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How One AFSCME Local is Helping Florida Dry Out and Rebuild

Here’s the story of one Florida local whose members are working hard to help their hurricane-struck community dry out and move on toward normalcy.

Mark McCullough |

In Memoriam: Alvin Turner, Memphis Sanitation Worker and Labor Hero

AFSCME mourns the passing of Alvin Turner, 83, a participant in the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and member of AFSCME Local 1733.

Clyde Weiss |

Our Sisters and Brothers in Puerto Rico Need Our Help

Although the full extent of the damage from Hurricane Maria is yet to be known, one thing is certain: Our union Sisters and Brothers in Puerto Rico need our help.

Pablo Ros, Pete Levine |

If It Walks and Talks Like a Duck … It’s Trumpcare

It’s called the “Graham-Cassidy bill,” but the latest attack on the Affordable Care Act is really just another version of Trumpcare.

Pablo Ros |

Serving Puerto Rico During Hurricanes

As Hurricane Irma threatened Puerto Rico, AFSCME members on the island took quick action to help residents.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

A Routine Job Becomes a Job to Save a Life

Two Akron, Ohio, AFSCME members helped save the life of a driver who lost control of his vehicle and crashed.

Clyde Weiss, Lisa Martin |

First Class: First Wave of AFSCME Free College Benefit Students to Graduate

Among the first AFSCME Free College Benefit graduates are Ivy Caselli and Leslie Butler, who credit their union with making their college dreams come true.

Pete Levine |

States Step in to Protect Your Retirement Savings

President Trump sided with Wall Street but states are coming now to the rescue of small investors who are just trying to save for their retirement.

Clyde Weiss |

Rikers Island Inmates Say ‘Thanks’ to a Dedicated Library Worker

The stacks of handwritten thank-you notes for the NY Public Library’s mobile library and literacy program at Rikers Island jail show just how valuable Louise Stamp is.

Diane S. Williams, DC 37 |

AFSCME Members Stay Strong Despite Being Walloped by Hurricane Irma

AFSCME members helped Floridians cope with Hurricane Irma and are ready to assist communities across the Southeast recover from the storm as it slowly dissipates.

Mark McCullough, Namita Waghray, Pete Levine |

We Remember

The AFSCME-represented officers, paramedics, dispatchers and other public service workers at Ground Zero on 9/11 will always recall how they approached their jobs that day and in the weeks and months to come. We will never forget.

After Striking Puerto Rico, Hurricane Irma Now Has Florida in its Sights

First Puerto Rico, now Florida is in Hurricane Irma’s sights. AFSCME represents tens of thousands of members in both places.

Clyde Weiss |

Surviving Harvey with the Spirit of Community Service Intact

Learn how AFSCME members across south Texas worked tirelessly to keep basic operations going throughout Hurricane Harvey and in its aftermath.

Pete Levine, Namita Waghray, Clyde Weiss |

911 Dispatchers’ Calls for Help Go Unanswered

AFSCME members in South Bend, Indiana, are making the case for why St. Joseph County needs to hire more 911 dispatchers.

Lisa Martin |

Congress Plans Tax Breaks for the Rich, Spending Cuts for Working Families

In the coming weeks, congressional leaders will be hoping to hand out huge tax windfalls to the rich by cutting programs working families need.

Pete Levine |

Congress Must Save the DREAMers

Some 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants – known as DREAMers – face deportation under President Donald Trump’s order. Congress must stop it.

Clyde Weiss |

When Public Service Becomes a Divine Calling

Alex Hamilton, a maintenance worker for Sacramento public housing, got a lot farther by working a lot harder in his community through his public service and extraordinary generosity.

Pablo Ros |
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Labor Unions Brought You So Much More Than This Long Weekend

This Labor Day weekend – and much more – brought to you by unions.

Lee Saunders |

Trump Tries to Hide Workplace Deaths, but He Can’t Make Us Forget Them

How many workers died on the job in the U.S. last year? The Trump administration just made it harder for you to find out.

Clyde Weiss |

If Only She Had a Union, She Might Still Have her Job

She says she was fired her having her period at work. If only she’d had a union to protect her.

Clyde Weiss |

Church Tied to AFSCME and Civil Rights History Now a National Landmark

A historic Memphis church with ties to the Memphis, Tennessee, sanitation strike of 1968 – part of AFSCME’s history – has been designated a national landmark.

Clyde Weiss |

Labor Unions Are Surging in Popularity

A new Gallup poll shows public support for labor unions is the highest since 2003.

Raju Chebium |

Keep Those Donations Coming, AFSCME Members Need Your Help

Please continue to donate to the AFSCME Fallen Heroes Fund to help sisters and brothers affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Raju Chebium |

1.8 Million Reasons to Belong to a Union

After being illegally furloughed in 2011, members of one ASFCME local in Massachusetts received back pay this summer, thanks to our union’s persistence.

Jim Durkin, AFSCME Council 93 |

AFSCME Members Are on the Front Lines of a Disaster

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey – now a tropical storm – AFSCME members are helping save lives, restore essential services and protect property in southeastern Texas.

Namita Waghray, Clyde Weiss |

The March on Washington was about Civil and Workers’ Rights

The 1963 March on Washington wasn’t just about civil rights. It was also about workers’ rights.

AFSCME STAFF |

Labor’s Hall of Honor or Hall of Shame?

The U.S. Labor Department says it will induct into its “Hall of Honor” a man who broke a labor union: former President Ronald Reagan.

Clyde Weiss |

AFSCME Union Scholars Build the Future of Labor

The AFSCME Union Scholars Program allows college juniors and seniors to learn firsthand about the labor movement.

Ray Inoue |

Why Joining a Strong Union Is the Way to Go

American workers have always done better when they join together in strong unions. A report out today reiterates that important point.

Pablo Ros |

A Candidate Who Will Fight for Working People: Elizabeth Guzman

Elizabeth Guzman, a member of AFSCME Virginia Local 3001, is up against an eight-term, anti-worker incumbent in the House of Delegates.

Clyde Weiss |

Minnesota Workers Save Plane Crash Victim

Two Minnesota public service workers saved the life of a pilot whose small plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

Lynette Kalsnes, AFSCME Minnesota Council 5 |

HOPE Trains Activists to Focus on Growth

HOPE in Houston is training its activists to focus on growth to combat the Texas Legislature’s anti-union fervor.

Namita Waghray |

Somali Refugee Is Like a Mother to Her Community

AFSCME member Hawo Gurey survived a civil war, lived in an African refugee camp and finally made it to Minnesota, where she is now a mother to her community.

Omar Tewfik |
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On The Record: Consent of the Governed

Elected representatives need to hold town hall meetings, and their constituents need to show up for them, making their voices heard. That’s democracy in action.

On the Digital Information Highway, Librarians Never Stop Serving their Communities

Meet AFSCME-represented librarians in Portland, Oregon, who are working hard to bridge the digital divide in their community.

John Noonan |

Connecticut State Workers Sacrifice for the Good of Their State

Connecticut public service workers sacrificed for the financial good of their state but also won key victories and protections for themselves in their new contract.

Larry Dorman |

AFSCME Facebook Groups Offer a New Way to Connect

With AFSCME Facebook groups, you can be a part of a conversation to swap stories, celebrate victories, and stay connected with other AFSCME members.

Pete Levine |

After Congress Fails, Trump Is Now Biggest Threat to Your Health Care

How dangerous are President Donald Trump’s threats to stop subsidies to insurers? We now know, thanks to a new report.

Pablo Ros |

Never Giving Up Nets FL Member 40K in Back Pay

The president of a Florida local fought – with AFSCME Florida’s help – and won $40,000 in back pay in a case that underscores a key benefit of joining our union.

Mark McCullough |

Lessons from Iowa

This past February, Iowa’s collective bargaining law was gutted. Learn how they’re standing up to take back what’s theirs.

Pete Levine |
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