2015 Press Releases
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders' Statement on Mass Shooting in San Bernardino, California
Statement by AFSCME President Lee Saunders and UAW President Dennis Williams on the Obama Administration’s plan to assist Puerto Rico
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015
AFSCME Endorses Hillary Clinton The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) announced today that Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton has earned the 1.6 million member union’s endorsement in the 2016 presidential contest.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on the Democratic Presidential Debate
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 Mourns Loss of Leader Marty Beil
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Resignation
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on Gov. Walker Dropping Out of the Republican Primary for President “This is a clear rebuke of the anti-worker platform on which Governor Walker based his entire presidential campaign."
AFSCME Hosts Presidential Town Halls Working people in Iowa and nationwide participate in democratic endorsement process.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on court decision upholding Fair Labor Standards Act protections for home care workers "With this decision to stand on, we look forward to the Department of Labor’s enforcement of the rule in the states so that all home care workers can finally receive the fair wages they deserve," said Saunders.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on the Passing of Julian Bond Saunders: Our world has lost a giant in the struggle for freedom and dignity for all people.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on President Obama’s Overtime Rule Change "Americans are working harder than ever, but while corporate profits are skyrocketing, incomes are still flat-lining, so it's encouraging that Pres. Obama’s proposal could give workers who make up to $50,440 a hard-earned raise."
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders Statement on the Obergefell v. Hodges Decision Today is a momentous day. Together as a nation we took a dramatic step toward the ideals of equality and freedom.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders Statement on the King v. Burwell Decision By rejecting this overtly partisan attack against existing law, the Court has preserved the health and peace of mind of the more than 8 million Americans who will now continue to rely on the law for access to quality, affordable health coverage.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders Statement on the Voting Rights Advancement Act AFSCME is committed to ensuring that our leaders in Congress today honor that sacrifice and protect the rights they secured for future generations.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders Statement on Senate Fast Track Vote Saunders: "It is unfortunate that the Senate sided with corporate interests over the American people by advancing legislation that will allow dangerous trade deals to be negotiated in secret."
Candidate Quotes from AFSCME Presidential Endorsement Meetings This week, members of our International Executive Board board met with Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Governor Martin O’Malley, and Senator Bernie Sanders.
Secretary Clinton offered a strong message for working families Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Secretary Clinton’s announcement.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders Statement on National Healthy Schools Day, April 7, 2015 Saunders: “No question that quality public schools are a gateway to the middle class for millions of American children.”
AFSCME Women's Conference Leaving Indiana AFSCME President Lee Saunders released the following statement about AFSCME's decision to move it's 2015 Women's Conference out of Indiana due to the recent legislation passed that legalizes discrimination.
President Saunders: We Need a Budget That Values Hard Work AFSCME President Lee Saunders made the following statement regarding the Congressional budget proposals.
Institutional Investors Continue To Press Companies For Disclosure Of Lobbying In 2015 Shareholder resolutions filed with 53 companies by 65 institutional and individual investors.
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders Statement on February Jobs Report: “Stagnant Wages Continue to Hold Middle-Class Families Back”
AFSCME’s Saunders: Poll Shows Americans See “Tsunami of a Retirement Crisis” Thanks to 401(k) Schemes For workers and families, the best path to economic peace of mind and a secure retirement has always been through a union.
AFSCME President Lee Saunders' statement on the passing of longtime AFSCME Political Director Larry Scanlon Saunders: Larry's passion, friendship, and mentorship will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Scanlon family.
AFSCME President Saunders: The Nation Deserves an Apology, Scott Walker Pres. Saunders: "To compare the 100,000 men and women who stood up in Madison and called Governor Walker out for his attack on workers’ freedom to terrorists is disgusting."
Paid Sick Leave: A Workplace Standard for the 21st Century AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders and Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes issued the following statements on the reintroduction of the Healthy Families Act.
After 22 Years, FMLA Has Proven Value to Working Families
President Obama’s ‘Middle-Class Blueprint’ Would Benefit All Americans Pres. Saunders: After years of misguided austerity dictated by Congress, the budget unveiled today by President Obama signals a major change of direction.
AFSCME Defies Odds in Organizing; Unions Needed Now More Than Ever
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on President Obama’s State of the Union Address
Martin Luther King Day is Opportunity to Renew His Dream for Justice AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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.
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