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.
Economic Pressures On Local Governments
Diane Rehm Show,
NPR Kerry Korpi discusses economic pressures on local governments and the push to privatize public services.
They stood their ground for respect
Local 1733 Exec. Dir. Chad Johnson, Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders,
Commercial Appeal The Memphis sanitation workers' strike and its aftermath continue to inspire AFSCME today.
Florida Prisons Bill Would Expand Private Management, Netting A Big Win For Political Contributors
Huffington Post State could hand over a major slice of its prison system to private, for-profit businesses.
Don't blame government workers' pensions
Gerald W. McEntee,
USA Today The big players on Wall Street have devastated our economy and our retirement savings.
Sharpton's Jobs March Hits 25 Cities on Same Day
Claudio E. Cabrera,
The Root Sharpton and his organization, the National Action Network, along with partners such as AFSCME, held a 25-city rally on Friday to expose the issues affecting African Americans and other minority groups in this country.
How Progressives Won the Labor Rights Showdown in Ohio
Truthout To understand how progressives pulled off this remarkable win, I spoke with Paul Booth, one of the chief strategists behind the campaign to repeal SB5.
Public Service Workers Are Helping to Cut Taxpayer Costs
Gerald W. McEntee,
Wall Street Journal Union members are pulling together to find real solutions to our economic problems.
What the Ohio vote means
Gerald W. McEntee,
Reuters Voters will not tolerate unnecessary cuts to vital programs and attacks on working families.
State Worker Benefits Threatened as U.S. Supercommittee Considers Cuts
Jennifer Oldham and Holly Rosenkrantz ,
Bloomberg A congressional supercommittee is seeking another $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction, which may cut deeply into federal aid to states and cities amid an already slowing economy.
The ALEC Cabal: How Influence Peddlers Undermine Democracy
Gerald W. McEntee,
Firedoglake Corporate lobbyists work secretly with right-wing state legislators to draft far-reaching legislation.
Fewer cops, more potholes: How debt deal could hit states hardest
Christian Science Monitor The debt-and-deficit bill will slash aid to states already reeling from the recession.
Idled Minn. public employees holding on -- for now
Associated Press Nation’s longest state government shutdown in a decade poses challenges for 22,000 public workers.
Austerity Is Already Here, and It's Killing the Recovery
The Atlantic State and local government spending has already declined, dampening growth and hiring.
Memphis saves jobs of union championed by King
Associated Press Sanitation workers score a victory as city council passes budget without privatizing solid waste collection.
Scott Walker finds making bumper stickers is easier than creating jobs
Washington Post Where are the jobs, Gov. Walker? He hasn't created many.
Budget cuts force libraries to re-examine roles
Associated Press Some forced to charge for premium services, sell passport photos and offer commercial movie-rental boxes.
Financial Manager Repeal Effort Begins in Michigan
FOX 2 Detroit Opponents of law giving financial managers broad powers over local governments step up efforts to get repeal on the ballot.
Cuomo and Pensions: A View From a Union Leader
Gerald W. McEntee,
New York Times Pension costs grew due to the financial crisis, not because benefit levels are too high.
SB5 repeal effort exceeds 700,000 signatures
Columbus Dispatch We Are Ohio has collected triple the number needed to get on the November ballot.
Privatization At The Heart Of Divisive Battles In Wisconsin
Huffington Post Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders: what Walker is doing is "a power play, pure and simple."
Anti-union Republicans seize their moment
Stateline The pace and magnitude of change for the state’s public employees have been startling.
Ordinary workers took extraordinary stand, made history
Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor,
Memphis Commercial Appeal Memphis sanitation strike an important turning point in the fight for civil rights, workplace equality
The short-sighted attack on collective bargaining
Boston Globe Attacks on collective bargaining and workers rights are likely to backfire in the long run, by making relations with public employees less predictable - and more costly.
Private prisons see opposition
Marion Star A proposal to privatize six prisons in Ohio faces opposition from a coalition of non-profit groups.
Everyone out of the pool: Cities close public swimming pools, say they're budget-busters
Associated Press Public pools across the country are being closed permanently thanks to revenue and budget problems.
Judge strikes down Walker's collective bargaining law
Wisconsin State Journal A judge has struck down Gov. Scott Walker's controversial new collective bargaining law.
Election officials wary as Walker signs voter ID bill into law
Wisconsin State Journal Controversial Wisconsin law includes a measure requiring voters to use photo IDs.
Unions File Unfair Labor Practice Against Montana Legislature
KFBB News Channel 5 Legislature rejected a deal with state employee unions already negotiated with Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
Middle class jobs focus of event in Kent
Record Courier Small business owners, public and private employees united to show support for the middle-class workforce.
Historical civil rights figures weigh in on pension debate
ABC-7 News Video: Participants in the Memphis sanitation strike speak out in San Jose, Calif.
GOP Govs' Popularity Plummets
The Daily Beast Over-reach by Republican governors leads to voter backlash from Ohio to Florida to Wisconsin.
Private Prisons Found to Offer Little in Savings
Richard A. Oppel Jr.,
New York Times Data from Arizona suggests privately operated prisons can cost more to operate than state-run prisons.
California Protesters Refuse to Become 'Wisconsin of the West'
The Nation Hundreds of San Jose city workers gathered at City Hall to oppose proposed budget cuts.
Poll shows Ohio Senate Bill 5 will be repealed
Columbus Dispatch Senate Bill 5 would easily be repealed by voters if the referendum were held now, a new poll today shows.
Scott Walker Quietly Consolidating Power In Wisconsin
Huffington Post Secretary of State Doug La Follette: "It's a power grab. He wants to control everything."
Connecticut Unions Agree to $1.6 Billion in Givebacks
New York Times Representatives for 45,000 unionized state employees agreed Friday to $1.6 billion in concessions over two years to help balance the budget.
NYC Parents Rally For Child Care
NY1 News Thousands rallied outside of City Hall Wednesday in support of child care for working families.
Efforts by GOP lawmakers to curtail private-union powers faltering in most state capitols
Associated Press Of the 14 states where 'right-to-work' bills were considered, only NH has passed the legislation.
Unions refocus political activity
USA Today Larry Scanlon, AFSCME's political director, said, "People have woken up to the fact that they have to be more aggressive in electoral politics in the states."
Threat to Blacks in the Public Sector
Lee A. Saunders,
The Root Radical conservative politicians want to slash city, county and state jobs — and undercut economic security.
Budget cuts hurt probation efforts
Minnesota Public Radio Many cash-strapped MN local governments have cut funds for probation departments during December budget deliberations.
Budget cuts slice programs for ex-inmates
USA Today Cuts in probation and parole programs could undermine recent successes in shrinking bloated prison populations
California Voters Favor Taxing the Rich to Fend Off School Cuts
Michael B. Marois,
Bloomberg Voters support raising the top rate of state income taxes to prevent public-school funding cuts.
Senators reject Rick Scott’s pitch to fight unions
Book bind: Public libraries feel strain of budget cuts
McClatchey The tough economy is forcing many branches to cut staff, hours and programming.
Most Ohio big city mayors do not like collective bargaining law
Thousands Rally In Times Square Against Job Cuts
Union supporters launch effort to overturn SB5 with rally
‘All cuts’ budget moves to Washington House floor despite protests
Thousands gather for Chicago pro-union rally
Proposed closing of center leads to Vineland protest
Protesters Demand Washington Legislature Close Corporate Tax Loopholes
Maryland firm to take over 3 California libraries as debate grows over privatization
27-year-old with slim résumé resigns from state government
At California Mental Hospitals, Fear Is Part Of The Job
Public-sector workers get no respect
Kloppenburg declares victory over Prosser in Supreme Court race
In history's footsteps: Memphis rally in King's memory follows historic trail
Supporters of union rights rally in downtown Wilmington
Workers rally against cuts and commemorate King
Voters in St. Louis, KC agree to keep earnings tax
Union backers express anger
Hawaii labor unions rally against government cuts
Union workers march on King death anniversary
2,000 Protesters March On Koch Industries’ D.C. Office
Hundreds march for worker rights in Detroit
Unions rally against budget cuts at state Capitol
Statehouse rally ties labor movement to MLK's legacy
Dump the prison privatization plan
California Braces For Showdown On Emissions
New York Times Ballot Proposition 23 would roll back the state's landmark greenhouse emissions law. (New York Times, 9/17/2010)
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