Secretary-Treasurer Reyes addresses over 300 Next Wavers in St. Louis, Missouri at the 2015 Assembly.
AFSCME President Lee Saunders addresses over 300 Next Wavers in St. Louis, Missouri on June 12, 2015.
There’s a lot of talk about union fair share fees these days. In a case called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the Supreme Court may even consider them.
Members of Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Council 31 came together in early March to complete a Driver Advocate training program, which adapted Council 31’s traditional steward training to meet the needs...
- Jul 23 Thousands of Protesters Greet ALEC Thousands marched against ALEC during its annual meeting. It was one of the largest protests ever against the right-wing organization, featuring elected officials, workers, community activists, faith-based leaders and other progressives. (Blog)
- Jul 21 Texas Legislative Success Draws New Members Recently, corrections officers and employees received one of the largest pay increases in Texas Corrections history. This victory, combined with a push back to a payroll deductions bill, has many nonunion workers sitting up and taking notice. (Blog)
- Jul 16 Iowa Corrections Managers Cost Taxpayers Iowa corrections managers are taking advantage of an improper loophole to gain up to an extra week of vacation and two extra weeks of additional sick time – a violation of state rules that has cost taxpayers more than $1 million in the past five years. (Blog)
- Jul 10 Retirees Build on Success, Look to Protect Retirement Security More than 100 retirees gathered for the Alliance for Retired Americans Legislative Conference and the Annual AFSCME Retiree Council meeting in the nation’s capital this week, lobbying lawmakers to protect Social Security, Medicare and public pensions. (Blog)
- Jun 30 Lawsuit Seeks to Curtail Freedom of Firefighters, Teachers, Nurses, First-Responders to Stick Together and Advocate for Better Public Services, Better Communities The Friedrichs V. CTA case jeopardizes the American promise that hard work leads families to a decent life. (Blog)
- Jun 23 University Employees Demand Respect, Decent Pay Nearly 4,000 AFSCME and Teamsters members — front-line workers at the University of Minnesota — are speaking up about grossly unequal pay as they negotiate a new contract with the university. (Blog)
- Jun 19 Next Wave Assembly Applies Street Heat Young AFSCME members gathered in St. Louis for the 3rd annual Next Wave Assembly, getting an opportunity to strengthen their organizing skills, rally for Missouri home care attendants and connect with a network of future labor leaders. (Blog)
- Jun 18 Washington Unity Rallies Seek Budget Solution Public employees rallied across Washington state on June 18 to urge state legislators to agree to a sensible budget and avert a shutdown of state services on July 1. (Blog)
- Jun 17 Governor Walker’s War on Higher Education Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s anti-worker governor, seems eager to weaken vital public services and important institutions in his state, even if they exist to provide a better future for Wisconsin’s youth. (Blog)
- Jun 03 Not so Fast: Critical Vote to Stop Bad Trade Deal The battle over fast track negotiating authority for the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is entering a critical stage - contact your member of Congress at 1-855-712-7845 now. (Blog)
- May 27 Illinois Supreme Court Rules Pension Cuts Unconstitutional The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a $105 billion pension change affecting half a million active and retired public employees is unconstitutional. (Blog)
- May 22 Washington State Employees Take ‘Unity Breaks’ Over Stalled Pay Raises Thousands of state employees walked out of more than 80 worksites this week to urge the state legislature to end the stalemate and implement negotiated pay raises for state workers. (Blog)
- Jul 08 Supreme Court’s threat to gut unions is giving the labor movement new life Public sector unions haven’t been sitting passively by as the judicial juggernaut approaches. Rather, they’ve... (The Washington Post)
- Jun 03 Rikers Island Health Care Provider May Lose Deal With New York Corizon, a for-profit company with a three-year, $126 million contract to run the jails, has... (The New York Times)
- Jun 03 Road to Ruin: A Cruise Down the Mythical Public-Private Partnership Handing what we used to call The Commons over to private enterprises -- especially private... (Esquire)
- Apr 24 Our public water future - closing out the corporate profiteers As citizens worldwide reject corporate water profiteering, the trend of water re-municipalisation has gathered unstoppable... (Ecologist)
- Apr 20 “Culture Of Incompetence”: For-Profit Foster-Care Giant Is Leaving Illinois National Mentor, a $1.2 billion company with a history of trouble at its homes for... (BuzzFeed News)
- Mar 25 Congress considers privatizing the air traffic control system Frustrated by the FAA’s bureaucratic inertia, there is bipartisan sentiment in Congress to spin off... (Washington Post)
- Mar 25 New Jersey privatizes its water in the worst way possible The Water Infrastructure Protection Act (WIPA) allows municipalities to sell their water facilities to private... (America Blog)
- Mar 24 Five out of Six Eligible Children Unable to Access Child Care Assistance In 2011, only 17 percent—or one in six children—eligible under federal rules actually received any... (CLASP)
- Mar 06 AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders Statement on February Jobs Report: “Stagnant Wages Continue to Hold Middle-Class Families Back”
- Feb 18 WI: As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, a spotlight on his jobs agency A public-private body set up by Walker shortly after he took office in January 2011... (Reuters)
- Feb 13 OSHA reminds employers to post OSHA 300A injury/illness summary February through April OSHA is reminding covered employers to post OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes the total number...
- Feb 13 Updates to OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule: Reporting Fatalities and Severe Injuries OSHA’s updated recordkeeping rule expands the list of severe injuries that all employers must report... (OSHA)