NJ: On privatization, Gov. Christie should practice, not preach, government transparency
NJ.com The governor slammed the door on a bill that would have created sorely needed transparency and accountability in contracts that turn government services like the state lottery over to a private agency.
WI: State prison guards demand 1% raise they say is overdue
Journal Sentinel AFSCME guards in Wisconsin prisons shouldn't have to wait any longer to get the 1% raise given to all other state workers a year ago, argues Marty Biel, president of the Wisconsin State Employees Union in a letter to Gov. Scott Walker
Key state CYFD, corrections workers get pay increases
Albuquerque Journal Gov. Susana Martinez approved targeted 3 percent pay raises earlier this year for more than 850 state employees, including 514 caseworkers, investigators and other workers at the Children, Youth and Families Department.
Federal Government Still Shut Down; Endgame Unclear
Legislative Weekly Report In the absence of federal funds, states have begun to furlough employees and more layoffs are contemplated around the country if the federal government is not reopened.
When Trust Turns to Rust in the Motor City
Huffington Post 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.
Vermont Home Care Providers Come Together With AFSCME
Huffington Post I was honored to be in Vermont to stand with all the members of AFSCME Vermont Homecare United. Together, we will work to improve conditions for home care providers and enhance the lives of all the people we serve.
Scott Walker's Austerity Plan: Turning Wisconsin Into the New Greece
Huffington Post You don't have to look at Athens, Mykonos or Rhodes to see the damage that austerity can cause. You can find it in Appleton, Milwaukee and Racine, Wisconsin.
Drawing Inspiration from Lincoln, King on the Eve of President Obama's Second Inauguration
Huffington Post It is time for all of us to pull together and fight for the enduring ideals of justice, equality and the rights of working men and women.
Labor Day and the Future of America
Huffington Post We must do more to insure that future Americans live in a country where their voices can be heard and their freedom is secure. This Labor Day, and throughout the crucial next two months, we must show that we are equal to the task.
The Road to More Jobs
New York Times
The Republicans’ relentless opposition to constructive policies has kept unemployment high…
Newsmakers with Lee Saunders
C-SPAN AFSCME’s president discusses his plans for the union, the upcoming presidential election and related issues.
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