service. They'll rally in six cities, from Centralia to Medical Lake, to make the points that their jobs matter and their contracts should be taken seriously by state lawmakers.

Recently, Senate Republicans have suggested trimming the state budget by renegotiating contracts that were finalized last fall. [see more]


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