Category: State & Local Budgets
Washington State Employees Take ‘Unity Breaks’ Over Stalled Pay Raises
Thousands of state employees walked out of more than 80 worksites this week to urge the state legislature to end the stalemate and implement negotiated pay raises for state workers.
AFSCME Helps Push Kenney to Win in Philly
AFSCME members were instrumental in helping former AFSCME member Jim Kenney land a decisive win in the Democratic primary for mayor on May 19. Jim Kenney is the son of a firefighter and a former AFSCME District 1199C member.
Maryland Law Would Regulate Outsourcing
Maryland public employees will play a greater role in ensuring the state does not outsource public services in a reckless manner under a measure signed into law last week by Gov. Larry Hogan.
Right-to-Work Scam Hurts All Workers
According to EPI, wages in RTW states are 3.1 percent lower than they are in non-RTW states. That’s a difference in pay of $1,558 a year for a typical full-time, full-year employee, the report says.
Missouri Legislature Passes Right-to-Work Scam
The anti-worker majority in the Missouri Legislature passed so-called “right to work” legislation last week, defying Gov. Jay Nixon to issue his promised veto of the bill.
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.”
N.Y. Mayor Sets Stage for Real Change in Washington
Members of Congress and labor leaders gathered today with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he unveiled his Progressive Agenda. It includes reforms like higher minimum wage, free preschool for all children, and paid family leave for workers.
A Living Wage for NYC Public Workers
After intensive negotiations, AFSCME District Council 37 and the New York City mayor's office agreed to provide a living wage for thousands of DC 37 members who make less than $10 an hour.
Corporations Get Tax Breaks While Illinois Taxpayers Get Shaft
In Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner decided that $100 million in business tax breaks promised to corporations by a previous governor must be honored. Meanwhile, taxpayers will get the shaft.
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