UNION RALLY AT STATE CAPITOL TO FEATURE STATE EMPLOYEES LIFE-SAVING WORK THREATENED BY BUDGET CUTS
Legislators To Join State Employees Calling on Governor to “Let Us Vote”
State Employees and supporters will rally at the State Capitol and call on the Governor to “Let us Vote” for a formal union with the ability to meet and confer with management to improve the quality of state services, reduce costs, and improve agency efficiencies.
WHAT: A rally on the house lawn of the State Capitol will highlight testimony from state employees and legislators. After the rally state workers with the Arizona State Employee Association – CWA will break into groups and lobby their legislators.
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, Monday, March 23, 2009
WHERE: State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington
WHO: State Employees affected by budget cuts, furloughs, layoffs and elimination of state childcare. Supportive legislators including Rep Steve Farley and Sen. Linda Gray.
WHY: “Governor Brewer is making broad cuts without knowing the grave consequences” said Stephanie Seigla of the Arizona State Hospital. “As a state employee of 4-years I see ways the state wastes money, and we should have a say in eliminating that waste. It’s time for Governor Brewer to let us vote and for us to meet and confer on these important issues.” Governor Napolitano first granted meet and confer to workers at the Department of Corrections. It was so successful that she extended it to all cabinet-level agencies via executive order, recognizing that those at the front line should be empowered to have a say in decision-making. Now Governor Brewer should honor this executive order and let employees vote whether or not they want a union in their workplace.
Political junkies should make a it a day at the lege - sometime in the early afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a
The Committee is scheduled to meet "upon adjournment of the floor" (aka - when the Senate gets done with it normal daily agenda - pledge, prayer, personal privilege, and partisan lectures" in Senate Hearing Room 1.
Phoenix New Times coverage here.