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Collective Bargaining on the Horizon for Nevada State Employees

SB135 will enable more than 20,000 Nevada state employees to have a seat at the table with the governor and the Nevada Legislature and gain a voice in the decision making over working conditions and compensation.

Cyndy Hernandez |

Child Care Workers Stand Together for Better Early Education

“Having a union means the state agencies can’t just do whatever they want. We are part of an organization that knows the rules and helps providers."

Jashua Bane |

AFSCME President Calls Trump’s Emergency Declaration ‘An Abuse of Power’

President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration is an “abuse of power,” according to AFSCME President Lee Saunders.

AFSCME Staff |

Honoring Our Beloved Law Enforcement Dogs

Let's show some love for AFSCME canines, who help make public safety happen.

Pete Levine |

NJ Minimum Wage Will Rise to $15/Hour By 2024

New Jersey becomes the fourth jurisdiction in the country to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Jocelyn Alcox, AFSCME New Jersey |

More Proof of a Rigged System

As U.S. banks enjoy a massive tax windfall, they continue to slash jobs, proving that the deck remains stacked toward corporations and against workers.

Pete Levine |

Torrance Workers Make Sure Their Concerns Are Heard

Collective action in the form of a demonstration can yield results, as this example from Torrance, Calif., shows.

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Union Leaders Discuss the Future of American Labor

AFSCME President Lee Saunders and leaders of other public sector unions stressed that organizing and cross-union collaboration are vital for the future of the labor movement in the post-Janus era.

AFSCME Staff |

An Accident, A Caring Act, A Life Saved

Compassionate act by an OCSEA-represented state employee saves a life.

Sally Meckling, OCSEA |

Unsung Heroes No More: NM Event Honors Public Safety Workers

AFSCME Council 18 members came together on Jan. 31 to honor public safety officers and their vital contributions to our communities.

Jashua Bane |

NAACP President: Labor Rights Are Civil Rights

The head of the NAACP, Derrick Johnson, made a strong case for a future in which the fights for labor rights and civil rights are one and the same.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME: The Union for EMS Workers

EMS is one of the most dangerous professions in the country. Unfortunately, the EMTs and paramedics who put their lives on the line every day are up against a broken system.

SOTU Response: Invest in Our Communities and Public Services to Strengthen the Nation

Read AFSCME President Lee Saunders’ response to the State of the Union address.

AFSCME Staff |

The Shutdown is Over. The Time to Act Has Just Begun.

Here are three things you can do to make sure shutdowns don’t happen again.

Elissa McBride |

AFSCME Supports Bill to Rebuild America’s Schools

The Rebuild America’s Schools Act would invest $100 billion to create over 1.9 million jobs by addressing critical physical and digital infrastructure needs in schools.

AFSCME Staff |

Cold? What Cold? AFSCME Members Kept Working Through The Deep Freeze

Thousands of public service workers made sure the streets and highways were clean; schools were safe for children to learn in; and sidewalks, ramps and other public spaces for the elderly and disabled were safe to use.

Namita Waghray, Lisa Martin |

AFSCME Parents Rejoice as Teachers Secure Win to Improve Education

The teachers went on strike to highlight the many ways in which their students were being shortchanged.

Jashua Bane |

AFSCME Retirees Gained 100% Support for Retiree Rx Plan from MD Senate; House is Next

“The bottom line is that this elimination of benefits would be unaffordable to some retirees and confusing to many."

Kevin Zapf Hanes |
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Keep the Government Open

Federal government workers are back on the job and getting paid – for now. We cannot afford another government shutdown.

House Approves Much-Needed Raise for Federal Workers

The bill, called the “Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019,” was approved 259-161, with bipartisan support.

Unions Aren’t Going Anywhere

It turns out our opponents wildly underestimated the loyalty and resolve of AFSCME members, their desire to stick with their union.

Lee Saunders |

A Guiding Light for New Jersey’s Blind

“The first thing I do is just listen to them,” says Cynthia King. “I find out how their vision loss came about, what their needs are."

Pete Levine |

Wanted: A Permanent End to the Government Shutdown

A three-week end to the government shutdown isn’t enough. What America needs is a permanent end, AFSCME president says.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Supports Push for $15/Hour Federal Minimum Wage Bill

Earlier this month, progressive leaders in Congress introduced a bill to more than double the minimum wage by 2024.

AFSCME Staff |

In the Wake of the Janus Ruling, We're Sticking With Our Union

The billionaires and corporations that brought Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 to the Supreme Court expected a flood of workers to leave their unions. Instead, what’s happening is just the opposite.

AFSCME Staff |

President Saunders: Labor’s Future is Bright.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders discusses the future of the labor movement and more in this podcast.

AFSCME Staff |

The Real Story of the Shutdown

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are just days away from missing their second paycheck in a row.

AFSCME Staff |

The Affordable Care Act Is Not Jenga. It’s Not a Game. Period.

The country will suffer – and working people especially so – if higher courts side with a Texas federal judge and rule that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

Pablo Ros |

Honoring Dr. King

On the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech – and from the same pulpit at Mason Temple in Memphis – AFSCME President Lee Saunders reflected on Dr. King’s civil rights and labor rights legacy.

AFSCME Staff |

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Union Membership Remains Steady

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show union membership remains strong, proving workers are hungrier than ever for a voice on the job and a seat at the table.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Members Join CA Teachers on Picket Line

The teachers, members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), are standing up for high-quality education in their city, demanding, among other things, adequate class sizes, necessary support staff and fair pay.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Members Join Federal Workers in Rally to End Government Shutdown

Thousands of people marched to demand that 800,000 federal workers be allowed to return to their jobs and receive their paychecks.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Supports New York Mayor’s Paid Time Off Proposal

AFSCME President Lee Saunders praises the mandatory time off proposal announced today by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, which will benefit all the workers in the city.

AFSCME Staff |

Shutdown Rally is This Thursday

Join the labor rally on Thursday, Jan. 10, to demand an end to the partial government shutdown.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Power on Full Display in the Michigan Legislature

Members fought hard to derail anti-worker measures proposed by the majority party and won.

Raju Chebium |

Pay Freeze is Latest Way Federal Workers are Left Out in the Cold

This news comes as more than 800,000 federal workers are either furloughed or are being forced to work without pay.

Jessica Powell |

AFSCME President Saunders Demands End to Government Shutdown

Many federal workers are facing the frightening prospect of not being able to pay their mortgages, rents, car loans and meet countless other day-to-day obligations.

Pete Levine |

Tax Breaks for the Rich and Powerful? Again?

As they prepare to hand over control, anti-worker leaders in the House of Representatives are trying to give their rich buddies and corporate donors yet another tax cut.

AFSCME Staff |

Saunders to Trump: Don’t Shut Down the Government For Political Gain

AFSCME President Lee Saunders to President Donald Trump – don’t shut down the federal government over politics.

AFSCME Staff |

MN Member Rick Neyssen Proves Brains Beat Brawn

Good communication has been the unlikely secret to a successful 26-year career for Minnesota Corrections Officer Rick Neyssen, winner of an AFSCME Never Quit Service Award.

Pete Levine |
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