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 20 AFSCME Helps Push Kenney to Win in Philly AFSCME members were instrumental in helping former AFSCME member Jim Kenney land a decisive win in the Democratic primary for mayor on May 19. Jim Kenney is the son of a firefighter and a former AFSCME District 1199C member. (Blog)
- May 20 Maryland Law Would Regulate Outsourcing Maryland public employees will play a greater role in ensuring the state does not outsource public services in a reckless manner under a measure signed into law last week by Gov. Larry Hogan. (Blog)
- May 18 Right-to-Work Scam Hurts All Workers According to EPI, wages in RTW states are 3.1 percent lower than they are in non-RTW states. That’s a difference in pay of $1,558 a year for a typical full-time, full-year employee, the report says. (Blog)
- May 15 Missouri Legislature Passes Right-to-Work Scam The anti-worker majority in the Missouri Legislature passed so-called “right to work” legislation last week, defying Gov. Jay Nixon to issue his promised veto of the bill. (Blog)
- May 14 Atlantic City Council Forced to Kill Water Outsourcing Measure Confronted with community opposition, the Atlantic City Council rejected a measure that could have led to outsourcing municipal water services. "Workers and residents were determined to keep their elected officials from selling out their city.” (Blog)
- May 12 N.Y. Mayor Sets Stage for Real Change in Washington Members of Congress and labor leaders gathered today with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he unveiled his Progressive Agenda. It includes reforms like higher minimum wage, free preschool for all children, and paid family leave for workers. (Blog)
- Apr 16 A Living Wage for NYC Public Workers After intensive negotiations, AFSCME District Council 37 and the New York City mayor's office agreed to provide a living wage for thousands of DC 37 members who make less than $10 an hour. (Blog)
- Apr 16 Corporations Get Tax Breaks While Illinois Taxpayers Get Shaft In Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner decided that $100 million in business tax breaks promised to corporations by a previous governor must be honored. Meanwhile, taxpayers will get the shaft. (Blog)
- Apr 13 Libraries Still Essential Resources Celebrate National Library Week; Thank a Librarian (Blog)
- Mar 26 Underfunding and understaffing plague public libraries 'We are trying to do more with less,' said John Hyslop, president of Queens Library Guild Local 1321. 'But there is only so much you can do when you lack resources.' (Blog)
- Mar 23 How to Fix State and Local Budgets (and Help the Middle Class) States and local governments have been cutting vital public services for years because of shrinking revenue and bad policy decisions - and the results have been devastating. (Blog)
- Mar 19 Maryland Workers Rally Against Anti-Worker Budget More than 500 workers from every corner of Maryland converged on the state Capitol to rally against Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to take away a pay raise from workers and drastically cut essential programs. (Blog)
- Mar 06 Effort to Fast Track ‘Right-to-Work’ Foiled in New Mexico More than 100 concerned citizens, community groups, students and union members packed a local Las Vegas, New Mexico, café for a town hall meeting to discuss some of the most important issues debated this legislative session. (Blog)
- Feb 24 OCSEA Beats Aramark Price on Food Service Bid OCSEA presented a proposal to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to take back prison food service, which includes a lower per-meal cost than current prison food service vendor, Aramark. (Blog)
- Feb 24 Thousands Rally Against Walker’s Next Attack MADISON, Wisconsin – More than 5,000 people turned out to the Capitol building here to tell their elected representatives they’ve had enough of union bashing by the state’s political leaders. (Blog)
- Feb 12 Walker Pound Foolish on Wisconsin Senior Drug Plan Gov. Scott Walker wants to cut $15 million from a prescription drug program for seniors. This would also lead to a loss of $15 million in federal funding. (Blog)
- Feb 09 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. (Blog)
- Jan 30 Indiana’s ‘Pravda on the Plains’ Gets Shut Down After a public outrcry Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pulled the plug just days after word got out that he was planning to launch a state-run, taxpayer-funded news service that would offer pre-written news stories and breaking news about his administration. (Blog)
- Jan 16 Eyes Wide Shut: When Governments Outsource with No Accountability Imagine that you hire a home improvement company to remodel your home. Would you sign on the dotted line and take out your checkbook unless it was absolutely clear to both you and the contractor what the work entailed and how much it would cost? (Blog)
- Jan 16 County Wastes Money Instead of Closing a Deal County officials hired high-paid consultants to delay the negotiations and already wasted $50,000 of taxpayer money on the consultants, more than the cost of doing the right thing to settle the workers’ first contract. (Blog)