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Missouri Home Care Workers Win Raise
The Missouri Home Care Union, an AFSCME/SEIU partnership, reached an agreement with the state that will raise hourly wages up to $10.15, guarantee premium pay on holidays, and make the home health care system more transparent and responsive.
Unions Make Sense for New Orleans Tourism Industry
In a historic win for New Orleans hospitality workers, 900 Harrah’s Hotel and Casino employees are now in contract negotiations after winning the right to organize with UNITE HERE and the Teamsters through successful card-check campaigns.
Officers Honored for Saving an Inmate’s Life
Four corrections officers from the Tompkins County Corrections Facility were honored for saving the life of an inmate who went into cardiac arrest during his intake.
VIDEO: We Are 50,000 Stronger
AFSCME members across the country took up the challenge of organizing thousands of new members as part of the 50,000 Stronger campaign.
Celebrating Independence from Taxi Tyrant
Taxi drivers help oust abusive director in New Orleans
California EMS Professionals Choose AFSCME
Just one week after an organizing win among these emergency employees in Missouri, 500 EMS professionals employed at American Medical Response in Riverside County, California, have voted to join AFSCME.
Alaska State Troopers Set Bar High for Public Service
A fugitive surrenders himself after watching an episode of the reality show “Alaska State Troopers,” telling troopers they are the most professional and courteous law enforcement personnel he had dealt with.
Anchorage Employees Choose AFSCME
AFSCME welcomes the Anchorage Municipal Employees Association (AMEA) to the AFSCME family.
Chicago Cab Drivers Hail Union
For decades, Chicago's cab drivers have been voiceless. AFSCME's helping them fight back.
Vermont's Green Mountain Union Fights Back!
AFSCME Local 1674 files unfair labor practices charges against Burlington's HowardCenter.
Vermont Home Care Providers Vote for AFSCME, Win Largest Union Election in State History
After two years of organizing, providers vote overwhelmingly to join AFSCME Vermont Homecare United.
Minnesota Child Care Providers Continue to Organize with AFSCME Despite Ruling
Judge’s order a temporary block in providers’ campaign to build a union.
California EMS Workers Deliver Petition to Protect Standards
Workers at AMR have worked without a contract since the beginning of this month.
Vermont Home Care Providers Ready to Vote AFSCME
The ballots are due back Sept. 27 and a vote count will occur in October.
All Workers Urged to Join a More Inclusive Labor Movement
Delegates to the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention outline a broader future for the American labor movement.
In Message to AFSCME, U.S. Secretary of Labor Speaks of Public Employees’ Service and Value
Sec. Thomas E. Perez acknowledges AFSCME members’ fight for economic justice.
Saunders, Reyes: We Labor, We March
This 2013 Labor Day message is from AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders and Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes.
Back-to-Back Victories for EMS Professionals Grow the Union
Workers in California and Arizona voted this week to unionize with United EMS Workers-AFSCME.
AFSCME Will Be Only Union on Ballot for Vermont Homecare Providers
SEIU announces it will withdraw its name from contention; 7,500 providers can unionize with AFSCME.
Union Election Moves Forward for Minnesota Child Care Providers
Judge dismisses two lawsuits that sought to prevent a union election.
Vermont Homecare Providers Are Building a Union with AFSCME
Homecare providers tell why they support AFSCME Vermont Homecare United.
AFSCME TV: Driving New Orleans Forward
Taxi drivers in New Orleans are fighting back and forming a union.
Minnesota Child Care Providers Bill Becomes Law
Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature sets stage for union vote.
Vermont Home Care Providers Come Together With AFSCME
Thousands of home care providers file for the largest union election in the state's history.
Video Series Details How Unions Support the Middle Class
AFSCME child care worker from Wisconsin talks about the importance of belonging to a union.
University of California Patient Care Workers Strike for Better Patient Care
Walkout involves thousands of patient care workers, follows more than 10 months of stalled negotiations.
Thousands of Minnesota Child Care Providers Win Bargaining Rights
Family child care providers win a historic legislative victory after a years-long campaign.
California Interpreters Push State for More Trained Interpreters
Over the next five years, 3 million Californians will require language assistance in health care.
Fast Food Fight: Striking Workers Draw AFSCME, Community Support
Walkouts from restaurants in Missouri follow similar actions in New York and Chicago.
AFSCME Nurses Leave DC Ready to Organize
The 14th National Nurses Congress brought together nursing professionals from across the country.
Vermont Home Care Providers Win Historic Collective Bargaining Victory
Providers now await Gov. Peter Shumlin’s signature for bill to become law.
Black Workers More Likely Than Others to Be in Unions
Differences in union membership are magnified in the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.
Massachusetts Bus Drivers and Monitors Join AFSCME
Council 93 welcomes the 224 employees of the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative.
Volunteer Member Organizers Hit the Doors in Memphis to Strengthen the Union
Reinforcements from across the country came to organize workers in Memphis.
The Struggle Continues in Memphis as Labor and Allies Honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Event commemorates Dr. King’s life and his work on behalf of the Memphis sanitation workers.
Maryland State Workers Gain Voice on the Job with AFSCME
Winning collective bargaining rights was the first step for these public service workers.
AFSCME Applauds President Obama’s Labor Secretary Appointment: Thomas E. Perez
Extensive experience championing civil rights will guide Perez’s actions on behalf of America’s workers.
New Orleans Cab Drivers Seek Fair Treatment on the Job
Taxi cab drivers are partnering with AFSCME Council 17 for fair treatment on the job.
Double-Speak on the Debt Crisis
Fix the Debt’s real motive is not to fix the debt, but to protect the tax loopholes that benefit its members.
Protestors Demand More Money for Schools, Local Governments
Rally before Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech turns up the heat
Private Prison Company Buys Florida Atlantic University Stadium Name
GEO Group has long history of unsafe and inhumane conditions at facilities
In Memoriam: Norm Gleichman
SEIU Deputy General Counsel helped create partnership with AFSCME.
Register Now for Dynamic Legislative Conference
Want to raise your voice for workers? Come to Washington, DC, and do just that.
Victory at Corona
Registered nurses at the Corona Regional Medical Center vote to join UNAC/UHCP.
Iowa State Employees Launch Statewide Media Blitz Against Governor’s Double Dealing
With contract negotiations underway, AFSCME Council 61 members speak out about Gov. Terry Branstad’s hypocrisy.
Maryland Council 3 Holds Founding Convention
AFSCME’s newest council held its founding convention Dec. 14-15 in Columbia, Md.
Custodians at Saint Michael’s College Unionize
The pope called unions indispensable, yet hardly any Catholic colleges have collective bargaining agreements.
In Memory of a Working Class Hero
AFSCME mourns the loss of Juanita Rodriguez, organizer and inspiration.
Michigan Anti-Union Advocates Want to Undermine the Middle Class
Supporters of “right-to-work (for less)” law launch battle to undermine workers’ unions.
Ohio County Workers Join AFSCME
Employees overcome anti-union campaign to improve their jobs.
AFSCME Stands with Walmart Workers Fighting for a Fair Deal
Members participated in Black Friday demonstrations for justice at America’s biggest private-sector employer.
13,000 Missouri Home Care Workers Win Final Legal Challenge, Now Set to Bargain First Union Contract
Victory in four-year struggle for a voice on the job and strengthened quality of care.
The Walmart Strike Spreading to Your Area: Here Are 9 Reasons it Matters
Walmart workers, who are not unionized, have long complained of low pay and poor benefits.
César Chávez: A Life Devoted to Workers’ Rights Is Honored
President Obama to designate Chávez site in California a national monument.
EMS Professionals Coast-to-Coast Vote to Join AFSCME
Thousands of paramedics and emergency staff for California and New England communities unite for profession.
1,800 EMS Workers Vote to Join AFSCME
Organizing win comes as professionals across the country look for solidarity, strength through the union.
Eye-Opening Summer: Union Scholar Goes to the White House
Darrell Wilson, Jr., participated in the AFSCME/UNCF/Harvard Union Scholars Program this summer.
Campaign Activists in Ohio Hear from AFSCME’s President Saunders
It’s a family affair as volunteers work the phones for Obama and state candidates.
VMOs: Making a Difference in Florida
Volunteer member organizers head out in the Sunshine State.
Vermont Home Care Workers Organize to Amplify Voice
Despite attempts to quash union organizing in other states, Vermont caregivers push ahead.
In Letter to AFSCME, Solis Thanks Public Employees for Their Hard Work
This Labor Day, U.S. Secretary of Labor tells workers “there’s no challenge we can’t overcome.”
Michigan Appellate Court: Place Collective Bargaining Amendment on Ballot
State Supreme Court to have the last word as corporate-backed politicians appeal decision.
AFSCME Founder’s Grandson Eyes Seat in Alaska State Legislature
Andy Josephson’s candidacy fires up labor and community supporters.
CSEA Cheers Federal Court’s Ruling to Protect Union Contracts
Labor leaders expect positive implications for labor-management relations across the country
Wisconsin Private Health Care Workers Vote to Unionize with AFSCME
Council 40 boosts membership by nearly 300 following last week’s vote.
Northern California EMS Workers Score Organizing Win
EMS workers from Rural/Metro of Northern California voted overwhelmingly to join AFSCME Local 4911.
Lexington, Ky., Sanitation Workers Win Vote to Unionize with AFSCME
Newest members of Council 62 look forward to having an increased say on the job.
Fighting Back Against ‘Local Dictators’ in Michigan
State Supreme Court will hear arguments on ballot access from both sides on July 25.
Romney Protest Shines Light on Why He’s No Good for America
Union members, allies, protest Romney’s policies at GOP Presidential candidate’s fundraiser in Toledo, Ohio.
AFSCME Member Discusses Retirement Security at White House
New York retiree Stuart Leibowitz spoke of the need to preserve Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
California Governor Signs Budget with No New Cuts to Home Care
Jerry Brown enacts financial plan with no reduction in In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS).
Boehner Bunch Still Trying to Repeal Obamacare
Despite the Supreme Court ruling upholding health reform, Republican leaders refuse to let go.
AFSCME Applauds Extension of Middle Class Tax Cuts
President Saunders says it’s time for tax breaks for the wealthy to expire.
Romney: Betting on Bermuda
Vanity Fair article details how Mitt Romney hides his money overseas to avoid U.S. taxes.
Mitt Romney’s “Fake-Facts”
The Romney campaign is attempting to distort the real impact of the Affordable Care Act.
Collective Bargaining Works in Puerto Rico
Restoration of collective bargaining in Puerto Rico leads to new contracts for workers.
Remembering Joyce Miller
The American labor movement grieves the loss of a hero who passed away this weekend.
Michigan Coalition Protests Stalling Tactics to Stop Repeal of the Emergency Manager Law
Stand Up for Democracy asks court to compel placement of repeal on ballot.
Muskogee City Employees Win Back Collective Bargaining Rights
City council restores rights that were stripped away last spring.
President Obama Reacts to High Court Health Care Affirmation
Remarks from the White House following the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act.
U.S. Supreme Court: Obamacare is Constitutional
High court upholds President Obama’s health care reform law, which AFSCME helped champion.
Remembering Laurie Merta
AFSCME family grieves loss of loyal, passionate advocate.
President Saunders: ‘We Won’t Back Down’
In a New York Times interview, Pres. Lee Saunders lays out his vision for AFSCME.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders and Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes Turn to Challenges Ahead
Newly elected officers address delegates to AFSCME’s 40th International Convention in Los Angeles.
Saunders, Reyes Elected
Convention delegates yesterday elected Lee Saunders to be president, and Laura Reyes to be secretary-treasurer.
California AG Harris: ‘We Are Too Big Too Fail’
Attorney general praises AFSCME members for leading the fight for working families every day.
Gabrielle Giffords Embodies AFSCME’s ‘Spirit of Public Service’
Former U.S. Representative Giffords from Arizona praised as a true public service hero.
Candidates for AFSCME president and secretary-treasurer met Wednesday in historic debates.
Fighting As One
Thousands of AFSCME delegates rallied in Los Angeles with their California sisters and brothers.
AFSCME Members Stand Together, Fight Back
Ed Schultz emceed a program highlighting AFSCME's efforts in battles across the country.
Secretary-Treasurer Saunders: ‘We Don’t Back Down’
In his keynote address, Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders exhorted delegates to pull together and fight.
Vice President Biden to Public Workers: ‘We Owe You’
Responding to attacks on public employees, Biden thanks AFSCME delegates for the work they do.
Thank You, Jerry
Members from across the country speak during a moving tribute to Pres. Gerald W. McEntee.
AFSCME Women Fired Up and Ready to Go
National Women’s Advisory Committee is challenging AFSCME women to make a difference in upcoming elections.
AFSCME’s 40th International Convention Gets Under Way in Los Angeles
Delegates will elect new leaders and celebrate AFSCME’s 75th Anniversary.
Michigan to Vote on Anti-Worker ‘Dictator’ Law, Union Rights Amendment
Measures to repeal Public Act 4, protect collective bargaining rights to be on November ballot.
Economic Inequality Linked to Deunionization
Study finds as unions decline and workers’ ability to collectively bargain is weakened, inequality rises.
Romney, Allies Target Public Service Workers
Presidential hopeful claims fewer teachers and first responders is what taxpayers want.
Activists Gather in Providence for Netroots Nation 2012
Annual conference features a strong labor presence, strategies for online and offline mobilization.
What Happened in Wisconsin
The spirit of Wisconsin should continue to inspire our commitment to fight even harder.
A Fight for the History Books – and Workers Everywhere
Wisconsin’s working families fight back against corporate-backed policies that have devastated the state’s economy.
Volunteers in Walker Recall Election Inspired to Get Out the Vote
AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders inspires troops in the final hours of Wisconsin’s recall election.
For Wisconsin Activist, A Long-Awaited Day Arrives
Leah Lipska is ready to recall Scott Walker and win back Wisconsin for working people.
Solidarity Knows No State Boundaries
Support for Walker recall transcends Wisconsin’s borders.
Returning the Favor: Ohio Workers Get Out the Vote to Recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Volunteers from Ohio’s OAPSE/AFSCME help Wisconsin voters recall Governor Walker.
Face to Face, and Call after Call, Volunteers Are Making a Difference in Walker Recall Effort
AFSCME Council 24 member Paul Spink gets out the recall vote.
Getting the Walker Recall Vote Out in Wisconsin
Two volunteers on the front lines of the fight talk about why they do it.
The Unsung Heroes behind the Wisconsin Recall Campaign
Meet some of the volunteers who perform the less glamorous but essential campaign jobs.
Right to Collective Bargaining “Not Negotiable,” Declares Wisconsin Worker
AFSCME member D.J. Dixon recalls the fight that brought him to this moment.
Rock the Vote Rally Energizes Wisconsin Recall Effort
Campaign to recall Gov. Scott Walker hits a musical high note.
EMS Workers Circulate Petition to Protect and Improve Services
California EMS workers calling on their employer, AMR, to let their union election proceed.
AFSCME’s Saunders Hits the Airwaves to Discuss The Main Street Moment
Book examines the unprecedented attacks on workers’ rights by right-wing politicians and their corporate backers.
Alan Simpson Slams Seniors Group for Disagreeing With Him on Social Security
Former Sen. Alan Simpson targets seniors for standing up for retirement security.
Romney MIA on Pay Equity
When asked if he supports the Paycheck Fairness Act, Presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney ducks the question.
AFSCME’s McEntee and Saunders Release Book: The Main Street Moment
Book offers searing look at income inequality and a plan for rebuilding the American Dream.
North Miami Beach AFSCME Members Fight Sanitation Privatization
Member mobilization, community outreach put the brakes on city manager's push to privatize sanitation services.
Wisconsin Recall Race in a Dead Heat
New polling shows Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett closing in on Gov. Scott Walker.
Memorial Day: Support Those on the Frontlines of Taking Care of Veterans
Improve veteran care by extending minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers.
New Studies: Unions Boost Child Care Workers’ Training, Job Satisfaction
Child care providers have better access to crucial professional development when they join a union.
Bluff Called on Corporate Deception in California
Corporations and the super-rich are pushing a ballot measure that would silence working families’ voices.
AFSCME Honors National Emergency Medical Services Members
Recognizing tireless service and professional care that saves lives during National Emergency Medical Services Week.
College Students and Workers Coming Together in Main Street Movement
AFSCME is engaging young people and developing young worker activists across the country.
“We Are Wisconsin”
Documentary film shows the experiences of six regular people who joined the Wisconsin uprising.
AFSCME Members Fight to Protect Jobs, Pay Raises in Maryland, Missouri
Hard bargaining and grassroots legislative activism secures pay raises for the upcoming fiscal year.
San Diego AFSCME Members Overwhelmingly Ratify One-Year Agreement
One-year deal with the city protects the pay and rights of working families.
Expecting a Baby, Not a Lay-Off
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would ensure reasonable pregnancy accommodations for workers.
Walker and Gingrich Share a Donor
No surprise: Anti-worker casino owner Sheldon Adelson backs Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election.
Arizona Legislature Champions the Rich, Corporations, but Attacks Workers
Legislature wipes out civil service protections but fails to kill collective bargaining.
Twitter Regulates JP Morgan
Politicians, pundits and tweeters call for heavier regulation in wake of $2 billion in losses.
AFSCME Honors Law Enforcement Officers
Congress urged to adequately fund grant programs critical to law enforcement.
Romney’s (Lack of) Vision
GOP presidential hopeful manufactures an image of public service workers that's just plain wrong.
During Corrections Officers Week, A CO Speaks Out About Privatization
Corrections officer says private prisons are a danger to staff, inmates and the public.
Public Job Losses Hit Women, African-Americans Hardest
New EPI report reveals the human costs of cuts to public services.
Romney: “Governor Kasich Is Doing a Heckuva Job”
At a campaign stop in Ohio, presidential candidate praises the state’s unpopular governor.
Marriage Equality Matters for Workers
President Obama endorses same-sex marriage to level the playing field for LGBT working families.
AFSCME Social Worker Rescues Infant
23-year social services veteran subdued mother to save wounded infant in Baltimore.
Bill Press: ‘The Conservative Stranglehold on Morning Cable news Television in America Is Over.’
Host of The Bill Press Show talks about Current TV’s role in today’s political environment.
Honor Nurses by Supporting Nurse-Patient Staffing Bill
National Nurses Week is a time to honor nurses by helping them.
Public Pension Opponents Argue from Both Sides to Distort Truth
Dean Baker contends that politicians are “using heaping doses of the politics of envy" to divide workers.
AFSCME Celebrates National Correctional Officers and Employees Week
Honoring the tens of thousands of AFSCME members across the country who keep our communities safe by putting their lives on the line every day.
New England EMS Workers on Their Way to Joining AFSCME
EMS workers in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire file for a union election.
Maryland Workers Win Expansion of Collective Bargaining
Workers in four previously excluded agencies now enjoy collective bargaining rights.
Governor LePage’s Mean Words
Maine’s first-term governor steps up his anti-worker rhetoric, adding to his string of outlandish statements.
San Diego Businesses Speak Out Against Threat to Retirement Security from Proposition B
The measure is being used to score political points at the expense of city employees.
Missouri Home Care Providers Win Historic Court Ruling
Vote by 13,000 workers for representation with AFSCME upheld by Court of Appeals.
Retirees Organize 1,300 in Puerto Rico
Joint organizing campaign signs up retired public employees for automatic dues deduction with AFSCME.
May Day Commemoration Calls Attention to Workers’ Rights and Economic Justice
Occupy protesters organize nationwide actions against corporate greed.
Obama Stands Up for Workers’ Rights in Powerful Speech
Collective bargaining is at the core of a strong economy, President says.
Right-to-Work (For Less) Derailed in Minnesota
House votes to table the corporate-backed, anti-worker measure.
Saunders: AFSCME Members Are Everyday Heroes
On progressive radio show Rebuild America, Secretary-Treasurer Saunders discusses attacks on public service workers.
Workers Memorial Day: A Reminder of Unfinished Work
Millions of public employees work in jobs that don’t provide adequate safety protections.
In Michigan, Democracy Loses to a Technicality
Voters unfairly denied a chance to decide whether the “dictator law” should stand.
Random Drug Testing of Florida State Workers Unconstitutional, Judge Rules
Suit, brought by AFSCME and the ACLU, overturns Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order.
Jindal Bows to Public Pressure, Halts State Prison Sale
Louisiana governor’s plan to sell a prison called off due to public outcry.
Politico: It’s a Big Moment for Labor
Workers are pulling together like never before to stand up to corporate-backed politicians.
AFSCME Members Fight to Protect Colorado Voters
Voter rights under attack by Secretary of State Scott Gessler.
In Memoriam: DeLois Brown
Minnesota Council 5 activist and her parents are found murdered.
President Obama Slow Jams a Scary Truth About College Costs
Behind the laughter on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was a serious message to Congress.
AFSCME Organizing Home Care Workers in Vermont
Members from Vermont as well as Pennsylvania and Kentucky contact caregivers across the state.
Walker’s Cronies Get Bonuses While Working Families Cut Back
As Wisconsin leads the nation in jobs lost, governor’s top staff get big payouts.
Under a Spotlight, ALEC Continues to Lose Supporters
The American Legislative Exchange Council loses a member as it pursues its right-wing agenda.
Memphis School Workers Remind School Board of Public Workers’ Value
Future of community’s public education at stake as city-county school systems merger approaches.
Florida AFSCME Members Fight Privatization
Members of AFSCME Council 79 participated in the Push Back Summit to Save South Florida.
Tax Day Protesters Call on Congress to Be Fair to 99%
Hundreds of working families nationwide chastised Congress for failing to pass the Buffett Rule.
‘BigWhine’ Should Stop Making Myth About Workers’ Compensation
Despite repeated efforts to confuse the issue, the facts show public workers are not overpaid.
Utah Police Officers Vote to Unionize
325 police officers in Greater Salt Lake City vote to join The Unified Police Federation.
California EMS Workers Fight for Voting Rights
Rally calls on American Medical Response to allow workers to proceed with their union election.
Senate Fails to Pass Buffett Rule Making Super-Wealthy Pay Fair Share
Millionaires and billionaires exploit loopholes in the tax code to pay a lower tax rate.
Let’s Get Women Out of the Red
Women are bearing the brunt of attacks on workers from corporate-backed politicians nationwide.
Wear Red for Pay Equity Tuesday
AFSCME is joining with women’s rights organizations in support of Equal Pay Day.
Californians Preparing to Fight Corporate Power Grab
New video highlights deceptive ballot measure that would limit union members’ political power.
Romney’s Clearer Path Thrusts Ryan Budget in the Spotlight
Republican budget plan attacks working families, slashes benefits, and ends Medicaid coverage for millions.
AFSCME to Congress: Make GE and Other Big Corporations Pay Their Fair Share in Taxes
Tax avoidance leads to cuts in vital community services nationwide.
California Child Care Providers Recognized for Service
Community recognizes contributions of child care providers during Cesar Chavez Day festivities in Orange County.
Saunders Calls on Labor and Civil Rights Groups to ‘Join Together Like Never Before’
Labor leaders engaged in a panel discussion at the National Action Network’s national convention.
Louisiana Gov. Jindal Takes Aim at State Constitution
Governor could violate state Constitution to impose changes to workers’ pensions, law firm concludes.
Postal Service Under Attack
Demonstrations are being held nationwide against legislation that would gut the United States Postal Service.
Library Workers Will Not Be Shushed
On National Library Workers Day, AFSCME is fighting to protect our nation’s public libraries.
University of California Irvine Ends Outsourcing of Custodial Services
After a four-year battle, 94 custodial workers were officially classified as University employees.
ALEC Too Extreme for Coke and Kraft Foods
Corporate backers back away from American Legislative Exchange Council over ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.
Honoring Public Safety Telecommunicators
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week recognizes 911 dispatchers and other related public service employees.
The Value of Taxes
If paying taxes means valuing public service workers, we love taxes.
Vigil Honors Dr. King and His Legacy
Hundreds gather to remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s quest for civil, human and workers’ rights.
Georgians Win Fight for Constitutional and Worker Rights
Bill designed to stifle free speech and worker rights dies under weight of protests.
Students and Labor: A Perfect Union
The United States Student Association and AFSCME pull together to fight state battles nationwide.
Honoring Dr. King by Continuing His Struggle
Forty-four years later, AFSCME remembers the legacy of Dr. King and the Memphis sanitation strike.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers get the short end of the federal tax code.
Court Strikes Down Portions of Wisconsin Governor’s Anti-Worker Agenda
State ordered to reinstate automated paycheck deductions for state workers by May 31.
AFSCME Converges on Minnesota Capitol Building
Over a thousand AFSCME members filled the rotunda in St. Paul to challenge an anti-worker agenda.
Five Myths about the Ryan Budget
The top myths about Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan in 140 characters or less.
Memphis School Employees Score a Huge Victory
The Unified School Board votes to extend labor agreements through 2013.
AFSCME to Honor Workers with 75 for 75 Awards
Nominations are being accepted for 75 individuals for recognition during the convention.
Cribs: The Mitt Romney Edition
Regular guy Mitt Romney’s new oceanfront mansion will reportedly include an elevator for his cars.
Florida Local Stops Privatization Scheme
Community sides with workers, against attempt to privatize the Hallandale Beach Building Services Department.
Supreme Court Justices Urged to ‘Protect the Law!’
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act speak out as three days of hearings begin.
Stand Up for the Affordable Care Act
Supporters are organizing picket lines on Monday in front of the Supreme Court.
They Showed the Green – AFSCME Green
Members of Council 59 entered a float in the Sioux Falls St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Missouri Public Service Workers Lobby for Their Rights
AFSCME Council 72 members defend collective bargaining in meetings with state representatives.
The Ryan Republican Budget, v2.0
GOP re-releases last year’s budget, plan decimates programs to give tax breaks to the wealthy.
Maryland Workers Beat Back Privateers
Prince George’s County Public Schools will not contract out Before- and After-Care services.
Democracy Wins a Victory in Michigan
Judge’s ruling invalidates ‘dictator law’ in Flint over Open Meeting Law violation.
Iowans Win Victory Over Gov. Branstad’s Abuse of Power
State Supreme Court rules governor defied constitution to close unemployment offices.
Twitterverse Takes on Limbaugh
Radio host and conservative pundit continues to feel the heat over controversial remarks from February.
Ariz. Governor Pushing Pro-Cronyism Bill
Legislation would wipe out protections for public service workers and promote political cronyism.
Scaled Back Tier 6 Plan Rammed Through N.Y. Legislature
Open government gave way to backroom deals in the middle of the night.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Celebrate With a Union Beer
If you’re raising a glass this St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to choose worker-friendly brews.
Saunders: We Must Build a Main Street Movement
In radio appearances nationwide, Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders talked about AFSCME’s history — and its future.
New Yorkers Say ‘Tier It Down’ to Tier 6 Retirement Plan
Hundreds rally to defend the retirement security of New York public service workers.
Jobs and the Economic Recovery, by the Numbers
The economy is recovering slowly, dragged down by continued job losses in the public sector.
AFSCME Heads South for an Alternative Spring Break
Learn to be a union organizer by spending a week at Local 1733 in Memphis.
Report: NY Governor’s Plan Cuts Retirement Security 40 Percent
Study by independent organization confirms benefit cut.
AFSCME Endorses Knope, Twitter Goes Wild
Fictional endorsement of Amy Poehler’s character on Parks and Recreation gets big reaction online.
‘A Winter We Will Never Forget’
AFSCME’s Fallen Heroes fund helps disaster survivors resume normal lives.
Rally Goers March to Take Back Wisconsin
Tens of thousands send a powerful message to Gov. Scott Walker and corporate-backed politicians.
San Jose Workers Vow to Fight Pension Deception
Audit ordered after politicians caught inflating pension costs by more than $250 million.
Ohioans Fired Up – to Support Candidates Who Defend Collective Bargaining
Reuters article reveals growing Democratic support in Ohio after attacks on workers’ rights.
California EMS Workers Vote to join United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911
New AFSCME members are from emergency medical services company Medic Ambulance in Solano County, Calif.
Super Tuesday Tweets
This week’s primaries proved there is nothing super about the GOP field for working families.
Lee Saunders, Memphis Sanitation Workers Join Thousands in March to Protect Voting Rights
Activists reenact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic march from Selma to Montgomery.
Public Sector Workers Rally in New York State Capital for Working Families
Nearly 2,000 public service workers gathered in Albany for AFSCME's annual lobby day.
AFSCME Members Rebuild after Tornadoes
Aid in clean-up and recovery efforts is being provided through the Fallen Heroes Fund.
AFSCME Goes Social in Outreach to Spanish-Speaking Members
Revamped website, Facebook page and Twitter feed aim to reach Spanish-speaking members.
Kahlenberg and Marvit: Workers’ Rights Are Civil Rights
Authors say the right to organize should be enshrined in the Civil Rights Act.
Arizona’s Republic Columnist: There Is a Concentrated Assault on Workers
Column makes the case that public workers deserve respect.
Santa Clara United EMS Workers Win First Job Action a Week After Certification
New AFSCME members stand together against attempted layoffs.
AFSCME Families Among Tornado Victims
AFSCME members pull together to assist with rescue and clean-up.
New AFL-CIO Website Puts Workers Front and Center
Revamped website offers many new features.
The Rule of 29
AFSCME history and the number 29.
Mitt Romney: Not the Average NASCAR Fan
Romney tries to court NASCAR fans, but may find himself stuck in reverse.
AFSCME Endorses Kathleen Falk for Wisconsin Governor
Falk fought to protect the collective bargaining rights of public service workers.
Romney Likes Firing People – and Unions, Too
Presidential candidate makes right-to-work legislation a key theme of his campaign in Michigan.
Benefits for Workers’ Same-Sex Partners
Michigan House Bill 4770 bans public institutions from offering benefits to domestic partners.
As the Academy Awards approach, we wondered: what are the best films about workers?
DiNapoli: ‘Stop Twisting the Facts’ on Public Pensions
New York State Controller warns lawmakers 401(k)-style plans provide inadequate retirement security.
This is What Democracy Looks Like in Florida on Lobby Day
Hundreds of AFSCME members travel to Tallahassee to meet with their elected representatives.
Romney’s Campaign Figures Don’t Add Up
FEC reports show Mitt Romney's campaign fundraising is particularly weak among small donors.
The Simpsons’ Solidarity
This week marked the 500th episode of the animated sitcom about the Simpsons family.
The Truth Behind Right-to-Work-For-Less
Corporate-driven, anti-worker legislation will undermine Minnesota’s middle class.
AFSCME Wisconsin Members Mobilizing with Teletownhalls
Statewide virtual meetings focus on anti-worker attacks and effective ways to fight back.
Prison Privateer Offers to Buy Prisons from Starving States
Corrections Corporation of America will give cash in exchange for own-and-operate services.
Asserting a Claim on Democracy
As we observe Black History Month, AFSCME members are taking part in a Main Street movement.
Attacks on Worker Rights Can Be Defeated, Says Ohio AFSCME Leader
IVP Joseph Rugola participated in a panel discussion on politics of public sector bargaining rights.
Twitter users expose the agenda of the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council.
280 Private Sector EMS Workers in Santa Clara County Vote to Join AFSCME
EMS workers across Northern California are building their own AFSCME local.
Author John Nichols Discusses New Book on Wisconsin Protests
“Uprising” recounts the historic 2011 events in support of public service workers.
Poll Doesn’t Show Full Picture of ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less’ in Ohio
Questions in new poll were overly simplified and biased in favor of anti-worker legislation.
Public service workers are now part of the latest internet meme making the rounds.
Prison Privatization Fails in Florida Senate
Plan is rejected by a 21-19 vote, handing Gov. Rick Scott a major defeat.
This Valentine’s Day, We Love Progressive Media
America’s workers can show a little love to journalists who focus on the working class.
Rick Berman: Like a Bad Penny…
Millionaire lobbyist polluted the airwaves with a fraudulent performance during the Super Bowl.
Walker’s Attack on Wisconsin Values Anything But Progressive
Setting the facts straight about Scott Walker's real record as governor.
Collective Bargaining Rights Upheld in SD
Legislative effort defeated by activists from Council 59 and other supporters of workers’ rights.
Kasich Fails to Address the Real State of His State
AFSCME Council 8 activists demonstrate during Ohio governor’s State-of-the-State address
#ClintEastwood and Half-Time Hopes
The Super Bowl has come and gone, but Chrysler's commercial continues to make waves.
San Jose City Officials Caught Lying about Pensions
Investigative report reveals Mayor Reed used exaggerated figure to mislead the public.
Public Employees Save Family from Blaze
OCSEA/AFSCME Local 11 members act swiftly to save lives.
Unemployment Insurance Under Attack, Again
Two-month stopgap extension set to expire, ending benefits for 6 million unemployed workers.
Arizona Workers Brace for Battle
State legislators move quickly to pass several anti-worker bills.
From New York to California, EMS Workers Uniting for Strength
Uniformed EMTs and paramedics from FDNY join forces with their peers in Northern California.
Building Worker Strength in Lean Times
AFSCME union in Florida grows in the face of a tough economic climate.
New Poll: Americans Concerned About Unfair Tax Policy That Aids the Wealthy
Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that Americans want a tax system that’s fair to everyone.
The Twittersphere responds to right-to-work-for-less law in the Super Bowl state.
Volunteer Member Organizers Head Out in Tulsa, Okla.
City employees organize against privatization and anti-worker threats.
N.H. Gov. Lynch Stands Up for Public Employees
In State of the State address, governor vows to block threats to collective bargaining.
Indiana Workers Speak Out Against ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less’ Bill
Gov. Mitch Daniels disregarded workers’ views when he signed the bill.
S.D. Workers’ Collective Bargaining Rights Safe – For Now
Sponsor of anti-worker bill changes mind, but the bill is not dead yet.
Florida Public Safety for Sale
Republican state Sen. Mike Fasano speaks out against a bill to privatize Florida's prisons.
New Campaign Highlights Real Impact of Working Americans
AFL-CIO highlights how “Work Connects Us All” with new television ads, interactive website.
Mitt Romney and the 1%
If they have their way, Mitt Romney and the wealthiest people in America won't have to release their tax returns. They won't even have to file.
Fallen Corrections Officer Remembered
Killed in the line of duty, Sgt. Barbara Ester was loved by everyone who knew her.
Tweets of the Union
Americans tweet their own responses to President Obama's State of the Union address.
Tax Fairness Is Common Sense
Mitt Romney’s federal tax return proves the tax system unfairly benefits the super-rich.
‘Our Democracy is Not for Sale’
Arizona retirees, public service workers and community activists protest undue influence of corporate special interests.
Middle Class Surprised to Hear Santorum Say They Don’t Exist
GOP Presidential candidates charge ‘class warfare’ to protect their own interests.
Policy Experts: Public Pensions Should Be Strengthened, Not Eliminated
Panel addresses efforts to diminish retirement security for working, middle-class Americans.
Union Plus Scholarship Deadline: Jan. 31
College scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 are available to students from AFSCME families.
Caution, @GovWalker, Roads Are Slippery When Anti-Worker
Twitter users react to the more than 1 million signatures collected to recall Wisconsin’s governor.
Mitt’s 15 Percent Tax Rate Highlights Tax Burden of America’s Middle Class
Romney’s speaking fees alone place the mega-millionaire in the top 1 percent nationwide.
Prison Privatization in Florida Puts Public at Risk
State moves closer to putting prisons in the hands of lobbyists and for-profit corporations.
AFSCME to Wall Street: End Dimon’s Lucrative Double Duty
CEO and chairman has unyielding power over JPMorgan – and unfathomable compensation.
Rhode Island Decision Victory for Retirees
Judge says City of Pawtucket cannot unilaterally cut health benefits promised to retired employees.
One Million-Plus Demand Wisconsin Governor Walker’s Recall for Opposing Workers’ Rights
Wisconsin voters seek recall of governor, lieutenant governor and four senators for opposing collective bargaining.
Fear of Inadequate Retirement Savings Forcing More Older Americans to Keep Working
Shift from secure employee pension plans to riskier 401(k) plans is largely to blame.
Martin Luther King Jr., Campaign 2012 and the American Dream
We must recommit to creating the kind of nation Dr. King wanted us to be.
Killing Pensions to Benefit the 1 Percent
Wall Street Journal continues its push to gut the retirement security of American workers.
1968 Sanitation Strikers Speak to Young Activists
Students inspired by visit to Memphis Local 1733 during tour of historic civil rights sites.
Scott Walker, the GOP’s Great Uniter
The Nation's John Nichols points out one thing the Republican presidential candidates have in common.
NH Lawmakers Stand Up for Workers, Their Unions and the Middle Class
Legislators try to stop right-to-work proposal that would undermine unions in New Hampshire.
Yes, Ultra Conservatives: There Really Is an Income Gap
The gap between the very rich and everyone else has been growing for decades.
Obama Stands Up for Workers, Consumers with Recess Appointments
President fills vacancies at two federal agencies tasked with protecting workers' and consumers' rights.
Indiana Citizens Welcome at Their Own Statehouse After All
As legislative session opens, Gov. Mitch Daniels drops plan to severely limit crowd size.
And the Award for Worst Governor of the Year Goes to…
Help us choose the very worst governor of 2011 by casting your vote on Facebook.
We’re Not Backing Down
In a pivotal year for the working middle class, we pulled together and fought back.
Less Holiday Cheer for Working Families Thanks to House GOP
Republicans reject a bipartisan Senate compromise to extend unemployment insurance and the payroll tax cut.
Historic Ohio Contract Agreement Ratified
New contract demonstrates that unions can work together with states to solve economic problems.
White House Proposes Wage Protections for Home Care Workers
Changes announced by President Obama would extend coverage under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
A Win for NYC and Good Government
City council overrides Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of a bill protecting public services and public employees.
Time Names “The Protester” Person of the Year; Main Street America’s Protesters Deserve A Bow
Before Occupy Wall Street there were hundreds of thousands of protesters occupying Madison, Wis..
Video: Debunking GOP Claims of Voter Fraud
On MSNBC, Sec.-Treas. Saunders explains how the Republican agenda threatens working families.
Judge Forces Thousands of Minnesota Child Care Providers to Wait for Their Right to Unionize
Temporary restraining order blocks election due to lawsuit by union-busting conservative think tank.
Take an AFSCME Union Break, Change the World
Participants get hands-on experience that can lead to a career as an AFSCME organizer.
AFSCME Endorses President Obama’s Reelection
Unanimous vote by International Executive Board cites health care, the economy and collective bargaining rights.
Video: Gingrich and the GOP War on the Poor
On MSNBC, Sec.-Treas. Saunders discusses outrageous statements by GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
Jobless to Congress: Extend Unemployment Benefits
More than 2 million unemployed Americans could lose their safety net in February.
AFSCME Speaks Out Against Perilous Legislation
A constitutional balanced budget amendment would force devastating spending cuts totaling $1.5 trillion.
Strong Women Growing the Union
A group of new Volunteer Member Organizers participated in a two-day training in Madison, Wis.
Exposing Undue Corporate Influence
Press conference and new report highlight influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Arizona.
Most Vulnerable Hurt By Attacks Against the Public Sector
When nothing gets done on jobs legislation, the working middle class gets hit hard.
What’s In a Name? A Load of Dishonesty
The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act would actually undermine workforce democracy.
Court Says a Promise Is a Promise
California Supreme Court rules cities and counties cannot reduce health benefits promised to existing retirees.
Toomey Super Committee Plan Would Raise Taxes on Working Families to Protect Wall Street
Dangerous proposal would endanger health coverage for working Americans while reducing taxes on the wealthiest.
Minnesota Child Care Providers Win Right to Vote for Union Representation
Executive order sets the stage for negotiations over standards, funding and quality of care.
Remembering Taylor Rogers
Former AFSCME Local 1733 president led the historic 1968 sanitation workers strike in Memphis.
Putting Ohio in Perspective
The mobilization that led to the resounding defeat of Issue 2 will continue into 2012.
Attacking Public Workers Is Bad Policy That Ignores the Real Problem: Jobs
In their zeal to attack public service workers, right-wing governors overlook job creation.
Rhode Island Public Employees Call on Legislature to Keep the Promise
Over 5,000 union members and supporters rally at the statehouse to oppose pension overhaul plan.
HGEA Debuts Media Campaign
Television ads highlight the critical roles that Hawaii’s public employees play in the community.
AFSCME Helps Stem the Red Tide
This week across the country, hard-working Americans occupied the voting booth and sent a message.
Pueblo Public Service Workers Help Neighbors, Urge Congress to Create Jobs
Local 1335 members join community organizations to hold politicians accountable for their failure to act.
Think Again: Taking Back Ohio
Watch this video to hear from the people in Ohio who made this victory happen.
Ohio Voters Send a Message
Sec.-Treas. Saunders on MSNBC: “This will carry from Ohio across this country.”
Main Street Stands Up in Ohio and Defeats Anti-Worker Bill
Ohio voters resoundingly reject Senate Bill 5’s attacks on working, middle class families.
From Alabama to Ohio, the Struggle for Justice Continues
BJ Simmons-Talley is determined not to let Issue 2 roll back women’s rights.
‘Guerilla Drive-In’ Exposes Billionaire Koch Brothers’ Role in Destroying Middle Class, Crushing Workers
Demonstrators focus on corrosive role of corporate money in politics, dangerous agenda of right-wing groups.
State Pushing Cuts on Backs of ‘Grateful’ Workers
New York Times takes a critical look at the pitfalls of outsourcing public services.
Ohio Zookeeper Worries About Security at Work, Home
Matthew De Voe is concerned Issue 2 would impact zoo safety, hit his family’s budget.
A Different Kind of Sunday Service
Retiree Jamie Fant gives up his weekend routine to help defeat Issue 2 in Ohio.
Fighting for Her Younger Colleagues, Youngest Students
School bus driver Karen Holdridge has spent the past eight months working against Issue 2.
AFSCME Retirees’ $10,000 Boosts Ohio Campaign
Donation helps We Are Ohio educate state residents about the anti-worker Issue 2.
Time for Capitol Hill to Occupy Reality
With a dismal economic picture looming, Congress' lack of action is hurting American workers.
A Pep Talk on Main Street
Sec.-Treas. Saunders, Ohio AFSCME leaders encourage volunteers working to defeat Issue 2.
John Glenn is Voting NO on Issue 2
Famed astronaut, American hero and former U.S. Senator for Ohio opposes Senate Bill 5.
Remembering Darker Days in Ohio That Could Return
OCSEA’s Kathy Stewart never dreamed she’d find herself fighting again for collective bargaining in Ohio.
Unions, Nurses Protest Wall Street Greed in Washington
More than 1,000 gather in Lafayette Square in solidarity with the International Day of Action.
Walking the Walk to Oppose Issue 2
AFSCME members fan out across Ohio to make sure voters repeal Senate Bill 5.
A Great Summer as a Harvard/UNCF/AFSCME Union Scholar
Program offers students a valuable opportunity to learn about a career in the labor movement.
A Safety Net About to Unravel in Ohio
Issue 2’s passage would wipe out protections for public workers, including the state’s corrections employees.
Romney: $3.45 for Gas a ‘Good Price’
On the campaign trail, GOP presidential candidate once again shows how tone deaf he is.
A “No!” Vote on Ohio’s Issue 2 Will Help Protect Public Safety, Says State Meat Inspector
Ohio state meat inspector says Issue 2 must be defeated for safety’s sake.
Romney Was for Issue 2 Before He Was Against Saying He Was
Former Massachusetts governor known for his inconsistent positions outdoes himself in Ohio.
Ed Schultz Moves to 8 P.M. ET
MSNBC host, champion of America's working- and middle-class, now broadcasts live in prime time.
CNBC Puts a Spotlight on For-Profit Prison Firm
Report cites assaults at privately run Idaho Correctional Center.
Judge Blocks Michigan Veterans Home Privatization Scheme
Veterans’ health and safety comes first, judge rules in outsourcing dispute.
Former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee’s Voter Suppression Remark is No Joke
FOX News commentator encourages Ohio voters to suppress turnout to repeal anti-worker law.
Honoring Dr. King’s Life and Pursuing his Fight for Jobs and Justice
AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders addresses Jobs and Justice rally and MLK Memorial dedication.
AFSCME Marching Saturday for Jobs and Justice at MLK Event
Thousands expected on the National Mall to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
Pass the Jobs Bill: Reclaim the American Dream
AFSCME today unveiled a television ad demanding Congress pass President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act.
AFSCME to Congress: Pass the Jobs Bill Now!
DC March and Rally for Jobs and Justice
Rescheduled event takes place the day before the memorial to Dr. King is formally dedicated.
Young Union Members Talk About Being ‘Next Up’
AFL-CIO event brings together over 800 young people to foster political activism and organizing.
Koch Brothers Make Billions While Flouting U.S. Laws
Billionaire tea party financiers raked in tons of money while secretly trading with Iran.
Reagan and Obama: Separated at Birth?
When it comes to tax loopholes for millionaires, these leaders have a lot in common.
AFSCME Women Pledge Action in Upcoming Political Fights
Conference attendees head home prepared to out-organize, out-fundraise and outlast opponents of America’s workers.
AFSCME Women Celebrate Key Collective Bargaining Victories, Prepare for Fights Ahead
Sec.-Treas. Saunders urges relentless activism on behalf of public service employees and workers’ rights.
Florida Court Rebukes Governor’s Prison Sale
Ruling blocks Gov. Scott’s plan to turn 29 state facilities over to private contractors.
AFSCME President, U.S. Labor Secretary Thank Members, Urge Action on Jobs Act
Women's Conference attendees praised for their efforts in the ongoing fight for the American worker.
AFSCME Members Gather in Milwaukee for Women’s Conference
Conference attendees will share experiences, discuss important union issues and develop leadership skills.
Judge to Arizona Gov. Brewer: Paycheck Deception is Unconstitutional
Federal court stops anti-worker measure pushed by extremist politicians to silence political speech.
A Jobs Plan Even Our Kids Can Understand
AFSCME is launching an ad campaign in support of passing The American Jobs Act.
McEntee: Millionaires’ Tax Welcome, But Congress Must Pass Jobs Bill Now
There is no better way to reduce the deficit than putting Americans back on payrolls.
Public Safety Congress Ends with Rousing Call-to-Arms
Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders exhorts public safety officers to continue the fight for public services.
Pres. McEntee to Public Safety Officers: ‘This Is a Time of Real Opportunity’
Conference attendees aim to counter challenges faced by corrections and law enforcement employees nationwide.
Keeping the Super Committee Honest on Jobs
Labor leaders want jobs impact of all budget-cutting proposals scored by non-partisan CBO.
AFSCME Councils 4 and 15 Earn Big Wins
Union-supported alderman candidates in New Haven, CT, pledge to combat privatization, layoffs and furloughs.
AFSCME Public Safety Congress Opens
Over 400 AFSCME-represented corrections and law enforcement employees gather for joint conference in Houston.
GOP Gives Corporations “Get Out of Jail Free” Card
AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee blasts House GOP for vote undermining NLRB’s power.
Rhode Island Public Workers Win Key Pension Ruling
Judge rules R.I. public employees should have their day in court in pension battle.
‘Americans Are Hurting’
Census Bureau data shows poverty has gone up while household incomes have gone down.
Privatization Doesn’t Pay, POGO Study Proves
New report details why contracting out is a bad idea for taxpayers.
Marching for a Fair Verizon Contract
AFSCME members join in solidarity with other union members outside a Verizon store in DC.
‘All Hell Broke Loose’ and DC 37 Wound Up Displaced After 9/11
Ten years after the attacks, Lee Saunders still remembers the day with perfect clarity.
“Next Up” Is Coming Up!
Second annual AFL-CIO Next Up Young Workers Summit takes place Sept. 29 - Oct. 2.
Report: CEOs Rewarded for Parking Profits Overseas
Major U.S. corporations pay chief executives more than they pay in federal income taxes.
Labor Day Isn’t About the Past, It’s About Today
AFSCME New Mexico members and their fellow public service workers speak out about workers' rights.
America’s Future Is at Stake this Labor Day
Working families will not turn back the clock. We will fight for the future.
Obama: Dr. King Marched for Jobs, Economic Justice
President urges Americans to remember the civil rights leader died standing with Memphis sanitation workers.
Unemployment Hurts More than the Unemployed
New report shows high unemployment has dire consequences for the broader economy.
AFSCME Member Killed on the Job in Tragic Accident
A Pennsylvania sewer worker, Larry Fisher, is killed in a workplace accident in Delaware County.
Cleaning Up After the Storm
Thousands of public service workers are cleaning up and keeping us safe after Hurricane Irene.
Kasich's Call for Compromise Smacks of Desperation
Ohio governor, Republican leadership scramble as referendum approaches on unpopular SB 5 legislation.
Warren Buffett Is Right: Tax the Rich
Multi-billionaire calls on Congress to stop coddling wealthy Americans, make them pay their fair share.
Wisconsin’s Working Families Win Final Recall Elections
State Senate now boasts a pro-worker majority that would have blocked Walker's divisive anti-worker bill.
Worth a Read: Wisconsin’s Warning to Union Busters
Those who oppose efforts to undermine public unions should draw strength from Tuesday's success.
“No” Vote Means Repeal Senate Bill 5
Ohio voters will vote “no” on Issue 2 this November to repeal radical, anti-worker law.
Anti-Worker Mackinac Center Takes Aim at Univ. of Mich. Graduate Research Assistants
Right-wing, anti-worker organization tries to stop graduate research assistants from organizing with a union.
FAA Shutdown Continues as Politicians Play Games
As U.S. House members enjoy their summer vacations, thousands of FAA employees remain furloughed.
Default: It’s Not Just a Game of Politics
Federally funded state programs could get hammered if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Open for Business, GOP Attacks Continue
New agency protects consumers by making financial products' prices and risks easier to understand.
Ad Campaign Launched to Pressure Lawmakers to Do the Right Thing
AFSCME-sponsored TV ads target eight members of Congress on debt ceiling vote.
Coalition of Workers, Religious Leaders, Demand Fiscal Accountability of N.M. Hospital Executives
Christus St. Vincent fails to disclose how money intended for indigent care is being spent.
Enough Is Enough!
Hundreds rally at the U.S. Capitol to oppose deep cuts to the social safety net.
Petition Urges City of Memphis to Act in Good Faith
City council violated contract, imposing a 4.6 percent pay cut for all city workers.
Media Matters: Fraud Video Outed as a Fraud
Supposed undercover ‘sting’ exposes right-wing activist James O’Keefe as an illegitimate news source.
Americans Reject Cuts to the Middle Class, Favor Higher Taxes on the Wealthy, Corporations
New poll shows voters oppose the Republican plan to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Undermining the Right to Vote
New requirements will keep students, minorities and seniors from having their voices heard.
Madison Meets Cairo
A conversation between Wisconsin labor activist Tim Birkley and Egyptian democracy activist Sarah Kamal.
Gut & Scrap
The Republican proposal to gut and scrap Medicare looks like the Ryan plan on steroids.
It's Official: SB 5 Heads to the Ballot
Ohio Secretary of State certifies 915,456 signatures to bring repeal to a vote in November.
Minnesota Public Services to Resume – but Problems Remain
The statewide government shutdown is over, but the budget deal won’t solve Minnesota’s many problems.
Ohio Gov. Kasich: Wake Up and Smell the Polls!
Anti-worker, right-wing policies are sinking Ohio Governor Kasich’s popularity with the state’s voters.
Wisconsin’s Voters Again Reject Corporate Agenda
Incumbent state Sen. Dave Hansen (D) retained his seat in the state's first recall contest.
New Haven 911 Dispatcher Saves Drowning Boy
Emergency center worker directed family members to perform CPR until paramedics arrived on the scene.
Iowans Tell Gov. Branstad: No More Corporate Agenda!
Des Moines rally calls on the governor to “put people before profits, politics and polluters.”
Right Trumps Might in Tennessee
Activists arrested in March during state Senate hearing on anti-union legislation have been acquitted.
Newly Released Documents Expose ALEC’s Corporate Agenda
Secretive organization writes “model legislation” to advance business interests at the expense of working Americans.
Minnesota Agreement Reached? It’s No Deal Until It’s a Done Deal!
Details of an agreement between lawmakers and Gov. Dayton have not yet been made public.
GOP Plays the Debt Ceiling Game: Will We All Lose?
House Republican lawmakers are putting their political and ideological interests ahead of the nation's well-being.
Coalition of 247 Organizations Say ‘No!’ to Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment
Proposal is the opposite of what's needed and would damage the economy, not strengthen it.
They Thought Voters Were Dumb. They Were Wrong!
Wisconsin voters rejected all six GOP candidates who posed as Democrats in Tuesday's primary election.
AFSCME Co-Chairs August March for Jobs and Justice
Rally takes place the day before the MLK Memorial is unveiled on the National Mall.
AFSCME Helps Launch National Drive to Better Home Care Providers’ Lives, Services
Caregivers from across the country kick off campaign at town hall meeting in Washington, DC.
NYC Fire Fighters Get Out the Vote in Wisconsin
FDNY members volunteer in recall efforts to restore workers' rights and protect middle class families.
AFSCME’s Next Wave of Young Leaders Energized to Confront Challenges
More than 600 new and young AFSCME activists get a crash course on union power.
AFL-CIO Sec.-Treas. Shuler Dives into the Next Wave
National labor federation's youngest-ever elected officer addresses the next generation of AFSCME leaders.
Next Wavers Protest Georgia Immigration ‘Hate Law’
Labor, civil rights and immigration activists denounce HB 87 as an affront to human dignity.
AFSCME’s Young Activists Meet at Next Wave Conference in Georgia
The next generation of union leaders gather to learn strategies for fighting back and winning.
Minnesotans Demand End to Government Shutdown
Public service workers and supporters hold massive demonstration at the Capitol steps in St. Paul.
Need a Job? Go to Prison
Thanks to Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin public service employees lose work to unpaid inmates.
Lillian Roberts Becomes AFSCME International Vice President
Executive director of District Council 37, legend of NYC's labor movement, joins International Executive Board.
Standing Up for Public Service Workers in San Diego
Sec.-Treas. Saunders and Rev. Sharpton speak out against right-wing attacks on city employees.
Rachel Maddow Spells Out Koch Brothers’ Influence
Tea Party financiers brought several Republican governors to a secret, invitation-only meeting in Colorado.
Ohio Voters Celebrate End of Petition Drive to Repeal SB 5
Thousands of union members and community supporters march alongside a semi-truck filled with signatures.
Training for the Bargaining Table in Rhode Island
Rank-and-file members learn about the challenges posed by shrinking budgets and right-wing attacks on workers.
Tax “Holiday” for Corporate Profits will Vacate U.S. Jobs
Recycled Bush-era initiative actually led to further job losses the first time around.
New Jersey Legislature Attacks Workers’ Rights
Legislation would roll back benefits and bargaining rights for 750,000 state and local workers.
Next Wave: We Are What Democracy Looks Like!
Join young AFSCME activists at the Next Wave Convention in Atlanta from July 8–10.
Tent Cities Pop Up in Trenton and New York City
NJ's “Camp Collective Bargaining” and NYC’s “Bloombergville” were inspired by protests in Madison and Cairo.
Michigan Voters Launch Campaign to Stop Local Dictator Law
Organizers vow to gather 190,000 signatures by Labor Day to put repeal on the ballot.
Are You With Us?
Watch the Democracy for America video that debuted at the 2011 Netroots Nation conference.
A Better New Jersey for All
New Jersey public employees talk about the important services they provide to the state.
Sec.-Treas. Saunders at Netroots Nation: Rebuilding the Progressive Movement
Progressive online activists are urged to join with unions, fight attacks on middle class.
Netroots Nation Video: Attack on America's Middle Class
Footage from Saturday morning's keynote featuring Sen. Al Franken and AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Lee A. Saunders.
We Are Ohio Collects Over 714K Signatures for Citizens' Veto
Grassroots group reports than triple the number of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.
From Memphis to Madison to Minneapolis
AFSCME sponsored the reception and opening keynote session to kick off the Netroots Nation conference.
Netroots Nation Video: Bloggers Unite!
Panelists discussed how bloggers in Wisconsin turned the Madison uprising into a national story.
Thousands Protest New York City’s Budget Cuts
Mayor Bloomberg's budget plan threatens to cut services and lay off workers.
AFSCME Joins Progressive Activists at Netroots Nation
The annual conference for online activists takes place June 16-19 in Minneapolis.
New Jersey Public Employees Rally Against Union-Busting Legislation
Activists protest Gov. Christie's continued assault on public sector workers.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules 4-3 Against Workers' Rights
Despite the setback, Wisconsin's pro-worker movement remains as vital and committed as ever.
Prison Privatization as Political Payback
Taxpayers wind up paying more when private contractors cut corners on safety, health and services.
Protesters Spread the News: Keep Hands Off Medicare
Opposition to Republican budget makes headlines at a town hall meeting held at DC's Newseum.
Ohio Bikers Make Themselves Heard at the Statehouse
Motorcycle rally draws attention to the campaign to get SB 5 on the November ballot.
Iowans Protest Frankenstein Bill
Omnibus legislation was assembled from a hodgepodge of bills that failed earlier this year.
State Battles Summit Ends with Commitment to Fight
Civil rights leader Wade Henderson energizes AFSCME activists with call to preserve the Middle Class.
Memphis Sanitation Workers Complete Induction Into ‘Labor Hall of Fame’
Ceremony at the University of Memphis recognizes the courageous strike for dignity and workers' rights.
Sec.-Treas. Saunders: ‘We're the Last Line of Defense’ for the Middle Class
Activists at AFSCME's State Battles Summit learn more about successful efforts to fight back.
Bush Tax Cuts 10 Years Later
Massive tax giveaway squandered a massive budget surplus, and we're still paying for it.
“Walkerville”: Friendly Face of the Budget Battle
Tent city springs up near the Wisconsin State Capitol to protest Gov. Walker's anti-worker agenda.
AFSCME’s State Battles Summit Opens
Conference will focus on fighting unprecedented right-wing attacks on public service workers and collective bargaining.
Illinois Union Coalition Blocks Bills Attacking Public Service Workers
Grassroots outpouring turns back huge increases in pension contributions, health insurance premiums for state employees.
Playing Chicken with Our Fiscal Future
Tuesday’s staged vote on the “clean” debt limit was only held so it would fail.
Congress’ Attack on Unemployed Workers
Instead of helping Americans get back to work, new legislation would restrict unemployment benefits.
Collective Bargaining in Wisconsin Gets Another Reprieve
Judge rules open meeting law was violated in rush to pass Gov. Walker's anti-union measure.
Wisconsin Voter ID Bill is Morally Wrong
Gov. Walker signs fast-tracked law designed to make it harder for Wisconsinites to vote.
Hands Off Medicare
Senate must reject the Ryan budget plan that would eliminate Medicare as we know it.
Is There a Doctor in the House (of Labor)? Yes, More than Ever!
For the second time this year, doctors in California have voted to join the Union of American Physicians and Dentists.
Organizing for Power with AFSCME
With this column, we note the many organizing victories achieved during the past several months, both large and small (listed alphabetically by state).
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