Category: Public Service
Wanted: Young Women Agitating for Social Justice, Workers’ Rights
Please tell us about women who have "stood up for workers’ rights and organized their workplace in the face of overwhelming opposition" or have "made significant contribution to social justice and whose leadership is fueling social change."
Union Coalition Defeats Dialysis Privatization Scheme
A coalition of New York City unions, including AFSCME’s DC 37, helped stop privatization of dialysis services at four public hospitals by a for-profit operator with a questionable quality-of-care record.
Atlantic City Council Forced to Kill Water Outsourcing Measure
Confronted with community opposition, the Atlantic City Council rejected a measure that could have led to outsourcing municipal water services. "Workers and residents were determined to keep their elected officials from selling out their city.”
Illinois State Employees Send Message on Unity Day
Thousands of state employees across Illinois showed their union solidarity last week and demonstrated their resolve to protect the economic progress and rights on the job that are so essential to their own and their families’ well-being.
Libraries Still Essential Resources
Celebrate National Library Week; Thank a Librarian
Underfunding and understaffing plague public libraries
'We are trying to do more with less,' said John Hyslop, president of Queens Library Guild Local 1321. 'But there is only so much you can do when you lack resources.'
Interfaith Group Salutes New York City Municipal Workers for Ebola Case Response
When Dr. Craig Spencer had to be transported to Bellevue Hospital because of Ebola symptoms, it was an AFSCME EMT crew that swiftly swung into action and, employing the training that they had received, safely transported Dr. Spencer to the hospital.
Insourcing Proves Better, Faster – And Less Expensive
After a yearlong campaign, AFSCME Local 2262 was able to convince the Jersey City School District that insourcing services is not just cheaper but that AFSCME members do the work better.
A New Career Ladder for NYC Welfare Recipients
Instead of forcing individuals on welfare to work for the city without receiving a paycheck, the city will begin implementing a new Employment Plan whose goal is to help people become self-sustaining and leave public assistance for good.
Going Door to Door in Fight for Right to Retire with Dignity
Phoenix city workers’ pensions hang in the balance this November as a right-wing group pushes a ballot measure that would replace secure retirement plans with 401(k)s.
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