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AFSCME Supports Repeal of Regressive Tax on Health Benefits

AFSCME applauded the House of Representatives for voting to repeal a regressive health tax that is part of the ACA and would make it harder for working families to afford quality health care.

AFSCME Staff |

U.S. House Votes to Boost Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

The effort to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade got a major boost when the House passed a bill raising it to $15 an hour by 2025.

Jay Hutchison |

We Applaud House Effort to Give Federal Employees Paid Leave

We applaud the House for passing a bill that would guarantee federal workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for their children or sick family members or to recover from serious medical problems.

Pablo Ros |

2020 Public Service Forum is Largest Candidate Event in AFSCME History

With at least 19 participants, the 2020 Public Service Forum will be the largest presidential candidate forum in AFSCME history.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Supports Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

The legislation would ensure “that rights aren’t just on paper, but that they can be enforced and implemented” legally and in ways to decrease retaliation.

Jay Hutchison |

AFSCME President Lee Saunders Welcomes Acosta Resignation

While the resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta comes as welcome news to workers, it highlights the Trump administration’s consistent theme of chaos over quality.

AFSCME Staff |

Court Case Threatens Health Care for Millions

AFSCME knocks the Trump administration’s latest attempt to upend the Affordable Care Act.

Pete Levine |

States, Cities Tackling Minimum Wage, Congress Trying to Catch Up

States and localities are ahead of Congress on raising the minimum wage up to $15 an hour. The last time Congress raised the federal minimum wage – from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour – was 10 years ago this month.

Jay Hutchison |

Proposals in Congress Would Allow More Workers to Form Unions

The Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act will give workers more freedom to join unions.

AFSCME Staff |

Pride@Work Honors AFSCME, President Saunders

AFSCME and President Lee Saunders were honored by Pride@Work for fighting for LGBTQ workers’ rights.

Jay Hutchison |

San Diego Puts Ill-Conceived ‘Proposition B’ Pension Measure to Bed

Measure denying pensions for new public service workers in San Diego is now history.

Erica Zeitlin, AFSCME District Council 36 |

Following Attack, AFSCME Iowa Nurse Speaks Out for Safe Workplaces

"They refused to let my co-workers donate vacation days to help me make it through. They refused my request for unpaid time off once my paid sick time ran out. And finally, they fired me."

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Supports New Universal Child Care Legislation

Too many families struggle to afford high-quality child care. However, thanks to a new bill introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Deb Haaland, that might change.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Members Urge Congress to Pay for Behavioral Health Clinics

Last week, the health subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on several critical health care bills facing funding shortfalls.

Mark McCullough |

A President’s Empty Promises

Though he claimed to be a champion of workers, President Donald Trump has proven to be an ally of corporations and wealthy special interests.

Pete Levine |

House Committee Rebukes FLRA Chair for Anti-Union Bias

The head of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), Colleen Duffy Kiko, faced strong criticism this week at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations.

AFSCME Staff |

In Sign of Unity Among Lawmakers, Puerto Ricans Will Get $1.4 Billion in Disaster Aid

Despite opposition by the Trump administration, the government of Puerto Rico will receive $1.4 billion to help with ongoing rebuilding efforts under a disaster-aid bill that Congress passed by an overwhelming margin.

AFSCME Staff |

During Mental Health Month, Hear the Voices of Behavioral Health Professionals

Through AFSCME, more than 50,000 behavioral health workers in 29 states across the country have a voice on the job, and more are joining every day.

AFSCME Staff |

Protecting Nurses During National Nurses Week

Under the Workplace Violence Prevention bill, which was re-introduced in Congress earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would require employers to develop and implement plans to prevent on-the-job violence.

Kathleen Cancio, Pete Levine |

Prisons Can Become Safer Through Collective Bargaining

OCSEA members who work at the Ross facility sat down with management to discuss improving safety measures in the workplace.

Pablo Ros |
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