- AFSCME Supports S. 2432: The Banking on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act
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.
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.
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.
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
With each UC cut, low-wage workers pushed closer to margins
Tovin Lapan, San Jose Mercury News
The University of California's lowest paid workers have taken the brunt of cuts.
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.
GOP Budget Slashes Pell Grants
Julie Margetta Morgan, Center for American Progress
The House Budget Committee's budget proposal contained unprecedented cuts to the Pell Grant program.
Academic Pay Takes a Pounding: Worst Year Yet?
The lowest faculty raises in 50 years is just one example of how hard colleges have been hit by the recession.
U. of Idaho President Orders Furloughs in Next Months
Chronicle of Higher Education
The University of Idaho announced on Tuesday details of a furlough plan that will affect 2,600 faculty and staff members statewide during the remainder of the academic year.
University employees spared from layoffs
Des Moines Register
Workers at Iowa’s three state-run universities appear to have escaped layoffs from the state budget ax, with plans that rely on unpaid time off and smaller contributions by the schools to employees’ retirement accounts.
Thousands protest fees, cuts at UC campuses
San Francisco Chronicle
Thousands of students, professors and workers at University of California campuses across the state poured out of classrooms Thursday to rally against deep cuts to public education and aim their frustration at UC leaders' handling of its budget crisis.
Higher Ed. Bill Contains Money for 'Green Schools'
The bill includes more than $4 billion over the next two fiscal years for a green-schools initiative, something Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., has been trying to get through Congress via a variety of legislative vehicles.
AFSCME Council 5
Governor Pawlenty’s budget axe fell hard on the University of Minnesota last week. For the first time ever, the university will rely more on revenue from students than from the state.
UC, service workers reach 'historic' agreement
Santa Cruz Sentinel
After a summer strike and 18 months of bargaining, UC reached a five-year contract deal Wednesday with 8,500 workers statewide, including 550 employees at UC Santa Cruz.
Return of Grad Union Movement
Inside Higher Ed
Unions worked hard for President Obama in November — and those in academic unions have had high hopes that his actions would revive the movement to organize graduate teaching assistants at private universities.
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