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A Decade Later: Four Ways Working People Are Still Paying for the 2008 Financial Crisis

Ten years ago this month, the Great Recession kicked into high gear, creating huge problems for working people that they are still working through. But things are looking up.

AFSCME Staff |

A Busy Summer for AFSCME Retirees

AFSCME retirees founded three new chapters this summer – in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Memphis, Tennessee.

Pablo Ros |

S-T McBride: ‘Let’s Hear the Truth’ About Kavanaugh’s Past

She reiterated AFSCME’s opposition to Kavanaugh, underscoring that he has consistently “ruled for wealthy corporate interests against working women, against working people.”

AFSCME Staff |

PennDOT Worker, AFSCME Member Loses Life on the Job

AFSCME mourns the loss of a Pennsylvania member who died in a worksite accident.

William Kauffman, AFSCME Council 13 |

Sounds Like AFSCME

Listen to the sounds of AFSCME members at work – and identify the work they do for their communities.

Maryland Retirees Call on the Governor to Keep the State’s Promise to Them

“It is of a moral imperative that Governor Hogan act now to protect the dignity of the thousands of Marylanders who dedicated their lives and careers to public service.”

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Catching a Suspected Killer

The suspected “Tinder serial killer” has been arrested – thanks to the work of a DC 37 criminalist.

DIANE S. WILLIAMS, DC 37 |

We Remember and Honor on 9/11 Anniversary

When things are at their worst, public service workers are at their best.

AFSCME Staff |

Minnesota’s Mark Ditsch is a Cheerful Warrior for his Community

Our latest Never Quit Service Award winner is Minnesota mild.

Pete Levine |
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Don’t Like Wealth Inequality? Join a Union

Unions help reduce the wealth inequality between white families and families of color, a new report shows.

Pablo Ros |

Keeping Kavanaugh Off the Supreme Court

Call 1-888-981-9704 today to reach your state’s senators and tell them to vote no on Kavanaugh.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Members Rally for Safe Staffing Levels After Attack on Co-Worker

They are seeking tougher worker-safety policies at a psychiatric hospital after one of their co-workers was attacked by a patient.

Mark McCullough |

New Mexico Public Safety Officers on Front Lines of Compound Raid

Taos County sheriff’s deputies were part of a team of authorities who rescued 11 children from a compound.

AFSCME Staff |
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We Are AFSCME

OCSEA Responds to Fentanyl Exposure in Ohio Prison

Workers at Ohio’s Ross Correctional Institution were exposed to a mix of the powerful opioid fentanyl and heroin on Wednesday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OCSEA, AFSCME International Staff |

Labor Union Approval Hits 15-Year High

This news comes despite a wave of unprecedented attacks by billionaire CEOs and corporate special interests to further rig our economy and democracy against everyday Americans.

Pete Levine |

Federal Judge Protects Workers’ Rights Against Attacks by Trump Administration

Federal workers achieved an important victory over the weekend, when a federal judge struck down key provisions of a series of executive orders signed by President Donald Trump to attack federal workers.

AFSCME Staff |

Keeping Baltimore’s Water in Public Hands

AFSCME leads fight to bar the sale of the city’s water utility.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Contract Negotiations Underway, Workers at UMass Memorial Excited and Hopeful

“I think it’s exciting that we’re going to be able to share our input with the administration and I’m hoping that we’ll reach an agreement.”

Pablo Ros |

For Washington, D.C., Private EMS Workers – a New Contract and a Path Forward

The EMS professionals at American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance service in Washington, D.C., recently ratified their first contract.

Pete Levine |

Brett Kavanaugh: No R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Women’s and Workers’ Rights

Stand up and speak out against Kavanaugh’s nomination. Our respect on the job is on the line – and Kavanaugh is going to find out what it means to us.

Elissa McBride, Secretary-Treasurer, AFSCME International |

MD Behavioral Health Workers Organize to Save Jobs, Block Unfair Relocation

Maryland behavioral health care workers banded together and successfully fought a proposal to relocate their jobs.

Katie Moy-Santos |

Stop Trump’s Proposal Before It Hurts Home Care Workers

The proposal would make it illegal for home care workers to choose to have dues come directly out of their paychecks.

AFSCME Staff |

MO Victory Over ‘Right to Work’ Shows Growing Momentum, Public Support for Unions

The effort to pit private-sector workers against each other and drive down wages for all employees was defeated.

Omar Tewfik |

What the Job Numbers Don’t Tell You

Working people are still struggling in this rigged economy and wages are barely increasing.

Jacob Baum |

Corrections Officer Laid to Rest

“We will not let Joseph Gomm die in vain. We want to ensure that every person who works in corrections can come home safely, and that we can keep our institutions and communities safe."

AFSCME Council 5 |

Behavioral Health Workers in Oregon Want Change and Won’t Give Up

Before she began her career in behavioral health, Vialante Vieira was in a drug and alcohol recovery program at Volunteers of America Oregon in Portland. That experience helped her find her calling.

Pablo Ros |

NYC’s Public Health Network Agrees to Convert Many Temps to FT Jobs

After months of intense negotiations, the union has inked a deal with NYC Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H) that sharply curbs the agency’s reliance on temporary agency workers.

Diane S. Williams, DC 37 |

A Seat at the Table for EMS Workers in Prescott, Arizona

“We have a voice at the table with someone fighting for us."

Pete Levine |

Carson City, California, Workers Help Local Kids Succeed

AFSCME members in Carson City, California organized a book drive to help local kids.

Jashua Bane |

Never Quit Award Winner Says an Informed Public Makes for a Stronger Democracy

“Terry” Kraus is the agency historian at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a winner of AFSCME’s Never Quit Service Award. One of her colleagues described her as a “one-stop, one-person shop for information on the agency.”

Pablo Ros |

Never Quit Awardee Did Outstanding Work in Hurricane’s Aftermath

Ana Candelario was named the 2018 AFSCME Never Quit Service Award winner at AFSCME 43rd International Convention in Boston this month.

AFSCME Staff |

Dania Beach Members Hold Management Accountable for Promised Raise

Without a union, you are fighting on your own against the very people who can make or break your job.

Mark McCullough |

Speak Up Now to Stop Trump’s Nominee to the Supreme Court!

We deserve a Supreme Court that protects the rights of all Americans, not just the wealthy and powerful. We deserve a court that holds the president and Congress accountable. Contact your senators and tell them to stop Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.

AFSCME Staff |

Dividing Workers into Camps is a Right-Wing Plot, not the AFSCME Way

AFSCME is committed to representing everyone in a workplace, not just those who pay union dues.

AFSCME Staff |

Standing with Federal Workers Against the White House’s Attacks

Wednesday is #RedforFeds day. Wear red to show solidarity for federal government workers whose rights are being threatened.

Pete Levine |

Mark Janus Quits Public Service Job to Serve Big-Money Special Interests

He announced he is quitting his state job as a child support specialist to join the Illinois Policy Institute as a “senior fellow.”

Pablo Ros |

Under Attack, Our Union Grows Stronger

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride and four AFSCME activists on Thursday discussed best practices for growing our union while fighting attacks from anti-worker interests.

AFSCME Staff |

When Anti-Union Operatives Attack With Lies, AFSCME Fights Back With the Truth

“When the Freedom Foundation came knocking, our members trusted me and other union representatives to tell it to them straight."

AFSCME Staff |
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We Organize Together. We Win Together.

“We must inspire hope in the weary and the fearful. Now more than ever, we must ask our co-workers questions that stir them up and challenge them to take action: Will we have the power we need to improve our lives if we are not united?”

AFSCME Staff |
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