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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 |

Trump Education Budget: Another Attack on Public Workers

President Donald Trump’s proposed education budget will do away with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which supports financially-strapped public service workers.

Pete Levine |

CBO Gives House Health Care Bill Worse than a Failing Grade

The Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the House health care bill, and it looks ugly.

Pablo Ros |

Trump Budget Would Hurt Everyone – Except the Wealthy

President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal would hurt the very people who put him in office just so he could give his rich buddies massive tax cuts.

Omar Tewfik |
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Dangerous and Unfair

President Trump and Speaker Ryan promised better health care at a lower cost for more people, but instead the House has passed a health care bill that will make the system worse for working people.

EMS Week: Celebrating Those Who Save Lives

In life’s most desperate hours, EMS workers respond without hesitation. EMS Week is a chance to thank them for their bravery, skill and compassion.

Pete Levine |

After 100 Years of Flowers, Time for Paid Family Leave

Nothing wrong with flowers and candy, but after more than 100 years of celebrating Mother’s Day, it’s time to give mothers what they really want and need: paid family leave.

Pablo Ros |

Priorities USA Report: Voter ID Laws Suppressed Turnout in Presidential Election

Wisconsin’s voter ID law suppressed turnout among African Americans and other groups, benefiting Trump, Priorities USA says in new report.

Clyde Weiss |

Lifetime Caps on Health Insurance Could Harm Millions

If the so-called House “replacement” bill becomes law, then everyone in the country who is covered by an employer-sponsored plan – 159 million Americans – could be harmed. As written, the bill would allow insurers to put lifetime limits on coverage.

Pablo Ros |
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