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Explore the Issues: Archived Posts

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 |

Unions Aren’t Going Anywhere

It turns out our opponents wildly underestimated the loyalty and resolve of AFSCME members, their desire to stick with their union.

Lee Saunders |

Wanted: A Permanent End to the Government Shutdown

A three-week end to the government shutdown isn’t enough. What America needs is a permanent end, AFSCME president says.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Supports Push for $15/Hour Federal Minimum Wage Bill

Earlier this month, progressive leaders in Congress introduced a bill to more than double the minimum wage by 2024.

AFSCME Staff |

President Saunders: Labor’s Future is Bright.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders discusses the future of the labor movement and more in this podcast.

AFSCME Staff |

The Real Story of the Shutdown

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are just days away from missing their second paycheck in a row.

AFSCME Staff |

The Affordable Care Act Is Not Jenga. It’s Not a Game. Period.

The country will suffer – and working people especially so – if higher courts side with a Texas federal judge and rule that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

Pablo Ros |

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Union Membership Remains Steady

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show union membership remains strong, proving workers are hungrier than ever for a voice on the job and a seat at the table.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Supports New York Mayor’s Paid Time Off Proposal

AFSCME President Lee Saunders praises the mandatory time off proposal announced today by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, which will benefit all the workers in the city.

AFSCME Staff |

Pay Freeze is Latest Way Federal Workers are Left Out in the Cold

This news comes as more than 800,000 federal workers are either furloughed or are being forced to work without pay.

Jessica Powell |

AFSCME President Saunders Demands End to Government Shutdown

Many federal workers are facing the frightening prospect of not being able to pay their mortgages, rents, car loans and meet countless other day-to-day obligations.

Pete Levine |

Saunders to Trump: Don’t Shut Down the Government For Political Gain

AFSCME President Lee Saunders to President Donald Trump – don’t shut down the federal government over politics.

AFSCME Staff |

What Makes a Good Infrastructure Plan?

AFSCME has long encouraged public investment in our country’s infrastructure. In 2019, we will continue to make our voices heard so that any infrastructure plan creates good jobs and invests in public services.

AFSCME Staff |

GM Layoffs Prove Tax Cuts Hurt, Don’t Help, Workers

Those cuts reduce revenues, creating bigger deficits that Trump and his fellow Republicans use as an excuse to cut public services that working families rely on like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Americans for Tax Fairness |
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