Washington DC – AFSCME has launched a comprehensive media campaign titled: FUND THE FRONT LINES.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is airing a pair of TV, radio and social media commercials urging Congress to provide funding to help states and cities avoid furloughing nurses, first responders and others municipal workers. Titled “Front-Line Fighters” and “Public Service Army,” the two 30 second spots are running in several states and Washington DC.
Part of the commercial states that “We can face this pandemic head on. We can do what it takes to protect our families and our communities. Together, we can get our economy moving again. But not without the tools and resources we need to get the job done. To win this fight, it is going to take a public service army. Don’t let Congress fire the front-line workers who can save us.”
The commercials stress front-line workers as heroes and show some of them expressing their deep concerns regarding projected budget cuts that states and cities face due to the coronavirus crisis.
“Front-line health care workers, corrections officers, home and child care providers, sanitation workers, and other public service workers put their lives on the line every day to save ours. America refuses to thank them with pink slips. Public service workers and the services they provide are essential to beating this pandemic and opening the economy,” said AFSCME President Lee Saunders in a news release.