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...
- 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)
- Jul 03 GOP Govs Cutting Off Noses To Spite… Obama Millions of Americans are waiting for medical care because they live in states whose legislatures or governors are obstructing the Affordable Care Act out of pure political spite. (Blog)
- Jun 23 AFSCME Ready to Deflect San Jose Mayor’s Second Attack on Retirement Security San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is at it again, even after a judge ruled that his plan to slash city workers’ pensions is unconstitutional. (Blog)
- Jun 19 Puerto Rico Unions Defend Collective Bargaining Agreement A deal with the government protects public employee wages and benefits. (Blog)
- Jun 17 Bring on the Popcorn! Billionaire Koch Brothers Star in New Documentary “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition” is a film you need to see. (Blog)
- Jun 02 AFSCME Retirees Attend ARA Convention in Las Vegas AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders was a featured speaker at the event. (Blog)
- May 21 The Link Between Unions and a Fair Economy in 3 Charts (Blog)
- May 10 While Congress Drags its Feet, Seattle Makes Progress on a Living Wage Seattle Mayor's plan would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. (Blog)
- May 05 Cities and States Are Rethinking Outsourcing Deals At least 18 states introduced initiatives to curb the reckless outsourcing of public services. (Blog)