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BART Worker Honored as Hero After Saving Man From Being Hit by Train

AFSCME Council 57 member wins national praise after saving a passenger from being hit by a train in Northern California.

Martin Ricard, AFSCME Council 57 |
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Beating the Expectations, Believing in His Community

George Morales, a member of AFSCME Local 1624, has always believed in his community, even when others didn’t. That’s why he’s a Never Quit Service Award winner.

Pete Levine |
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Union 411: Collective Bargaining

AFSCME Staff |
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Inside a Union Family Food Truck

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On the Record: Child Care for All

Thanks to a new state law, California child care providers have collective bargaining rights – the freedom to negotiate for better compensation and benefits, the ability to stand together in a strong union.

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For Nevada Psychiatric Nurse, His Union Helps Him ‘Concentrate on Caring for People’

Alonzo Thornton is a psychiatric nurse in Nevada who says that it’s because his union has his back that he can “concentrate on caring for people.”

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The World’s Largest Library: Powered by AFSCME Members

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride goes behind-the-scenes at the Library of Congress.

AFSCME Staff |
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The Union Difference on Union 411

In the latest “Union 411” video, Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride explores the value of the Union Difference – power, dignity, respect and fairness.

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Cool Under Pressure

Never Quit Service Award winner Joe Martinez stays cool under pressure while fixing the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s helicopters.

Pete Levine |
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AFSCME is on a Roll

AFSCME is notching victories coast to coast and is energized by pro-worker momentum from state houses to Congress. A year after the Janus v. AFSCME ruling, the wind is at our backs.

Lee Saunders |
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NQSA Winner Marie Cetti and K-9 Uno: A Level of Companionship Like No Other

Marie Cetti is a winner of AFSCME’s Never Quit Service Award. For her and K-9 Uno, going above and beyond the call of duty is almost a part of the job description.

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'A Bold and Historic Step'

Watch as AFSCME President Lee Saunders explains why giving Nevada state workers collective bargaining rights is a “bold and historic step.

AFSCME Staff |
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Here’s the (Union) 411

Union 411 is a new series of videos by Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride, in which she highlights the valuable work AFSCME members do.

AFSCME Staff |
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#NeverQuit: Tanishia Barnes

By serving up hope and love, Tanishia makes a positive impact every single day.

AFSCME Staff |
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AFSCME California Members Strike Again to Protest Outsourcing by UC

Watch video of the latest strike against the University of California.

Jashua Bane |
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Remembering AFSCME President Jerry Wurf on his 100th Birthday

On what would be the 100th birthday of its former president, Jerry Wurf, AFSCME remembers a hero.

Lee Saunders |
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#UnionMom: Taneshia Barnes

Here’s to all the #unionmoms out there who, like Taneshia, are the backbones of countless families and communities. Happy Mother's Day and thank you for everything you do!

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An Inspiration to All: Jackie Saunders

AFSCME President Lee Saunders sat down with his mother to talk with her about her life as an organizer, activist and educator.

Lee Saunders |
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Ideas@AFSCME: Let's Talk About Taxes!

For the first Ideas@AFSCME Facebook Live chat, we talked about how Americans feel about paying taxes.

Pete Levine |
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EMS Workers in Las Vegas File for a Union Election

Nearly 400 EMS workers at AMR Las Vegas, a private company, are demanding a union election at their worksite.

Namita Waghray |
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We Carry on Dr. King’s Fight

We honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by carrying on his fight, 51 years after he paid the ultimate price.

Lee Saunders |
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Celebrate AFSCME Women Making History

During Women’s History Month, we celebrate the proud and fearless sisters who drive change in our union. AFSCME is strong because AFSCME women are strong.

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On the Record: Resilience

Watch AFSCME President Lee Saunders explain how our union is resisting, persisting and continuing to build worker power.

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A Vital Link in the Chain

911 dispatchers save lives. Unfortunately, their contributions to the emergency response system are often overlooked. A new bill co-sponsored by former AFSCME member Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) will change that.

Pete Levine |
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Union Leaders Discuss the Future of American Labor

AFSCME President Lee Saunders and leaders of other public sector unions stressed that organizing and cross-union collaboration are vital for the future of the labor movement in the post-Janus era.

AFSCME Staff |
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Keep the Government Open

Federal government workers are back on the job and getting paid – for now. We cannot afford another government shutdown.

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Don’t Fall for the Freedom Foundation’s Lies

The Freedom Foundation and other anti-worker groups funded by corporate billionaires are lying to working people to get them to drop their unions. Don't believe their lies.

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Movement Moment

With big wins on Election Day and the labor movement growing in power, working people are striking back against the big billionaires and the corporate special interests who rig the system.

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Our Chance to Turn It Around | On the Record

This is one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. We can elect leaders who will be a champion for working people. Don't miss out.

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Kavanaugh’s Pro-Corporate Agenda is a Major Disqualification

If Brett Kavanaugh ends up on the U.S. Supreme Court, the court’s core principles of equal justice and the right to a fair hearing will continue to be eroded.

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We Are AFSCME

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Don’t Like Wealth Inequality? Join a Union

Unions help reduce the wealth inequality between white families and families of color, a new report shows.

Pablo Ros |
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Who's Behind Attacks on Working People?

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We Organize Together. We Win Together.

“We must inspire hope in the weary and the fearful. Now more than ever, we must ask our co-workers questions that stir them up and challenge them to take action: Will we have the power we need to improve our lives if we are not united?”

AFSCME Staff |
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Honoring the Giants of AFSCME’s Past

A poignant retrospective charted the lives and careers of the past AFSCME leaders.

AFSCME Staff |
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We've Got Plenty of Fight

"In a democracy, in a democracy with good union strength and skill and organizing power … we the people will win out."

AFSCME Staff |
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We Are AFSCME

“But if they think we’re going to roll over, if they think this is going to slow us down or shut us up, if they think we’re going to let five unelected men in robes steal our freedom, they’ve got a big surprise coming."

AFSCME Staff |
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UNION

There is nothing we can’t do when we rise up to meet our challenges together. #RiseUpAFSCME

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‘A Form of Identity Theft’

When a corporate front group misused an AFSCME Council 31 member’s photo, she called the group out on it.

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We're Fighting Back

AFSCME Council 31 member Stephen Mittons breaks down the Janus decision: The Supreme Court has sided with the billionaires to weaken our voices on the job.

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Public Service Workers Need Unions. Here's Why.

Members of Congress and the head of the AFL-CIO explain why workers need unions.

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#Throwback Thursday: Mike Rachford

Meet AFSCME Retiree Mike Rachford, our latest #Throwback Thursday spotlight.

Pete Levine |
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This is the AFSCME Agenda

And it’s focused on workers like you.

Elissa McBride |
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Meet an Amazing Public Service Worker

The story of this one public service worker shows the amazing and unique contributions AFSCME members make to their communities every day.

AFSCME Staff |
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Throwback Thursday: Meet AFSCME Retiree Member Joyce Hobbs

Joyce Hobbs, March’s #TBT candidate and a member of AFSCME Retirees, is following in her mom’s union footsteps.

Pete Levine |
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Mother’s Legacy Inspires Ohio State Worker to Never Quit

After a decade-long battle with cancer, Kristin Maybriar’s mother, Kathy, passed away in June. But Kathy’s legacy of providing great customer service to Ohioans inspires Kristin every single day.

Pablo Ros |
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Moment of Silence Observed to Honor Sanitation Workers

The nation honored Echol Cole and Robert Walker for their sacrifices 50 years ago – and for changing the course of our history.

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Members of Congress Spoke Out for Workers, Against Forces Behind Janus

Members of Congress voiced support for working families, speaking out against the Janus case.

Pete Levine |
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‘Rockman’ Returns Home to Serve His Community

Jeffrey Julius, a juvenile probation officer, has dedicated his career to getting Miami’s kids on the right path.

Pete Levine |
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Throwback Thursday: AFSCME Retiree John Henry Lewis

AFSCME Retiree John Henry Lewis’ motto is “I’ve retired but I haven’t expired.” He’s still fighting for AFSCME members.

Pete Levine |
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On The Record: I AM 2018

As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we celebrate a champion of both civil rights and labor rights.

AFSCME Staff |
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Splash Medics Is Saving Children from Drowning

Lisa La Russo has been a paramedic, saving lives for nearly 30 years. But the AFSCME member in California decided that wasn’t enough.

Pablo Ros |
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Throwback Thursday: AFSCME Retiree Member Carol Ann Loehndorf

Meet Carol Ann Loehndorf, an AFSCME Retiree and the latest member to be spotlighted in our Retiree Throwback Thursday #TBT series.

Pete Levine |
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On the Record: The AFSCME Agenda

Real freedom and opportunity means more than just getting by. It means having a voice on the job, affordable health care, the promise of retirement security after a lifetime of hard work, and equal democracy for all. That’s The AFSCME Agenda.

Lee Saunders |
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Throwback Thursday: AFSCME Retiree Member Sallie Robertson

Sallie Robertson is the next feature in our Retiree Throw Back Thursday #TBT series. From the DC 37 Retirees Association, one of New York’s finest crossing guards devoted her life to making sure the streets she protected were safe.

Pete Levine |
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Cool Job: Protecting Florida’s Underwater Treasures

If you’ve ever visited the Florida Keys, and spent any time off of dry land, then you’ve visited the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. We tell you about a member who protects this fragile ecosystem.

Mark McCullough |
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AFSCME Retirees Never Quit!

AFSCME Retirees gave back to their communities through decades of hard work, but even in retirement they never quit.

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Labor Unions Brought You So Much More Than This Long Weekend

This Labor Day weekend – and much more – brought to you by unions.

Lee Saunders |
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Union Scholars Program

Find out more about the Union Scholars Program at www.afscme.org/unionscholars.

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On The Record: Consent of the Governed

Elected representatives need to hold town hall meetings, and their constituents need to show up for them, making their voices heard. That’s democracy in action.

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No Cuts or Caps to Medicaid

There are at least 5 million Americans who depend on Medicaid for home care services. If Congress cuts or caps funding to Medicaid as part of their repeal of the Affordable Care Act, millions of people like Helena Cardona will be at risk.

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Christopher Cummings Never Quits

When he witnessed a horrible accident involving a police car, AFSCME sanitation worker Chris Cummings sprang into action. Chris used to be homeless, but he got a second chance. This time, it was his turn to give a second chance.

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On the Record: Freedom

Freedom means more than making a living. It means the ability to financially support your family and have time to be there for them.

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Tell Your Senators: ‘Hands Off Medicaid’

President Trump promised NOT to cut Medicaid, but his budget proposal and the House health care bill he supports tell a different story.

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Dangerous and Unfair

President Trump and Speaker Ryan promised better health care at a lower cost for more people, but instead the House has passed a health care bill that will make the system worse for working people.

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At Belleview Elementary, Van DeVries Is a Hero to Many

Van DeVries was nominated by no fewer than 13 members of the Belleview Elementary School community for AFSCME’s Never Quit Service Award. Clearly, he’s no garden-variety “building engineer.”

Pablo Ros |
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Law Enforcement Week

No one in the public service — and perhaps no one at all — has a tougher job than law enforcement officers.

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Welcome to AFSCME Now

Welcome to AFSCME Now, a new member hub dedicated to you! AFSCME Now is a place for and about AFSCME members.

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AFSCME’s New Secretary-Treasurer

AFSCME is excited to introduce its new Secretary-Treasurer, Elissa McBride.

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Jimmie Rook of IA Brightens Vets’ Days Despite Hurdles

Nothing stops AFSCME Never Quit Award winner Jimmie Rook from serving Iowa’s veterans – not even a paralyzed arm.

Pete Levine |
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We Honor Library Workers

AFSCME represents more than 25,000 librarians across the country, at the city, county, state and even federal level. We celebrate them during National Library Workers Day.

Pablo Ros |
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Friday the 13th Redefined for Union Plus American Dream Sweepstakes Winner

Frank Valone’s $30,000 grand prize marked the end of the American Dream Sweepstakes sponsored by the Union Plus Credit Card Program.

Union Plus |
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We’re Better Than This Trump Budget

Watch our latest video to learn how President Donald Trump’s budget proposal would be a disaster for our country.

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Prepared for Anything

In late November, Joe Thompson and his team received a call from Bruce Miller, a hunter who needed help fast. Check out this video to see how Joe never quits.

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Fighting for Veterans in Iowa

Edgar Ortiz served 16 years in the U.S. military. As a state employee, he helps veterans and disabled veterans find career opportunities through Iowa Workforce Development.

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Master Puppeteer Dazzles, Educates Young and Old Alike

Meet Bruce Cannon, master puppeteer and AFSCME member. Kids love him and the puppets he brings to life. But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself in our video.

Raju Chebium |
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Our Voices

As public service workers we never stop. Because it’s not just a job, it’s a calling.

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The FMLA: How It Protects Our Families and Our Jobs

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The Best Job in the World

“It’s the best job in the world.” That’s how Toni Monique Taloa described caring for her sister in her home in Buena Park, California.

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Protecting Our Children

Protecting our children is our No. 1 priority. The child ID kit can help parents and grandparents do just that.

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Bus Driver Renita Smith Lauded for Heroic Actions

Renita Smith treats the children on her school bus as though they were her own. So when she smelled smoke, she led all 20 children off the bus away from the smoke and fumes.

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AFSCME Free College Benefit

Through the AFSCME Free College benefit, you and your family members can earn an associate degree, completely online – for FREE.

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Never Quit Awards - Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper never quits. Cooking is her passion and as a cafeteria manager she nourishes the spirits, bodies and minds of the students at her school. Here's how they said thank you.

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Our Voices

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President Lee Saunders - Keynote Address (Highlights)

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Quitters Don't

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Never Quit

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AFSCME Public Safety - Proud to Protect and Serve

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Never Quit: Ray DeRusha

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Never Quit: Rachel Cooper

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Never Quit - Ronnie Roberts

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Never Quit - Audrey Lake

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Recipe for a Strong Middle Class

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My Name is Stephanie

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Women's Leadership Academy

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Thank you, Brother Beil

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AFSCME Public Safety: We Fight, We Win

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2015 Next Wave Assembly Highlights

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California Feeling AFSCME Strong

Members from California and Hawaii assembled in San Diego for a three day AFSCME strong training to learn the skills needed to protect our future.

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AFSCME Strong Is Our Plan

AFSCME is organizing! We are having 1-on-1 conversations with our co-workers, building political power, and creating a stronger union.

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Union Fair Share Fees Explained

Sometimes complex court rulings can best be understood with the simplest of explanations. Thus it is with a new AFSCME video that uses the analogy of friends going to dinner to puncture the logic of a new court challenge to “fair share” fees.

David Sheeley |
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Chicago Cab Drivers Learn to Advocate for Themselves

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Want to be happy? Join a union!

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