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Explore the Issues: Archived Posts

Child Care Providers Seek Voice

For Minnesota child care provider Lisa Thompson, having a union means having a voice to advocate for quality child care.

John Noonan |

Missouri State Workers Need a Raise

Missouri state employees are currently ranked the lowest paid among all states, a situation that state workers are seeking to remedy with appeals to Gov. Jay Nixon and state legislators.

Namita Waghray |

AFSCME Strong is Key to Increase Membership

Tina Rees, a member of AFSCME Local 258, recently received an award from Council 57 in California for her efforts engaging her coworkers in the union.

Pablo Ros |

AFSCME Public Safety: We Fight, We Win

Gov. Rauner Threatens to Stop Health Care Payments

llinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken the fight over a new state budget to a new low: He’s stopped making payments to doctors, hospitals and others that provide health care to people covered by the state’s insurance plan.

David Patterson |

Paramedic Activist Seeks to Lift Up EMS Profession

EMS solidarity: California paramedic Jared Kirby traveled to Ohio to help EMTs and paramedics there build a union with AFSCME.

Justin Lee |

Puerto Rico Members Visit DC to Seek Solutions to Fiscal Crisis

A delegation of public workers from Puerto Rico, members of AFSCME Council 95, visited Washington, DC, to meet with members of Congress and U.S. Treasury officials to discuss the fiscal and budgetary challenges faced by working people on the island.

Pablo Ros |

Big Win for Largest U.S. Probation Department

The LA County Deputy Probation Officers Union/AFSCME Local 685 overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bargaining agreement that will improve public and personal safety.

Kevin Brown |

Chicago, New Orleans Cabbies Join Global Uber Protest

Hundreds of AFSCME-represented cab drivers in Chicago and New Orleans joined cab drivers from around the world Sept. 16 in a “Global Day of Action Against Uber” and other unlicensed rideshare taxi operations.

David Kreisman and Namita Waghray |

Public Safety Congress Gets AFSCME Strong

Hundreds of AFSCME first responders gathered in Albuquerque, N.M., for the 2015 Public Safety Congress to discuss important issues regarding public safety, service and building power through AFSCME Strong.

Omar Tewfik |

Campaign Helps Reduce Violence in Minnesota Hospitals

Minnesota state hospital workers – AFSCME Council 5 members – waged a successful public education campaign to improve safety against violent attacks by patients.

Jennifer Munt and Clyde Weiss |

Contract Oversight is $1.25 Million Payoff

District 1199J, NUHHCE/AFSCME reached a settlement with the county that will mean big increases in many paychecks following a settlement to fix a contract oversight.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Unified Locals AFSCME Strong with New Contract

AFSCME Locals 1328 and 1781, representing 2,400 clerks, LPNs, maintenance, PCAs and other professional and critical staff at UF Health Jacksonville, overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract.

Mark McCullough |

AFSCME Wisconsin Wins Raise for Milwaukee County Workers

A majority of Milwaukee County employees now have a 1.5 percent cost-of-living wage, thanks to the persistence of Wisconsin AFSCME Council 32.

Clyde Weiss |

City Concessions Allow Employees to Avert Strike

Troutdale, Oregon members who voted overwhelming to strike for better health care benefits, were still on the job after city negotiators conceded workers’ demand for quality health care, a 9% pay raise over 3 years, increased paid leave and much more.

Kevin Brown |

Members at Bankrupt Nonprofit Get $2.5 Million

When news broke in March of the bankruptcy of New York City’s largest nonprofit, the Federation of Employment and Guidance Services (FEGS), the future of 1,400 employees represented by AFSCME Local 215 (DC 1707) was at the mercy of the bankruptcy court.

Kevin Zapf Hanes and G.L. Tyler |

Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 Makes History

After decades of being treated like second-class citizens by the City of Chicago, cab drivers on Aug. 1 took the historic step of forming their own local union, the first in 30 years in Chicago.

David Kreisman |

Union Helps Her Recover $12,800

Deloris Wells' supervisor was not completing her annual evaluation form. And without a completed form she didn’t get a wage increase, year after year - so she called in the union for help.

Mark McCullough |

Mass Rally Defends Sanitation Jobs, Services

More than 200 union members stood united with small business owners and community activists in front of City Hall here Aug. 4, protesting the Council’s recent decision to move forward with consideration of outsourcing the city’s sanitation services.

Mark McCullough |

AFSCME Strong Bus Driver on Board

“I have a very strong passion in what I do,” he says. “I’m still learning, but I feel as though I am making a difference in my workplace, in my local. It’s all about the membership," said Frank Upchurch, a bus driver and President of Local 1959.

Pablo Ros |
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