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Your Union: Archived Posts

At 99, ‘Uncle Milton’ a Rhode Island Treasure

Rhode Island retirees honored Milton Bronstein, Chapter 94 vice president, who at 99 is believed to be the oldest elected officer in AFSCME’s history.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

After Finishing Women’s Academy, a Leader is Reborn

As long as she has been working, Bernadine Howell has been in a union – and she has been outspoken.

Martin Ricard |

Never Quit: Louise Lex, 86, Just Wants to Help People

Louise Lex, 86, personifies the theme of National Women’s History Month: “Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.”

Clyde Weiss |

He Delivers Baby – by Phone

Emergency Dispatcher Robert Vega talked a woman through the delivery of her baby, with no paramedics on hand at the time.

Martin Ricard |

Campus Officer Saves Student’s Life

What started out like any other Tuesday for Cuyahoga (Ohio) Community College campus security officer Ray Barnhardt turned out to be an opportunity to save a student’s life.

Joe Weidner, Council 8 |

AFSCME Members Wrestle with ‘Snowzilla’

AFSCME members throughout the East helped communities prepare for and recover from the historic blizzard nicknamed Snowzilla.

Clyde Weiss |

Paramedic Rushes In, Saves Elderly Woman from Fire

Paramedic Lt. Michael Daddona decided he could not wait for firefighters, rushing into the two-story house to rescue an elderly woman from smoke and flames.

Alfredo Alvarado, DC 37 |

Park Worker Comes to Rescue of Slashed Officer

New York City Parks worker Joanna Zeno, a member of DC 37, pursued a suspect in an attack at a park and helped police arrest her.

Diane Williams, DC 37 |

City Workers Honored for Rescuing Elderly Woman

Two AFSCME Local 2703 (Council 57) members were honored by the Merced, California, City Council for their efforts in rescuing an elderly woman who fell in her back yard.

Kevin Brown |

Forty Years of Service, Seeing with His Hands and Ears

Mike Conrad has worked as a mechanic for LA County for 40 years, rebuilding air system brake calibers and fire pump pilot valves, among other things. He’s also been blind since birth.

Pablo Ros |

Bus Driver and Attendant Save Girl from Wild Dog

A 5-year-old girl in the clutches of a wild pit bull was rescued Oct. 9 by a bus driver and bus attendant, both represented by AFSCME Local 2251.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Archivist Picked for Health and Safety Advisory Council

Library of Congress archivist Nan Thompson Ernst will serve on the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health.

Pablo Ros |

Member Opens Veterans Museum

Glenn Dusablon, president of AFSCME Local 2869 (Rhode Island Council 94), has created his own military artifacts museum honoring veterans.

Clyde Weiss |

Lynn Loveday Honored for Helping Homeless

Lynn Loveday, state vice president of AFSCME Council 94, was recently honored by the United Way of Rhode Island for her leadership to increase labor’s efforts to help her state’s homeless population.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

No Rescue Effort Needed for This AFSCME Couple

Sparks flew in the 911 dispatch center of the New York City Fire Department as Oren Barzilay first laid eyes on Tyiesha Hinton. He couldn’t take his eyes off her and, being the union steward, grabbed the opportunity to talk to her.

Pablo Ros |

Paying Their Dues: A Love Story

Here’s how a one-on-one conversation between a union organizer and a laid-back, nonunion social worker led to 45 years of marriage, four children and eight grandchildren, and a long career in the labor movement.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

AFSCME Mourns Loss of Wisconsin Leader Marty Beil

Within his AFSCME family, Beil was regarded as a gentle giant: outspoken and pointed with foes of working men and women, but a soft-spoken mentor and friend to his union sisters and brothers, and colleagues.

Cynthia McCabe |

Thank you, Brother Beil

Member Is Victim in Wave of Violence

Clarence “Wade” Havvard, an AFSCME Local 725 member and employee of the Indianapolis/Marion County Department of Public Works (DPW), was killed Aug. 26 in a wave of violence that has struck the city in recent weeks.

David Patterson |

Love in the Union: Rick and Rachel

Did you find love in your (labor) union? If so, we’d like to hear your story.

Pablo Ros |
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