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National News - AFSCME Leads AFL-CIO in Growth Last Year

One hundred Automated Finger Imaging Systems operators working at New York City's Human Resources Administration have joined NYC Clerical-Administrative Employees Local 1549 Pres. Eddie Rodriguez and other union officials and staff.

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Our Victories Keep Coming - One hundred Automated Finger Imaging Systems operators working at New York City's Human Resources Administration have joined NYC Clerical-Administrative Employees Local 1549 Pres. Eddie Rodriguez (third from left) and other union officials and staff. (Photo credit: DC 37/PEP Photo by Clarence Elie-Rivera)

AFSCME’s organizing strength remains unmatched. The union experienced the greatest growth among all the federation’s 57 national and international labor unions compared to 2008.

“The AFL-CIO’s announcement that AFSCME led the labor movement in membership growth for 2009 confirms that we are on the right path with our plan to build strength through organizing,” said President McEntee. “We’re proud that public service workers are choosing to join with AFSCME to have a voice on the job and to improve the vital services they provide in states and communities around the country.”

The net growth figure — 43,851 — represents increased membership from organizing wins plus new hires in existing AFSCME units, minus layoffs, retirements and losses from decertifications.

For 2009, AFSCME’s non-retiree membership was slightly more than 1.4 million (1.6 million with retirees).

Over the past five years, AFSCME membership grew by a net average of 20,653 per year. Among the organizing victories in 2009: 2,600 family child care providers throughout New Mexico voted to join Child Care Providers Together (CCPT)/New Mexico, an affiliate of Council 18; and 400 Salt Lake County employees voted for representation with Utah AFSCME Local 1004.

AFSCME organizing victories continue this year. For more details, see “Organizing for Power,” Page 21.