Category: Good and Welfare
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.
In Memoriam: Vernon Watkins
AFSCME is mourning the loss of Vernon R. Watkins, a dedicated labor organizer, activist and inspirational force who had a major impact in the labor movement during a long and dedicated career fighting for working families with AFSCME.
In Memoriam: Larry Scanlon
Larry Scanlon, AFSCME's former political director from 1995 until his retirement in 2012, died in a car accident in South Carolina on Feb. 27. He was 65.
City Workers Donate Settlement to Senior Center
Last year, members of AFSCME Local 1303-041, Council 4, in Weston, Connecticut, filed unfair labor practices against the city after it violated their contract. The local won their case. The 11 members agreed to donate the proceeds from their settlement.
‘Trash Dance’ on PBS, Online
This week PBS will air a documentary called Trash Dance, which follows members of Local 1624 in Austin, Texas. These sanitation workers worked with a choreographer to turn waste collection into a stunning public performance.
Congress Is New Call for AFSCME Activist
AFSCME member and former California state Sen. Norma Torres is a new member of the U.S. House of Representatives after being sworn in Jan. 6.
Iowa Locals Step Up for Needy Kids
For less fortunate children across Iowa who might otherwise have missed the joy of receiving a gift this holiday season, six AFSCME locals across the state donated more than $10,000 to Toys for Tots, eager to make a difference in the lives of Iowa’s kids.
A Union Meal Can Make a Big Difference
This Thanksgiving, as you count your blessings with family and friends, there is something very simple you can do to pay those blessings forward. Make your Thanksgiving dinner union-made.
Thank you, Abbey
Watch as community members came together and gave Abbey Newberry a huge surprise to say thank you for her hard work as a caregiver for a non-family member named Kenneth.
Your Union Can Help You Pay for College
Money can be a big obstacle when it comes to higher education. That’s why AFSCME provides scholarships to help members and their families reach their educational goals. Learn more.
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