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Resolutions & Amendments

28th International Convention - Los Angeles, CA (1988)

Employee Participation in Eliminating Stigma of Mental Disabilities

Resolution No. 27
28th International Convention
June 20-24, 1988
Los Angeles, CA


There are over 10 million Americans suffering from serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and manic depression and over 100,000 new cases of these illnesses are diagnosed each year; and


Society tends to treat individuals suffering from these conditions as different or bad and reject them instead of treating their illness the same as any other physical impairment; and


Public prejudices contribute to the difficulties of life for the most vulnerable of our society; and


The 100,000 AFSCME members who care for thousands of these individuals are often the link between them and the outside world and have acquired the skills and the attitude necessary to properly care for them; and


As caregivers, AFSCME members are able to separate facts from fiction about the effect of these diseases.


That AFSCME will work with parent groups such as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and other advocacy groups, to conduct public education campaigns to counter the stigma and to change any law that discriminates against mentally disabled persons.



Leonard Cody, President
John Klusinske, Secretary
AFSCME Council 24