Stand Up for the Middle Class
State and local governments must find balanced solutions to budget challenges, recognizing that state employees and services have already taken big cuts and further reductions will cause the most harm – both to state residents and to the state’s economic recovery. It’s time to have smarter government that best meets the needs of our communities.
Taxi cab drivers in New Orleans aren't sitting back and letting the City Council take away their rights. They are fighting back and forming a union.
On Wednesday May 29th, AFSCME's Vermont Homecare United made history, filing for the largest union election in Vermont history.
Concerned about the quality of patient care and fair treatment on the job, University of California Patient Care Technical Workers -- members of AFSCME Local 3299 --overwhelmingly voted this week...
In 1968 sanitation workers made history in Memphis, Tennessee. Over a thousand workers went on strike to protest unfair wages, discrimination, and unsafe working conditions that took the lives of...
- May 26 Over 10,000 Rally in Illinois, Demanding Governor Rauner Stop His Hostage-Taking Chanting “Stop hurting our state!” thousands rallied at the Illinois Capitol to protest Governor Rauner’s harmful inaction. (Blog)
- Apr 20 “Bottled Water” in Flint Goes Viral Every day, AFSCME member Tyrone Wooten’s family deals with Flint’s poisoned water. He made a moving YouTube video to tell us about it. (Blog)
- Apr 18 Public Safety at Risk from Malloy ‘Austerity’ AFSCME members in Connecticut are fighting to prevent state employee layoffs and deep cuts to vital services during the next fiscal year. (Blog)
- Apr 18 Super-Rich Hiding Trillions from Taxman The Panama Papers leak shows that ultra-rich individuals and corporations are hiding assets and not paying their fair share in taxes. (Blog)
- Apr 13 Governor Dayton Seeks $177 Million for Safe Staffing With mental health facilities severely understaffed, Gov. Mark Dayton calls for $177 million to improve patient care and safety. (Blog)
- Apr 07 Sandy Mayes Followed in Her Dad’s Footsteps Sandy Mayes of Kentucky followed in her dad’s footsteps, and she’s now leading her co-workers in Local 4011 to become AFSCME Strong. (Blog)
- Mar 31 Kentucky School Workers Rally for Fairness Indiana/Kentucky Council 962 members urge the Jefferson County School Board to address short-staffing and other concerns as bargaining looms. (Blog)
- Mar 18 Snyder Testifies; Flint Residents Fume AFSCME members were among nearly 100 Flint residents who descended on Capitol Hill March 17 to hear Gov. Rick Snyder testify before Congress. (Blog)
- Mar 08 AFSCME Boosts Campaign to Raise Minimum Wage Efforts by AFSCME affiliates to convince state and local leaders to raise the minimum wage for public service workers is helping to fuel momentum for the national "Fight for $15" campaign. (Blog)
- Feb 17 New Mexico Corrections Officers Avert Uprising As 100 union members rallied at the State Capitol in support of increased funding to address dangerous understaffing inside New Mexico’s correctional facilities, officers were quelling an uprising at one of the state-run facilities. (Blog)
- Feb 11 DC 37 Takes Fight for City University Funding to Albany DC 37 has revved up a campaign for higher education, urging New York state legislators to adequately fund the City University of New York. (Blog)
- Feb 05 California Home Care Providers Win Overtime Pay California’s home care providers have finally won overtime pay and travel time compensation after years of advocacy. (Blog)
- Feb 01 In Florida, Stepping Up the Drive for Respect Florida state employees, who have gone eight years without a pay increase, are telling elected officials it’s time for a change. (Blog)
- Jan 28 Maryland Members in Tough Budget Fight AFSCME Maryland Council 3 members were able to restore step raises in this year’s budget, but they will face fights over proposed job cuts and outsourcing of state services. (Blog)
- Jan 19 AFL-CIO Sees Positive Movement on Wages Working people last year won significant victories in efforts to improve wages and working conditions, reports the AFL-CIO in a new study. (Blog)
- Jan 08 Kentucky State Workers in Crosshairs of Tea Party Governor New Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a tea party favorite, takes aim at state employees in first official acts. (Blog)
- Dec 22 Thousands Rally for Fairness Across Illinois Thousands of AFSCME members and retirees sent a loud and boisterous message to Gov. Bruce Rauner this month: Anti-worker agendas have no place in Illinois. (Blog)
- Dec 17 Fight Against Outsourcing Starts Early Too often the dangers of outsourcing hit us when the proverbial train has already left the station, making the pushback efforts that much harder. But AFSCME members at the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department got ahead of the curve. (Blog)
- Dec 10 Communities Deserve Services, Not Schemes Government deals with big banks to fund social services are bad news: They lack transparency, assign risk to the public and show no evidence of making services better and more efficient. (Blog)
- Dec 08 DC 37 Members Lobby for Puerto Rico Support Members of New York DC 37 came to Washington last week to advocate for federal support for Puerto Rico. (Blog)