Atlanta Workers Speak Up, Win Raises
The City Council voted overwhelmingly July 21 to approve a 3.5 percent pay increase for approximately 3,000 Atlanta city workers in public works, corrections, and parks and recreation, among other city services.
Act 10 Creates Corrections Crisis in Wisconsin
In 2010, Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections (DOC) boasted near full employment with well-trained, experienced corrections officers who considered the job a career and earned a fair wage with good benefits. Act 10 changed everything.
VIDEO: Cab Driver Advocates Successfully Defend Fellow Drivers
Piloting a new program based on Council 31’s steward training last spring, Chicago Cab Drivers United's “Driver Advocate” program has produced results for drivers. More than half of the tickets have been dismissed outright because of the union’s efforts.
California = No-ALEC Zone
As the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its corporate allies assemble in San Diego this week, they will be met by thousands of demonstrators sending a message that “California is a no-ALEC zone.”
Oregon AFSCME Pushes Reform for All Workers
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed into law a groundbreaking package of workplace and retirement legislation that could serve as a model for other states.
Florida Budget Winners: A Select Few
Now that Florida lawmakers have signed off on a $78 billion budget, which Gov. Scott approved after vetoing more than $461 million in spending projects, we can sift through the small print to get a sense of what the governor considers important.
A Little Spark in Jobs for the Fourth
The U.S. economy continues to show signs of improvement, even as wages remain stagnant. Aside from another positive report on job growth, workers could cheer Pres. Obama’s announcement this week that more workers will be able to qualify for overtime pay.
Pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act Now!
In an effort to strengthen the Voting Rights Act (VRA), 50 years old in August, AFSCME members rallied last week in Roanoke, Virginia, with other progressive organizations to urge Congress to preserve the right to vote for all Americans.
ALEC Wants to Indoctrinate High School Students
ALEC, the corporate front for right-wing “model” state legislation such as the right-to-work scam, is now working to politically indoctrinate America’s young people with a high school graduation requirement that promotes its extremist views.
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.
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