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...
Bayo Aladesuru drives one of Chicago’s 125 wheelchair accessible cabs. But what distinguishes Bayo, a veteran cab driver and Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Council 31 member, is how he gives back...
AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes recorded a short video for Women’s History Month. Please take a moment to watch and share her message to all AFSCME sisters and brothers across the...
- Apr 16 Cab Drivers Among Thousands ‘Fighting for 15’ Chicago taxicab drivers were among thousands of underpaid workers marching through the streets here April 15 making the case for raising the minimum wage to $15 – in Chicago and in 230 cities across the country. (Blog)
- Apr 10 Drivers Call Out Police Over Unfair Enforcement Cab Drivers United members recently met with the Chicago Police Department to complain about policing practices that cost drivers thousands in fines, put their licenses at risk and create hostility and distrust between drivers and law enforcement. (Blog)
- Apr 10 UC Doctors Strike Again Over Unfair Labor Practices University of California doctors at the northern campus student health centers went on strike over Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs) April 9, and doctors at the Southern California campuses were set to strike April 11. (Blog)
- Apr 09 Cab Drivers Deliver Thousands of Petition Signatures on ‘Rideshare’ Inequities Cab Drivers United delivered to the offices of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Beale the signatures of more than 3,300 drivers urging the city to apply the same safety rules and regulations to Uber and other transportation network providers. (Blog)
- Apr 08 Retirees Demand Real Retirement Security at White House Events Seniors called on officials to stand up and protect programs that offer real retirement security for Americans as regional White House forums continued in Phoenix and Seattle. (Blog)
- Apr 06 They’re AFSCME Strong and Proud to be First to Take Up the Challenge A new campaign, called AFSCME Strong, is focused on communicating and organizing, member to member. It is designed to leverage the strength of our member activists by training 5 percent of all AFSCME members on ways to connect with their co-workers. (Blog)
- Apr 02 Anti-Worker Nevada Legislators Take Aim at Middle Class The middle class is under attack by anti-worker legislators in Nevada, prompting a statewide effort by hardworking Nevadans to urge Gov. Brian Sandoval to stop the attacks and to get the Legislature to work on the real issues facing Nevada. (Blog)
- Mar 31 Minnesota Members, Retirees Lobby Legislators The Minnesota activists' agenda included new revenue for infrastructure, increased staffing at prisons and parks, protecting retirement security, and more paycheck stability. (Blog)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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 )