Florida Puts Child Safety Before Parents' Rights
Carol Marbin Miller, McClatchy News
Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Monday a sweeping overhaul of Florida's long-troubled child welfare agency, discarding a decade-old policy that favored the rights of parents over those of neglected and abused children.
Heated comments fly at Dubuque Co. supervisors meeting
U.S. Supreme Court Might Take Up Rick Scott's "Drug Test Everyone" Plan
Tim Elfrink, Miami News Times
Gov. Rick Scott's plan to randomly drug test every single state employee in Florida -- from department heads to minimum wage DMV janitors -- has already failed the common-sense test and an appeals court ruling.
AFSCME President Blasts House Approval of Budget for Wealthy
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders released the following statement following the House approval of the budget drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan.
Debate Over Impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Labor Market
AFSCME Legislative Weekly Reports
Costs of Privatization Hidden in Plain Sight
Ellen Dannin, Truthout
Services and infrastructure have been privatized, even though keeping them public is the better choice.
OSHA launches new safety and health certificate program for public sector employees
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
A new certificate program that provides public sector employees training on occupational safety and health to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities among workers in state and local governments.
Hospital's heavy lifting lightens load on nurses
Nurses, nursing aides and orderlies have borne the weight of the nation's obesity epidemic and suffered the consequences.
Health care repeal effort: Worth the time? (Video)
The Republican repeal effort has taken up at least 80 hours on the House floor, costing taxpayers around $50 million...
When It’s the Nurse Who Needs Looking After
New York Times Blog
Recent research reveals that when nurses suffer, so do their patients…
Statement of AFSCME Pres. McEntee on the June Jobs Report
“A Healthy Economy Is the Best Deficit Reduction Strategy”
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on debt ceiling negotiations
Ordinary workers took extraordinary stand, made history
Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Memphis sanitation strike an important turning point in the fight for civil rights, workplace equality
Workers Memorial Day
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on Workers Memorial Day
Countering the Siege
New York Times
AFSCME President McEntee on how attacks on public service workers have energized union members and our allies in a growing battle over workers’ rights.
Federal budget cuts hit health, labor, education hardest
PHILIP RUCKER, Dispatch Politics
More than half of $38 billion in spending cuts hit education, labor and health programs.
Pesticides Risky for Healthcare Workers
Healthcare workers are at risk from the chemicals widely used in hospitals and other facilities to prevent microbial colonization and infections, the CDC said.
Federal Dollars Provided to Health Centers
Almost $69 million in federal stimulus money has been pumped into Florida’s community health centers so far this year, according to the Health News Florida Web site.
One Million Workers Got Seasonal Flu Shots
The number of U.S. hospital workers vaccinated against seasonal flu during the last fall/winter flu season increased by 14 percent, a non-profit says.
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