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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

As California Fires Rage, AFSCME Members Fight to Protect Their Communities


AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued the following statement in solidarity with the California communities and AFSCME public service workers who are braving raging fires and personal loss while protecting their communities:

“As the fires raging in California continue to wreak devastation throughout the state, AFSCME members across the country are sending their thoughts, prayers and support to the people of California. We mourn the tragic loss of life and property, and we stand in solidarity with the affected communities and families.

“And we stand firmly with the first responders – including firefighters and the thousands of AFSCME EMS workers, 911 Dispatchers, front-line public service workers as well as those behind the scenes – who are working around the clock under unimaginable circumstances to protect their communities.

“Some of these brave public service workers have also lost their own homes in the fires, their lives changed forever by this unthinkable tragedy. But they show up for work each day and continue to fight on. Because to them, public service isn’t just a job, it’s a calling.”

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