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Explore the Issues: Archived Posts

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 |

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 |

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 |
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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 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 |

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 |

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 |

Trump Wrecking Ball Misses ‘Fiduciary Rule,’ A Victory for Working Families

We rejoice at the survival of the Obama administration’s “fiduciary rule,” which the Trump administration had targeted for elimination.

Pablo Ros |
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Tell Your Senators: ‘Hands Off Medicaid’

President Trump promised NOT to cut Medicaid, but his budget proposal and the House health care bill he supports tell a different story.

Trump’s Infrastructure Shell Game

President Trump’s infrastructure plan serves up sweet deals for private investors while making public service workers and communities suffer.

Pete Levine |

How to Know When You’re Not in Kansas Anymore

The Kansas Legislature just said no to Gov. Sam Brownback’s radical tax-cutting plan. The state’s experiment with unnecessary austerity is now thankfully dead.

Pablo Ros |

In Proposing Cuts to Medicaid, Trump Backtracks on Major Campaign Promise

Donald Trump won the presidency on a promise to stand up for working Americans, including protecting the federal programs they rely on. We now know he was bluffing.

Pablo Ros |
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