Small businesses across the state are showing their support for DOC correctional employees.
In Walla Walla, 32 businesses have signed a letter saying that they stand with correctional employees who are trying to get their contract funded. The businesses are also displaying window clings in their store fronts that say: "WA State Correctional Employees: You Protect Us. We Support You."
Small business are rallying behind correctional employees because they understand the important role the men and women of corrections play in protecting our communities.
They also understand that funding the corrections' contract will pump $527 million into our state’s economy. This money helps small businesses in local communities across the state thrive.
This Thursday, April 30, a full-page ad will appear in the Walla Walla Union Bulletin with a complete list of the businesses in the area that are supporting our correctional employees.
The ad will feature Correctional Officer Adam Westerber and Registered Nurse Kathe Jackson of the Washington State Penitentiary standing alongside the owners of Smith's Family Restaurant in Walla Walla.
A similar ad featuring Local 117 members at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center appeared in the Peninsula Daily News just a few weeks ago.
Be sure to share these ads with your co-workers and cater to the businesses that are listed in the newspaper. They support us in our effort to fund our contract; let's support them!