Learn more at http://www.afscme.org/happy about the survey The New York Times recently published regarding happiness in the workplace. The findings: If you want to be most happy, join a union!...
Many of you on Facebook have probably seen the new “Say Thanks” video creator tool. Well, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we couldn’t help but make one for our hardworking...
Frustrated by an unjust system that denies due process to taxi cab drivers cited for code violations, more than 100 members of Cab Drivers United (CDU)-AFSCME demonstrated this week outside...
Highlights from U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez's keynote speech at AFSCME's 41st International Convention in Chicago.
- Mar 27 Atlanta School Employees Press Mayor to Release Funds Employees of the Atlanta Public School System (APS) are taking the fight for school children directly to Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed, calling him out for withholding millions of dollars owed to the school system by the city. (Blog)
- Mar 24 Chicago Cabbies Seek Council Action on Rideshare Cab drivers, fed up with an unequal playing field with “rideshare” companies, took their concerns to their aldermen prior to the City Council’s first post-election meeting to let them know that more council action is necessary. (Blog)
- Mar 24 President Saunders on Expanding Opportunity in America's Urban Areas AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders appeared March 23rd at a Center for American Progress discussion on our nation's urban centers and the ongoing challenges they face, from housing and transportation to education and workforce accessibility. (Blog)
- Mar 20 Low Savings Mean Retirement Insecurity Pensions have all but vanished in most workplaces, replaced (if at all) by 401(k)-style savings plans that leave whatever dollars that are put aside for the long haul to the wild gyrations of the stock market. (Blog)
- Mar 19 How the Super-Rich Are Attempting an Illinois Takeover -- and Trying to Shut Out Working Families Illinois Governor Rauner's rise to power was fueled by close ties to billionaires. America's labor unions have the resources and determination to stand up to them. (Blog)
- Mar 19 Maryland Workers Rally Against Anti-Worker Budget More than 500 workers from every corner of Maryland converged on the state Capitol to rally against Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to take away a pay raise from workers and drastically cut essential programs. (Blog)
- Mar 19 Recommendations on Policing Go to President Public safety officers and AFSCME members from Alaska to Connecticut testified before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which on March 4 submitted those recommendations and others to President Obama. (Blog)
- Mar 17 Suspect in Oregon Killing of AFSCME Member Faces Murder Charge A suspect who allegedly shot and killed Grady Waxenfelter, a member of AFSCME Oregon Local 350, Council 75, could spend the rest of his life in prison if found guilty on a murder charge. (Blog)
- Mar 13 AFSCME Activists Commemorate Selma March It was 50 years ago last Sunday that peaceful civil rights activists, marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, were met by a brutal attack by state troopers. Their brave stand led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Blog)
- Mar 12 Quick Action Saves Seven from Burning House Seven Coeymans, New York, residents can thank quick action by local police dispatch, officers and firefighters for saving their lives last month. AFSCME member Brian Rinaldi located seven people on the roof as their house was engulfed in flames. (Blog)
- Mar 11 Streaming Live: Home Care Providers Fight for Justice Home care providers are speaking out and organizing for change. On March 19, workers in California will stage a Justice for Homecare Tribunal to shed light on injustices that hurt millions of caregivers. (Blog)
- Mar 11 Retirees Out in Force for Washington State Lobby Day With several critical issues on the front burner of the Washington state Legislature, a record number of retirees turned out during their annual Lobby Day last month. (Blog)
- 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)
- Feb 11 Big contracts, big data, big dollars and a big mess Over the past decade, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has bungled several major... (Austin American-Statesman)
- Feb 10 The Spread of Privatization ...The 1980s ushered in an era of privatization, where the state gave up on controlling... (Centre for International Governance Innovation)
- Feb 10 Letter to Editor: Public Must Be Wary of Public-Private Partnerships ...[T]he biggest attraction of public-private partnerships for elected officials is that those contracts allow surrogates... (Wall Street Journal )
- Feb 10 North Carolina School Privatization Could Impact Students With Disabilities Advocates for children with disabilities are concerned about the impact North Carolina's expanded charter school... (Public News Service)
- Feb 10 Audit reviewing state contract to run North Texas psychiatric facility As state health officials continue to take fire over the agency’s technology contracts, they’re facing... (Austin American-Statesman)