The top stories of the week from Capitol Hill, as prepared by the AFSCME Department of Federal Government Affairs.More Legislative Weekly Reports »
Find out how Senators and Representatives from each state voted on key issues and see whether they're on our side.
There’s a lot of talk about union fair share fees these days. In a case called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the Supreme Court may even consider them.
It's only fitting that on Groundhog Day, John Boehner and the GOP are leading the charge to repeal ObamaCare...again.
Highlights from U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez's keynote speech at AFSCME's 41st International Convention in Chicago.
The Reverend Doctor William Barber spoke at AFSCME's 41st International Convention in Chicago on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
- Apr 28 Is the Tide Turning Against Water Privatization? Following April’s elections, local civil society groups have pressured the new governor of Lagos, Nigeria,... (The Nation)
- Apr 28 VA: Investigation: ERC past due toll fees Michael Gray is always driving through the Midtown Tunnel. So, naturally he chose to set... (ABC News 13)
- Apr 27 IL: How exactly is privatization better, Mr. Governor? Gov. Bruce Rauner assures us that turning over economic development to a new private organization... (Crain's Chicago Business)
- May 06 ‘Corinthian 100’ Fights College Loan Scam AFSCME is calling on Congress to forgive the student loans of the “Corinthian 100,” a group of former students of a for-profit company that took their money and later filed for bankruptcy protection following a federal probe of its operations. (Blog)
- May 04 Lack of Mental Health Treatment Is New Burden for Correctional Officers The latest trend to menace the safety of officers and employees is the rapid increase of mentally ill persons inside our prisons and jails. Since the 2008 recession, many states have failed to properly fund mental health services for their populations. (Blog)
- May 04 Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: A Tale of Two States To determine just why Minnesota and Wisconsin, both deeply invested in manufacturing and agricultural economics, have fared so differently, one only has to look to who they elected governor in 2010. (Blog)
- Apr 30 ‘No to Fast Track, Yes to Fair Trade’ On the eve of May Day, union members and allies raised their voices to oppose so-called “fast track” authority to pass a multi-nation trade agreement that would ship good-paying jobs overseas to low-wage regions, pushing down wages of U.S. workers. (Blog)
- Apr 30 Governor Rauner’s Right-to-Work Scam Backfiring More than 500 residents and union members in southern Illinois turned up at their county board meeting to slam the door on Gov. Rauner’s local “right-to-work” laws. In all, some 27 local governments have either defeated or tabled the resolution. (Blog)