15 presidential candidates to speak at public service workers forum

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Association of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees at a legislative hearing in April. A slate of presidential candidates will speak to AFSCME's members in August. (AFSCME photo.)
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Association of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees at
a legislative hearing in April. A slate of presidential candidates will speak to AFSCME’s members in August. (AFSCME photo.)

At least 15 presidential candidates are expected to outline proposals and talk about how their plans could impact public service workers at an Aug. 3 event put on by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). 

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, Hawaii’s U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, California philanthropist Tom Steyer, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and author Marianne Williamson are among the 24 candidates planning to attend.

“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,” said Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME. “Candidates should lay out a vision for unrigging the rules of our economy and restoring power to working people.” 

AFSCME has launched a website for the event, which will include a live stream of the event.

The upcoming forum will be the second time a group of candidates meet in Southern Nevada to speak with union members to discuss policy positions.

In an April forum hosted by SEIU and the Center for American Progress, Castro, Harris, Colorado’s former Gov. John Hickenlooper, Klobuchar and O’Rourke spoke about their positions on unions and talked about their plans to address low wages among many workers.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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