For Immediate Release

Working People Win Big in Virginia and Kentucky

AFSCME President Lee Saunders calls elections in VA and KY a major rejection of the politics of division and an embrace of an agenda that gives working people a seat at the table.

WASHINGTON - AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued this statement following election results in Virginia and Kentucky:

“Virginians have elected the most worker-friendly state legislature in at least 25 years and Andy Beshear’s victory in Kentucky is an unmistakable rejection of a brand of politics – one of division and one that favors the wealthy and well-connected over hardworking people. In both states, voters have cast their ballots for an agenda that puts working families first and gives Virginians and Kentuckians greater freedom to have a seat at the table and strengthen their communities.

“These wins are further evidence of growing grassroots and political momentum in favor of working people. With a powerful wind at our backs, we will continue this momentum by working with these newly elected champions of working people to raise wages and expand access to public services that make our communities stronger.”
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AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union. AFSCME’s 1.4 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. We are nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, EMTs, sanitation workers and more. With working members in hundreds of different occupations and retirees across the country, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

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