Just as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for economic and racial justice, so do AFSCME members today. With strength and solidarity, we honor his legacy through action.
Let’s stand together to reaffirm our commitment to justice. We will Never Quit.
Thank you for honoring our union history
This month, tens of thousands of workers and their allies joined together in Memphis, Tennessee, for I AM 2018, a nationwide campaign to advance social and economic justice by drawing on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike.
Please join us. Even if you couldn’t travel to Memphis, you can take part in this historic moment.
Such a short but powerful statement says that you're not going to let powerful interests rob working families of their freedom to join strong unions. Your recording will be a part of a chorus of workers who know that the fight for freedom has only just begun.
Sisters and brothers: We need to speak up together to secure our future.
At a rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, Saunders vowed to continue the fight for “a common-sense budget that invests in job creation and higher living standards … that empowers, instead of punishes, our most vulnerable people.”
Saunders said that AFSCME members are public service workers who never quit improving their communities.
“They have devoted their careers to lifting up their neighbors,” he said. Trump’s budget proposal, on the other hand, “undermines the work we do and the communities we serve.”
Dozens of participants – including AFSCME members, progressive allies and members of Congress – joined the rally to oppose a budget that would benefit the rich and powerful at the expense of working families.
Among other things, Trump’s proposal seeks to:
Cut Medicaid by $610 billion, setting the health care program for the poor on a path to being halved by the year 2028;
Cut domestic programs outside of the military and homeland security by $57 billion in 2018 and by $3.6 trillion over 10 years. That includes slashing spending on housing, education, training, economic development, environmental protection, transportation, infrastructure, medical and clean energy research, food and drug safety, to name a few;
Cut public education programs by more than $10 billion, including programs that help recruit good school employees and train them to be even better;
Cut the federal match of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by $5.8 billion over 10 years, and reduce eligibility;
Cut the food stamps program, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, by more than $190 billion over 10 years;
Block abortion coverage, including a broad prohibition of money for entities that provide abortions, such as Planned Parenthood.
No wonder even members of Trump’s own party said his budget proposal was “dead on arrival.” They criticized it for hurting the very people whom Trump promised to help during the 2016 campaign.
As Saunders put it during today’s rally, “They say a budget is a statement of your values. If that’s true, then President Trump and his administration value nothing more than making rich people richer … and the hell with everybody else.”