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Council 13 Members Ratify Four-Year Contract with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Signed, sealed and delivered. A new four-year contract has been approved by tens of thousands of public service workers employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

WILLIAM KAUFFMAN, AFSCME COUNCIL 13 |

A Community Rallies Behind AFSCME Member’s Effort to Help Puerto Rico

When Hurricanes Maria and Irma struck, AFSCME member Gardy Domenech began a modest relief drive. He had no idea how his community in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, would rally behind him.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Pennsylvania Members Help Hurricane Florence Victims

“We have an opportunity as employees of the township [of Swatara] and members of the union to do something good for others who need it.”

William Kaufman, AFSCME Council 13 |

PennDOT Worker, AFSCME Member Loses Life on the Job

AFSCME mourns the loss of a Pennsylvania member who died in a worksite accident.

William Kauffman, AFSCME Council 13 |

Under Attack, Our Union Grows Stronger

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride and four AFSCME activists on Thursday discussed best practices for growing our union while fighting attacks from anti-worker interests.

AFSCME Staff |

Cedar Haven Workers Shine Spotlight on Employer

AFSCME members delivered more than 1,250 cards signed by Lebanon County residents, urging the commissioners to get involved in the labor dispute with the owners of Cedar Haven Healthcare Center in Pennsylvania.

William Kauffman, AFSCME Council 13 |

‘Something Extraordinary is Going On’

AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Elissa McBride writes that striking workers at a Lebanon, Pennsylvania, nursing home seek basic dignity, respect.

Elissa McBride |

Scab Labor Failing to Provide 5-Star Care at Cedar Haven Nursing Home

The message from the ongoing strike in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, by AFSCME-represented nurses, certified nursing assistants, laundry and maintenance employees and groundskeepers is simple: “Residents before profits.”

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Workers Strike for Dignity in Lebanon, PA

AFSCME-represented health care workers in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, walked off the job due to the lack of respect for the services they provide.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Activists Share Ideas, Develop Best Practices to Strengthen AFSCME

At the first of many planned AFSCME activist exchanges, 18 activists shared ideas and strategies to strengthen our union.

Ashley Jenkins and Raju Chebium |

Feeling Fortunate, Paying it Forward

Margaret Smolko fosters compassion and dignity for the residents of the Pennsylvania care center where she works.

Pete Levine |

Women in PA Take Never Quit Attitude to a New Level

A record number of Pennsylvania public service workers attended AFSCME Council 13’s Women’s Conference this year.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Near Death, a Hunter Finds His ‘Heroes and Angels’ – AFSCME Members

Pennsylvania hunter Bruce Miller called AFSCME members and 911 dispatchers Joe Thompson and Mike Corbin – and other emergency responders – “heroes and angels.” Find out why.

Clyde Weiss |

AFSCME Couple to Celebrate 14 Years of Love at Convention

Cindy and Doug Cook couldn’t be more excited about attending AFSCME’s 42nd International Convention in Las Vegas this July. Their love was "union-made."

Pablo Ros |

Pennsylvania Family, Youth Services Workers Strike and Win

More than 100 employees of Lackawanna County (Pennsylvania) Family and Youth Services took the ultimate step to go out on strike in May to demand respect in the workplace. After 11 days on the picket line, they won.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Lori Cutshall: Volunteer Extraordinaire

Lori Cutshall, president of AFSCME Local 2523 in Pennsylvania, embodies what the Jefferson Awards Foundation calls an “unsung hero” – a volunteer or paid professional who goes “well beyond their expected duties” to help out in their local community.

Clyde Weiss |