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At Last. Congress Authorizes Permanent 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Congress has authorized permanent funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund after years of efforts by survivors and other advocates, including AFSCME members.

Pete Levine |

42 Years of Honorable Service – 9/11 Responder Honored During Retirement

We honor Jim Tucciarelli, a 9/11 first responder and advocate for Ground Zero workers, who retired last week.

Sara Haas |

DC 37 and the City Agree on Unlimited Paid Sick Leave for 9/11 Heroes

After weeks of intense negotiations, the union won a landmark victory for our 9/11 first responders and other members who worked at the World Trade Center site during the rescue, recovery and cleanup.

Mike Lee, DC 37 |

Catching a Suspected Killer

The suspected “Tinder serial killer” has been arrested – thanks to the work of a DC 37 criminalist.

DIANE S. WILLIAMS, DC 37 |

NYC’s Public Health Network Agrees to Convert Many Temps to FT Jobs

After months of intense negotiations, the union has inked a deal with NYC Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H) that sharply curbs the agency’s reliance on temporary agency workers.

Diane S. Williams, DC 37 |

Local 420 Member Helps Deliver Baby in Hospital Emergency

AFSCME New York member helps deliver a baby in a medical emergency just steps from the hospital where he works.

Diane S. Williams, DC 37 |
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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 |

NYC Union Fights State Workers’ Compensation Changes

District Council 37 is taking part in an all-out effort to fight proposed changes to the workers’ compensation system in New York.

Mike Lee, DC 37 |

Nearing Retirement, but Not Slowing Down

Retirement may be nearing, but AFSCME Never Quit Award Winner Paul Spicer isn’t slowing down.

Pete Levine |

Six DC 37 Members are in Puerto Rico to Help with Relief Efforts

Six members from AFSCME District Council 37 have flown to Puerto Rico to help the island rebuild after Hurricane Maria as part of a contingent from AFL-CIO unions.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Rikers Island Inmates Say ‘Thanks’ to a Dedicated Library Worker

The stacks of handwritten thank-you notes for the NY Public Library’s mobile library and literacy program at Rikers Island jail show just how valuable Louise Stamp is.

Diane S. Williams, DC 37 |

New York Librarian Brings Books to Homeless Children

At a time when public services, including libraries, are under attack, it’s up to AFSCME members who never quit to keep our communities strong – people like Colbert Nembhard.

Pablo Ros |

NYC EMTs Help Panic-Stricken Riders of Derailed Subway Train

Emergency medical technicians, members of DC 37, helped panic-stricken riders of derailed subway train after a recent crash.

Alfredo Alvarado, AFSCME DC 37 |

EMS Week: Celebrating Those Who Save Lives

In life’s most desperate hours, EMS workers respond without hesitation. EMS Week is a chance to thank them for their bravery, skill and compassion.

Pete Levine |

New York Emergency Medical Technician Killed in Ambulance Hijacking

AFSCME is mourning the death of New York City Emergency Medical Technician Yadira Arroyo, killed by a man who attempted to commandeer her vehicle. A fellow EMT was injured.

Alfredo Alvarado, District Council 37 |

Cool Job: Animal Trainer

A New York animal trainer describes his cool job in his own words.

Here’s How to Cut College Costs

A proposal to make college free for many New Yorkers is making news, but AFSCME was there first. Members can earn a two-year degree for free. Check out our blog to find out more.

Raju Chebium |

Gold Medal Parents

This AFSCME family’s values spur an Olympic gold medalist.

Mike Lee, DC 37 |

Play “Feeding the Dragon” Recalls Life with Dad, a DC 37 Member

The late George King Washington was New York City Public Library live-in custodian and a proud DC 37 member. Now he’s the subject of his daughter’s play.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

What’s Your Story?

Jeremy Sanders, a senior animal keeper at the Bronx Zoo and president of AFSCME Local 1501 (DC 37), was one of the first delegates to share his story at the Storyline booth.

Clyde Weiss |