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Explore the Issues: Archived Posts

Governor Dayton Seeks $177 Million for Safe Staffing

With mental health facilities severely understaffed, Gov. Mark Dayton calls for $177 million to improve patient care and safety.

Michael Byrne |

Sodexo Workers Catch Up with Jacksonville Pact

For AFSCME Local 1328 members, their AFSCME Strong training was put to the test recently when it came to helping a subset of their coworkers to a contract win.

Mark McCullough |

Sandy Mayes Followed in Her Dad’s Footsteps

Sandy Mayes of Kentucky followed in her dad’s footsteps, and she’s now leading her co-workers in Local 4011 to become AFSCME Strong.

Pablo Ros |

In Maryland, Council 67 Gets AFSCME Strong as Primary Vote Nears

AFSCME members of Council 67 in Maryland are making their union stronger through one-on-one conversations. And while on the topic of standing up for their jobs and communities, they’re getting out the vote for the April 26 primary elections.

Pablo Ros |

Strong Working Families Begin with Paid Parental Leave

AFSCME Florida Local 199 members successfully passed a partial paid parental leave ordinance.

Mark McCullough |

Safe Staffing Big Problem in Iowa Corrections

Prison escapes and attacks on correctional officers led Iowa Local 451 members to say, “Enough!” Then they took action.

Brian Jennings and David Patterson |

Boycott Leads to Better Jobs

Local 3299 wins its year-long campaign to end subcontracting of custodians and parking attendants at UC Berkeley.

Kevin Brown |

Kentucky School Workers Rally for Fairness

Indiana/Kentucky Council 962 members urge the Jefferson County School Board to address short-staffing and other concerns as bargaining looms.

David Patterson |

EMS Professionals File Charges, Appeal for City Oversight

Missouri Emergency Medical Service professionals working for American Medical Response say that transparency and oversight would be a big step forward.

Justin Lee |

Adventures of an Activist: OCSEA’s Michelle Smith

Tracking down this particular fee payer wasn’t easy, but Michelle Smith of OCSEA never gave up.

Clyde Weiss |

Snyder Testifies; Flint Residents Fume

AFSCME members were among nearly 100 Flint residents who descended on Capitol Hill March 17 to hear Gov. Rick Snyder testify before Congress.

Michael Byrne |

Primary Election Energizes Members

With critical primary elections looming Tuesday, AFSCME members were energized to support Hillary Clinton.

Mark McCullough |

Connecting Co-Workers in Florida

From state to state, workers are joining AFSCME for a stronger voice on the job.

Pablo Ros & Mark McCullough |

‘Right-to-Work’ Scam Darkens West Virginia

West Virginia lawmakers passed a law making it harder for workers to gain better wages, benefits and working conditions.

David Patterson |

New Mexico Corrections Officers Avert Uprising

As 100 union members rallied at the State Capitol in support of increased funding to address dangerous understaffing inside New Mexico’s correctional facilities, officers were quelling an uprising at one of the state-run facilities.

Miles Conway and Kevin Brown |

‘AFSCME Saved My Career’

Late last year, James McGee learned about the value of his union when he turned to AFSCME Local 3030 to actually fight for his job.

Mark McCullough |

DC 37 Takes Fight for City University Funding to Albany

DC 37 has revved up a campaign for higher education, urging New York state legislators to adequately fund the City University of New York.

Mike Lee |

California Home Care Providers Win Overtime Pay

California’s home care providers have finally won overtime pay and travel time compensation after years of advocacy.

Kevin Brown |

“We Have to Keep on Building This Union … We Can Never Give Up”

Working with special needs children, Park says her voice on the job has made it possible for her to advocate for the education and care her students need.

Pablo Ros |

AFSCME Volunteers Rally with Bill Clinton in Iowa

400-plus volunteers from AFSCME and other unions joined former President Bill Clinton in Iowa for a Get Out The Caucus event.

David Patterson |
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