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...
- 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)
- 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)