AFSCME President Saunders joins “crusade” against the kind of antics shown by our state Senate Majority Coalition



Saunders

Saunders

Lee Saunders, national president of AFSCME, applauded the Federation and joined its crusade against the kind of budget antics shown by our state Senate Majority Coalition.

It’s part of the national movement against such attacks on the middle class, Saunders told 300 delegates to the Federation’s Policy Committees Saturday (June 8) in Seatac.

“The fight is about what is right and what is wrong and brothers and sisters, make no mistake, we are right and they are wrong,” Saunders told cheering delegates.

Saunders is finishing his first year as president of AFSCME.

Saunders noted the passing of the late state Sen. Mike Carrell, a conservative Republican who championed Federation members at Western State Hospital and Corrections.

saunders60813fSaunders said we’ve got friends like that across the political spectrum, but “whether it’s a Republican or it’s a Democrat, if they take us on, I don’t care who they are, we’ve got to take them on.”

Saunders called for a two-way street with partner coalitions where we support their causes when they support our causes.

“We’ve got to rebuild the American dream…,” he said. “We’ve got to take the lead because that is what AFSCME is.”

The alternative is too bleak to imagine, he said.

“There’s something wrong with this picture when there is a rush to the bottom in this country,” Saunders said.

WFSE/AFSCME President Carol Dotlich presents Saunders with a Parks Centennial poster.

WFSE/AFSCME President Carol Dotlich presents Saunders with a Parks Centennial poster.

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