AFSCME Backs Bullock: “Steve Will Create Jobs and Stand Up for Workers”

1,800 State, County and Municipal Employees Endorse Bullock for Governor

HELENA – The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 9 – and their 59 locals and 1,800 members in Montana along with AFSCME International which represents 1.6 million workers – announced their endorsement and strong support of Steve Bullock’s campaign to be Montana’s next governor.

“Working Montanans need to have a Governor that will stand up and fight for them, create jobs and keep Montana moving in the right direction – Steve Bullock’s that guy,” AFSCME Executive Director Timm Twardoski said.  “Steve not only understands the issues important to the middle class, he’s been a champion for them.”

Bullock will fight cuts to education, job training, Medicaid and Medicare, Twardoski added.

Bullock worked with AFSCME in 2006 when he led the effort to raise Montana’s minimum wage – a campaign that led to 20,000 of Montana’s lowest paid workers to get a $1/hour raise.

Fran Schweigert, an equipment operator from Laurel, said Bullock has stood with workers and will continue to fight for the middle class as Governor.

“Steve shares my values and a has a vision for the future of our state.  As governor, he’ll make sure that the next generation can get a world-class education, a good paying job and be able to raise their kids here, too,” Schweigert said.

AFSCME Locals include Roosevelt County Employees, Wolf Point Hwy. Maintenance, Missoula Highway Maintenance, Billings Highway Maintenance, Miles City Highway Maintenance, Kalispell City, Miles City City Employees, Miles City Law Enforcement Officers, Laurel Police Department, Laurel City Employees, Havre Public Works, Community Hospital LPN’s, Agricultural Experiment Station, Kalispell Highway Maintenance, Granite County Sheriff’s Department, Glendive Highway Maintenance, Glendive City Employees, Glendive Police, MDC Boulder,  Lewistown Highway Maintenance, MCDC Butte, Bozeman Highway Maintenance, Libby School District #4, Havre Highway Maintenance, Dawson County Corrections, Public Defenders Investigators and Staff, Montana State University – Northern, Livingston City, Lake County Detention, Helena School District #1, Anaconda Janitresses, Kalispell School District #5, Whitefish City, Lake County Sheriff Deputies, Lake County 911, Libby City, Flathead 911, Gallatin County Dispatch, Missoula 911, Lake County Solid Waste, Mineral Community Hospital, Flathead County Sheriff Detention, Montana Office of Public Defenders Attorneys, Carbon County, Flathead County Sheriff Deputies Sworn, Missoula County Juvenile Detention, Missoula County Detention Support Staff, Lake County Road and Bridge, Stillwater County, Anaconda LPN’s, Red Lodge Police, Red Lodge Public Works, Troy Area Dispatch and Lake County Courthouse Employees.

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