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Editorial Policy

Editorial Team

Ethics Policy

AFSCME Now, a news blog for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, serves as the editorial voice and a news source for our union. We adhere to journalistic standards of accuracy, fairness and accountability. We report factual stories about AFSCME members and write about trends and legislative developments affecting the labor movement, as well as other issues that are of interest to our members. Expressions of personal opinion by AFSCME leaders will be clearly labeled as such. AFSCME Now will not distort or misrepresent the facts.

Fact-Checking Policy

AFSCME Now strives to be precise with its words, headlines and URLs. In doing so, writers and contributors must verify the information they gather. This includes identifying information such names and positions, but also assertions and accounts. Writers conduct their own fact checking, using their own judgment and guided by the ethics policy. AFSCME Now editors verify facts and accuracy before publishing articles online.

Our vetting process is thorough and rigorous. Pieces from the field written by field staff are edited in headquarters, reviewed by the relevant AFSCME affiliates and field directors, and then reviewed again by AFSCME’s legal department before being published. Stories originating out of headquarters are reviewed by the appropriate headquarters and field departments, then the legal department, and, in some cases, by AFSCME’s officers before being published.

Corrections Policy

Any reader – including an AFSCME member, an officer or staff member can email the editorial team to call attention to an error found in AFSCME Now content. The error, once confirmed, will be corrected as soon as possible.