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AFSCME Members Join University of California Strike for Day of Solidarity

When UPTE’s research and technical workers went on strike starting Wednesday, about 5,000 AFSCME members joined in solidarity for that one day.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Alaska Members Slam New Governor’s ‘Disaster’ of a Budget

The proposal would make draconian cuts to state services and privatize a number of programs.

ASEA |

Women Vote. Women Lead. Women Win.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride spoke with Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

Jessica Powell |

We Mourn the Loss of Our CSEA Brother

AFSCME mourns the loss of a CSEA Region 5 brother, Dennis “Matt” Howe, a New York state Department of Transportation maintenance worker.

Pete Levine |

More Courts Agree: Attacks Against Public Service Workers Are Going Too Far

Courts are increasingly putting a stop to mounting attacks against public service workers, this time to recover previously paid fair share fees.

AFSCME Staff |

State Nurses Find Power in Numbers

Feeling empowered as they fight for collective bargaining rights, some state-employed nurses in Nevada are taking steps to improve their working conditions.

Cyndy Hernandez |

In Florida’s Manatee County, A Strong Contract Underscores Worker Power

Support staff at one Florida school system won a historic contract.

AFSCME Florida |

Barbara Jacobs: A Half Century of Service

A mail clerk at The Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Jacobs has been a welcome presence for the academy’s cadets throughout her nearly 50-year career.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Member Finds His Commuter Cool

Looking for a new ride? Check out the Union Plus Auto Buying Service.

Union Plus |

A Life-Changing Call Leads to a Life of Service

Now, 18 years later, Glodo, a member of AFSCME Local 1180, is proud to still work for the city of Tulsa as a dispatcher for the fire and police departments.

Namita Waghray, Pete Levine |

We Support Bill to Renew Mental Health and Addiction Services

Called the “Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act,” it seeks to expand past efforts by the federal government to respond to the increasing demand for mental health and substance use disorder services across the country.

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On the Record: Resilience

Watch AFSCME President Lee Saunders explain how our union is resisting, persisting and continuing to build worker power.

AFSCME Staff |

Behavioral Health Members Are Becoming AFSCME Strong in Oregon

At 101 events across the state in January, Council 75’s weeklong blitz engaged 1,700 members, who did everything from talking to co-workers about the difference joining a union makes, to becoming active in their union, to increasing membership.

Mark McCullough |

AFSCME President Calls Trump Budget “An Attack on Working People”

Trump seeks deep cuts to federal programs that help low-income families and the elderly, including $845 billion in cuts to Medicare; $241 billion in cuts to Medicaid; $220 billion in cuts to SNAP; and $207 billion in cuts to federal student loan programs.

AFSCME Staff |

Read All About Us

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), which is made up of 55 labor unions that represent 12.5 million working people, is profiling its member unions one by one.

AFSCME Staff |

Victories Against Anti-Worker Laws in Missouri, New Mexico Show Momentum

Together, these two recent victories reflect a broader push in the states to unrig the rules that rob working families of their voices.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Joins ‘Fund Our Future’ Campaign in Support of Quality Public Education

The ambitious new effort launched by the American Federation of Teachers seeks high-quality public education for all.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Supports Bill to Strengthen Voting Rights

The bill would, among other things, make it easier for people to vote and strengthen our democracy.

AFSCME Staff |
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A Vital Link in the Chain

911 dispatchers save lives. Unfortunately, their contributions to the emergency response system are often overlooked. A new bill co-sponsored by former AFSCME member Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) will change that.

Pete Levine |

The ‘Gig’ Economy Isn’t As Big As You May Think

Despite conventional wisdom that we’re seeing a rise of “gig” workers and independent contractors, a new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Economic and Policy Research shows that the trend is more hype than real.

AFSCME Staff |

Fighting for Better Working Conditions in San Mateo County

Our Local 829 sisters and brothers with San Mateo County’s Human Services Agency unit started their two-day strike on Tuesday, calling on county management to offer them a fair contract.

Martin Ricard, AFSCME Council 57 |

A Renewed Commitment to Growth Delivers Success in Florida

A total of 5,000 additional workers have joined together through AFSCME Florida since the summer of 2015.

Mark McCullough |

Clean Drinking Water for All Should be Top Priority for Congress

Congress hasn’t invested enough in water infrastructure and some lawmakers make matters worse by supporting dangerous ideas like privatizing drinking-water systems.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME NJ Joins National Campaign to Elevate Behavioral Health Industry

The United We Heal campaign aims to build a strong and equitable behavioral health community that ensures workers have their voices protected.

Kathleen Cancio, Mark McCullough |

Standing Strong with Oakland Teachers

AFSCME in Northern California is standing in solidarity with striking teachers in Oakland. Find out why.

Jashua Bane |

Women’s History Month: Celebrating Labor Leaders

Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, and we begin AFSCME’s celebrations by honoring four female labor leaders.

Kathleen Cancio |

Strong Unions Mean Strong African-American Communities

AFSCME President Lee Saunders explains how labor unions were instrumental in improving the lives of African-Americans.

Lee Saunders |

Attorneys for Washington State Seek Collective Bargaining Rights

Assistant attorneys general in Washington state seek collective bargaining rights from the legislature.

Jashua Bane |

AFSCME Next Wave Launches #NoFilter Podcast

AFSCME is launching a new podcast, #NoFilter, to spark a conversation about activism, social justice and union organizing among young union members.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Supports Bill to Ensure Permanent Funding for 9/11 Responders

AFSCME is urging Congress to pass legislation to ensure permanent funding of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

AFSCME Staff |

Oregon AFSCME Members Fight to Protect Retirement Security

In Oregon, AFSCME members are showing up in force at the legislature to protect their retirement security.

David Kreisman |

Bill Aims to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers

A bill backed by AFSCME members would reduce workplace violence faced by health care and social service workers.

Kathleen Cancio |

Member Spotlight: Council 66 Member Helps ‘Urban Experiment’ Thrive

Meet Evan Lowenstein, an AFSCME Council 66 member who takes pride in helping the city market in Rochester, New York, thrive.

Aaron Gallant, AFSCME Council 66 |

AFSCME Stands in Solidarity with West Virginia Teachers

They struck on Tuesday and into Wednesday, marshaling 30,000 educators and allies to speak out against that state Senate’s education bill.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Florida Members Renew Push for a Fair Budget

AFSCME Florida members are pushing for an across-the-board pay increase for workers employed by the State of Florida to cover rising costs.

Mark McCullough and Kelly Benjamin, AFSCME Florida |

Paid Parental Leave – Negotiated by Workers For Workers Through Their Unions

Union jobs gave Amanda and Justin Aurelius something priceless last year: Time off together with their new baby and toddler son.

AFSCME Council 5 |

She Has Her Community’s Back; Her Union Has Hers

Amy Meredith, an assistant district attorney at the Travis County, Texas, District Attorney’s Office, has been keeping her community safe by prosecuting some of Travis County’s most violent criminals.

Pablo Ros |

Collective Bargaining on the Horizon for Nevada State Employees

SB135 will enable more than 20,000 Nevada state employees to have a seat at the table with the governor and the Nevada Legislature and gain a voice in the decision making over working conditions and compensation.

Cyndy Hernandez |

Child Care Workers Stand Together for Better Early Education

“Having a union means the state agencies can’t just do whatever they want. We are part of an organization that knows the rules and helps providers."

Jashua Bane |

AFSCME President Calls Trump’s Emergency Declaration ‘An Abuse of Power’

President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration is an “abuse of power,” according to AFSCME President Lee Saunders.

AFSCME Staff |
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