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...
- Dec 13 We’re Dedicated Public Servants, Not Public Punching Bags A respected non-partisan think tank is debunking the myths used to attack public employees and diminish the effectiveness of the vital services they deliver. (Blog)
- Dec 09 Attacks on Wisconsin Corrections Officers Reach Crisis Level At Wisconsin correctional facilities, staff shortages are leading to increased assaults, a situation that’s reached a crisis level. (Blog)
- Dec 08 What Donald Trump Really Thinks of Working America Trump attacked a union activist for standing up for his members. We need to stand up to Trump and hold him accountable. (Blog)
- Dec 07 You Don’t Say! Trump Oversold Carrier Deal Turns out the Carrier deal may not be as big of a deal as President-elect Donald Trump promised. (Blog)
- Oct 18 Council 31 Members’ Message for Rauner: Come Back to the Table Illinois Council 31 members are featured in an ad asking the governor to bargain with them. (Blog)
- Sep 22 Standing Strong in Illinois An anti-worker governor is trying to silence Illinois state employees, but they aren’t backing down. (Blog)
- Sep 20 Lighting Up Las Vegas At our 42nd International Convention this summer, AFSCME members’ Never Quit spirit was downright electric, with enough wattage to light up the entire Las Vegas Strip. (Blog)
- Sep 06 All They Want is Respect – and a Fair Contract Washington’s governor has refused to offer the state’s workers a two-year contract that reflects the work they do. (Blog)
- Aug 24 AFSCME Workers Protests Lead to New Jobs, Lighter Caseloads Minnesota county approves hiring workers to help with heavy caseloads, staffing shortages. (Blog)
- Jun 21 For Council 3 in Maryland, AFSCME Strong Is Foundation of Anti-Outsourcing Victory When Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tried to outsource nearly 70 dietary services jobs, AFSCME Council 3 workers rallied to prove their union strength. (Blog)
- 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)