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Council 31 Members Make Gains in the Fight for Workplace Safety

AFSCME Council 31 members who work for Illinois’ Department of Corrections and Department of Juvenile Justice successfully used their union contract.

AFSCME Council 31 |

Behavioral Health Workers Closer to Winning Full Funding of Student Loan Repayment Program

Establishing and funding this new loan repayment program, part of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, is a priority for AFSCME’s United We Heal campaign.

Mark McCullough |

In No Uncertain Terms

During EMS Week, AFSCME recognizes the skill and dedication shown by EMS professionals.

Pete Levine |
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Remembering AFSCME President Jerry Wurf on his 100th Birthday

On what would be the 100th birthday of its former president, Jerry Wurf, AFSCME remembers a hero.

Lee Saunders |

ASEA Members Block Privatization of Alaska Psychiatric Institute

More than 200 Alaska State Employees Association (ASEA) members work at API as protective service workers, nurses and clinicians.

Jashua Bane |

Nevada State Workers Rally for a Voice on the Job

Nevada state workers were joined by members of the Culinary Union Local 226 for a rally in support of Senate Bill 135, which will extend collective bargaining rights to state employees.

Cyndy Hernandez |

AFSCME Celebrates Law Enforcement Week

National Police Week is a time to honor fallen law enforcement officers, as well as a time for the law enforcement community to stand in solidarity with each other.

Pete Levine |

Because They Never Quit, Florida Workers Won Back Pay Case

Members and retirees of AFSCME Local 161 never quit, and now they’ve won a back pay case with an $800,000 settlement.

Mark McCullough |

During Mental Health Month, Hear the Voices of Behavioral Health Professionals

Through AFSCME, more than 50,000 behavioral health workers in 29 states across the country have a voice on the job, and more are joining every day.

AFSCME Staff |
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#UnionMom: Taneshia Barnes

Here’s to all the #unionmoms out there who, like Taneshia, are the backbones of countless families and communities. Happy Mother's Day and thank you for everything you do!

AFSCME Panel Discusses Asian Americans in the Modern Labor Movement

As part of our celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we were joined at AFSCME International in Washington by three Asian American labor leaders.

AFSCME Staff |

Union Moms: This is What We Teach Our Kids

Talk about a great Mother’s Day gift. The children and grandchildren of AFSCME members realize the value of unions and appreciate their family’s union activism, writes AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride.

Elissa McBride |

Honoring the Everyday Heroes of Public Service

During Public Service Recognition Week, we all should take a moment to extend our thanks to those who have made a career out of helping and empowering their neighbors.

Lee Saunders |

Protecting Nurses During National Nurses Week

Under the Workplace Violence Prevention bill, which was re-introduced in Congress earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would require employers to develop and implement plans to prevent on-the-job violence.

Kathleen Cancio, Pete Levine |
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An Inspiration to All: Jackie Saunders

AFSCME President Lee Saunders sat down with his mother to talk with her about her life as an organizer, activist and educator.

Lee Saunders |

Prisons Can Become Safer Through Collective Bargaining

OCSEA members who work at the Ross facility sat down with management to discuss improving safety measures in the workplace.

Pablo Ros |

Injured on the Job, Corrections Officer Links Safety with Collective Bargaining Rights

The day after he was released from a hospital, a bruised and swollen Kelvin Chung told a state Senate committee that state employees like him need collective bargaining rights to advocate for safety on the job.

Cyndy Hernandez |

NELP Honors President Saunders on its 50th Anniversary

AFSCME President Lee Saunders was honored by the National Employment Law Project during its 50th anniversary celebration.

Pete Levine |

Trump Administration Carries Out Vicious Attack on Home Care Workers

The administration has just released a rule that strikes a severe blow to home care workers and their ability to negotiate together.

AFSCME Staff |

Child Care Providers Rally To Improve Early Care and Education

The purpose of a May Day child care providers rally in Sacramento, California, was to improve early care services and education.

Jashua Bane |

AFSCME Congratulates Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones on Historic Victory

Maryland Delegate Adrienne Jones made history this week by becoming the first woman and the first African American to be elected speaker of the House of Delegates.

AFSCME Staff |

Illinois State Workers On Proper Step After Illegal Freeze

State workers in Illinois are getting step increases they were denied under former Gov. Bruce Rauner, thanks to the current governor, J.B. Pritzker.

AFSCME Council 31 |

AFSCME Maryland State Workers Win Big in Legislative Session

Through AFSCME Strong organizing, state workers in Maryland secured new salary increases, job protections and benefits, including a 6% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for the next fiscal year.

AFSCME Staff |

Assistant Attorneys General Win Right to Collectively Bargain

With the full force of WFSE behind them, AAGs were finally able to secure collective bargaining rights.

Justine Winnie, AFSCME Council 28/WFSE |

NJ Librarian Praises Fast Access to Disaster Relief Grant with the Union Plus Credit Card

Through a quick phone call, Shileen Shaw found out she was eligible for the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant2 – a $500 cash grant that does not have to be repaid.

Union Plus |

Nevada Voices: State Workers Explain Why They Need Collective Bargaining Rights

About 20,000 state workers in Nevada are close to getting collective bargaining rights for the first time ever after fighting for those rights for two decades.

Cyndy Hernandez |

We Can Do More for Worker Safety

Workers Memorial Day is this Sunday, April 28, when we honor workers killed or injured on the job.

AFSCME Staff |
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Ideas@AFSCME: Let's Talk About Taxes!

For the first Ideas@AFSCME Facebook Live chat, we talked about how Americans feel about paying taxes.

Pete Levine |

International Public Sector Unions Tackle Privatization

North American members of Public Services International – an international confederation of public sector labor unions – gathered in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss the many threats posed by privatization.

Pete Levine |

We Honor the Life and Legacy of Sister Jacquie Jones-Walsh

Sister Jacquie Jones-Walsh was a civil rights leader in the Pacific Northwest and a longtime AFSCME Council 28 leader.

Justine Winnie, AFSCME Council 28 |

New Budget Recognizes Those Taking on New Mexico’s Biggest Challenges

With a labor-friendly governor and legislature in place, working people in New Mexico won big in the new state budget.

AFSCME Staff |

Stop & Shop Strike Ends with Victory for Workers

The 31,000 workers of the Stop & Shop grocery chain in New England have reached a tentative agreement with their employer and are headed back to work.

Pete Levine |

It’s Back to School for OAPSE Members

The strike’s over at OAPSE Local 390 at Claymont City Schools in Ohio now that a new contract is in place.

Lisa Martin |

Behavioral Health Members Hold Lobby Day in Oregon

Behavioral health workers are building political power in Oregon. They’re pushing state legislators to adopt policies and programs to benefit the people they serve.

Mark McCullough |

AFSCME Members Support Stop & Shop Workers in New England

Some 31,000 Stop & Shop workers who are members of UFCW walked off their jobs on April 11 from more than 240 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

AFSCME Staff |

Survivors of Fallen Member Gain Health Coverage Thanks to AFSCME

Deceased AFSCME member Robert Scully’s family now has health insurance, thanks to Local 2960.

Jashua Bane |

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: A Broken Promise

Just over two years after the first applicants of the PSLF became eligible for loan forgiveness, 99% of processed applications for forgiveness have been rejected.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Announces Family Scholarships Winners

These winners are ready to take the next step toward their higher education, with the momentum of the $2,000 annual award – renewable for up to four years – behind them.

Pete Levine, Pete Levine |

A Voice on the Job in Behavioral Health

More people are seeking behavioral health services, but the workers aren’t getting the respect they deserve. Our multimedia project shows how you can change that.

Thousands of UC Workers Unite Against Unfair Labor Practices

The Wednesday strike came after the unions filed an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge against the UC system. The charge alleges that UC management engaged in a range of illegal conduct.

Jashua Bane |
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