President Lee Saunders
Workers’ Voices Keep Our Communities Safe
It’s important for our communities to know that, as public service workers, we never quit. Our streets will always need cleaning, our neighborhoods will always demand safety. We do this work not to get rich, but because it matters.
Government Didn’t Fail Flint, Austerity Did
The tragedy in Flint is not just a failure of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. It is a completely predictable failure of austerity.
Raises, Not Roses
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a victory and a necessary step to help fight pay discrimination, but seven years later, we need to do even more.
For a Nation on the Edge and in the Margins, There Are Swindles or Solutions
Donald Trump is boiling years of extremist attacks on working people, immigrants and the poor down to a bitter sludge and serving it up to a thirsty, unsettled public that decreasingly believes it will ever have a shot at a middle-class existence.
Americans Already Know How to Fix This Economy
The recovery doesn't seem to be coming fast enough. The wealthiest few are getting richer while most Americans' wages are actually declining. How do we move forward? Rebuilding the middle class is a pretty big order.
Here's to 80 Years of Social Security -- and at Least 80 More
Social Security is a major source of income for most of the seniors in this country; 9 out of 10 individuals older than 65 receive Social Security retirement payments. It’s one of our most beloved government institutions.
The 'Inexcusable' Assault on Workers in Wisconsin
Just like the band that kept playing as the Titanic went down, Walker pretends that the right-to-work scam will lure employers to Wisconsin and somehow assist working families.
Secretary Clinton offered a strong message for working families
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Secretary Clinton’s announcement.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders Statement on National Healthy Schools Day, April 7, 2015
Saunders: “No question that quality public schools are a gateway to the middle class for millions of American children.”
President Saunders on Expanding Opportunity in America's Urban Areas
"We cannot gentrify our way to a better tomorrow."
We Must Stand with Law Enforcement Officers
It is a mistake to think it's the role of police officers alone to fix the deep-rooted inequalities afflicting too many Americans. But officers must absolutely be active participants in an honest dialogue about the problems rooted in race and poverty.
'Union Scholars' Can Open New Doors for Themselves, Workers
The AFSCME Union Scholars Program, offered in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, is a 10-week summer field placement for rising college juniors and seniors.
Paid Sick Leave: A Workplace Standard for the 21st Century
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders and Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes issued the following statements on the reintroduction of the Healthy Families Act.
We Built the Middle Class, and We Can Rebuild It
The benefits to workers who form a union are concrete and undeniable. Unionized workers earn on average $207 more per week than their nonunion counterparts, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
We Have Cure for What Ails State of the Union
When President Obama delivers the State of the Union address, he'll be able to celebrate a strengthening economy. Yet, most Americans aren't exactly high-fiving each other. Never mind the state of the union; the state of their households isn't great.
Statement by Lee Saunders on the murders of two New York City Police Officers
The senseless, tragic murders of two NYPD officers are agonizing reminders that the hard-working men and women of law enforcement put their lives at risk every day to protect us.
Congress Should Respect Our Great Nation of Immigrants
What our nation needs is for Congress to do its job and pass a bill. Only comprehensive immigration reform approved by Congress and signed by the President can permanently fix our nation's immigration system.
We Demand a Shot at the American Dream
On Election Day, the American people have an answer for politicians who say we do not deserve better: You are utterly wrong.
They Want Us to Stay Home on Nov. 4
Supporters of more restrictions on voting know that when a majority of Americans go to the polls their grip on power is weakened. That’s why they are trying so hard to stop us. Don’t let them. Use your vote.
New Koch, Same as the Old Koch
Don't be fooled by the recent USA Today column in which Charles Koch, a man who made billions while trampling workers' rights, shares his supposed deep concern for working families, young people and the disadvantaged.
Why the Anti-Union Argument Loses Every Time
We at AFSCME are not hanging our heads. Instead, energized members are helping us grow in the face of the raging anti-union storm.
Principle Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
Last month, United Negro College Fund President Michael Lomax announced that his organization has received a $25-million grant from the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers. I sent the following letter to him.
Statement from AFSCME President Lee Saunders
Today’s Supreme Court decision does not dampen the resolve of home care workers and child care providers to come together to have a strong voice for good jobs and to give care to millions of seniors, people with disabilities and children.
AFSCME Stands with Teachers in Vergara v. California
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued this statement following the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s decision in Vergara v. California.
It's Time for a National EMS Memorial
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement today urging Congress to take action on the H.R. 4690, a bill to establish a National EMS Memorial.
Thank a Public Service Worker
Public service workers enhance the quality of life in our country - without them, our neighborhoods are less safe and families have less access to vital services during difficult economic times.
Where Are the "Disrupters" for Labor on College Campuses?
Last week, Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), delivered the 23rd annual Philip Murray Memorial Labor Lecture at Penn State's School of Labor and Employment Relations.
“The dream lives on when we take a stand against injustice.”
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Meet America's Highest Paid Government Workers
Contrary to their promises to run public services "better, faster and cheaper" than the government, "Exposed: America's Highest Paid Government Workers" documents how these CEOs use public dollars to cut corners.
AFSCME’s Saunders: “We Must Address Income Inequality in America”
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on President Obama’s State of the Union Address
“No Stopping Point Short of Victory”
Dr. King reminds us that whatever we face, we must keep organizing, continue our political activism and most importantly, never back down.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the Introduction of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the 50th anniversary of the “War on Poverty”
AFSCME commemorates Pres. Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty initiatives.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the Extension of Emergency Unemployment Insurance
Emergency unemployment insurance benefits need to be extended immediately. The time is now for Congress to stand up for working people.
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the Death of Nelson Mandela — a Champion of Democracy, Justice and Freedom
AFSCME joins the world in mourning the death of Nelson Mandela a champion of democracy, justice and freedom.
Statement by Pres. Lee Saunders and Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Pres. Saunders and Sec.-Treas. Reyes speak in support of the Violence Against Women Act
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders: This is a major step toward resolving Senate obstructionism
Washington is broken and the extreme partisan gridlock in the Senate is untenable.
We Honor Veterans With Jobs, Justice
Veterans Day is not an abstraction for many members of AFSCME.
Why Is Affordable Health Care Such a Bitter Pill for Some to Swallow?
At every turn, right-wing members of the U.S. House are trying to destroy a law that that will improve the lives of working families. Our union will do everything in our power to make sure that the law succeeds.
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.
It will be the resolve and fortitude of millions of “ordinary” Americans as they organize and mobilize together in workplaces, churches, schools and communities that reveal our true greatness.
America's Class War: A Dispatch From the Front
Once again, the facts speak for themselves: Unions are the first and last line of defense for America's workers.
It Is Our Mission to Restore Balance
We must continue to focus on strengthening our union.
Scott Walker's Austerity Plan: Turning Wisconsin Into the New Greece
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.
Noxious Notions From the Heritage Foundation
Conservatives are going to have to decide if they will stand with people in both parties working to pass comprehensive immigration reform, or if they will join those mired in the narrow-mindedness of the past.
Letter to the Editor: Companies Should Disclose. We Do
Disclosure is in shareholders' best interests, and the efforts of a broad coalition of investors should be lauded, not subjected to misleading attacks.
Renewing King's fight for justice
The 45th anniversary of MLK's support for the sanitation workers is a reminder gaps remain.
We Will Organize, We Will Fight All Attacks
Politicians funded by wealthy interests want to steal the power of working people.
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 ideals of justice, equality and the rights of working men and women.
Massive Cuts are Coming Unless We Work Together
It’s time to pull together to prepare America for the future. Together, we must be part of the fight to make that happen.
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