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...
- Aug 20 NYC District Council 1707 Mourns Loss of Organizing Pioneer AFSCME District Council 1707 in New York City is mourning the passing of Betty Powell, one of the original organizers and members of the nation’s first Head Start locals in the nation. (Blog)
- Aug 12 San Jose Cuts Endanger Public Safety Cutting the pay and pensions of city employees has become a public safety issue for one of California’s largest cities. (Blog)
- Aug 12 Our Election Work Starts Now! Critical races put AFSCME on the frontlines – register, vote, volunteer. (Blog)
- Jul 09 Seeking Storybook Ending for Libraries in Miami AFSCME Local 199 members in the Miami-Dade library system are at the forefront of an important community initiative to save the county’s libraries. (Blog)
- Jul 03 GOP Govs Cutting Off Noses To Spite… Obama Millions of Americans are waiting for medical care because they live in states whose legislatures or governors are obstructing the Affordable Care Act out of pure political spite. (Blog)
- Jul 03 Court Backs Illinois Retirees on Health Care In a major blow to a state plan that would have imposed new costs on retired state workers, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that the health benefits included in pension packages are protected under state law. (Blog)
- Jun 23 AFSCME Ready to Deflect San Jose Mayor’s Second Attack on Retirement Security San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is at it again, even after a judge ruled that his plan to slash city workers’ pensions is unconstitutional. (Blog)
- Jun 19 Puerto Rico Unions Defend Collective Bargaining Agreement A deal with the government protects public employee wages and benefits. (Blog)
- Jun 17 Bring on the Popcorn! Billionaire Koch Brothers Star in New Documentary “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition” is a film you need to see. (Blog)
- Jun 02 AFSCME Retirees Attend ARA Convention in Las Vegas AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders was a featured speaker at the event. (Blog)
- May 21 The Link Between Unions and a Fair Economy in 3 Charts (Blog)
- May 10 While Congress Drags its Feet, Seattle Makes Progress on a Living Wage Seattle Mayor's plan would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. (Blog)
- May 05 Cities and States Are Rethinking Outsourcing Deals At least 18 states introduced initiatives to curb the reckless outsourcing of public services. (Blog)
- May 02 Detroit Free Press Editor Wins 2014 Journalist of the Year Award Stephen Henderson, the paper’s editorial page editor, received the honor from the National Association of Black Journalists. (Blog)
- Apr 30 New Mexico AFSCME Members Win Back Pay Gov. Susana Martinez threatened to delay the payments, so AFSCME members remain cautious. (Blog)
- Apr 23 Union Families, Not Just Members, Are Better Off Workers with union contracts are far more likely to receive benefits their families can use. (Blog)
- Apr 21 PayWatch Raises Awareness about Income Inequality The average CEO in the U.S. made $11.7 million in 2013, or 331 times as much as the average worker. (Blog)
- Apr 17 A City’s Turnaround Point, Led by Its Public Workers Public services in Monroe, La., are set to improve thanks to city workers’ efforts. (Blog)
- Apr 14 Public Libraries, Loved by All, Remain Under Attack Local decision-makers should heed their constituents and protect library services. (Blog)
- Apr 10 Who’s Afraid of Wisconsin Voters? For his reelection campaign, Gov. Scott Walker will apparently rely on the power of lobbyists. (Blog)