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Offering Comfort Amidst the Cinders

Find out how Chico, California, social worker Lance Ferris, a member of AFSCME Local 2620 (Council 57) and the winner of a Never Quit Service Award, used his training to stem trauma and offer comfort after the Camp Fire.

Pete Levine |

Protecting Nurses During National Nurses Week

Under the Workplace Violence Prevention bill, which was re-introduced in Congress earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would require employers to develop and implement plans to prevent on-the-job violence.

Kathleen Cancio, Pete Levine |

AFSCME Member Finds His Commuter Cool

Looking for a new ride? Check out the Union Plus Auto Buying Service.

Union Plus |

Fighting for Better Working Conditions in San Mateo County

Our Local 829 sisters and brothers with San Mateo County’s Human Services Agency unit started their two-day strike on Tuesday, calling on county management to offer them a fair contract.

Martin Ricard, AFSCME Council 57 |

Standing Strong with Oakland Teachers

AFSCME in Northern California is standing in solidarity with striking teachers in Oakland. Find out why.

Jashua Bane |

As Fires Burned in California, AFSCME Members Helped and Were Helped

As the death toll continues to rise and as smoke engulfs nearby cities, AFSCME members have stepped up to help – often at great personal sacrifice.

Jashua Bane, Pablo Ros |

Strong Relationships, Member Solidarity Net Strong Contract in Northern CA

Workers at the East Bay Municipal Utility District in northern California have won a new contract that is a testament to what public service workers can accomplish when they join together under a union.

Martin Ricard, AFSCME Council 57 |

Workers, Retirees Have a Powerful Advocate on Nation’s Largest Pension System

California public-service retirees and workers have a powerful advocate for their pensions – AFSCME member Priya Mathur.

Raju Chebium |

Some 600 Hospital Workers in Northern California Join AFSCME

Find out how and why nearly 600 hospital workers in Northern California joined AFSCME.

Jashua Bane and Martin Ricard |

Off-Duty Lifeguards Save Stranded Couple in California

These two college-aged lifeguards were off the clock when they saved a drowning couple.

Martin Ricard, AFSCME Council 57 |

California Governor Signs Slew of AFSCME-Backed Bills

Standing strong for communities through AFSCME, public service workers in California implemented legislative changes to benefit employees and the Californians they serve.

AFSCME Staff |

Finding A Home Through His Public Service

Alex Hamilton, a maintenance worker for Sacramento public housing, got a lot farther by working a lot harder in his community through his public service and extraordinary generosity.

Pablo Ros |

Custodial Heroes Save a Student’s Life

Custodial staff at a California college don’t just ably serve their institution; the AFSCME members recently prevented a student from committing suicide.

Ray Inoue |

This Member Doesn’t See Himself a Hero. Everyone Else Does

Traffic control maintenance worker John Marciel used his bravery and familiarity with traffic signs to save the life of a child.

Clyde Weiss |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Sacramento Local 146 to Showcase Apprenticeship Program

AFSCME Local 146 in Sacramento, Calif., is showcasing its ‘Earn While You Learn’ apprenticeship program this week.

Kevin Brown |

San Jose City Workers Profit with AFSCME Strong

Using AFSCME Strong campaign tactics to energize and mobilize members, Local 101 was able to win 9% wage increases during the 3-year term of a new contract for San Jose city workers.

Pablo Ros |

25-Year School Board Member Honored

Gary Miller, a labor leader and LGBT rights advocate, was honored by the City of Roseville, California, for his 25-year service on two separate school boards – Robla board in North Sacramento for 19 years and Roseville City School Board since 2008.

Kevin Brown |