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The World’s Largest Library: Powered by AFSCME Members

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride goes behind-the-scenes at the Library of Congress.

AFSCME Staff |

Second Unit of Nevada State Workers File for Collective Bargaining Recognition

Mental and behavioral health workers became the second group of state employees in Nevada to seek recognition as AFSCME for collective bargaining purposes.

Cyndy Hernandez |

FAMU Workers Win At Bargaining Table, Continue To Build Power

Workers at one of the country’s premier historically black universities finally have a new contract – after months of negotiations with management.

Kelly Benjamin, AFSCME Florida |

Big Win for Workers at Oregon University

After a massive informational picket, workers at an Oregon university were able to secure a favorable contract.

Jashua Bane |
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New York Teacher’s Assistant Goes Above and Beyond for Blind Child

The latest Never Quit Service Award winner is Mandy Roberts-Amo, a teacher’s assistant in upstate New York. Learn more about the valuable role she plays in the life of a legally blind child.

AFSCME Staff |

We Stand with UAW Workers on Strike

We stand in solidarity with the members of United Auto Workers. They went on strike against General Motors today, walking off their jobs and shutting down manufacturing plants, demanding a fair contract.

Pablo Ros |

This Year on 9/11, We Finally Live Up to Our Promise to Help Those Who Never Quit

As we observe the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Congress has finally authorized permanent funding for first responders and others who became ill after working at the World Trade Center on that tragic day.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Women: Motivated, Mobilized and Leading the Way

We organize for rights and respect, and in 2020 we will organize to make sure people in public service have a say in the elections.

Pablo Ros |

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program’s Replacement is Broken Too

According to a new Government Accountability Office report, the new program is just as difficult to navigate and as confusing as its predecessor.

Pete Levine |

States Passing Much-Needed Paid Leave Laws

In the absence of a federal law, states and D.C. are taking the lead in passing much-needed paid leave policies.

Pete Levine |

Council 3 Demands Action on Staffing Crisis after Summer of No Answers

Maryland members are demanding solutions to a widespread state worker staffing crisis from Gov. Larry Hogan and the legislature.

Sara Haas, AFSCME International and Katie Moy-Santos, AFSCME Council 3 |

Imperial County Emergency Medical Services Workers Join AFSCME

Taking a page from Riverside EMS workers, EMS professionals in Imperial County also took action – they voted resoundingly to join AFSCME Local 4911.

Jashua Bane |

Remembering Brother Baxter Leach, A 1968 Memphis Sanitation Striker

We celebrate the life of Brother Baxter Leach, a 1968 Memphis sanitation striker, who remained a labor and civil rights activist until his death this week.

AFSCME Staff |

Following Strike, AFSCME D.C.-Area Bus Drivers Celebrate New Contract

AFSCME-represented bus drivers in Northern Virginia took action and landed a new, worker-friendly contract.

AFSCME Staff |

Approval for Unions Near 50-Year High, Reflecting Broader Momentum

Approval for unions is at a near 50-year high. It’s becoming increasingly clear that this trend is the result of workers realizing the value of unions.

Pete Levine, Pablo Ros |
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The Union Difference on Union 411

In the latest “Union 411” video, Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride explores the value of the Union Difference – power, dignity, respect and fairness.

AFSCME Staff |

He Helps Nevada Students See Campus and They Inspire Him

Never Quit Award winner and Local 4041 member Larry Coffey teaches blind and visually impaired students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to move around campus.

Jay Hutchison |

Nevada COs First to File for Recognition Since Collective Bargaining Law

Nevada corrections staff want the state to recognize them as AFSCME – the first to seek such recognition this year.

Cyndy Hernandez |

Condolences to the Family of Brother Neuman in Oregon

The AFSCME family mourns the workplace death of one of our members in Oregon.

AFSCME Staff |

Meet the 2019 Winner of the Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship

This year’s winner of the Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship juggles a full-time job, graduate studies and union activism.

Jay Hutchison |

Hundreds of Florida Students Receive Back-to-School Supplies from AFSCME

Many AFSCME Florida members help educate school children. This year, they also helped children get a good start in school by donating hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies.

AFSCME Florida |

The Financial Consultant Who Ruins State Budgets

Read about a budget consultant who’s infamous for shrinking budgets at the cost of essential public services.

Jay Hutchison |

We Mourn Puerto Rico Corrections Officer Killed by Inmate

AFSCME mourns the loss of our brother Pedro Rodríguez-Mateo, a corrections officer in Puerto Rico, who was killed in the line of duty.

AFSCME Staff |

Oregon Health and Science University Workers Stand Together for Respect

It was a massive show of strength as more than 1,400 people stood together for a fair contract for Oregon Health and Science University workers.

Jashua Bane |

Offering Comfort Amidst the Cinders

Find out how Chico, California, social worker Lance Ferris, a member of AFSCME Local 2620 (Council 57) and the winner of a Never Quit Service Award, used his training to stem trauma and offer comfort after the Camp Fire.

Pete Levine |

A Summer Protest for Fair Wages, Health Care and Adequate Staffing

Summer time is protest time in upstate New York. Workers at Auburn Community Hospital are going public with their demands for a fair contract – and they have community support.

AARON GALLANT, AFSCME District Council 66 |

S-T McBride at PA Hospital Rally: ‘We Don’t Put Corporate Greed over Human Need’

Putting profits over public health is just plain wrong, AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride said at last week’s Rally to Save Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia.

Sara Haas |

At Long Last, LA County Sanitation Employees Secure a Fair Contract

Guaranteed pay raises and no pension cuts are key provisions in a contract won by AFSCME District Council 36 members who work for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.

Jashua Bane |

Candidates Say Yes to Union Rights

Divided presidential candidates were united over one issue at AFSCME Public Service Forum.

Pablo Ros |

Public Service Forum: Recap

Presidential candidates will gather at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where they’ll face questions about their commitment to protecting public services and the working men and women who dedicate their lives to their communities.

AFSCME Staff |

On the Road to the AFSCME Public Service Forum

Hear from workers who are heading from California to Nevada to attend the AFSCME Public Service Forum – what their expectations are, what they want candidates to focus on.

Erica Zeitlin, AFSCME District Council 36, AFSCME International Staff |

Candidates to Make Their Case for Public Services at AFSCME Forum

Public services will be the focus of a presidential candidate forum AFSCME is hosting on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Pete Levine |

New Southern California EMS Contract to Set Standard for the Industry

It wasn’t easy, but EMS workers in Riverside, California, reached a contract with American Medical Response that will provide much-deserved pay raises and improved health coverage for 450 workers.

Jashua Bane |

CT AFSCME Members Celebrate Passage of Landmark PTSD Legislation

Thanks to the hard work by AFSCME Council 4 members, police and parole officers and firefighters in Connecticut who have PTSD can collect unemployment and receive medical coverage.

Larry Dorman, AFSCME Council 4 |
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Cool Under Pressure

Never Quit Service Award winner Joe Martinez stays cool under pressure while fixing the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s helicopters.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Retirees Charge Up to The Hill During Retiree Council Meeting

During their annual Retiree Council Meeting, AFSCME Retirees went to Capitol Hill in force to step up and speak up.

Pete Levine |

Learning in Limbo

Congress needs to fully fund the IDEA program so devoted educators like New York’s Mandy Roberts-Amo can continue to help students with disabilities.

Pete Levine |

At Last. Congress Authorizes Permanent 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Congress has authorized permanent funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund after years of efforts by survivors and other advocates, including AFSCME members.

Pete Levine |

Scalia’s Record Raises Questions About His Ability to Lead Labor Department

It’s unclear whether Eugene Scalia, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next labor secretary, has what it takes to be an advocate for working people.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Supports Repeal of Regressive Tax on Health Benefits

AFSCME applauded the House of Representatives for voting to repeal a regressive health tax that is part of the ACA and would make it harder for working families to afford quality health care.

AFSCME Staff |
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