From the Blog
‘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