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Workers Memorial Day: Fighting for the Living
Workplace hazards are still causing thousands of deaths and injuries.
At Lebanon Correctional Institution in Ohio, 100 Percent AFSCME Membership
At the correctional institution where Phil Morris is president of OCSEA Chapter 8310, AFSCME membership is at 100 percent.
Member Takes Workplace Violence Fight to DC
AFSCME Minnesota member Eric Hesse, at a Capitol Hill press conference, called for reforms needed to prevent violence against health care workers.
Safe Staffing Big Problem in Iowa Corrections
Prison escapes and attacks on correctional officers led Iowa Local 451 members to say, “Enough!” Then they took action.
Line-of-Duty Death Benefits Expansion Sought
AFSCME Council 93 is lobbying Massachusetts lawmakers to extend payments and benefits to families of public sector employees who are killed on the job, now available only to public safety officers.
OCSEA Presses Case of Understaffed Prisons
Correctional officer Mollie Jansen and some of her colleagues at Ohio’s Mansfield Correctional Institution are helping to put a human face on the critical issue of understaffing that threatens safety.
The Crisis in Our Midst: Ensuring Quality Home Care in an Aging America
To put it frankly, many people simply cannot afford to care for themselves or their own families on home care worker’s wages.
Archivist Picked for Health and Safety Advisory Council
Library of Congress archivist Nan Thompson Ernst will serve on the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health.
EMS Workers Tackle Issue of Fatigue and High Turnover
AFSCME members shine a light on the alarming rate of employees leaving American Medical Response in Independence, Missouri.
Ohio CO Taken Hostage After Safety Breach
A convicted double-murderer took a female corrections officer hostage for 11 hours in an Ohio prison Oct. 18 after a “cost-saving” practice called “pull and move” left her in a population of inmates but alone at her post.
Paramedic Activist Seeks to Lift Up EMS Profession
EMS solidarity: California paramedic Jared Kirby traveled to Ohio to help EMTs and paramedics there build a union with AFSCME.
First Responders Remember 9/11
Meriden, Connecticut, police officer Ray Ouellet recalls how he and three colleagues drove through traffic and chaos into New York City on September 11, 2001, leaving their car, and hiking two and a half miles with their gear to Ground Zero.
Campaign Helps Reduce Violence in Minnesota Hospitals
Minnesota state hospital workers – AFSCME Council 5 members – waged a successful public education campaign to improve safety against violent attacks by patients.
Member Is Victim in Wave of Violence
Clarence “Wade” Havvard, an AFSCME Local 725 member and employee of the Indianapolis/Marion County Department of Public Works (DPW), was killed Aug. 26 in a wave of violence that has struck the city in recent weeks.
CLUW Has Questions, and Solutions, on Women’s Health
The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is calling on women to complete a brief survey on what health information they need and the social media networks in which they participate.
EMT Plunges into Hudson to Save Woman
As most New Yorkers were preparing to go to work, EMT Niall O’Shaughnessy was already on the job – literally up to his neck in the treacherous, choppy waters of the Hudson River, trying to save a young woman who had thrown herself in only minutes before.
Ohio Rejects Union’s Cheaper Food Service Bid
Five months after bids were submitted to handle Ohio’s troubled prison food services run by Aramark, the state determined it would continue with Aramark’s services and reject OCSEA’s bid to take over food services.
Communities Rally Around EMS Providers
Communities nationwide honored the commitment and sacrifice of emergency medical professionals last week, with many calling for the nation’s largest private EMS provider to start respecting its workforce.
Police Pledge Action To Curb Abuse of Cab Drivers
In response to serious concerns about policing raised by cab drivers, a high-ranking Chicago Police Dept. representative committed to taking action, issuing a “cease and desist” order to the officers identified as the most abusive in their interactions.
AFSCME Nurses Strong, Dedicated
More than 200 AFSCME nurses from throughout the country gathered in San Diego May 2-6 for the 2015 United Nurses of America Nurses Congress, leading into National Nurses Week, May 6-12.
Cab Drivers United Seeks Protections Against Violence
Following a two-week period in which two Chicago cab drivers were robbed at knifepoint by a passenger, Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Council 31 is renewing the call for further reforms to protect Chicago’s 12,000 cab drivers.
Splash Medics Visit Schoolchildren to Promote Water Safety
A group of paramedics and EMTs spent the morning of April 21 reading Stewie the Duck to children at Temple Christian School. It was part of their effort to reduce the number of water-related injuries and deaths in Riverside County.
Ohio Correction Officers Attacked by Inmates
At a time when overcrowding is the rule rather than the exception in Ohio prisons, four correction officers, members of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 11, were attacked by a large group of inmates.
Walker Proposal Threatens to Reduce Prison Security
Walker’s short-sighted proposal to eliminate the third (overnight) shift in state prison guard towers simply to save approximately $6 million out of a $68 billion two-year budget is a disaster waiting to happen.
Newtown Officers and AFSCME Members Honored for Their Courage
Newtown Police Department officers dispatched to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, were honored for their courageous response at this year’s Courage of Connecticut Law Enforcement Dinner.
AFSCME Urges Congress to Restore Needed Funding to Fight the Ebola Crisis
AFSCME represents workers who are on the front lines of America’s domestic response to Ebola. Workers across the nation who are at high risk deserve training and practice on necessary personal protective equipment.
Too Many Workplace Injuries Go Unreported. You Can Help Us Fix That
Have you experienced retaliation for reporting a workplace injury? Tell us now!
Help For 9/11 Responders and Survivors
Medical monitoring and treatment available through federal World Trade Center Health Program
Maggots on the Menu?
Prison food privateer endangers public safety in Michigan and Ohio.
Statement from AFSCME President Lee Saunders
Today’s Supreme Court decision does not dampen the resolve of home care workers and child care providers to come together to have a strong voice for good jobs and to give care to millions of seniors, people with disabilities and children.
OCSEA Calls on State Authorities to Fill Vacancies, Prioritize Officer Safety
Vacant positions at three state corrections facilities pose a safety risk for employees.
Connecticut Takes Step Toward Providing Workers PTSD Coverage
AFSCME is a leader in the push for legislation to help Sandy Hook Elementary School first responders.
Making a Splash with Insourcing
City lifeguards take over a New York pool after a private contractor’s hazardous practices and shady finances violated the public’s trust
‘Polar Vortex’ Was Tough, But Our Members Were Tougher
Utility workers in Columbus, Ohio, brave sub-zero temperatures to fix huge water main break.
Iowa Council 61 President Sues Governor to Prevent Juvenile Home Closure
The closing of the only facility for troubled girls would also devastate the local economy.
AFSCME Seeks Cure for Interpreter Deficiency in California
UDW Homecare Providers/AFSCME is working to pass legislation to create a workforce of medical interpreter.
New AFSCME Home Care Local Born in Vermont
Providers launch their new union after the largest organizing victory in the nation.
AFSCME Mourns Loss of One of Our Own
BART employees killed during strike in California.
Got the Blues? Unions Can Help
New research links happiness to belonging to a union.
Right to Know Webinar for AFSCME Members on Hazard Communication Standard
Learn about new health and safety regulations in an online course being held Aug. 27.
Iowa Members Demand Governor Increase Staffing
AFSCME Iowa Council 61 members protested dangerously low staffing levels.
Help is Available to Health Victims of September 11 Attacks
Don’t miss the Oct. 3 registration deadline for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
Language Barriers Continue to Affect Safety of California Patients
Advocates push for a bill allowing federal funding of a certified medical-interpreter program
Statement by Laura Reyes on the 23rd Anniversary of the ADA
Today, we celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a farsighted law that continues to improve the lives of millions of Americans each day.
Your Story Can Make a Difference
The work you do every day makes a difference. So do your stories. Share your story at www.afscme.org/story.
In Memoriam: Lee Rizor
Ohio state highway technician and OCSEA member killed in tragic road accident.
AFSCME’s DC 37 Launches Website for Members Affected by Sept. 11
The new site offers information on the World Trade Center Health Program, created in 2010.
We Are AFSCME: Campaign Volunteer Shares His Story of Activism
Public workers are organizing and campaigning for candidates who support working class families.
New Webinar for AFSCME Members on Hazard Communication Standard
Learn about the Right to Know Law in an online course being held Sept. 11.
Safety First Following California Hospital Workers’ Win
Only after an attack on an employee does state acknowledge problem with safety device’s roll-out.
Pepco In the Spotlight for Corporate Greed
Utility company doesn’t pay taxes, proves that they’ve got the power and won’t share.
AFSCME Social Worker Rescues Infant
23-year social services veteran subdued mother to save wounded infant in Baltimore.
Honor Nurses by Supporting Nurse-Patient Staffing Bill
National Nurses Week is a time to honor nurses by helping them.
Workers Memorial Day: A Reminder of Unfinished Work
Millions of public employees work in jobs that don’t provide adequate safety protections.
Workers Memorial Day
A time to honor the workers who have lost their lives on the job.
Triangle Factory Fire’s 100th Anniversary Reminds Us Why Unions Are Necessary
At this pivotal moment, when collective bargaining is under attack in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and other states, AFSCME reflects on another historic moment in labor history, the Triangle Factory Fire in New York City.
Keeping the Holiday Spirit Alive
Shortly after Chuck Hicks joined Local 1808 (Council 20) three decades ago, he organized a holiday party in his home for co-workers from the District of Columbia Public Library.
9/11 First Responders React to the Senate Filibuster
On Thursday's episode of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart blasted the Republican filibuster of a bill to provide health benefits to 9/11 first responders — and chided the media for ignoring the issue.
Workers Memorial Day: Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living
The tragic deaths of 29 miners in Raleigh County, W.Va earlier this month serve as a sad reminder that American workers in many occupations continue to lose their lives, risk injury or become ill as a result of unhealthy or dangerous workplaces.
‘16 Deaths Per Day’ Highlights Weak Penalties for Worker Fatalities
Every day, 16 workers go to work and don’t come home. They are killed on the job. But far too often, employers that have created or ignored dangerous workplace conditions are not held accountable. Civil penalties are weak and criminal prosecutions rare.
Protecting Frontline Health Workers from Pandemic Flu
During a Congressional hearing held Thursday by the House Education and Labor Committee, AFSCME member and registered nurse Miguel García testified about the need to enforce federal guidelines designed to protect health care workers.
Safe Jobs Now, a Change We Need
All too often we hear about Americans being killed and injured at the workplace. Nearly 5,680 workers on average die on the job each year. In the last 30 years, 500 AFSCME members have been killed on the job.
Failure to Enforce U.S. Labor Laws Fuels Exploitation of Workers
Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living
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