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...
- 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)
- Nov 24 Contract Ratification Boosts School Employees AFSCME Florida Local 1184 contract ratification campaign nets economic and union-building improvements for Miami-Dade Public School employees. (Blog)
- Nov 04 Community and Labor Fight for Fair Wages and a Fair Contract Members of AFSCME Local 350-5 (Council 75) in Milwaukie, Oregon, won a fair contract after pressing their demands at City Hall. (Blog)
- Oct 30 HOPE on Mission to Get Out Vote Members of HOPE Local 123 in Houston are working to educate co-workers about the stakes in the upcoming mayoral election. (Blog)
- Sep 30 Gov. Rauner Threatens to Stop Health Care Payments llinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken the fight over a new state budget to a new low: He’s stopped making payments to doctors, hospitals and others that provide health care to people covered by the state’s insurance plan. (Blog)
- Sep 21 Puerto Rico Members Visit DC to Seek Solutions to Fiscal Crisis A delegation of public workers from Puerto Rico, members of AFSCME Council 95, visited Washington, DC, to meet with members of Congress and U.S. Treasury officials to discuss the fiscal and budgetary challenges faced by working people on the island. (Blog)
- Sep 10 Contract Oversight is $1.25 Million Payoff District 1199J, NUHHCE/AFSCME reached a settlement with the county that will mean big increases in many paychecks following a settlement to fix a contract oversight. (Blog)
- Aug 11 Employees Win Paid Sick Leave Lawsuit 20 years ago, Phoenix city employees agreed to forego wage increases for paid sick leave benefits. Despite this sacrifice, city officials in 2012 unlawfully changed the formula for how unused sick leave is applied to employees’ retirement payments. (Blog)
- Jul 24 Act 10 Creates Corrections Crisis in Wisconsin In 2010, Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections (DOC) boasted near full employment with well-trained, experienced corrections officers who considered the job a career and earned a fair wage with good benefits. Act 10 changed everything. (Blog)
- Jul 16 Iowa Corrections Managers Cost Taxpayers Iowa corrections managers are taking advantage of an improper loophole to gain up to an extra week of vacation and two extra weeks of additional sick time – a violation of state rules that has cost taxpayers more than $1 million in the past five years. (Blog)
- Jul 07 Florida Budget Winners: A Select Few Now that Florida lawmakers have signed off on a $78 billion budget, which Gov. Scott approved after vetoing more than $461 million in spending projects, we can sift through the small print to get a sense of what the governor considers important. (Blog)
- May 22 Washington State Employees Take ‘Unity Breaks’ Over Stalled Pay Raises Thousands of state employees walked out of more than 80 worksites this week to urge the state legislature to end the stalemate and implement negotiated pay raises for state workers. (Blog)