Category: Good and Welfare
Wild! Reese Witherspoon Loves Us!
Hollywood superstar Witherspoon gave public workers a big shout out this week on Twitter. She posed for a photo with one lucky city employee and called on her followers and fans to show their love for public workers by celebrating all that they do.
NY School Bus Driver Honored for Safety Record
Barbara DeLong, a school bus driver who cares deeply about the safety of the children in her care, was honored recently as the School Bus Driver of the Year by Dutchess County, New York.
2015 Family Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to the 2015 winners of the AFSCME Family Scholarship! Each year the AFSCME Family Scholarship Program provides ten $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors.
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.
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