Unions protest ahead of governor’s budget

By Diana Lasko, heraldstandard.com

Local union chapters staged a small rally Monday, calling on the governor to put education first.

“We stand together urging our lawmakers to pass a fair state budget that prioritizes and sustainably funds education,” said Sam Williamson, assistant director, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32 BJ.

About 20 people attended the protest, organized by SEIU and held at Ben Franklin School in the Uniontown Area School District. Those in attendance included service and support staff from Albert Gallatin, Brownsville, Laurel Highlands and Uniontown school districts who are members of the SEIU as well as representatives from the United Food Workers Union (UFWU), which represents state liquor store employees. Also attending were staff members representing state legislative leaders Tim Mahoney, D-South Union Township; Deberah Kula, D-North Union Township; and Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson.


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