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This Member Doesn’t See Himself a Hero. Everyone Else Does

Traffic control maintenance worker John Marciel used his bravery and familiarity with traffic signs to save the life of a child.

Clyde Weiss |

Mind the Gap: Why Wage Growth is Falling Behind

The economy is improving but wages are flat. We explain why.

Ray Inoue |

House Budget Plan: A Blueprint for Disaster

A House budget proposal would be disastrous for millions of people who rely on Medicaid, Medicare and a host of other programs aimed at helping vulnerable Americans.

Clyde Weiss |

‘Let Obamacare Fail.’ Really, Mr. President?

President Donald Trump to Americans who depend on having decent health care: “We’ll let Obamacare fail.” Really, Mr. President?

Clyde Weiss |

A Game Show Jackpot Will Change His Life – But Not His Public-Service Job

Why were Illinois sanitation worker Delvar Dopson and his wife competing on the NBC show “The Wall,” and what will they do with the jackpot they won? Bet you can’t guess.

Clyde Weiss and Anders Lindall |

Cruel Health Care Bills Stopped – For Now

The congressional majority’s efforts to take away health care from millions of Americans were scuttled today – for the third time in recent months. But the effort may be revived again.

Pablo Ros |

AFSCME Members in Texas Ready to Defend their Union Freedoms

The Texas governor is setting the agenda for a special session with 19 items that will include Senate Bill 7 and its companion House Bill 156 to eliminate dues deductions for unions.

Namita Waghray |

Families Worry about Vital Services and Jobs; NJ Gov. Christie Headed to the Beach

AFSCME New Jersey members are fighting to make sure that state workers affected by a brief – and needless – government shutdown get paid in full.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Medicare and Social Security Are Solvent for Near Future, Report Says

Latest review of Medicare, Social Security viability shows both programs doing well for years to come.

Clyde Weiss |

2 Unions Work Together to Win for Working Families

As we face a wave of unprecedented attacks on our workplace rights, AFSCME members in Florida are trying a new approach to secure electoral success.

Mark McCullough |

Paid Leave is an Investment in Working Families, but Trump’s Plan Falls Short

Trump’s meager plan for paid family leave “falls far short of what most working Americans need,” congressional Democrats write. We agree.

Clyde Weiss |

Illinois Finally Has a State Budget

Walking back from the brink of fiscal chaos, Illinois finally has a state budget after two years of operating without one.

David Kreisman |
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Christopher Cummings Never Quits

When he witnessed a horrible accident involving a police car, AFSCME sanitation worker Chris Cummings sprang into action. Chris used to be homeless, but he got a second chance. This time, it was his turn to give a second chance.

Not Just Coverage, but Jobs at Risk with Senate Health Bill

The Senate’s bill – which would wreck the nation’s health care system – will also eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Ray Inoue |

The Right Wing Distorts ‘Freedom’

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders responds to a right-wing critic who distorted the meaning of what “freedom” means to working people.

Lee Saunders |

New York Librarian Brings Books to Homeless Children

At a time when public services, including libraries, are under attack, it’s up to AFSCME members who never quit to keep our communities strong – people like Colbert Nembhard.

Pablo Ros |

Democrats Could Win Big in 2018 – if They Don’t Blow It First

Here’s how Democrats could win big in 2018, unless they blow it.

Paul Booth, former executive assistant to AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders |

What Janus v. AFSCME is Really About

The leader of AFSCME Council 31 in Illinois explains what the Illinois-based case Janus v. AFSCME is really about.

Roberta Lynch, executive director, AFSCME Council 31 |

Who Fights for the Freedom of American Workers? Unions Do

Unions fight for the freedoms of working people, not corporations. But a court case threatens to undermine that struggle.

Lee Saunders |

Trump Isn’t Saving Rural Infrastructure – He’s Selling It Out

President’s plans to privatize rural infrastructure, where revitalization is desperately needed, hurts far more than they help.

Ray Inoue |

NYC EMTs Help Panic-Stricken Riders of Derailed Subway Train

Emergency medical technicians, members of DC 37, helped panic-stricken riders of derailed subway train after a recent crash.

Alfredo Alvarado, AFSCME DC 37 |

AFSCME Members Call on Louisiana Lawmakers to Raise Wages. They Do.

Louisiana public employees had not received a pay increase for nearly a decade. They will soon, and members of AFSCME Council 17 played a role in making that happen.

Clyde Weiss |
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On the Record: Freedom

Freedom means more than making a living. It means the ability to financially support your family and have time to be there for them.

AFSCME Local 2629 Lay Their Cards on the Table

AFSCME Strong trumps right-to-work in Kentucky, where members let the city of Louisville know they stand together.

Lisa Martin |

Despite Hostile Environment, Nevada State Workers Win Raises

Despite huge challenges, members of AFSCME Local 4041 in Nevada secured important victories in this year’s legislative session, including the first pay raises in almost a decade.

Pablo Ros |

Alaska Seniors Urge Sen. Murkowski to Oppose Dangerous Health Care Bill

Alaska retirees delivered a petition to Sen. Lisa Murkowski urging her to oppose legislation that would cause more than 30,000 Alaskans to lose their health care.

Justin Lee |

AFSCME Launches Campaign to Honor Dr. King, 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strikers

AFSCME is launching a campaign of education and activism to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis.

Clyde Weiss |

Call Your Senators and Tell them to Reject the Disastrous Health Care Bill

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders said the Senate bill, like the House proposal, is a “blueprint to decimate the health care system, to punish the sick, the elderly, the poor and middle-income people.”

Pablo Ros |

Applying the Pressure to Keep FL Members Employed

AFSCME members who proudly work at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens are making a strong case to Miami-Dade County commissioners that they must remain county workers after the South Florida tourist landmark gets new ownership.

Mark McCullough |

OAPSE Pushes Back Against Pension Cuts in Ohio

Ohio legislators want to cut the pensions promised to school support personnel, but the Ohio Association of Public Employees (OAPSE)/AFSCME Local 4 says no.

Kathy Malone, OAPSE |

Senate’s Health Care Bill Just as Bad as the House Bill

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders said any senator who wants to improve health care “and not just give tax handouts to CEOs and the super wealthy, has no excuse whatsoever to support this bill.”

Ray Inoue and Pablo Ros |

Lawmakers’ Refusal to Compromise Puts Alaskans at Risk

Alaska state employees report to work every day because their communities are counting on them. State senators should do their basic jobs and pass a budget.

Justin Lee |

Tuition-Free College? Move to Tennessee or, Better Yet, Join AFSCME

AFSCME offers its members the chance to pursue a free community college education – and, now, so does the state of Tennessee.

Pablo Ros |

Union Plus, McEntee Scholarship Winners Announced for 2017

Here are the AFSCME winners of the Union Plus Scholarship and Gerald W. McEntee award for 2017.

Clyde Weiss |

AFSCME Offers Solutions to Struggling Chicago Cabbies

Small business owners who own and operate taxis in Chicago face unfair competition with rideshare operators like Uber and Lyft. A new report by Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 offers solutions to help save taxi service in the Windy City.

David Kreisman |

Feeling Fortunate, Paying it Forward

Margaret Smolko fosters compassion and dignity for the residents of the Pennsylvania care center where she works.

Pete Levine |

Father’s Day Fun, Sponsored by AFSCME and the Labor Movement

This Father’s Day, make sure your dad feels appreciated by using AFSCME benefits to treat him to something he deserves.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Members Secure Big Victories in Texas

In Texas, AFSCME members secured a trifecta of victories.

Namita Waghray |

The All-Male Club That Will Decide Your Health Care

A group of 13 male lawmakers from the same political party, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, are meeting behind closed doors to make decisions about the future of our health care system. It doesn’t look good.

Pablo Ros |

AFSCME Texas Corrections Officer Dies After Confrontation with Inmate

Shana Tedder, a Texas corrections officer and member of AFSCME Texas Corrections Local 3920, died after a June 9 incident involving an inmate.

AFSCME Texas Corrections |
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