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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- 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)
- Dec 25 Fairness for Home Care Aides Proposed changes to Labor Department rules grant home care workers needed protections. (New York Times)
- Dec 14 Don't blame government workers' pensions The big players on Wall Street have devastated our economy and our retirement savings. (USA Today)
- May 17 Thousands of Minnesota Child Care Providers Closer to Winning Bargaining Rights Senate passes bill to permit providers to form their own union. House vote expected soon. (Blog)
- May 17 DC 47 Member Spearheads LGBT Equality Bill Historic LGBT Equality Bill in Philadelphia was signed into law last week. (Blog)
- May 14 Fast Food Fight: Striking Workers Draw AFSCME, Community Support Walkouts from restaurants in Missouri follow similar actions in New York and Chicago. (Blog)
- May 14 ALEC is not OK in Oklahoma AFSCME members stand up to ALEC at the group’s annual summit and rallied for the middle class. (Blog)
- May 13 Wisconsin AFSCME Local 903 Members Take Activism Seriously Four union members represent their communities in city and county governments. (Blog)
- May 09 AFSCME Nurses Leave DC Ready to Organize The 14th National Nurses Congress brought together nursing professionals from across the country. (Blog)
- May 09 UC Hospital Workers to Strike for Their Patients and Families Misguided priorities are undermining patient care in California’s fourth largest healthcare delivery system. (Blog)
- May 06 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. (Blog)
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- May 02 Vermont Home Care Providers Win Historic Collective Bargaining Victory Providers now await Gov. Peter Shumlin’s signature for bill to become law. (Blog)
- May 02 CSEA Demands Investigation into Hiring of Former New York Lottery Director Gordon Medenica negotiated a $25-million contract with GTECH to privatize state jobs. (Blog)
- May 01 AFSCME Members Prevail in Florida Pension Fight State Senate rejects ALEC-backed plan that would have undermined workers’ retirement security. (Blog)