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Virginia Collective Bargaining Bill Would Lead to Better Public Services

AFSCME and other labor unions are pushing for public service workers in Virginia to get collective bargaining rights.

AFSCME Staff |

Cafeteria Worker at Florida High School Keeps it Real with Students

Norma Motard, an assistant cafeteria worker at DeLand High School in Florida, is the latest winner of AFSCME’s Never Quit Service Award.

Pablo Ros |

Historic Victories at Hand for AFSCME 3299 Workers

A three-year struggle for fairness is almost over for thousands of workers in the University of California system.

Pete Levine |
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Join a Union. Your Wallet Will Thank You.

Joining a union will improve your financial wellbeing. New federal statistics prove that point.

AFSCME Staff |

Banks Are No Longer Forgotten Thanks to Trump Tax Cuts. But Working People Are.

The Trump tax cuts of 2017 have made the top six U.S. banks and their shareholders wealthy. Not working people.

Pablo Ros |

AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Leader Marie Clark Passes Away

AFSCME mourns the passing of Council 8 leader Marie Clark.

AFSCME Council 8 |

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Labor Legacy

AFSCME President Lee Saunders explores Dr. Martin Luther King’s labor legacy.

AFSCME Staff |

Help Our Sisters and Brothers in Puerto Rico

Sandra Pacheco is one of many AFSCME members and retirees in Puerto Rico who have been affected by a series of earthquakes and aftershocks that began Dec. 28.

Pablo Ros |

Maryland Members Seek Fair Treatment from Gov. Hogan

AFSCME Maryland members rallied in Annapolis this week to send Gov. Larry Hogan a strong message that they need fair pay and safer staffing.

AFSCME Staff |

Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program Gets Federal Funding

A loan repayment program for behavioral health workers has federal funding thanks to AFSCME. But we are pushing Congress for more.

Mark McCullough |

AFSCME Local 4041 Certified As Exclusive Representatives For Three Bargaining Units

Three groups of State of Nevada employees have just won recognition as AFSCME to negotiate contracts.

Cyndy Hernandez |

UC Santa Cruz Skilled Workers Forced to Go On Strike

Chronic low staffing, poor pay are among the reasons why skilled workers at the University of California-Santa Cruz have gone on strike.

David Myles |

With Poise and Compassion, Heather Mikesell Protects Children in Fairbanks, AK

Heather Mikesell earned AFSCME’s Never Quit Service Award through her dedication to helping the children of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Pete Levine |

Hurry. The Deadline for the AFSCME Family Scholarship Is Fast Approaching.

AFSCME has extended the deadline for the AFSCME Family Scholarship to Jan. 15. Hurry up and apply.

AFSCME Staff |

Trump’s Alleged Tax Cut for the Middle Class Has Been Anything But

The Trump tax law that went into effect two years ago hasn’t helped working families. No surprise there.

AFSCME Staff |

2020 Minimum Wage Hikes to Benefit 7 Million Working People

Minimum wage increases in 21 states and 26 cities and counties this year will help 7 million working Americans.

AFSCME STAFF |

DC 37 Members Demand Accountability from NYC’s Private Hospitals

AFSCME members in New York are speaking out about runaway charges in the city’s largest private hospitals and are asking the city council to resolve the problem.

Mike Lee, AFSCME District Council 37 |

Government Funding Package Will Strengthen Public Services

As the year drew to a close, Congress passed a spending package that will benefit working people and strengthen public services.

AFSCME Staff |
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Dedicated to Making Her Hospital Work for all Patients

Jackie Rodriguez plays a crucial role in helping patients in central Massachusetts receive a diagnosis and treatment.

Pete Levine |

Caught in Limbo: AFSCME Member Struggles with Student Loan Forgiveness

AFSCME Pennsylvania member Sheila O’Steen finally got her loans forgiven under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program with congressional help. But not everyone is that lucky.

Pete Levine |

Latest Threat to ACA Strengthens Our Resolve to Protect Health Care

The latest threat to the Affordable Care Act comes from a ruling this week from a federal appellate court. We won’t let opponents take away health care from millions of people.

Pablo Ros |

'Union Scholars' Can Open New Doors for Themselves, Workers

The AFSCME Union Scholars Program is a 10-week summer field placement for rising college juniors and seniors. Participants are placed on a union-organizing campaign, provided with on-site housing and paid a stipend.

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders |

Report: Employer Aggression Against Unionizing Workers is Strong

A recent study by the Economic Policy Institute highlights the breadth of employer wrongdoing in targeting workers who wish to unionize.

Pablo Ros |

Nevada Members Oppose Overtime Rule Changes – And Workers Win

AFSCME Nevada members fought off an attempt by the state to change an overtime rule in a way that would’ve hurt many state employees.

Cyndy Hernandez |

AFSCME Applauds House for Passing Prescription Drugs Cost Cutting Bill

We applaud the House of Representatives for passing the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Prescription Drug Costs Now Act. Now the Senate should do the same.

AFSCME Staff |

LA Museum Does the Right Thing

Los Angeles museum takes the right approach – it voluntarily recognizes workers’ union.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Applauds Major Win on Paid Leave for Federal Workers

After years of trying, Congress strikes deal providing paid parental leave for federal workers.

Pete Levine |

SNAP Rule Change Will Leave Hundreds of Thousands Hungry

A change to SNAP imposed by the Trump administration will leave hundreds of thousands in hunger.

Pete Levine |

A Minor Gesture Makes a Major Difference

Iowa utility worker Chris DeHarty, a member of AFSCME Local 212 (Council 61), helped his fellow public service worker, Lynette Tiede-Beals, in a time of crisis.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Supports Bill to Restore Voting Rights Protections

We strongly support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019, which would block discriminatory laws aimed at disenfranchising minority voters.

Pablo Ros |

Workers at L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art Seek to Build Power Through AFSCME

MOCA workers are joining their counterparts at another Los Angeles-based museum, the Marciano Art Foundation, in the fight for better wages and better working conditions.

Pete Levine |

Behavioral Health Workers in New Jersey Overwhelming Vote to Join AFSCME

In New Jersey’s Mercer County, behavioral health workers choose to build power through AFSCME.

Mark McCullough |
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BART Worker Honored as Hero After Saving Man From Being Hit by Train

AFSCME Council 57 member wins national praise after saving a passenger from being hit by a train in Northern California.

Martin Ricard, AFSCME Council 57 |

Black Friday Demonstrations at GUESS Stores Will Protest Foundation Layoffs

As shoppers seek the best bargains on Black Friday, AFSCME members and allies will be coming together outside GUESS stores to hold protests to show that worker dignity is not for sale.

AFSCME Staff |
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Beating the Expectations, Believing in His Community

George Morales, a member of AFSCME Local 1624, has always believed in his community, even when others didn’t. That’s why he’s a Never Quit Service Award winner.

Pete Levine |

State and Local Workers See High Value in Their Jobs Despite Stress, Survey Finds

A new survey shows public service workers value their pensions more than their pay.

Pablo Ros |

Former DC 37 Vice President Springs into Action to Save Two from Burning Car

Jim Tucciarelli, the former vice president of District Council 37 who retired this year, sprang into action last weekend when he came across a vehicle in flames where two people were trapped.

Pablo Ros |

In Nashua, New Hampshire, School Workers Win Fight Against Privatization

AFSCME Local 365 (Council 93) school workers in Nashua, New Hampshire, fought privatization, winning a new five-year contract.

AFSCME Staff |

Nevada State Employees Continue Momentum Toward Bargaining Table

The third unit of Nevada state employees, the professional health care unit, seeks recognition as AFSCME for collective bargaining purposes.

Cyndy Hernandez |

House Passes AFSCME-Backed Workplace Violence Prevention Act

The House has passed an AFSCME-backed bill to increase workplace safety for health care and social services workers.

Pete Levine |
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