AFSCME in the News
State workers rally with hopes of getting back to bargaining table
Don O'Brien, Belleville News-Democrat
AFSCME members held a Day of Action throughout the state. The day included demonstrations, speak-outs, rallies and pickets at more than 120 worksites throughout the state.
Merced County, CA makes offers to homecare workers
Ramona Gawargis, Merced Sun-Star
Home-care workers of Merced County got their wish after more than a year of contract negotiations – but the offer was rejected because it wasn’t a fair deal.
Nuns Rally w/ Labor on Capitol Hill, Visit Oval Office
Mel Fabrikant, Paramus Post
...“Nuns on the Bus” gathered with prominent labor leaders and immigration activists at the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to pass commonsense immigration reform in 2013.
Hundreds March on Mayday in San Diego.
Nadin Abbott, Democratic Underground
..... At the end, Laura Reyes, General Secretary of the United Domestic Workers International and leader of AFSCME took to the stage.
Reid headlines Las Vegas immigration rally
People waving American flags, honking hand-held horns and chanting “Si se puede” — Spanish for “Yes, we can” — flooded Las Vegas to rally for comprehensive immigration reform, joining similar demonstrations that took place in cities around the country.
45 years after Martin Luther King shot, "50 days of nonviolence"
David Beasley, Reuters
...Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees labor union, which organized the 1968 sanitation strike in Memphis, plan a march from the local union office to the museum.
Mayor Wharton Responds To Sanitation Criticism
Stephanie Scurlock, WREG Memphis
The president of AFSCME tells News Channel 3, he feels the fight to keep Dr. King’s dream alive is being drowned out by those at city hall on the eve of the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s death.
Progressive Groups Revive King’s Message on Anniversary of Mountaintop Speech
Natasha Chen, WREG Memphis
On the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech at Mason Temple, labor unions and community leaders gathered at the same spot to revive his message.
Public-Sector Workers Rally Against Sequestration
Eric Katz, GovExec.com
…“We’re here to stand up for public services that have been cut to the bone,” said AFSCME president Lee Saunders. “Not just here in Washington, D.C., but across this country. We’re here because somebody’s got to stand up for what’s right.”
Union leaders denounce sequestration at DC rally: ‘They want to see us bleed’
Kevin Bogardus, The Hill
…. “That top one and two percent want more power. They want more wealth and at the expense of all of us. And today we stand and we are making a line in the sand and we say ‘Hell no!’ ” said Lee Saunders, AFSCME’s president.
Union President on Labor and Black History
Jenée Desmond-Harris, The Root
On the 45th anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Strike, we spoke to Lee Saunders, AFSCME's first black leader.
AFSCME President Slams Pat Quinn, Michael Nutter As 'Turncoats' Who Must 'Pay'
Sam Stein, Huffington Post
One of the top labor leaders in the country ripped into two prominent Democratic lawmakers Monday morning, calling them "turncoats" and unfavorably comparing them to high-profile anti-union Republicans.
theGrio’s 100: Lee Saunders, organizing America’s largest union
Lee Saunders is the first black president of AFSCME. … Saunders made history as the first African-American president of the nation’s largest public employee union. And 2012 was a critical year for labor,..
New ad hits GOP over tax cuts
Ashley Killough, CNN PoliticalTicker
Americans United for Change teamed up with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees labor union to release a new television ad Monday, attacking Republicans for opposing tax increases on the very wealthy.
Newsmakers with Lee Saunders
AFSCME’s president discusses his plans for the union, the upcoming presidential election and related issues.
Economic Pressures On Local Governments
Diane Rehm Show, NPR
Kerry Korpi discusses economic pressures on local governments and the push to privatize public services.
Calls for Action at King Vigil
Speakers reflected on the legacy of King, also stressed the need to reaffirm and commit to justice and peace.
Liberal Union Joins Attack on Romney in Florida
The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is running a TV ad in Florida slamming Mitt Romney for profiting personally from a company later convicted of Medicare fraud while he was a director.
Liberal groups join in Fla. ad war against Mitt Romney
Dan Eggen, Washington Post
Several liberal groups are funding new ad campaigns in the Sunshine State targeting the vulnerable GOP presidential candidate.
AFSCME Launches 'Political Match Game', Highlighting Anti-Worker Positions of GOP Presidential Candidates
Kenneth Quinnell, Crooks & Liars
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union launched a fun interactive game Monday test people's knowledge of the anti-worker sentiments of the top Republican presidential contenders.
California pension system not in crisis
San Francisco Chronicle
Despite those who claim otherwise, the sky is not falling on the California pension system.
Don't blame government workers' pensions
Gerald W. McEntee, USA Today
The big players on Wall Street have devastated our economy and our retirement savings.
Obama Gains Major Union Endorsement And, Potentially, $100 Million War Chest
Sam Stein, Huffington Post
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees formally endorsed President Barack Obama's reelection on Tuesday, beginning an extensive and expensive process to, in part, shore up the president's support among white working class voters.
His Love of Labor Won’t Fade Away
Lara Seligman, National Journal
Gerald McEntee won't let retirement slow him down in his fight for America's working class.
Public workers union endorses Obama as ‘only choice for the 99 percent’
Kevin Bogardus, The Hill
The largest public employee union in the country endorsed President Obama for a second term on Tuesday.
AFSCME votes to endorse Obama for reelection
Peter Wallsten, 44 blog at Washington Post
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees voted Tuesday to officially endorse President Obama in the 2012 election.
Did Gingrich insult America's children?
Rev. Al Sharpton and panel talk about Newt Gingrich's comments on children, labor laws and poverty.
Labor's turning point?
Glenn Thrush, Politico
Ohio victory has revived labor movement to level not seen in years.
The Lessons of Issue 2′s Defeat in Ohio
Alex Altman, Swampland blog at Time
The vote "delivered a clear message to corporate-backed politicians across the country that we will no longer stay silent as Wall Street tries to steal the American Dream. This was a brazen attempt to silence the voice of the 99%.”
Public Service Workers Are Helping to Cut Taxpayer Costs
Gerald W. McEntee, Wall Street Journal
Union members are pulling together to find real solutions to our economic problems.
What the Ohio vote means
Gerald W. McEntee, Reuters
Voters will not tolerate unnecessary cuts to vital programs and attacks on working families.
Ohio Vote: We Won't Be Misled, Fooled or Led Astray
Lee A. Saunders, The Root
Senate Bill 5 is the right wing's attack on public-sector workers and public services.
Ohio's Issue 2 hurts African-Americans most
Lee A. Saunders, theGrio
In Ohio and around the country, one-fifth of all public-sector employees are African-American.
Remembering the `invisible workers’ of 9/11
Greg Sargent, Washington Post
On AFSCME's video remembrance of the workers who rose to the call of duty that day.
Labor Steamed at Debt Deal, But Do They Blame Obama?
Shushannah Walshe , ABC News
President Obama met for more than hour with the executive committee of the AFL-CIO Tuesday morning, the same day he would sign the deal raising the debt ceiling, averting disaster, but angering the labor movement—a core Democratic constituency.
Unions Launch Debt Ceiling Ad War on GOP
Danny Yadron, Wall Street Journal
Three major labor unions and a pro-labor outside group will run attack ads this weekend on Republican House members for blocking a deal to raise the debt ceiling.
Unions Go After Gang Of Six Deficit-Cutting Plan: 'It Would Kill Jobs'
Michael McAuliff & Elise Foley, Huffington Post
Unions are coming down hard on the so-called "Gang of Six" deficit-cutting plan, blasting the bipartisan proposal with a harsh ad set to come out Friday in Capitol-focused publications.
Debt Ceiling Medicaid Cuts: Union Lobbies Democratic Senators For Help
Samuel Haass, Huffington Post
AFSCME urges moderate Senate Democrats to reject debt ceiling proposals that would cut Medicaid funding.
Labor angered by Obama's willingness to cut Social Security in debt ceiling deal
Kevin Bogardus, The Hill
“I think this is a huge political mistake,” said AFSCME legislative director Chuck Loveless.
Opponents of GA immigration law rally at Capitol
Several hundred people rallied at the Capitol against the state's new law targeting illegal immigrants.
Cuomo and Pensions: A View From a Union Leader
Gerald W. McEntee, New York Times
Pension costs grew due to the financial crisis, not because benefit levels are too high.
Privatization At The Heart Of Divisive Battles In Wisconsin
Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post
Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders: what Walker is doing is "a power play, pure and simple."
Anti-union Republicans seize their moment
Melissa Maynard, Stateline
The pace and magnitude of change for the state’s public employees have been startling.
Unions File Unfair Labor Practice Against Montana Legislature
Kacey Drescher, KFBB News Channel 5
Legislature rejected a deal with state employee unions already negotiated with Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
Historical civil rights figures weigh in on pension debate
Karina Rusk, ABC-7 News
Video: Participants in the Memphis sanitation strike speak out in San Jose, Calif.
California Protesters Refuse to Become 'Wisconsin of the West'
Allison Kilkenny, The Nation
Hundreds of San Jose city workers gathered at City Hall to oppose proposed budget cuts.
Unions to lawmakers: Take away corporate tax expenditures to pay down deficit
Bernie Becker, The Hill
Organized labor and other groups are pushing Congress to eliminate corporate tax breaks and use the extra revenue to pay down the deficit.
Stop Enabling Crazy CEO Pay
Alyce Lomax, The Motley Fool
AFSCME recently blamed the largest mutual funds for doing the least to rein in CEO compensation.
NYC Parents Rally For Child Care
Thousands rallied outside of City Hall Wednesday in support of child care for working families.
Unions refocus political activity
Fredreka Schouten, USA Today
Larry Scanlon, AFSCME's political director, said, "People have woken up to the fact that they have to be more aggressive in electoral politics in the states."
Former AIG exec Kevin Fitzpatrick sues for $822M
AARON ELSTEIN, Crain’s New York Business
“Working families keep seeing huge payouts for the Wall Street executives who drove our economy into the ditch and are apparently living high on the hog with taxpayer money,” said Lee Saunders, the union's international secretary-treasurer.
AFSCME decries big pay at Pfizer
Lee Howard, The Day
One of the nation's leading labor unions is pushing Pfizer Inc. investors to lodge a protest against what it sees as lavish executive pay at the world's leading pharmaceutical firm.
Countering the Siege
New York Times
AFSCME President McEntee on how attacks on public service workers have energized union members and our allies in a growing battle over workers’ rights.
Union workers march on King death anniversary
CNN Wire Staff, CNN
GOP senators all back Toomey balanced-budget bill
Thomas Fitzgerald, Philadelphia Inquirer
In just three months, freshman Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania has emerged as the deficit hawk's deficit hawk, and on Thursday all 47 of his GOP colleagues joined him in sponsoring a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution…
Ohio Lawmakers Pass Anti-Union Bill
STEVEN GREENHOUSE, New York Times
This bill is a reprehensible attack on the middle class and the rights of Ohio’s workers,” said Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Unions look to weaken support for Brown
Matt Viser, Globe (MA)
A Spoonful of Sugar
Tim Fernholz, National Journal
In contrast with their Republican counterparts, Democratic governors are trying negotiation, not confrontation, with public employees.
Obama pep talk to donors
Peter H. Stone, Center for Public Integrity
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs anti-union bill -- but Democrats say they're the political victors
Stephanie Condon, CBS News Political Hotsheet
Lee A. Saunders, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, told the Washington Post that it's no coincidence Republicans are pushing anti-union measures in states that will be key in the 2012 elections.
Do Roads Pay for Themselves?
Ryan Holeywell, Governing.com
A new study seeks to dispel the oft-repeated claim of highway advocates that roads pay for themselves due to gas taxes and other user fees assessed on motorists.