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The Week of I AM Commemorations

Thousands marched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death and the Memphis, Tennessee, sanitation workers’ strike.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME in Memphis: I AM 2018 is Call to Action to “Reach the Promised Land”

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Mountaintop” speech, AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders echoed King’s words on the struggle for racial and economic justice.

Pablo Ros |

A Historic Week’s Events Commemorate the Tragedy and Triumph of 50 Years Ago

This week’s Mountaintop Conference will be a celebration and commemoration of labor and civil rights history.

Pete Levine |

Koch Brothers Work to Rig the Courts

Charles and David Koch are branching out - to the judicial branch, that is.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME’s Partnership with The Film Foundation Engages Youths, Spotlights Workers

AFSCME has partnered with movie director Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation to engage young people about the essential stories of democracy.

Pete Levine |

Fifty Years Later, The Struggle Continues

Despite the progress that Memphis’ sanitation workers have seen, echoes from the past remain.

Pete Levine |

The Affordable Care Act Is Eight Years Old and More Popular than Ever

Eight years ago today, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. The law has never been as popular as it is today.

Pablo Ros |

The Right Way to Fix Infrastructure

Unlike the White House’s infrastructure proposal, the Senate Democrats’ plan gives us a substantive roadmap for rebuilding our country.

Pete Levine |

Public Employers Must Address Harassment Too

Unions have a track record of working with private sector employers on policies to curb sexual harassment in the workplace. AFSCME urges public service employers to do the same.

Lee Saunders, Elissa McBride |

Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case threatens worker freedom and safety

The Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 Supreme Court case threatens worker freedom and safety. Just ask Council 31 member Randy Clover.

Randy Clover, Council 31 |

OH Member: Janus Case Threatens Vulnerable State Residents

One of our Ohio members explains how the Janus case threatens the most vulnerable residents of her state.

JEANA CAMPOLO, Local 4220 (OCSEA) |

Black History Month: Bill Lucy Remembers ’68 Strike

As part of Black History Month, former AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Bill Lucy shared a firsthand account of 1968 strike.

Pete Levine |

An Infrastructure Plan or a Big Con?

President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan is not really about infrastructure at all – it’s about benefitting corporations and the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

Pablo Ros |

Young Workers Are the Future of Labor – And the Future Is Now

A new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute shows that 76 percent of the nationwide increase in union membership in 2017 was made up of workers under 35.

Pablo Ros |

Budget Agreement Reached, DREAMers Still in Limbo

While a bipartisan budget deal has been reached and the federal government shutdown has been averted, the fate of the DREAMERs still hangs in the balance.

Pete Levine |

Public Service Workers to Supreme Court: Don’t Silence Our Voices

AFSCME and other public-service unions urge the Supreme Court not to silence the voices of workers.

AFSCME Staff |

Tell Trump: Tips Are for Waiters, Not Bosses

Trump’s Labor Department wants to allow restaurant owners to keep the tips you leave for your waiter. That is, allow bosses to steal their employees’ wages.

AFSCME Staff |

Honoring Cole, Walker and the Sanitation Workers’ Strike

Across the country, working people honored two Memphis sanitation workers whose deaths triggered the historic 1968 sanitation workers’ strike.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME: Working People Not Buying Trump’s Speech

In response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, AFSCME President Lee Saunders said working families disagree with the chief executive’s assessment of their country and are unhappy with his track record.

Pablo Ros |

Virginia AFSCME Member in Spotlight for State of the Union

Newly-elected Virginia delegate and AFSCME member Elizabeth Guzman has a rare honor tonight.

Pablo Ros |
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