AFSCME’s 1.6 million active and retired members have more than 1 trillion dollars in retirement assets invested in public pension systems across the country. The magnitude of these assets can make us a major player in the financial markets. We must work to ensure that this money is invested so that the retirement benefits promised to public employees are safe and secure.
Report from the Public Pension Leadership Meeting
AFSCME activists, local leaders and retirees met with key experts and allies to develop strategies and tools to defend our modest pensions against this unprecedented assault. Read More »
Best Practices for Trustees and Pension Systems
AFSCME released this report to serve as a road map for improving pension plan governance and enhancing public retiree pension plan security. Read More »
2011 was a pivotal year for the working middle class. It started with the scapegoating of public service workers for the country's economic woes, and continued with unprecedented attacks on...
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly is spreading falsehoods about public employee pensions. FACT: The average annual pension of an AFSCME retiree is $19,000. Add your name to stop the lies:...
http://afsc.me/stopthelies Don't let Wall Street destroy the backbone of America! We the taxpayers bailed out Wall Street yet to divert attention, they want you to believe that public service workers...
- Jul 19Court Rules in Favor of AFSCME Members, Detroit Bankruptcy IllegalStatement by AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders: Snyder and Orr are not above the law and cannot ignore the Michigan constitution
- May 21Shareholders Vote on Independent Chair at JPMorgan Chase
- Feb 20Major Investors Call on JPMorgan Chase to Name Independent Board ChairCoalition with $820 million in JPM shares seeks stronger, more independent governance and oversight
- Aug 21 Saunders on MSNBC: Don’t Scapegoat Detroit Workers President Lee Saunders appeared on MSNBC yesterday to denounce attacks against Detroit workers and retirees. (Blog)
- Aug 07 Got Questions About the Detroit Financial Crisis? We’ve Got Answers. AFSCME’s Director of Collective Bargaining Steve Kreisberg explains what’s happening in the Motor City (Blog)
- Jul 31 Calls Echo for Michigan Governor Snyder to Abide by State Constitution AFL-CIO, Washington Post, New Yorker: Wrong to blame hard-working Detroit women and men. (Blog)
- Jul 24 Detroit Bankruptcy Scheme Moves Forward, AFSCME Will Fight for Working People Scheme to use bankruptcy to seize employees’ and retirees’ life savings must be stopped. (Blog)
- Jul 23 AFSCME TV Showcases Next Wavers Taking it to the Streets in Detroit Conference goers stage demonstration against governor's anti-worker agenda (Blog)
- Jul 19 The Detroit Bankruptcy Filing A bankruptcy would result in profound hardship for workers, retirees and their families. (Blog)
- Jul 17 Lawsuit Filed to Keep Detroit Out of Bankruptcy Public service workers ask court to rule Michigan’s Emergency Manager law violates the state’s constitution. (Blog)
- May 09 Same Class Warfare, New Class Warriors Wealthy politicians and “philanthropists” attack pension benefits for retired librarians, teachers, and street crew workers. (Blog)
- May 06 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. (Blog)
- Apr 08 Protecting Retirement Security through a Pension City of Little Rock, Ark., is switching to a pension system to protect retirees. (Blog)
- Jan 15 Register Now for Dynamic Legislative Conference Want to raise your voice for workers? Come to Washington, DC, and do just that. (Blog)
- Dec 21 Wall Street Journal Duo: You’re Not Working Hard Enough Right-wing bloggers Biggs and Richwine ignore data that show lay-offs cut public services. (Blog)
- Sep 12 When Trust Turns to Rust in the Motor City In Rick Snyder's Michigan, there's no money to make good on the pensions seniors in... (Huffington Post)
- Jan 13 Killing Pensions to Benefit the 1 Percent The Wall Street Journal continues its push to gut the retirement security of millions of... (Huffington Post)
- Jul 08 Two Firms Defy Investor Views on Pay Vote Frequency “It’s a bad precedent to ignore a majority of shareholders,” noted AFSCME’s Lisa Lindsley. (RiskMetrics)
- Jun 18 Cuomo and Pensions: A View From a Union Leader Pension costs grew due to the financial crisis, not because benefit levels are too high.... (New York Times)
- May 23 Historical civil rights figures weigh in on pension debate Video: Participants in the Memphis sanitation strike speak out in San Jose, Calif. (ABC-7 News)
- May 18 Stop Enabling Crazy CEO Pay AFSCME recently blamed the largest mutual funds for doing the least to rein in CEO... (The Motley Fool)