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Explore the Issues: Archived Posts

More Courts Agree: Attacks Against Public Service Workers Are Going Too Far

Courts are increasingly putting a stop to mounting attacks against public service workers, this time to recover previously paid fair share fees.

AFSCME Staff |

In Florida’s Manatee County, A Strong Contract Underscores Worker Power

Support staff at one Florida school system won a historic contract.

AFSCME Florida |

We Support Bill to Renew Mental Health and Addiction Services

Called the “Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act,” it seeks to expand past efforts by the federal government to respond to the increasing demand for mental health and substance use disorder services across the country.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME President Calls Trump Budget “An Attack on Working People”

Trump seeks deep cuts to federal programs that help low-income families and the elderly, including $845 billion in cuts to Medicare; $241 billion in cuts to Medicaid; $220 billion in cuts to SNAP; and $207 billion in cuts to federal student loan programs.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Supports Bill to Strengthen Voting Rights

The bill would, among other things, make it easier for people to vote and strengthen our democracy.

AFSCME Staff |

The ‘Gig’ Economy Isn’t As Big As You May Think

Despite conventional wisdom that we’re seeing a rise of “gig” workers and independent contractors, a new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Economic and Policy Research shows that the trend is more hype than real.

AFSCME Staff |

Clean Drinking Water for All Should be Top Priority for Congress

Congress hasn’t invested enough in water infrastructure and some lawmakers make matters worse by supporting dangerous ideas like privatizing drinking-water systems.

AFSCME Staff |

Women’s History Month: Celebrating Labor Leaders

Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, and we begin AFSCME’s celebrations by honoring four female labor leaders.

Kathleen Cancio |

Strong Unions Mean Strong African-American Communities

AFSCME President Lee Saunders explains how labor unions were instrumental in improving the lives of African-Americans.

Lee Saunders |

AFSCME Next Wave Launches #NoFilter Podcast

AFSCME is launching a new podcast, #NoFilter, to spark a conversation about activism, social justice and union organizing among young union members.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Supports Bill to Ensure Permanent Funding for 9/11 Responders

AFSCME is urging Congress to pass legislation to ensure permanent funding of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Florida Members Renew Push for a Fair Budget

AFSCME Florida members are pushing for an across-the-board pay increase for workers employed by the State of Florida to cover rising costs.

Mark McCullough and Kelly Benjamin, AFSCME Florida |

Paid Parental Leave – Negotiated by Workers For Workers Through Their Unions

Union jobs gave Amanda and Justin Aurelius something priceless last year: Time off together with their new baby and toddler son.

AFSCME Council 5 |

Child Care Workers Stand Together for Better Early Education

“Having a union means the state agencies can’t just do whatever they want. We are part of an organization that knows the rules and helps providers."

Jashua Bane |

AFSCME President Calls Trump’s Emergency Declaration ‘An Abuse of Power’

President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration is an “abuse of power,” according to AFSCME President Lee Saunders.

AFSCME Staff |

NJ Minimum Wage Will Rise to $15/Hour By 2024

New Jersey becomes the fourth jurisdiction in the country to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Jocelyn Alcox, AFSCME New Jersey |

More Proof of a Rigged System

As U.S. banks enjoy a massive tax windfall, they continue to slash jobs, proving that the deck remains stacked toward corporations and against workers.

Pete Levine |

NAACP President: Labor Rights Are Civil Rights

The head of the NAACP, Derrick Johnson, made a strong case for a future in which the fights for labor rights and civil rights are one and the same.

AFSCME Staff |

SOTU Response: Invest in Our Communities and Public Services to Strengthen the Nation

Read AFSCME President Lee Saunders’ response to the State of the Union address.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Supports Bill to Rebuild America’s Schools

The Rebuild America’s Schools Act would invest $100 billion to create over 1.9 million jobs by addressing critical physical and digital infrastructure needs in schools.

AFSCME Staff |
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