Collective Bargaining Is the American Way
In Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, New Hampshire and elsewhere, politicians who do nothing to protect or create jobs are working overtime to eliminate the ability of workers to help solve problems and come up with solutions that work. These right-wing politicians want a future where public services are starved, collective bargaining is a thing of the past, and powerful corporate interests keep their tax loopholes at the expense of everyone else. These attacks on workers' rights are an attack on basic American values of fairness and democracy. Public service workers didn’t get us into this mess, and scapegoating them won’t create jobs or rebuild the middle class.
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- Jun 19 America's Class War: A Dispatch From the Front Once again, the facts speak for themselves: Unions are the first and last line of... (Huffington Post)
- May 29 Vermont Home Care Providers Come Together With AFSCME I was honored to be in Vermont to stand with all the members of AFSCME... (Huffington Post)
- May 10 Thinking of Home Care Workers on Mother's Day The vast majority of home care workers are women, mothers with families of their own.... (Huffington Post)
- Apr 25 Minnesota child-care union would help kids Everyone benefits if providers are given the right to form a union. (Star Tribune)
- Jan 18 Drawing Inspiration from Lincoln, King on the Eve of President Obama's Second Inauguration It is time for all of us to pull together and fight for the enduring... (Huffington Post)
- Aug 31 Labor Day and the Future of America We must do more to insure that future Americans live in a country where their... (Huffington Post)
- Jul 08 Newsmakers with Lee Saunders AFSCME’s president discusses his plans for the union, the upcoming presidential election and related issues.... (C-SPAN)
- Jul 03 Economic Pressures On Local Governments Kerry Korpi discusses economic pressures on local governments and the push to privatize public services.... (NPR)
- Apr 04 They stood their ground for respect The Memphis sanitation workers' strike and its aftermath continue to inspire AFSCME today. (Commercial Appeal)
- Mar 30 Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta on Workers’ Rights (video) Bill Moyers talks with Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta about activism dedicated to restoring workers’... (Bill Moyers)
- Jan 16 Martin Luther King Jr., the labor movement and the American dream Dr. King often spoke of the links between the struggle for workers' rights and the... (The Grio)
- Jan 16 Economic Justice Key Part of Dream Dr. King recognized that civil rights and workers’ rights are intertwined. (Albuquerque Journal)
- Jul 13 Next Wave Takes Over EM Office in Detroit Hundreds of AFSCME activists flood the office of Detroit’s Emergency Manager, clad in nerd gear. (Blog)
- Jul 03 Public Defenders Work in Indefensible Conditions, HBO Documentary Says The public-service lawyers are a key – yet underappreciated – part of the criminal justice system (Blog)
- Jul 03 When Bargaining Power Erodes, Good Jobs Disappear Black men have fewer ‘good jobs’ today than they did more than 30 years ago (Blog)
- Jun 26 Missouri’s Governor Vetoes Corporate-Backed, Anti-Worker Bill “Paycheck deception” legislation was designed to undermine union strength. (Blog)
- Jun 25 Happy 75th Anniversary to the Fair Labor Standards Act FSLA guarantees a federal minimum wage and the right to overtime pay for many workers. (Blog)
- Jun 13 As Senate Debates Immigration, AFSCME Puts the Pressure On Lobbying for comprehensive immigration reform with allies in the labor movement (Blog)
- Jun 11 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Denies Mayor Nutter’s Request to Impose Contract Terms The decision is a major victory in favor of collective bargaining rights. (Blog)
- Jun 10 Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act Women still earn less for doing the same work that their male co-workers do. (Blog)
- Jun 05 Connecticut Ruling an “Unequivocal Defense” of Union Members’ Rights Court rules in favor of state employees who were illegally fired in 2003. (Blog)
- May 31 Minnesota Child Care Providers Bill Becomes Law Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature sets stage for union vote. (Blog)
- May 30 Working for Peanuts at Nation’s Ballparks, Concessions Sellers Speak Up As profits rise at stadiums, workers don’t see the benefit. They’re crying foul. (Blog)
- May 29 Vermont Home Care Providers Come Together With AFSCME Thousands of home care providers file for the largest union election in the state's history. (Blog)