From the Blog
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?
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.
‘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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wisconsin Governor’s Report Card Shows Failing Grade
Governor Walker sacrificed public education funding in favor of millionaires.
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.
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.
Philadelphia City Workers Reach Tentative Agreement
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.
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.
Our Election Work Starts Now!
Critical races put AFSCME on the frontlines – register, vote, volunteer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Puerto Rico Unions Defend Collective Bargaining Agreement
A deal with the government protects public employee wages and benefits.
Bring on the Popcorn! Billionaire Koch Brothers Star in New Documentary
“Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition” is a film you need to see.
AFSCME Retirees Attend ARA Convention in Las Vegas
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders was a featured speaker at the event.
The Link Between Unions and a Fair Economy in 3 Charts
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.
Cities and States Are Rethinking Outsourcing Deals
At least 18 states introduced initiatives to curb the reckless outsourcing of public services.
Detroit Free Press Editor Wins 2014 Journalist of the Year Award
Stephen Henderson, the paper’s editorial page editor, received the honor from the National Association of Black Journalists.
New Mexico AFSCME Members Win Back Pay
Gov. Susana Martinez threatened to delay the payments, so AFSCME members remain cautious.
Union Families, Not Just Members, Are Better Off
Workers with union contracts are far more likely to receive benefits their families can use.
PayWatch Raises Awareness about Income Inequality
The average CEO in the U.S. made $11.7 million in 2013, or 331 times as much as the average worker.
A City’s Turnaround Point, Led by Its Public Workers
Public services in Monroe, La., are set to improve thanks to city workers’ efforts.
Public Libraries, Loved by All, Remain Under Attack
Local decision-makers should heed their constituents and protect library services.
Who’s Afraid of Wisconsin Voters?
For his reelection campaign, Gov. Scott Walker will apparently rely on the power of lobbyists.
Backroom Deals in Arizona Enrich Private Prison at Taxpayer Expense
A $900,000 budget item was essentially a personal gift to GEO Group from State Rep. John Kavanagh.
AFSCME Members Urge Ohioans to “Remember in November”
Three years after Gov. John Kasich tried to take our collective bargaining rights away, we’re ready to vote him out.
Detroit Retirees Rally against Cuts to Pension Benefits
The city’s proposal would cut pension checks by up to 34 percent.
Thousands of Missourians Push Back Against Radical Anti-Worker Agenda
More than 3,000 union members and allies recently crowded before the state Capitol.
Minnesota AFSCME Members Rally to Support Children
“Children can’t vote, lobby, or speak for themselves …. That’s why we have to stand up for them.”
AFSCME Iowa Member Will Run for Statehouse Seat
Ben Westphal is a public employee in the state Veteran’s Home and an AFSCME Council 61 member.
Insourcing: A New Trend for the Country?
15 states introduced new initiatives to curb the reckless outsourcing of public services.
AFSCME in New York Opposes Race-to-Bottom Budget
The governor’s proposed budget would benefit the wealthy at the expense of working families.
Kasich Mixes Half-Truths in Annual State of the State
Asking the less well-off to pay more in taxes and cutting public school budgets among the harmful things the governor did.
Sing a Song of Solidarity: Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker’s Crackdown on Singers Ruled Unconstitutional
Judge dismisses ticket issued against protestor who participated in “Solidarity Sing-Along’ at Capitol Rotunda.
The Library: Our Forgotten Pleasure
Shhh! Don't tell the tea party about this 200-year old socialist experiment.
Miami-Dade County Workers Win Back 5 Percent of Their Salaries
The huge victory – for AFSCME members, their families and communities – is an example of successful coalition building and hard work.
The Company Store Wants Your Soul Back
Indiana GOP is trying to get workers to pay for uniforms and training.
Phoenix Community to City Hall: Bargain Fairly
Hundreds rally outside City Hall in support of city employees.
Taxpayer Money Up in Smoke: Library President Spends $140,000 Renovating Office
$27,000-private smoking deck is a priority while Queens Library employees enter fourth year without a raise
This is What a Pro-Worker Governor Looks Like
Kentucky governor wants to raise employee wages by up to 5 percent.
Solidarity Brings Fair Treatment for AFSCME Minnesota Workers
Hibbing city workers educate the public on contract issues and stand strong in the face of a strike.
‘Polar Vortex’ Was Tough, But Our Members Were Tougher
Utility workers in Columbus, Ohio, brave sub-zero temperatures to fix huge water main break.
Iowa Council 61 President Sues Governor to Prevent Juvenile Home Closure
The closing of the only facility for troubled girls would also devastate the local economy.
California Governor's Budget Is Bad Medicine for Home Care Recipients
Drastic cuts in hours for tens of thousands of caregivers would also limit their ability to earn a living.
Illinois Workers in Will County Strike for Fairness
Public workers took pay cuts for past four years to aid county finances
Tough Florida AFSCME Local Beats Back Outsourcing Scheme
Plan to study outsourcing of the Miami-Dade School District’s transportation department rejected.
Downsizing at Ohio Developmental Center Goes Too Far
Layoffs could have harmful consequences for center residents.
Rhode Island AFSCME Members Demand Investigation into State Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s Pension Practices
A new report released by Council 94 raises troubling questions about investment decisions.
Michigan Governor Takes Stand in Detroit Trial, Dodges Questions
AFSCME made efforts to meet with Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr before the bankruptcy filing.
Illinois State Workers Deserve the Paychecks They Earned
Legislators should give back wages taken from 25,000 workers in 2011
The potential bankruptcy in Detroit is not solely a Detroit crisis; it is an American crisis.
Iowa Council 61 Questions Governor’s Priorities during Shutdown
AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Homan tells governor to put political posturing aside during federal shutdown.
Lawmakers ‘Loot’ Public Pension Funds, Then Blame Retirees for Underfunding
Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi writes searing indictment: ‘Looting the Pension Funds.’
NYC Agrees to Hire More 911 Operators to Address Inadequate Staff Levels
City acts to improve public safety under pressure from AFSCME District Council 37
For-Profit Prison ‘Lockup Quotas’ Put Taxpayers on the Hook for Company Profits
Report by In the Public Interest shows how companies profit through occupancy guarantees.
Pres. Lee Saunders Stands with Wisconsin Workers in Sing-Along Protests
AFSCME’s president: “we will not rest until justice is done in the state of Wisconsin.”
When Trust Turns to Rust in the Motor City
In Rick Snyder's Michigan, there's no money to make good on the pensions seniors in Detroit worked a lifetime to earn, but there's always a few hundred million available for a billionaire who wants an extravagant new sports arena.
Wisconsin’s Governor Walker Tries to Silence Capitol Sing-Alongs
Protestors sing to make a stand against governor’s anti-worker policies. Walker has them arrested.
Saunders on MSNBC: Don’t Scapegoat Detroit Workers
President Lee Saunders appeared on MSNBC yesterday to denounce attacks against Detroit workers and retirees.
Got Questions About the Detroit Financial Crisis? We’ve Got Answers.
AFSCME’s Director of Collective Bargaining Steve Kreisberg explains what’s happening in the Motor City
Calls Echo for Michigan Governor Snyder to Abide by State Constitution
AFL-CIO, Washington Post, New Yorker: Wrong to blame hard-working Detroit women and men.
Detroit Bankruptcy Scheme Moves Forward, AFSCME Will Fight for Working People
Scheme to use bankruptcy to seize employees’ and retirees’ life savings must be stopped.
AFSCME TV Showcases Next Wavers Taking it to the Streets in Detroit
Conference goers stage demonstration against governor's anti-worker agenda
The Detroit Bankruptcy Filing
A bankruptcy would result in profound hardship for workers, retirees and their families.
We’re Crashing ALEC’s party – Come Join Us!
Corporate-backed American Exchange Council opens Virginia HQ
Lawsuit Filed to Keep Detroit Out of Bankruptcy
Public service workers ask court to rule Michigan’s Emergency Manager law violates the state’s constitution.
Next Wave Takes Over EM Office in Detroit
Hundreds of AFSCME activists flood the office of Detroit’s Emergency Manager, clad in nerd gear.
Ohio AFSCME Leader Speaks Up Against Budget Cuts
State budget includes tax cuts for the wealthy while slashing funding for public services.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Denies Mayor Nutter’s Request to Impose Contract Terms
The decision is a major victory in favor of collective bargaining rights.
Connecticut Ruling an “Unequivocal Defense” of Union Members’ Rights
Court rules in favor of state employees who were illegally fired in 2003.
Evergreen College Employees Strike for Job Security and Fair Pay
The strike follows more than 16 months of stalled negotiations.
California Budget Cuts Leave Court System Decimated
Cuts of more than 30 percent have left courts unable to meet the legal needs of citizens.
Video Series Details How Unions Support the Middle Class
AFSCME child care worker from Wisconsin talks about the importance of belonging to a union.
Register Now for the Cutting-Edge Next Wave Conference
Registration is now open for the 2013 Next Wave Conference from July 12 - 14 in Detroit.
Elected Officials Come Out In Support of UC Workers on Strike
AFSCME Local 3299 members are on their second day demanding improved patient care at UC hospitals.
University of California Patient Care Workers Strike for Better Patient Care
Walkout involves thousands of patient care workers, follows more than 10 months of stalled negotiations.
Thousands of Minnesota Child Care Providers Win Bargaining Rights
Family child care providers win a historic legislative victory after a years-long campaign.
ALEC is not OK in Oklahoma
AFSCME members stand up to ALEC at the group’s annual summit and rallied for the middle class.
Wisconsin AFSCME Local 903 Members Take Activism Seriously
Four union members represent their communities in city and county governments.
AFSCME Nurses Leave DC Ready to Organize
The 14th National Nurses Congress brought together nursing professionals from across the country.
Same Class Warfare, New Class Warriors
Wealthy politicians and “philanthropists” attack pension benefits for retired librarians, teachers, and street crew workers.
UC Hospital Workers to Strike for Their Patients and Families
Misguided priorities are undermining patient care in California’s fourth largest healthcare delivery system.
Your Story Can Make a Difference
The work you do every day makes a difference. So do your stories. Share your story at www.afscme.org/story.
Vermont Home Care Providers Win Historic Collective Bargaining Victory
Providers now await Gov. Peter Shumlin’s signature for bill to become law.
CSEA Demands Investigation into Hiring of Former New York Lottery Director
Gordon Medenica negotiated a $25-million contract with GTECH to privatize state jobs.
At NYC Rally, Supporters of Child Care Protest City’s Early Learn Program
Program has led to a decline in the number of children receiving public child care.
AFSCME Members Prevail in Florida Pension Fight
State Senate rejects ALEC-backed plan that would have undermined workers’ retirement security.
Correctional Officers in Puerto Rico Win $35 Million Settlement
The agreement is for unpaid overtime wages to nearly 4500 workers.
Library Workers Will Not Be Shushed
Celebrate National Library Workers Day by demanding full funding for our libraries.
Volunteer Member Organizers Hit the Doors in Memphis to Strengthen the Union
Reinforcements from across the country came to organize workers in Memphis.
Protecting Retirement Security through a Pension
City of Little Rock, Ark., is switching to a pension system to protect retirees.
Street Renamed to Honor 1968 Sanitation Strikers
Thousands march to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work on behalf of Memphis sanitation workers.
So Long, “Owlcatraz”
GEO Group cancels plan to purchase naming rights to Florida Atlantic University’s football stadium.
The Struggle Continues in Memphis as Labor and Allies Honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Event commemorates Dr. King’s life and his work on behalf of the Memphis sanitation workers.
Inspired by Dr. King, Member Terry Walker Travels to Memphis
California home care provider joins commemorative events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and 1968 strikers.
Unity Puts Santa Clara Workers Closer to a Contract
With United EMS Workers by their side, city workers stand their ground.
Victory for Humboldt Home Care Workers
After two year battle, Humboldt County home care workers reach contract agreement with the county.
Maryland State Workers Gain Voice on the Job with AFSCME
Winning collective bargaining rights was the first step for these public service workers.
New Orleans Cab Drivers Seek Fair Treatment on the Job
Taxi cab drivers are partnering with AFSCME Council 17 for fair treatment on the job.
Mother Jones’ Hit Job on Unions: With Friends Like These...
Magazine inaccurately attacks public service employees who work every day to help our communities.
Protestors Demand More Money for Schools, Local Governments
Rally before Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech turns up the heat
Attacks on Workers’ Rights Continue in Indiana
Bill would undermine school employees’ unions by ending paycheck deductions for union dues.
Kansas Lawmakers Seek to Undermine Union Strength
‘Paycheck deception’ bill is designed to weaken workers’ voices in the political arena.
New Hampshire Rejects Right-to-Work (for Less)
The Democratic-controlled House killed the measure with a 212 to 141 vote.
Tea Party Favorite Sets His Sights on Our Rights
Sen. Rand Paul introduces national right-to-work-for-less law in Congress.
Saunders Calls for Forging Labor Unity
Leaders from nation’s major unions say stronger unity is critical to rebuilding the middle class.
President Saunders: No Time for Fair-Weather Friends
AFSCME leader calls out anti-worker tactics of Philadelphia Mayor Nutter and Illinois Governor Quinn.
Ohio Workers Protest Effort to Make State “Right-to-Work-for-Less”
AFSCME members joined other activists at a rally and press conference in Ashland, Ohio.
Philly Mayor Goes “Full Scott Walker”
Borrowing from right-wing governors, Democrat Nutter targets workers’ rights.
Cuts in Mental-Health Funding Pose Risks for States
Spotlight on intersection between mental-health disease and gun violence highlights need for more support.
Union Lawsuit: ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less’ Law Violates Michigan Constitution
Union coalition and the ACLU file suit, charging law violated Open Meetings Act.
In Private Hands, Safety Issues Quickly Arise in Ohio Prison
The Lake Erie Correctional Institution was sold in 2011 under Gov. John Kasich’s administration.
California University Employees Demand an End to Executive Excess
Administrators must cut executive pay before considering more tuition hikes, layoffs, or cuts to workers.
Governors Who Reject Medicaid Expansion Will Harm Workers, Families
Several governors say they will refuse to set up health care purchasing “exchanges.”
Thousands in Philly Demand Fairness from Mayor Nutter
City workers call on Philadelphia mayor to respect workers’ rights and think about working families.
In Anti-Nutter Rally, AFSCME Members Support Sisters and Brothers in Philadelphia
Mayor Nutter was in DC to chair a meeting of the National Conference of Mayors.
Register Now for Dynamic Legislative Conference
Want to raise your voice for workers? Come to Washington, DC, and do just that.
Illinois Governor Quinn Continues His War on Public Service Workers
Newest effort is to deny collective bargaining rights to 3,580 employees.
Iowa State Employees Launch Statewide Media Blitz Against Governor’s Double Dealing
With contract negotiations underway, AFSCME Council 61 members speak out about Gov. Terry Branstad’s hypocrisy.
Rush to Weaken Illinois’ Pension System Unwise
Governor Quinn uses lame-duck session to undermine workers’ retirement security.
Maryland Council 3 Holds Founding Convention
AFSCME’s newest council held its founding convention Dec. 14-15 in Columbia, Md.
Wall Street Journal Duo: You’re Not Working Hard Enough
Right-wing bloggers Biggs and Richwine ignore data that show lay-offs cut public services.
Saunders’ Focus: Ending the War on Working Families
AFSCME president pledges to stay in campaign mode, fight attacks in states across the country.
In Illinois, the Anti-Worker Fraternity Gets a New Member in Quinn
Pat Quinn joins right-wing governors in scapegoating working people.
Michigan Battle Extends Beyond Labor
Right-to-work isn’t the only legislation that ALEC is moving in Michigan.
Mich. Emergency Financial Manager Law: The Saga Continues
In the midst of Michigan’s right-to-work battle, Governor Snyder brings back the Local Dictator Law.
Thousands Protest Michigan’s Right-to-Work (for Less) Bills
Corporate-driven lawmakers pass legislation to weaken workers’ rights.
President Obama: Michigan Right-to-Work Bill is All About Politics
“What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.”
A Competition with Very Few Winners
An investigation by The New York Times reveals a race among state and local governments for the benefit of large companies
Michigan Anti-Union Advocates Want to Undermine the Middle Class
Supporters of “right-to-work (for less)” law launch battle to undermine workers’ unions.
Ohio County Workers Join AFSCME
Employees overcome anti-union campaign to improve their jobs.
Arkansas Race for Power Reflected National Dynamics
AFSCME Council 38 Exec. Dir. Jim Nickels relied heavily on ground game to clinch victory.
Illinois Governor Terminates State Contract, AFSCME Responds
With no warning or explanation, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn terminated the contract with state workers.
We Won in San Diego
AFSCME-endorsed mayoral candidate Bob Filner prevailed over Carl DeMaio, an anti-worker city councilman.
Philadelphia Workers Drive Their Message Home to Nutter, Literally
Members of AFSCME District Councils 33 and 47 stage candlelight vigil outside the mayor’s house.
We Are AFSCME: Campaign Volunteer Shares His Story of Activism
Public workers are organizing and campaigning for candidates who support working class families.
Shedding Light on Election Choices in the Sunshine State
AFSCME members in Florida urging voters to head to polls early, remember workers’ rights.
In Ohio, the Next Chapter in a Fight for Workers
AFSCME campaign volunteers speak up for Obama and fair Congressional representation.
Meet the New Mitt. Same As the Old Mitt.
With his campaign on the skids, Romney tries on a number of personas – none of them authentic.
Working People Flying the Unfriendly Skies Aboard Delta
Sky magazine praises union-bashing, anti-worker Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
That Knock at the Door? It’s An AFSCME Member Fighting for Workers.
Michigan members hit the streets to rally for candidates and causes that will boost the working middle class.
AFSCME Michigan Members Stand Up to Local Dictators
Thousands of calls focus on threat to democracy from Public Act 4.
Governor Kasich’s Crusade to Privatize Ohio’s Transportation Department
Attacks on public employees in the Buckeye State despite the important work they do.
Weeks Before Election, Concerns Remain in Ohio and Pennsylvania
Fate of Michigan collective bargaining proposal might hinge on voter turnout.
AFSCME’s ‘Pat Quinn Truth Squad’ Is on the March in Illinois
Union spreads message that governor’s proposed budget cuts will devastate critical services.
We Are Better Off Than We Were Before
Economic reality forces presidential contender Mitt Romney to alter his campaign slogan.
Jindal’s Job Hypocrisy Hurts Louisiana
Governor cares about his deep-pocketed campaign donors, not jobs.
Campaign Activists in Ohio Hear from AFSCME’s President Saunders
It’s a family affair as volunteers work the phones for Obama and state candidates.
Judge Strikes Down Scott Walker’s Law Attacking Collective Bargaining in Wisconsin
Unpopular law touched off weeks of protest in Madison by public workers and their allies.
AFSCME Stands with Chicago Teachers and Public School Children
Saunders: Chicago mayor and school board must collaborate with teachers for student success.
AFT Statement in Support of Striking Chicago Teachers Union Members
Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten in support of striking Chicago Teachers Union members.
Opting for a Medicaid Donut Hole Makes State Budgets the Biggest Loser
A bad policy decision by governors in some states carries a devastating health impact.
AFSCME Next Waver Campaigns for President Obama’s Election – and Her Own
For Shannon Schroeder, it’s not enough to vote in the election. She’s running for office.
Vermont Home Care Workers Organize to Amplify Voice
Despite attempts to quash union organizing in other states, Vermont caregivers push ahead.
Saunders on the GOP Convention: “All Lies and No Solutions”
Pres. Lee Saunders appeared on “Washington Watch” to discuss attacks on working families and unions.
Romney Opposes Expanding Collective Bargaining Rights for Public Workers
At the Republican National Convention, presidential hopeful declares he will fully embrace an anti-worker agenda.
They Said What?!
Remarks from anti-worker governors at the Republican National Convention had us scratching our heads.
Michigan Appellate Court: Place Collective Bargaining Amendment on Ballot
State Supreme Court to have the last word as corporate-backed politicians appeal decision.
AFSCME Founder’s Grandson Eyes Seat in Alaska State Legislature
Andy Josephson’s candidacy fires up labor and community supporters.
CSEA Cheers Federal Court’s Ruling to Protect Union Contracts
Labor leaders expect positive implications for labor-management relations across the country
Illinois Gov. Quinn Has a Bad Day at the State Fair
AFSCME members, working families make their voices heard during the fair’s annual Governor's Day.
GOP Convention Theme: Another Distortion of the Truth
The Tampa Bay Times Forum, site of the Republican Convention, was built with public financing.
A Vote in Favor of Reclaiming Collective Bargaining in Wisconsin
AFSCME Local 502 President La Tonya Johnson moves one step closer to Assembly seat.
Florida AFSCME Members Organize, Defeat Privatization Scheme
North Miami Beach city council overwhelmingly voted down a plan to privatize sanitation services.
Michigan ‘Local Dictators’ Law Will Go On Ballot for Citizen Vote
AFSCME-led coalition pushes for 200,000 petition signers’ voices to be heard.
New York Members Speak Out Against Parking Meter Privatization
Call for city workers to continue their effective job of raising more than $150 million/year in revenue.
Study Links Good Jobs and Bargaining Power
New study from CEPR blames decline of good jobs on workers’ deteriorating bargaining power.
Don't Blame Union for Bankrupt Cities
Saunders: Scapegoating public workers does not address the real problems facing cities across the country.
Lexington, Ky., Sanitation Workers Win Vote to Unionize with AFSCME
Newest members of Council 62 look forward to having an increased say on the job.
Indiana Judge Condemns Privatization
Taxpayers lose out when a plan to privatize the state’s welfare system ends in failure.
HBO Show “Newsroom” Spotlights Scott Walker’s Attack on Bargaining
In the latest episode of HBO’s drama, fictional news anchor reports on the Wisconsin uprising.
Fighting Back Against ‘Local Dictators’ in Michigan
State Supreme Court will hear arguments on ballot access from both sides on July 25.
California Governor Signs Budget with No New Cuts to Home Care
Jerry Brown enacts financial plan with no reduction in In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS).
Muskogee City Employees Win Back Collective Bargaining Rights
City council restores rights that were stripped away last spring.
President Saunders: ‘We Won’t Back Down’
In a New York Times interview, Pres. Lee Saunders lays out his vision for AFSCME.
California AG Harris: ‘We Are Too Big To Fail’
Attorney general praises AFSCME members for leading the fight for working families every day.
Fighting As One
Thousands of AFSCME delegates rallied in Los Angeles with their California sisters and brothers.
AFSCME Members Stand Together, Fight Back
Ed Schultz emceed a program highlighting AFSCME's efforts in battles across the country.
Secretary-Treasurer Saunders: ‘We Don’t Back Down’
In his keynote address, Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders exhorted delegates to pull together and fight.
Michigan to Vote on Anti-Worker ‘Dictator’ Law, Union Rights Amendment
Measures to repeal Public Act 4, protect collective bargaining rights to be on November ballot.
Romney, Allies Target Public Service Workers
Presidential hopeful claims fewer teachers and first responders is what taxpayers want.
What Happened in Wisconsin
The spirit of Wisconsin should continue to inspire our commitment to fight even harder.
A Fight for the History Books – and Workers Everywhere
Wisconsin’s working families fight back against corporate-backed policies that have devastated the state’s economy.
Volunteers in Walker Recall Election Inspired to Get Out the Vote
AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders inspires troops in the final hours of Wisconsin’s recall election.
For Wisconsin Activist, A Long-Awaited Day Arrives
Leah Lipska is ready to recall Scott Walker and win back Wisconsin for working people.
Solidarity Knows No State Boundaries
Support for Walker recall transcends Wisconsin’s borders.
Returning the Favor: Ohio Workers Get Out the Vote to Recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Volunteers from Ohio’s OAPSE/AFSCME help Wisconsin voters recall Governor Walker.
Face to Face, and Call after Call, Volunteers Are Making a Difference in Walker Recall Effort
AFSCME Council 24 member Paul Spink gets out the recall vote.
Getting the Walker Recall Vote Out in Wisconsin
Two volunteers on the front lines of the fight talk about why they do it.
The Unsung Heroes behind the Wisconsin Recall Campaign
Meet some of the volunteers who perform the less glamorous but essential campaign jobs.
Rock the Vote Rally Energizes Wisconsin Recall Effort
Campaign to recall Gov. Scott Walker hits a musical high note.
AFSCME’s Saunders Hits the Airwaves to Discuss The Main Street Moment
Book examines the unprecedented attacks on workers’ rights by right-wing politicians and their corporate backers.
North Miami Beach AFSCME Members Fight Sanitation Privatization
Member mobilization, community outreach put the brakes on city manager's push to privatize sanitation services.
AFSCME’s McEntee and Saunders Release Book: The Main Street Moment
Book offers searing look at income inequality and a plan for rebuilding the American Dream.
Wisconsin Recall Race in a Dead Heat
New polling shows Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett closing in on Gov. Scott Walker.
“We Are Wisconsin”
Documentary film shows the experiences of six regular people who joined the Wisconsin uprising.
AFSCME Members Fight to Protect Jobs, Pay Raises in Maryland, Missouri
Hard bargaining and grassroots legislative activism secures pay raises for the upcoming fiscal year.
San Diego AFSCME Members Overwhelmingly Ratify One-Year Agreement
One-year deal with the city protects the pay and rights of working families.
Walker and Gingrich Share a Donor
No surprise: Anti-worker casino owner Sheldon Adelson backs Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election.
Arizona Legislature Champions the Rich, Corporations, but Attacks Workers
Legislature wipes out civil service protections but fails to kill collective bargaining.
AFSCME Members Fired Up to Recall Wisconsin Governor Walker
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wins primary. Next step: Beat Governor Walker.
Public Job Losses Hit Women, African-Americans Hardest
New EPI report reveals the human costs of cuts to public services.
Romney: “Governor Kasich Is Doing a Heckuva Job”
At a campaign stop in Ohio, presidential candidate praises the state’s unpopular governor.
Public Pension Opponents Argue from Both Sides to Distort Truth
Dean Baker contends that politicians are “using heaping doses of the politics of envy" to divide workers.
Governor LePage’s Mean Words
Maine’s first-term governor steps up his anti-worker rhetoric, adding to his string of outlandish statements.
San Diego Businesses Speak Out Against Threat to Retirement Security from Proposition B
The measure is being used to score political points at the expense of city employees.
Missouri Home Care Providers Win Historic Court Ruling
Vote by 13,000 workers for representation with AFSCME upheld by Court of Appeals.
Saunders: AFSCME Members Are Everyday Heroes
On progressive radio show Rebuild America, Secretary-Treasurer Saunders discusses attacks on public service workers.
In Michigan, Democracy Loses to a Technicality
Voters unfairly denied a chance to decide whether the “dictator law” should stand.
Random Drug Testing of Florida State Workers Unconstitutional, Judge Rules
Suit, brought by AFSCME and the ACLU, overturns Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order.
Jindal Bows to Public Pressure, Halts State Prison Sale
Louisiana governor’s plan to sell a prison called off due to public outcry.
Walker’s Cronies Get Bonuses While Working Families Cut Back
As Wisconsin leads the nation in jobs lost, governor’s top staff get big payouts.
Under a Spotlight, ALEC Continues to Lose Supporters
The American Legislative Exchange Council loses a member as it pursues its right-wing agenda.
Memphis School Workers Remind School Board of Public Workers’ Value
Future of community’s public education at stake as city-county school systems merger approaches.
Florida AFSCME Members Fight Privatization
Members of AFSCME Council 79 participated in the Push Back Summit to Save South Florida.
Californians Preparing to Fight Corporate Power Grab
New video highlights deceptive ballot measure that would limit union members’ political power.
California Child Care Providers Recognized for Service
Community recognizes contributions of child care providers during Cesar Chavez Day festivities in Orange County.
Louisiana Gov. Jindal Takes Aim at State Constitution
Governor could violate state Constitution to impose changes to workers’ pensions, law firm concludes.
Library Workers Will Not Be Shushed
On National Library Workers Day, AFSCME is fighting to protect our nation’s public libraries.
University of California Irvine Ends Outsourcing of Custodial Services
After a four-year battle, 94 custodial workers were officially classified as University employees.
ALEC Too Extreme for Coke and Kraft Foods
Corporate backers back away from American Legislative Exchange Council over ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.
Georgians Win Fight for Constitutional and Worker Rights
Bill designed to stifle free speech and worker rights dies under weight of protests.
Students and Labor: A Perfect Union
The United States Student Association and AFSCME pull together to fight state battles nationwide.
Court Strikes Down Portions of Wisconsin Governor’s Anti-Worker Agenda
State ordered to reinstate automated paycheck deductions for state workers by May 31.
AFSCME Converges on Minnesota Capitol Building
Over a thousand AFSCME members filled the rotunda in St. Paul to challenge an anti-worker agenda.
Memphis School Employees Score a Huge Victory
The Unified School Board votes to extend labor agreements through 2013.
Florida Local Stops Privatization Scheme
Community sides with workers, against attempt to privatize the Hallandale Beach Building Services Department.
Missouri Public Service Workers Lobby for Their Rights
AFSCME Council 72 members defend collective bargaining in meetings with state representatives.
Maryland Workers Beat Back Privateers
Prince George’s County Public Schools will not contract out Before- and After-Care services.
Democracy Wins a Victory in Michigan
Judge’s ruling invalidates ‘dictator law’ in Flint over Open Meeting Law violation.
Iowans Win Victory Over Gov. Branstad’s Abuse of Power
State Supreme Court rules governor defied constitution to close unemployment offices.
Ariz. Governor Pushing Pro-Cronyism Bill
Legislation would wipe out protections for public service workers and promote political cronyism.
Scaled Back Tier 6 Plan Rammed Through N.Y. Legislature
Open government gave way to backroom deals in the middle of the night.
New Yorkers Say ‘Tier It Down’ to Tier 6 Retirement Plan
Hundreds rally to defend the retirement security of New York public service workers.
Jobs and the Economic Recovery, by the Numbers
The economy is recovering slowly, dragged down by continued job losses in the public sector.
Report: NY Governor’s Plan Cuts Retirement Security 40 Percent
Study by independent organization confirms benefit cut.
Rally Goers March to Take Back Wisconsin
Tens of thousands send a powerful message to Gov. Scott Walker and corporate-backed politicians.
San Jose Workers Vow to Fight Pension Deception
Audit ordered after politicians caught inflating pension costs by more than $250 million.
Judge to Florida Legislators: Mandatory Pension “Contribution” is Unconstitutional
County court orders lawmakers to return money taken from local government workers with interest.
Public Sector Workers Rally in New York State Capital for Working Families
Nearly 2,000 public service workers gathered in Albany for AFSCME's annual lobby day.
Workers Must Be Involved in Tennessee School District Merger
AFSCME Local 1733 deserves a voice in merger of Memphis and Shelby County school districts.
Petitions Collected for Repeal Michigan ‘Dictator Law’ Initiative
Anti-worker law gives unelected officials the power to negate collective bargaining agreements.
AFSCME Endorses Kathleen Falk for Wisconsin Governor
Falk fought to protect the collective bargaining rights of public service workers.
DiNapoli: ‘Stop Twisting the Facts’ on Public Pensions
New York State Controller warns lawmakers 401(k)-style plans provide inadequate retirement security.
This is What Democracy Looks Like in Florida on Lobby Day
Hundreds of AFSCME members travel to Tallahassee to meet with their elected representatives.
The Truth Behind Right-to-Work-For-Less
Corporate-driven, anti-worker legislation will undermine Minnesota’s middle class.
Prison Privateer Offers to Buy Prisons from Starving States
Corrections Corporation of America will give cash in exchange for own-and-operate services.
Attacks on Worker Rights Can Be Defeated, Says Ohio AFSCME Leader
IVP Joseph Rugola participated in a panel discussion on politics of public sector bargaining rights.
Twitter users expose the agenda of the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council.
Poll Doesn’t Show Full Picture of ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less’ in Ohio
Questions in new poll were overly simplified and biased in favor of anti-worker legislation.
Prison Privatization Fails in Florida Senate
Plan is rejected by a 21-19 vote, handing Gov. Rick Scott a major defeat.
Walker’s Attack on Wisconsin Values Anything But Progressive
Setting the facts straight about Scott Walker's real record as governor.
Collective Bargaining Rights Upheld in SD
Legislative effort defeated by activists from Council 59 and other supporters of workers’ rights.
Kasich Fails to Address the Real State of His State
AFSCME Council 8 activists demonstrate during Ohio governor’s State-of-the-State address
Arizona Workers Brace for Battle
State legislators move quickly to pass several anti-worker bills.
Building Worker Strength in Lean Times
AFSCME union in Florida grows in the face of a tough economic climate.
The Twittersphere responds to right-to-work-for-less law in the Super Bowl state.
Volunteer Member Organizers Head Out in Tulsa, Okla.
City employees organize against privatization and anti-worker threats.
N.H. Gov. Lynch Stands Up for Public Employees
In State of the State address, governor vows to block threats to collective bargaining.
Indiana Workers Speak Out Against ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less’ Bill
Gov. Mitch Daniels disregarded workers’ views when he signed the bill.
S.D. Workers’ Collective Bargaining Rights Safe – For Now
Sponsor of anti-worker bill changes mind, but the bill is not dead yet.
Florida Public Safety for Sale
Republican state Sen. Mike Fasano speaks out against a bill to privatize Florida's prisons.
‘Our Democracy is Not for Sale’
Arizona retirees, public service workers and community activists protest undue influence of corporate special interests.
Caution, @GovWalker, Roads Are Slippery When Anti-Worker
Twitter users react to the more than 1 million signatures collected to recall Wisconsin’s governor.
Rhode Island Decision Victory for Retirees
Judge says City of Pawtucket cannot unilaterally cut health benefits promised to retired employees.
One Million-Plus Demand Wisconsin Governor Walker’s Recall for Opposing Workers’ Rights
Wisconsin voters seek recall of governor, lieutenant governor and four senators for opposing collective bargaining.
We’ll Bet You Dollars to Donuts Rick Scott Doesn’t Get It
Breakfast pastries, not jobs, are the focus of Florida governor’s State of the State Address.
NH Lawmakers Stand Up for Workers, Their Unions and the Middle Class
Legislators try to stop right-to-work proposal that would undermine unions in New Hampshire.
Indiana Citizens Welcome at Their Own Statehouse After All
As legislative session opens, Gov. Mitch Daniels drops plan to severely limit crowd size.
And the Award for Worst Governor of the Year Goes to…
Help us choose the very worst governor of 2011 by casting your vote on Facebook.
We’re Not Backing Down
In a pivotal year for the working middle class, we pulled together and fought back.
AFSCME Says No to Big Apple Early Education Proposal
DC 1707 fights back against plan that would reduce children's access to early learning programs and eliminate jobs.
Historic Ohio Contract Agreement Ratified
New contract demonstrates that unions can work together with states to solve economic problems.
A Win for NYC and Good Government
City council overrides Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of a bill protecting public services and public employees.
Time Names “The Protester” Person of the Year; Main Street America’s Protesters Deserve A Bow
Before Occupy Wall Street there were hundreds of thousands of protesters occupying Madison, Wis..
Judge to Iowa Governor: You Can’t Pick and Choose on Vetoes
Budget bill included funding for unemployment offices which Gov. Terry Branstad decided to close.
Judge Forces Thousands of Minnesota Child Care Providers to Wait for Their Right to Unionize
Temporary restraining order blocks election due to lawsuit by union-busting conservative think tank.
Putting Ohio in Perspective
The mobilization that led to the resounding defeat of Issue 2 will continue into 2012.
Attacking Public Workers Is Bad Policy That Ignores the Real Problem: Jobs
In their zeal to attack public service workers, right-wing governors overlook job creation.
Think Again: Taking Back Ohio
Watch this video to hear from the people in Ohio who made this victory happen.
Ohio Voters Send a Message
Sec.-Treas. Saunders on MSNBC: “This will carry from Ohio across this country.”
‘Guerilla Drive-In’ Exposes Billionaire Koch Brothers’ Role in Destroying Middle Class, Crushing Workers
Demonstrators focus on corrosive role of corporate money in politics, dangerous agenda of right-wing groups.
From Alabama to Ohio, the Struggle for Justice Continues
BJ Simmons-Talley is determined not to let Issue 2 roll back women’s rights.
Ohio Zookeeper Worries About Security at Work, Home
Matthew De Voe is concerned Issue 2 would impact zoo safety, hit his family’s budget.
A Different Kind of Sunday Service
Retiree Jamie Fant gives up his weekend routine to help defeat Issue 2 in Ohio.
Fighting for Her Younger Colleagues, Youngest Students
School bus driver Karen Holdridge has spent the past eight months working against Issue 2.
AFSCME Retirees’ $10,000 Boosts Ohio Campaign
Donation helps We Are Ohio educate state residents about the anti-worker Issue 2.
A Pep Talk on Main Street
Sec.-Treas. Saunders, Ohio AFSCME leaders encourage volunteers working to defeat Issue 2.
John Glenn is Voting NO on Issue 2
Famed astronaut, American hero and former U.S. Senator for Ohio opposes Senate Bill 5.
Remembering Darker Days in Ohio That Could Return
OCSEA’s Kathy Stewart never dreamed she’d find herself fighting again for collective bargaining in Ohio.
Walking the Walk to Oppose Issue 2
AFSCME members fan out across Ohio to make sure voters repeal Senate Bill 5.
A Safety Net About to Unravel in Ohio
Issue 2’s passage would wipe out protections for public workers, including the state’s corrections employees.
A “No!” Vote on Ohio’s Issue 2 Will Help Protect Public Safety, Says State Meat Inspector
Ohio state meat inspector says Issue 2 must be defeated for safety’s sake.
From Wisconsin to Wall Street
Wisconsin public service worker travels to NYC to express solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
Romney Was for Issue 2 Before He Was Against Saying He Was
Former Massachusetts governor known for his inconsistent positions outdoes himself in Ohio.
Judge Blocks Michigan Veterans Home Privatization Scheme
Veterans’ health and safety comes first, judge rules in outsourcing dispute.
Former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee’s Voter Suppression Remark is No Joke
FOX News commentator encourages Ohio voters to suppress turnout to repeal anti-worker law.
No Link Between State Budget Deficits and Public Sector Unions
A new study by the University of Berkeley demolishes myth that unions are to blame for problems caused by the recession and housing bubble.
AFSCME Women Pledge Action in Upcoming Political Fights
Conference attendees head home prepared to out-organize, out-fundraise and outlast opponents of America’s workers.
AFSCME Women Celebrate Key Collective Bargaining Victories, Prepare for Fights Ahead
Sec.-Treas. Saunders urges relentless activism on behalf of public service employees and workers’ rights.
Florida Court Rebukes Governor’s Prison Sale
Ruling blocks Gov. Scott’s plan to turn 29 state facilities over to private contractors.
AFSCME President, U.S. Labor Secretary Thank Members, Urge Action on Jobs Act
Women's Conference attendees praised for their efforts in the ongoing fight for the American worker.
AFSCME Members Gather in Milwaukee for Women’s Conference
Conference attendees will share experiences, discuss important union issues and develop leadership skills.
AFSCME Councils 4 and 15 Earn Big Wins
Union-supported alderman candidates in New Haven, CT, pledge to combat privatization, layoffs and furloughs.
Rhode Island Public Workers Win Key Pension Ruling
Judge rules R.I. public employees should have their day in court in pension battle.
Labor Day Isn’t About the Past, It’s About Today
AFSCME New Mexico members and their fellow public service workers speak out about workers' rights.
Kasich's Call for Compromise Smacks of Desperation
Ohio governor, Republican leadership scramble as referendum approaches on unpopular SB 5 legislation.
Wisconsin’s Working Families Win Final Recall Elections
State Senate now boasts a pro-worker majority that would have blocked Walker's divisive anti-worker bill.
“No” Vote Means Repeal Senate Bill 5
Ohio voters will vote “no” on Issue 2 this November to repeal radical, anti-worker law.
Default: It’s Not Just a Game of Politics
Federally funded state programs could get hammered if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.
Public Employees Come to City’s Rescue
AFSCME members helped raise public awareness that Salamanca, NY, was near bankruptcy.
Coalition of Workers, Religious Leaders, Demand Fiscal Accountability of N.M. Hospital Executives
Christus St. Vincent fails to disclose how money intended for indigent care is being spent.
It's Official: SB 5 Heads to the Ballot
Ohio Secretary of State certifies 915,456 signatures to bring repeal to a vote in November.
Minnesota Public Services to Resume – but Problems Remain
The statewide government shutdown is over, but the budget deal won’t solve Minnesota’s many problems.
Ohio Gov. Kasich: Wake Up and Smell the Polls!
Anti-worker, right-wing policies are sinking Ohio Governor Kasich’s popularity with the state’s voters.
Wisconsin’s Voters Again Reject Corporate Agenda
Incumbent state Sen. Dave Hansen (D) retained his seat in the state's first recall contest.
Tax and Budget Cutting Don’t Create Jobs
The policies implemented by anti-worker state governors are behind our stalled economic recovery.
Iowans Tell Gov. Branstad: No More Corporate Agenda!
Des Moines rally calls on the governor to “put people before profits, politics and polluters.”
Right Trumps Might in Tennessee
Activists arrested in March during state Senate hearing on anti-union legislation have been acquitted.
Newly Released Documents Expose ALEC’s Corporate Agenda
Secretive organization writes “model legislation” to advance business interests at the expense of working Americans.
They Thought Voters Were Dumb. They Were Wrong!
Wisconsin voters rejected all six GOP candidates who posed as Democrats in Tuesday's primary election.
NYC Fire Fighters Get Out the Vote in Wisconsin
FDNY members volunteer in recall efforts to restore workers' rights and protect middle class families.
AFL-CIO Sec.-Treas. Shuler Dives into the Next Wave
National labor federation's youngest-ever elected officer addresses the next generation of AFSCME leaders.
Minnesotans Demand End to Government Shutdown
Public service workers and supporters hold massive demonstration at the Capitol steps in St. Paul.
Need a Job? Go to Prison
Thanks to Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin public service employees lose work to unpaid inmates.
AFSCME’s Saunders: Current Fights Are About ‘Direction of the Country’
In magazine interview, Secretary-Treasurer Saunders discusses attacks on workers' rights and the middle class.
Minnesota’s Taxpayers Paying Heavy Price for Unnecessary Shutdown
Government services in Minnesota begin to shutdown while Republican legislators refuse to find a responsible budget solution.
Standing Up for Public Service Workers in San Diego
Sec.-Treas. Saunders and Rev. Sharpton speak out against right-wing attacks on city employees.
Telling the Truth about Public Pension Systems
Pension experts rebut the myth that public pensions are unsustainable.
Ohio Voters Deliver 1.3 Million Signatures
6,000 union members and community supporters marched in Columbus as part of history-making repeal effort.
Rachel Maddow Spells Out Koch Brothers’ Influence
Tea Party financiers brought several Republican governors to a secret, invitation-only meeting in Colorado.
Ohio Voters Celebrate End of Petition Drive to Repeal SB 5
Thousands of union members and community supporters march alongside a semi-truck filled with signatures.
Big Surprise: States That Cut the Most Spending Have Lost the Most Jobs
Economic data contradicts Republican's pet economic theory - state spending cuts are correlated with higher unemployment and lower growth.
Training for the Bargaining Table in Rhode Island
Rank-and-file members learn about the challenges posed by shrinking budgets and right-wing attacks on workers.
New Jersey Legislature Attacks Workers’ Rights
Legislation would roll back benefits and bargaining rights for 750,000 state and local workers.
Tent Cities Pop Up in Trenton and New York City
NJ's “Camp Collective Bargaining” and NYC’s “Bloombergville” were inspired by protests in Madison and Cairo.
Michigan Voters Launch Campaign to Stop Local Dictator Law
Organizers vow to gather 190,000 signatures by Labor Day to put repeal on the ballot.
A Better New Jersey for All
New Jersey public employees talk about the important services they provide to the state.
Netroots Nation Video: Attack on America's Middle Class
Footage from Saturday morning's keynote featuring Sen. Al Franken and AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Lee A. Saunders.
We Are Ohio Collects Over 714K Signatures for Citizens' Veto
Grassroots group reports than triple the number of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.
From Memphis to Madison to Minneapolis
AFSCME sponsored the reception and opening keynote session to kick off the Netroots Nation conference.
Netroots Nation Video: Bloggers Unite!
Panelists discussed how bloggers in Wisconsin turned the Madison uprising into a national story.
Thousands Protest New York City’s Budget Cuts
Mayor Bloomberg's budget plan threatens to cut services and lay off workers.
AFSCME Joins Progressive Activists at Netroots Nation
The annual conference for online activists takes place June 16-19 in Minneapolis.
New Jersey Public Employees Rally Against Union-Busting Legislation
Activists protest Gov. Christie's continued assault on public sector workers.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules 4-3 Against Workers' Rights
Despite the setback, Wisconsin's pro-worker movement remains as vital and committed as ever.
Prison Privatization as Political Payback
Taxpayers wind up paying more when private contractors cut corners on safety, health and services.
Ohio Bikers Make Themselves Heard at the Statehouse
Motorcycle rally draws attention to the campaign to get SB 5 on the November ballot.
NY Gov. Reveals Plan to Cut Public Worker Pensions
Proposal requires public employees to work longer and pay more for less generous benefits.
Iowans Protest Frankenstein Bill
Omnibus legislation was assembled from a hodgepodge of bills that failed earlier this year.
State Battles Summit Ends with Commitment to Fight
Civil rights leader Wade Henderson energizes AFSCME activists with call to preserve the Middle Class.
Sec.-Treas. Saunders: ‘We're the Last Line of Defense’ for the Middle Class
Activists at AFSCME's State Battles Summit learn more about successful efforts to fight back.
“Walkerville”: Friendly Face of the Budget Battle
Tent city springs up near the Wisconsin State Capitol to protest Gov. Walker's anti-worker agenda.
AFSCME’s State Battles Summit Opens
Conference will focus on fighting unprecedented right-wing attacks on public service workers and collective bargaining.
Nebraska’s AFSCME Activists Uphold Collective Bargaining Rights
Deal reached on a reasonable alternative to the corporate agenda to weaken workers’ power.
Illinois Union Coalition Blocks Bills Attacking Public Service Workers
Grassroots outpouring turns back huge increases in pension contributions, health insurance premiums for state employees.
Do the Right Thing in Montana
Montana's Republican-controlled legislature refuses to honor a fair deal made with state workers.
Collective Bargaining in Wisconsin Gets Another Reprieve
Judge rules open meeting law was violated in rush to pass Gov. Walker's anti-union measure.
Wisconsin Voter ID Bill is Morally Wrong
Gov. Walker signs fast-tracked law designed to make it harder for Wisconsinites to vote.
San Jose Mayor Doesn't Know the Way to a Fair Budget
Community members speak out against devastating cuts and attacks on city workers' bargaining rights.
Private Prison Savings Are a Hoax
New York Times report shows prisons run by private corporations cost taxpayers more, not less.
Puerto Rico’s Public Service Workers Win Back Rights
Bill reinstating collective bargaining was passed unanimously and signed into law by Gov. Luis Fortuño.
AFSCME Members Beat Privatization in Pennsylvania
Northampton County voters overwhelmingly reject a ballot measure to privatize Gracedale nursing home.
State Revenues Are Coming Back. Walker Says, ‘So What?’
Despite revenue collections beating expectations, right-wing governors move ahead with plans to slash public services.
AFSCME Members Rally in NYC to Support Child Care Services
Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal would deny subsidized day care services to 7,000 children next year.
NH Gov. Lynch Stands with the Middle Class
Governor sides with Main Street and vetoes "right-to-work" bill, blocking efforts to weaken collective bargaining.
Maryland Home Care Providers’ Bargaining Rights Become Law
Gov. O'Malley signs bill ensuring collective bargaining rights for nearly 5,000 independent providers.
School Privatization Conference Draws Hundreds of Protesters
Attendees gathered in DC to discuss replacing the public education system with a voucher program.
Florida Legislature Adjourns; Privatization, Dues Deduction Efforts Fail
Session was defined by attacks on public services, but working families achieved considerable victories.
Taking Hypocrisy to a New Low
Anti-worker Govs. Kasich (R-OH) and Walker (R-WI) issue ironic proclamations praising public service workers.
Pride at Work Energizes LGBT Support for Public Employees
Solidarity statement recognizes that attacks on collective bargaining are also attacks on fundamental American values.
Prison Corporations are ‘Making a Killing’
New report details corruption, increased cases of violence and death at for-profit facilities.
Hundreds Protest New Jersey Gov. Christie’s Plan to Devastate Working Families
Sec.-Treas. Saunders, Rev. Sharpton and AFT Pres. Weingarten spoke in defense of working families.
Finding Real Solutions for Our Schools
Former DC school superintendent Michelle Rhee exaggerates her abilities, putting children's education at risk.
AFSCME Connecticut Members Protest State Budget Plan
More than 2,500 rallied against a plan to extract $2 billion from state workers.
Michigan AFSCME Members Protest Snyder Commencement Address
More than 1,000 students, community and union activists rallied at the Univ. of Michigan.
AFSCME Sanitation Workers Honored at White House, Join ‘Labor Hall of Fame’
Local 1733 members are the first group of workers included for "taking collective action."
AFSCME Michigan Stands Up for Education
Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed stripping $900 million from K-12 school funding.
Telling the Whole Story About Public Employee Pension Funds
Pew Center on the States portrays the public pension system as "broken," but the facts don't back that up.
Straight Talk on Retirement in San Jose
Phrases like “actuarial reports” and “unfunded liabilities” didn’t stop over 200 workers in San Jose, Calif., from foregoing their lunch hour to hear the truth about pensions.
Michigan Rally Defends Middle Class, Opposes Budget Cuts
More than 7,000 Michigan residents from throughout the state rallied at the Capitol in Lansing on Wednesday to oppose Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s anti-worker budget plan.
Gov. Rick Scott, Your Report Card is Shameful!
In office just 100 days, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has proven he has a lot to learn about running a government that benefits all Floridians — not just his Big Business friends.
Gov. Walker Admits New Union Rules Don’t Help Budget
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) asked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) to explain how attacking workers' rights and middle class jobs helps fix broken state budgets.
Tax Day Travesty
When big corporations skip out on their tax bills, it’s working Americans who pay the price.
Happy National Library Workers Day
Today, in the midst of budget cuts to libraries across the country, we celebrate National Library Workers Day and recognize the important services provided by library workers under increasingly difficult circumstances.
11,000 Ohioans Kick Off Campaign to Repeal Anti-Worker Legislation
AFSCME members join thousands of workers from across Ohio vowing to veto SB 5 in November.
Rallies for Workers’ Rights and Public Services Still Going Strong
AFSCME members are not taking a spring break from ongoing efforts to demonstrate the depth and breadth of public opposition to plans to slash public services and attack the rights of workers.
Florida Legislature Pulls Plug on Privatization of Northeast Florida State Hospital
One of the many dangerous proposals in Gov. Rick Scott's budget is now off the table.
1 Kasich Budget = 51,000 Lost Ohio Jobs
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has proposed a two-year budget which could mean a direct loss of 51,052 existing Ohio jobs in K-12 education, higher education, state personnel and local governments [...]
MSNBC Profiles Public Service Workers Under Attack
As attacks on public service workers continue across the country, MSNBC.com has posted a collection of stories — “Faces of the public sector” — examining how public workers are dealing with what has become an increasingly hostile climate.
Memphis Sanitation Workers Remember
Memphis sanitation workers from the famous 1968 strike stand in solidarity with workers across the country who are fighting the same battle for rights today.
New Haven, Conn.: Thousands Rally in Solidarity with Workers under Siege
More than 3,000 union members and their progressive allies marched on the streets on New Haven, Conn. Wednesday.
AFSCME Members in Minnesota: We’re Fighting for the Middle Class
Michiganders: Change Constitution to Protect Collective Bargaining
Just Say No to SB 5
Today, the Ohio state House is set to vote on Senate Bill 5 (SB 5), a bill that would strip collective bargaining rights from 350,000 public service workers in the state.
SB 5 is one of the cornerstones in Gov. John Kasich’s plan.
Florida AFSCME Members Protest Anti-Worker Bills
Close to 2,000 AFSCME members and progressive allies from across the Florida Panhandle held a massive rally in Tallahassee today to protest Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s anti-worker policies.
Making Our Voice Heard in Indiana
The hard work of AFSCME members in Indiana and their labor and community allies is starting to pay off.
AFSCME New York Members March on City Hall
Small Businesses Join AFSCME Ohio in Opposition to SB 5
AFSCME members are holding a series of eight press events around the state in conjunction with a group of small businesses who are part of Proud Ohio Workers.
Organizing for Power with AFSCME
With this column, we note the many organizing victories achieved during the past several months, both large and small (listed alphabetically by state).
McEntee on Gov. Walker's Anti-Worker Power Grab
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made no mention of the massive $117 million in tax breaks he provided for wealthy corporations before he launched his power grab to silence the voices of working men and women.
AFSCME Defends N.Y.C. Public Child Care
AFSCME District Council 1707, District Council 37 and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/AFSCME Local 1000 are standing firm with Manhattan Borough Pres. Scott Stringer (D) to fight cuts to vital child care services.
Sec.-Treas. Saunders and Rev. Sharpton Stand Up for Public Services in Connecticut
Sec.-Treas. Saunders and Rev. Sharpton Stand Up for Public Services in Connecticut
Ohio Gov. Kasich Advances Anti-Union Agenda with Destructive Budget
Following in the footsteps of Wisconsin and other states promoting disastrous anti-union bills and cuts to vital public services, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has unveiled his two-year budget.
AFSCME Actions Keep the Heat on Elected Officials
It's been a busy week for AFSCME members fighting back against bad budget plans and anti-union legislation.
Stephen King's Next Horror Novel "Could Star Rick Scott"
Novelist Stephen King made a surprise appearance at the "Awake the State" rally in Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday and spoke out against Gov. Rick Scott's radical, budget-slashing, union-busting agenda.
In Ohio, the State of the Worker Address
On Monday, workers across Ohio delivered the State of the Worker Address, a prebuttal to Gov. John Kasich's first State of the State Address. As ABC 9 in Cincinnati reports, workers called on Kasich to follow through on his campaign pledges.
Video: A Better New York for All
Members of AFSCME New York describe — in their own words — the drastic effects Governor Cuomo’s budget will have on New Yorkers all across the state.
Governors Side with Unions, Not Wisconsin’s Walker
Governors Martin O’Malley of Maryland, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Mark Dayton of Minnesota are among state leaders who have something important to say to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Washington State AFSCME Members Stand with Wisconsin Workers
An attack on workers in one state is an attack on every worker. This is why the nationwide outpouring of support for public service workers in Wisconsin continues to grow.
Dropkick the Attacks on Workers
The band Dropkick Murphys has released an advance stream of their new song “Take ‘Em Down” in support of the thousands of Wisconsin union workers who are protesting the governor’s budget plan.
Video: In Wisconsin, “Everything’s at Risk”
Prior to marching to the Capitol in Madison on Tuesday, Wisconsin AFSCME members talk about the impact of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposals to strip collective bargaining rights from public service workers while also cutting their pay [...]
Wisconsin AFSCME Members Join Fight to Save Rights
Thousands of state and local public service workers and teachers demonstrated Tuesday inside and outside the state Capitol here to oppose the threatened loss of collective bargaining rights and cuts to retirement and health benefits.
Video: Shaking the Wisconsin State House
On Valentine's Day, University of Wisconsin-Madison students filled the Wisconsin Capitol building to protest proposals by Republican Gov. Scott Walker that would reduce funding for higher education and decimate collective bargaining rights.
Wisconsin AFL-CIO Ads Against Attacks on Worker Rights
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO launched an advertising campaign over the weekend to alert the public to the radical plan by Republican Gov. Scott Walker to strip almost all collective bargaining rights from state and local public employees.
California’s State Treasurer: States Should Not Consider Bankruptcy
Some conservative governors and state legislators and their right-wing allies are floating a dangerous suggestion that threatens the retirement security of public sector workers: Have states declare bankruptcy to get out of their pension obligations.
AFSCME Members to Maryland Lawmakers: ‘Enough is Enough!’
Approximately 150 members of AFSCME Maryland met with their state representatives in Annapolis on Jan. 12 – the first day of the legislative session – to send a clear message that the state’s budget should not be balanced on their backs.
Battling the Lies Against Public Employees
AFSCME International Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders recently took AFSCME’s “Stop the Lies” campaign to a nationwide radio audience.
The Shameful Attack on Public Employees
In 1968, 1,300 sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to support them. That was where he lost his life. Memphis heard the grievances of its sanitation workers
Gov. Christie Blames Economic Crisis on Working Families
In a one-sided "60 Minutes" report that aired this week, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) showed viewers he's more interested in scoring political points than solving state and local budget challenges and getting the economy moving.
The Real Story on Public Employees Benefits
This week, Ezra Klein has an excellent piece on the Washington Post’s website that gets to the truth behind public employees benefits. He demolishes the myths that too many right wing politicians and propagandists cling to [...]
Hey Republicans, Thanks for Throwing American Workers Under the Bus
Just in time for Labor Day, AFSCME has released a new video reminding voters of the critical choice they face in the November elections.
New Jersey's Pension Fraud Hurts Investors, Taxpayers and Retirees
Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission did something it has never done before. It charged the state of New Jersey with fraudulently misleading investors about the health of the state's pension plan
Council 62 Goes to Court to Stop Kentucky Furloughs
AFSCME Council 62 has filed for an injunction to stop Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear’s (D) plan to furlough state employees for six days this fiscal year, asserting that the plan would cause “irreparable harm” to the workers [...]
The Senate's Bold Step Forward
Today, the U.S. Senate took a bold step forward in the effort to protect jobs and bolster America's economic recovery. The Senate, by a 61 to 38 margin, overcame the filibuster opposing H.R. 1586 [...]
Call Your Senators Today to Protect a Million Jobs
Earlier this year, Democrats in the Senate tried three times to pass legislation that would help states deal with growing Medicaid rolls, the joint federal-state health care program for the poor.
AFSCME to McConnell: Stop Playing Politics with State Budgets
This week, the National Conference of State Legislators is holding a legislative summit in Louisville, KY, to discuss issues important to state legislatures in the midst of record budget shortfalls across the country.
“Let’s Talk About Facts”
Watch AFSCME Director of Research Kerry Korpi stand up to attacks on public employees and our pensions during an appearance on CNBC. At issue: should states cut public pensions to balance ballooning budgets?
The Green Monstah
AFSCME activists rallied Wednesday on Boston Common, in solidarity with Council 93, to prevent the loss of critical public services and to pass the jobs bill now stalled in Congress.
Rally for Public Services and Jobs
At the close of Convention business this afternoon, thousands of AFSCME delegates and guests will head to Boston Common to rally with members of Council 93 Massachusetts to oppose dangerous cuts in services across the nation and for the jobs [...]
More Jobs = Less Debt
In the worst economy since the Great Depression, far too many Americans are out of work. Despite the rising fears of more job losses, the Senate is refusing to do what is necessary to protect and create jobs.
Aid to States in Jobs Bill Stalls in Senate
The fight to help cash-strapped states and public services stalled in the Senate on Thursday as it failed to achieve the 60 votes necessary to cut off debate and bring to a vote a second Senate version of the American Jobs and Closing Tax [...]
A Real Jobs Bill
Working America reports that if “the 15 million unemployed workers in this country stood side-by-side, literally shoulder to shoulder, they would stretch from Bangor, Maine to Los Angeles, California… and back again.”
More Jobs = Less Deficit
Last week’s jobs report showed that our economic recovery is extremely fragile. The last thing we need is thousands more layoffs because of state budget shortfalls.
Closing Corporate Loopholes, Aiding States
Writing on the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington asks why offshore corporate tax havens are still allowed. She attributes it to two sets of rules — one for the corporate class and another for working Americans.
Furloughs Are No Laughing Matter
It’s no mystery that some lawmakers are completely oblivious to the problems faced by working Americans. Take, for example, the three county commissioners in Pueblo County, Colo.
U.S. Tax Bills Lowest Since Truman
Despite the protests from anti-government conservatives and Tea Partiers shouting about high taxes, the tax rate in 2009 was lower than it has been since 1950. Michael Ettlinger, at the Center for American Progress, sums it up [...]
Worth A Read: "Coddled" Public Employees Make Less than the Private Sector
Amy Traub from the Drum Major Institute on new research by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and the National Institute on Retirement Security on public employee compensation and the real "coddled class."
Fighting for a Responsible Budget in Illinois
Tea Party who? If you want a genuine grassroots movement fighting for a good cause, you should’ve seen the thousands of AFSCME Council 31 members that descended on the Illinois State Capitol.
A Solution to California’s Problems
AFSCME members are championing the March for California’s Future to address the challenges that the state faces and to build awareness of the vital services state and local employees provide to keep their communities strong.
Today We Count
President Obama has officially declared today "Census Day" in a presidential proclamation, a day which reminds us all how important it is to complete and mail back the 2010 Census form.
Your Job Matters
Your job matters. Whether it’s clearing the roads of snow and ice, providing health care services, ensuring public safety, or simply working hard for our communities, the vital services that AFSCME members like you provide make our country happen.
Fixing Our Budget Deficits: A Plan for Action
As state and local governments slice and dice their budgets – making mincemeat of critical public services – it’s the poorest among us who bear the heaviest burden. That’s because working families and the unemployed depend on those services the most.
Stop Picking on State Workers
Why is it that when some state legislators see a budget deficit, their first impulse is to cut public services and workers’ benefits? Maybe they’re fooled by the myths.
UC President Misleads, Distorts the Facts
AFSCME Local 3299, which represents 20,000 workers at the ten campuses and five medical centers in the University of California system, is fighting to prevent budget cuts, fee hikes, layoffs and furloughs during this economic crisis.
On the California Budget and Schwarzenegger's Vetoes
From Calitics: Today we witness the damage that the line-item veto causes in the hands of a right-wing governor bent on using it to achieve his long-desired destruction of public services.
Nose-Diving Revenues Worsening Strained State Budgets
States saw a nearly 12% drop in tax revenues collected in early 2009, the largest decline in 46 years, according to a recent report released by the Rockefeller Institute of Government.
Public Health Plan Option Could Save State and Local Governments $921 Billion
If health care reform includes a public health insurance option that pays Medicare payment rates to providers, state and local governments are predicted to save an estimated $921 billion in lower health care costs over 11 years.
AFSCME Members in Delaware Say No to Pay Cuts
Hundreds of AFSCME Council 81 members rallied at the Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware to make sure legislators heard their message: “NO PAY CUT!”
Rebuilding and Renewing Indiana
We Now Have Reason to Hope
America's Vital Public Services
Put Our Economy Back on Track
Report: Unions Are Good for State Economies
State Aid Economic Stimulus “Clearly Works”
Autoworkers and the Anti-Union Agenda
Jumpstart the Economy - Invest in State and Local Governments
Economists Call for Immediate State and Local Aid
Public Employee Pensions Are Not the Problem
It Shouldn’t Take a Natural Disaster
Oregon AFSCME Makes a Statement
Why did the AFSCME delegation to Oregon’s AFL-CIO convention walk out just before Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) arrived to address the union members?
Bush & Gutter Politics
Bush to Kids: “The Doctor Is Not In”
Pennsylvania Stalemate Ends, “Non-Critical” Jobs Restored
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