AFSCME pickets WA commissioner who wants to eliminate janitor jobs

By Glen Morgan | Freedom Foundation

Chants of, “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Valenzuela’s got to go,” could be heard several blocks away in Olympia Monday evening as union members picketed the re-election kickoff of Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela.

Valenzuela drew the wrath of the public-sector union when she voted to eliminate a handful of janitorial positions represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – a move expected to produce minor savings for taxpayers in response to county budget shortfalls of about $6 million.

The problem, as AFSCME sees it, is that the jobs are simply a drop in the bucket compared to the $6 million budget gap the county is attempting to close.

at Freedom Foundation.

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