Letters, Statements & More
AFSCME Letter to Senate Opposing the Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Judge Kavanaugh's nomination reflects a disturbing and deeply flawed trend in which nominees are pre-approved by extremely conservative special interest groups that favor corporate interests over those of working families.
AFSCME Joins Federal Employee Lawsuit Against Trump Administration
AFSCME President Lee Saunders on the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike
Joint Statement on Nationwide Mobilizations, Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 Oral Arguments
AFSCME Issues Merits Brief in Janus v. AFSCME AFSCME submitted today its brief on the merits of the corporate-backed Supreme Court Case, Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.
AFSCME Letter to House Opposing S. 140, Amending the NLRA to Exempt Employers on Tribal Lands This bill would deny protection under the NLRA to many workers employed by tribal-owned and-operated enterprises on Indian land.A great majority of these workers are not Native Americans.
Trump Administration Sides With Corporations in Janus v. AFSCME Breaking campaign promise to stand up for working people, Trump Administration files Amicus Brief supporting plaintiff in corporate-backed Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME Council 31
AFSCME Letter to House Opposing H.R. 3441, the So-Called "Save Local Business Act" AFSCME opposes this anti-worker legislation that weakens labor rights and repeals an Obama-era clarification on joint employer standards.
New Report: Strong Unions Mean Stronger Communities Report shows how strong unions help unrig the rules for all families, communities
Workers on Janus: A Political Effort to Further Rig the Rules Against Working People In a rigged economy, workers say the freedom to come together in strong unions is more important than ever
AFSCME Letter Opposes U.S. House Resolution (H.J. Res 111) to disapprove Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) pro-consumer rule, which bans some forced arbitration provisions and permits class action lawsuits 7/25/17
AFSCME Signs Onto Letter Opposing George Nesterczuk’s Nomination to be Director of U.S. Office of Personnel Management 7/26/17
AFSCME Letter Opposing H.R. 986, H.R. 2775 and H.R. 2776
AFSCME Letter Opposing S.1094, The So-Called VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act S.1094 Undermines collective bargaining and opens the door to the unfair discharge of VA employees
AFSCME Opposes Anti-Union “Employees and Taxpayers Protection Act of 2017”, H.R. 1461 (5/17/17) H.R. 1461 unfairly limits federal workers’ use of official time; doubles probationary periods to 24 months; and allows union members to revoke union membership at any time.
AFSCME Letter Opposing HR 1180, The So-Called Working Flexibility Act This proposed law would result in LESS pay for more overtime hours without the guarantee of employee compensation.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Trump’s First 100 Days in Office
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on New OMB Directive to Reduce the Federal Workforce
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court
AFSCME Letter Opposing the Nomination of Judge Gorsuch to Serve on the U.S. Supreme Court
AFSCME Opposes Neil Gorsuch for Appointment to Supreme Court
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Puerto Rico Fiscal Plan
AFSCME Opposes the Official Time Reform Act of 2017 (HR 1364) AFSCME opposes legislation that would unfairly limit federal workers' us of official time for union representation such as improving workplace safety and working conditions, protecting workers from discrimination, and developing new employee training.
AFSCME Statement on Oral Arguments before 7th Circuit Court in Janus Case
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on DNC Vote
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Council 31’s Strike Authorization
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on New Iowa Collective Bargaining Law
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on New Hampshire “Right-to-Work” Vote
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Acosta Nomination
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Puzder Withdrawal
AFSCME Letter Supporting the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (HR 1022)
AFSCME President Lee Saunders' Letter Opposing Andrew Puzder to be the Next U.S. Secretary of Labor
AFSCME Letter Supporting FAIR Act (HR 757) to increase 2018 federal worker Salaries by 3.2% 2-2-17
AFSCME Letter Endorsing Senate Resolution Supporting Federal Workers (1/27/17) Legislation recognizing federal government workers' valuable contribution to America and also opposing efforts to reduce federal workers' compensation and workplace protections and efforts related to undermining employee union rights.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Gorsuch Nomination
AFSCME Announces 2016 Membership Increase Despite Unprecedented Attacks
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Federal Hiring Freeze
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Puzder Appointment
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Overtime Rule
AFSCME Letter to Full House Supporting the New Overtime Rules This new rule is an overdue and historic update that would raise the salary threshold below which most workers are eligible for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Donald Trump’s Visit to Detroit
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the Obama Administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order
Opposition to H.R. 4361, The Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act of 2016 The provisions in H.R. 4361 drastically reduce important rights and protections for senior agency that are enjoyed by the vast majority of government employees. It would also create burdensome standards for reporting union official time.
Labor Leaders Win Strong Fair-Trade Platform Language
AFSCME Letter: Oppose Weakening Federal Employees’ Workplace Protections
AFSCME Letter (Sign-On): Support Federal Workers Receive Pay Raise for 2017 - Cosponsor S. 2699 AFSCME Letter (Sign-On): Support Federal Workers Receive 5.3% pay raise for 2017 – Cosponsor S. 2699, “Federal Adjustment of Income Rates Act of 2016” (FAIR ACT) (6/21/16)
AFSCME Letter to Education & Workforce Committee Urges Support for DOL's New Overtime Rule New Department of Labor (DOL) rule on Overtime pay reduces excessive hours of unpaid work by underpaid employees, affecting 12.5 million employees.
AFSCME Letter to Education & Workforce Committee on H.J. Res. 87
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Final Obama Administration Overtime Rule
America Works Together: Response to Supreme Court Ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on President Obama’s Nomination of Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on the White House Summit on Worker Voice "It was heartening to hear many panelists today talking about the essential role that unions and collective bargaining play in fixing an economy that is badly out of balance and improving incomes for all working people."
AFSCME Letter Opposes Bill (HR 1994) Eliminating Federal Workers’ Due Process Rights” (7/21/15)
AFSCME Letter (Sign-On) Opposing Cut to Federal Worker Retirement TSP G Fund in Transportation Bill to Senate (7/15/15)
AFSCME Letter to House Opposes Eliminating Federal Workers’ “Official Time” in Approps Bill for Interior-Environment, HR 2822 (7/7/15)
AFSCME Letter (Sign-On) Opposing Cuts to Federal Worker Compensation (FECA) to House Ed-Workforce Cmte (7/6/15)
AFSCME Letter (Sign-On) on Federal Worker Data Breach to President Obama (6/25/15)
AFSCME Letter (Sign-On) Opposing Restrictions on Federal Worker Bonuses – S. 742 to Senate HSGA Committee (6/23/15)
AFSCME Letter to House Opposes Eliminating Federal Workers’ “Official Time” in Approps Bill for Transportation-HUD, HR 2577 (6/3/15)
AFSCME Letter (Sign-On) Opposing Cuts to Federal Worker Pay, Health, Retirement Benefits Compensation in FY 2016 Budget Resolution to Budget Conferees (4/20/15)
AFSCME Letter (Sign-On) Opposing $318 billion Cut to Federal Worker Pay and Benefits in FY 2016 Budget Resolution to House (3/24/15)
After 22 Years, FMLA Has Proven Value to Working Families
Obama’s Paid Sick Leave Initiative ‘Common Sense Solution’
AFSCME’s President Lee Saunders: Federal Court Deals “Another Slap in the Face” to Hardworking Caregivers U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, a 2002 George W. Bush appointee, today denied overtime and minimum wage requirements to 2 million home health care workers.
AFSCME Joins Sign-On Letter to House Supporting Federal Workers 3.8% Pay Raise HR 304 (1/13/15)
AFSCME Letter (Sign-On) Supporting Federal Worker 3.8% Pay Increase to Rep. Connolly (1/13/15)
AFSCME Stands in Solidarity with Edward Lane Supreme Court Ruling in Lane v. Franks a victory for free speech
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders: Congress Must Guarantee the Right to Vote
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on May Day Today, we are united with the simple message that workers’ rights should be universally acknowledged and that every person deserves the opportunity to achieve a better life for themselves and their families.
AFSCME supports the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2014 (S. 460)
Our Mothers, Wives and Daughters Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Equal Pay Day
AFSCME Applauds Senate Approval of Jobless Aid and Calls on House to Act Without Delay AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement today on the Senate’s approval of jobless aid to millions of Americans.
AFSCME Supports the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 84) The Paycheck Fairness Act makes much needed improvements to the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
Letter to the House on HR2575 AFSCME opposes HR 2575 because it would reduce the amount of people at risk of getting their hours cut at work.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the Introduction of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the Extension of Emergency Unemployment Insurance Emergency unemployment insurance benefits need to be extended immediately. The time is now for Congress to stand up for working people.
AFSCME's Saunders: “Ruling Paves The Way For The Decimation Of Detroit’s Working Class.”
AFSCME Applauds Department of Labor for Providing Home Care Workers Wage and Hour Protections Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Updated Regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act
Statement by Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes on the 23rd Anniversary of the ADA
Court Rules in Favor of AFSCME Members, Detroit Bankruptcy Illegal Statement by AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders: Snyder and Orr are not above the law and cannot ignore the Michigan constitution
Statement by AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Detroit Bankruptcy Filing
AFSCME Letter in Support of ENDA The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S. 815 would provide much needed protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers and their families nationwide.
AFSCME Letter to Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee It's time to end austerity before we further endanger economic growth.
AFSCME Thanks Our Nation’s Law Enforcement Officers for Their Hard Work and Sacrifice Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on National Law Enforcement Officers Week
National Correctional Officers’ and Employees’ Week Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders celebrating National Correctional Officers’ and Employees’ Week
Workers Memorial Day Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Workers Memorial Day
AFSCME President Lee Saunders on Nomination of Thomas E. Perez for Secretary of Labor Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on nomination of Thomas E. Perez for Secretary of Labor
AFSCME President Lee Saunders on Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis’ Resignation
“AFSCME Members Will Stand with Walmart’s Workers” Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Walmart and Black Friday
Meet Richard Hayes. He Picks Up Mitt Romney’s Trash. AFSCME launches campaign featuring public workers who service Mitt Romney’s La Jolla, Calif., neighborhood
“Governor Scott Walker Rejected Again” Statement of AFSCME Wisconsin in response to the ruling by the Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas
AFSCME’s Saunders on Chicago Teachers’ Strike Statement of AFSCME President Lee Saunders on the strike by the Chicago Teachers’ Union
AFSCME’s Saunders: Choice Between Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan “Couldn’t Be Any Clearer” Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders following Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate
AFSCME’s McEntee: “Daniels Wants a Return to the Spoils System” Statement of AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee regarding Gov. Mitch Daniels’ remarks on Fox News Sunday about public sector unions
AFSCME’s McEntee: “This Struggle Is Far From Over” Statement of AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee on the recall election in Wisconsin
AFSCME Wisconsin: Fight for Worker Rights Goes On
AFSCME Remembers Mark Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
“Governor Scott Walker Has Egg On His Face” Statement of AFSCME Wisconsin in response to the ruling by the Federal Court in Wisconsin on Act 10
AFSCME Calls for Congress to “Stop Their Games and Get to Work” Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee after Pres. Obama’s State of the Union address
AFSCME’s McEntee on Recess Appointments Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee after President Obama made recess appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board
AFSCME’s McEntee: Overtime Pay Long Overdue for Nation’s 2.5 Million Home Care Workers
AFSCME Letter to the U.S. House Opposing H.R. 3094
Ohio Voters Repudiate Anti-Collective Bargaining Law AFSCME’s McEntee: “The 99% Are Pulling Together in a Main Street Movement”
Labor Activists Defend Workers’ Rights for Milwaukee City Employees
Romney Needs to “Take the Silver Spoon Out of His Mouth” Before Talking About the Working Middle Class Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s attack on labor and the working middle class
GOP Leadership Jobs Agenda “Out-of-Touch with Reality” Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee regarding the House Republican leadership’s release of a jobs agenda
AFSCME Challenges Constitutionality of Newly Enacted Arizona Statutes Anti-worker statutes would restrict the free-speech rights of unions
“It Is Time to Create Jobs Instead of Destroying Them” Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on recent reports of increased state tax revenues
AFSCME Statement on Proposals that Attack Federal Employee Income and Retirement Benefits
Memphis Sanitation Strike Workers to Be Inducted into Labor Hall of Fame Secretary of Labor to host ceremony on Friday, April 29, to begin induction of 1968 Memphis, Tenn., sanitation strike workers into Labor Hall of Fame
Workers Memorial Day Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on Workers Memorial Day
From Memphis to Madison, the Struggle Continues for Workers’ Rights “Work That Serves Humanity… It Has Dignity and It Has Worth.”
Ohio Bill “A Reprehensible Attack on the Middle Class” Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee regarding Ohio SB 5, legislation to silence the voice of public service workers and limit their right to collective bargaining
Governor Walker is “Tearing Wisconsin Apart” Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union rights bill that was rammed through the state senate
Wisconsin Public Employees: Ramming Through Anti-Freedom Bill “An Affront to Democracy” On Wednesday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Republican state senators rammed through an anti-freedom bill that stripped nurses, teachers and EMTs of their rights to collectively bargain – the rights enjoyed by just about every other Wisconsinite.
Janice Bobholz Testimony to House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee
Poland’s Solidarność Union Tells Wisconsin Workers: “Your Victory is Our Victory as Well”
“Pillars of a Civil Society” National Civil Rights, Labor Leaders Speak Out on Behalf of Public Service Workers
Martin Luther King and Public Employees Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
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