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...
- 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)
- Dec 23 ‘Dreaming of a Fair Governor’ in Missouri Home care attendants, their clients and community members last week visited the home of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, singing him such Christmas carols as “Home Care Workers Are Coming to Town” and “I’m Dreaming of a Fair Governor.” (Blog)
- Dec 18 Florida Workforce Cuts Hurt Critical Services Under Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the state workforce is shrinking dramatically, and that is having a drastic impact on government agencies that are charged with critical services like protecting at-risk children and monitoring water quality. (Blog)
- Dec 16 New Contract Good Tidings for Holiday After 12 years of a city administration that wouldn’t give them a raise, workers for the City of New Albany have reason to celebrate this holiday season. The rank-and-file members of Local 1861 ratified a new contract by a near unanimous vote of 24-1. (Blog)
- Nov 06 Court Ruling Backs City on Promise to Retirees Public workers and retirees in Stockton, California, scored a major victory last week when a judge approved the city’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy without making cuts to workers’ pensions. (Blog)
- Nov 03 A New Career Ladder for NYC Welfare Recipients Instead of forcing individuals on welfare to work for the city without receiving a paycheck, the city will begin implementing a new Employment Plan whose goal is to help people become self-sustaining and leave public assistance for good. (Blog)
- Nov 03 AFSCME President Inspires Members to Get Out the Vote in Wisconsin With so much at stake in the midterm elections, AFSCME members must do all they can to “make sure that people understand the importance of getting out the vote on Nov. 4,” AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders urged a group of union activists. (Blog)
- Oct 03 Going Door to Door in Fight for Right to Retire with Dignity Phoenix city workers’ pensions hang in the balance this November as a right-wing group pushes a ballot measure that would replace secure retirement plans with 401(k)s. (Blog)
- Oct 03 Council 31 Wins $60 Million in Back Pay for State Employees After waiting more than three years for back pay explicitly spelled out in their contract, Illinois state employees finally got a measure of justice after an appellate court ruled they were owed the wages. (Blog)
- Oct 02 Support for ALEC Agenda Continues to Crumble The public’s support of ALEC’s agenda is crumbling. No wonder its financial backers like Google and several other high profile companies are walking away. (Blog)
- Sep 16 Wisconsin Governor’s Report Card Shows Failing Grade Governor Walker sacrificed public education funding in favor of millionaires. (Blog)
- Sep 11 Mo’ne’s Coach: ‘I Have the Greatest Job in the World’ Little is known about the man behind the Mo'ne Davis, the young pitching superstar. Her coach Steve Bandura, a Philadelphia city worker and member of AFSCME Local 2187 works at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philly. (Blog)
- Sep 04 Don’t Want to be Evil? Drop ALEC If Google wants to adhere to its “Don’t Be Evil” motto, AFSCME and other organizations are urging the Internet giant to stop funding evil and cut ties with ALEC, which pushes bills that advance corporations at the expense of working families. (Blog)
- Aug 28 Philadelphia City Workers Reach Tentative Agreement (Blog)
- 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 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)