New EMS Contract Promotes Safety, Raises Pay, Protects Health Care
Emergency medical service (EMS) professionals working in 13 counties across California voted to ratify a new three-year agreement with the ambulance company, American Medical Response.
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.
Chicago Cab Drivers Learn to Advocate for Themselves
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 of a non-traditional workforce.
Workers Deserve ‘Free and Fair’ Union Elections
A California registered nurse whose efforts to form a union were foiled told a House subcommittee March 4 that federal rules intended to make union election procedures more fair to workers should be allowed to take effect next month.
Indiana Labor Growing Despite Roadblocks
Reports of organized labor’s demise in Indiana have been greatly exaggerated, to paraphrase Mark Twain. In spite of political and legislative attacks over the past decade, Indiana’s labor movement has grown by 50,000 new members since 2012.
Texas Corrections Members Fight for Pension, Pay Issues
AFSCME Texas Corrections members showed up in full force Feb. 23 to testify before the Senate Finance Committee about the importance of addressing pension and pay raise issues during this legislative session.
Organizing the Unorganized is Top Priority
The decline in America of major industries, offshoring of jobs and “the rise of relentlessly anti-union companies” all hurt the labor movement, but workers still demand a voice on the job through a union, and it is the job of labor to help them gain it.
Cab Drivers Decry Rideshare Abuses
Frustrated by the city’s failure to properly address serious issues surrounding the so-called “rideshare” industry, more than 300 members of Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Council 31 braved sub-zero wind chills to protest outside City Hall.
AFSCME Wisconsin Councils Unanimous for Unification
In three historic votes aimed at strengthening and focusing AFSCME’s fight for public workers’ rights in Wisconsin, delegates from Councils 24, 40 and 48 voted unanimously to form one united council representing workers across the state.
Tentative EMS Deal in California Shows AMR the Way Forward
Jamie Field, a 23-year EMT, has a message for EMS professionals struggling to make ends meet: "If you're not in a union you should be. Union means better pay, better health care and more security for the future."
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