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Trump Names New Labor Secretary Nominee

A day after we bid good riddance to Andrew Puzder, President Trump has named a new nominee to head the U.S. Labor Department: Alexander Acosta.

Pablo Ros |

Puzder Out as Labor Secretary Nominee

Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, fast food CEO Andrew Puzder, has withdrawn his name from consideration. Will Trump’s next choice be someone who stands up for working families?

Jesse Berney |

We Must Be Vigilant on Health Care

The Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid are all at risk of being gutted. It’s up to us to protect them.

Jesse Berney |

Paying the “Price” for New HHS Secretary

AFSCME International president explains why older Americans are particularly vulnerable now that the Senate has confirmed Tom Price as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Lee Saunders |

Playing Politics with a Child’s Life

In Illinois, politics could imperil an infant’s life.

Anders Lindall, AFSCME Council 31 |

Note to Labor Nominee: It’s OK If You’re Having Second Thoughts

Andrew Puzder should reconsider taking on the role of U.S. secretary of labor because the entire trajectory of his career as fast food CEO is at odds with the mission of the Labor Dept.

Pablo Ros |

Iowa Pols Should Support Workers’ Rights, Not Squash Them

More than 184,000 Iowa public service workers are about to lose important collective bargaining rights.

Clyde Weiss and John Noonan |

Could IL Public Service Workers Go on Strike?

Will Illinois public service employees go on strike? Thousands of workers have until February 19 to decide.

David Kreisman |

Americans Want Unions – But Will Their Leaders Listen?

This week, the Pew Research Center published survey results showing that most Americans approve of labor unions and view them more favorably than in the recent past.

Pablo Ros |

UNITE HERE, 2 Trump Hotels Announce Agreements

Victory! UNITE HERE has reached agreements with Trump Hotels in Las Vegas and Washington, DC, after going to the mat with AFSCME’s backing.

Raju Chebium |

Victory for Patient Care – San Diego’s Sharp Nurses Ratify Contract

Victory! The nurses at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego have ratified a new contract that will go far toward solving nurse shortages that are at the heart of the five-month dispute.

Clyde Weiss |

Attacks on Wisconsin Corrections Officers Reach Crisis Level

At Wisconsin correctional facilities, staff shortages are leading to increased assaults, a situation that’s reached a crisis level.

David Patterson |

Talks Resume for San Diego's Sharp Nurses

Contract talks have resumed between Sharp HealthCare in San Diego and the members of Sharp Professional Nurses Network (SPNN), avoiding a threatened three-day strike this week.

Clyde Weiss |

AFSCME Supports Rallying Airport Workers

On Nov. 29, let's stand with airport workers across the country who are demanding $15 an hour and better working conditions.

Pablo Ros |
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The FMLA: How It Protects Our Families and Our Jobs

South Florida Immigration Clinic Helping Members Become Citizens

The Citizenship Clinic put on by the South Florida AFL-CIO CLC helps immigrant union members become U.S. citizens.

Namita Waghray |

More Than 1,000 AFSCME Members Flood Battleground States

AFSCME members are leaving nothing to chance as they flood battleground states to support pro-working family candidates.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

In Florida and Texas, Right-to-Work is No Obstacle

AFSCME members in Florida and Texas are organizing their unions and making them stronger than ever despite anti-union laws.

Olivia Sandbothe, Namita Waghray & Pablo Ros |

Fighting for Better Patient Care and R-E-S-P-E-C-T in Connecticut

More than 900 Connecticut hospital workers are new AFSCME members.

Olivia Sandbothe |

Council 31 Members’ Message for Rauner: Come Back to the Table

Illinois Council 31 members are featured in an ad asking the governor to bargain with them.

David Kreisman |
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