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AFSCME  Members to Question Presidential Candidates at Forum

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LAS VEGAS – On Aug. 3, AFSCME will host the 2020 Public Service Forum, where presidential candidates will answer questions from AFSCME public service workers as well as from HuffPost Washington Bureau Chief Amanda Terkel and The Nevada Independent Editor Jon Ralston.

At least 19 presidential candidates are expected, including Sen. Michael Bennet, former Vice President Joseph Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Gov. Steve Bullock, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kamala Harris, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Seth Moulton, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Tim Ryan, Sen. Bernie Sanders, business leader and philanthropist Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and author Marianne Williamson.

The daylong event, which will be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will be livestreamed by HuffPost and at publicserviceforum.com. The 2020 Public Service Forum comes on the heels of the second Democratic primary debate, which will be held July 30-31. Read HuffPost’s story on the Public Service Forum here.

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America’s public service workers will make their voices heard in this election. As they dedicate their lives to making our communities stronger, safer and healthier, they have a unique perspective into solving the problems Americans face every day.

Whether they’re responding to emergency calls, driving our children to school, caring for our most vulnerable, keeping our streets clean, or doing any of the hundreds of jobs AFSCME members perform every day, people in public service deserve respect for their work and to have a voice on the job.

“Public service workers dedicate their lives to empowering their communities. And when they come together in a union, they win a voice on the job that lifts up their families and makes their communities even stronger,” AFSCME President Lee Saunders said.

“In this forum, AFSCME members want to hear candidates discuss their specific plans to invest in public services and to give working people a seat at the table by making it easier to join a union,” Saunders added. “Candidates should lay out a vision for unrigging the rules of our economy and restoring power to working people.”