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Contact: Nick Voutsinos

ICYMI: Following a summer of activism, AFSCME boosts public service hiring through 'Staff the Front Lines' bus tour

The Staff the Front Lines bus made stops in 17 cities and turned out more than 2,000 job seekers looking to begin a career in public service

Closing a summer of activism, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ Staff the Front Lines bus tour made its last stop in Baltimore earlier this month. Six governors, 12 mayors and countless state, city and county employers joined the bus tour to raise awareness about the hundreds of thousands of public service job openings. They also sat down with AFSCME members for listening sessions to find solutions and discuss how to better recruit and retain the essential workers needed to keep our communities running.
In Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, New York City, Providence, Hartford and Baltimore, state and local leaders also partnered with AFSCME to hold job fairs, which attracted more than 2,000 job seekers.
Later this fall, AFSCME will release a policy guide for state and local officials with recommendations on how to tackle the staffing crisis in public services, which will include learnings from the listening sessions. The union has also begun work on a national Job Training and Development Center to build a sustainable talent pipeline into public service and address structural barriers to entry and advancement.
The bus made stops in New York, Michigan, Minnesota, California, Arizona, New Mexico, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maryland.
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