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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.

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Honoring the Everyday Heroes of Public Service

During Public Service Recognition Week, we all should take a moment to extend our thanks to those who have made a career out of helping and empowering their neighbors.

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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.

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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.

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Strong Unions Mean Strong African-American Communities

AFSCME President Lee Saunders explains how labor unions were instrumental in improving the lives of African-Americans.

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Unions Aren’t Going Anywhere

It turns out our opponents wildly underestimated the loyalty and resolve of AFSCME members, their desire to stick with their union.

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Working People Are Struggling in Trump’s Economy

There is plenty of evidence that this is a strong economy primarily for those already in a privileged position.

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‘The Labor Movement is Bigger Than One Supreme Court Decision’

AFSCME President Lee Saunders in a USA TODAY column about the Janus ruling: “The labor movement is bigger than one Supreme Court decision.”

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Paul Booth's Life Celebrated

Family and friends of Paul Booth celebrated his life yesterday at an event where his contributions to AFSCME and the labor movement were recalled.

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Public Employers Must Address Harassment Too

Unions have a track record of working with private sector employers on policies to curb sexual harassment in the workplace. AFSCME urges public service employers to do the same.

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The False Slogan of Right to Work: An Attack on Worker Freedom

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders explains in a new column why the Janus v. AFSCME case would be particularly bad for minority communities.

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Why Janus v. AFSCME is a Threat to All Working People

Pres. Lee Saunders explains why the Janus v. AFSCME case is a big threat to public service workers.

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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.

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Strong Unions Will Help Us Return to Normal

In these abnormal times, unions will help us all return to normal. Read on to find out how.

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Puerto Rico needs a Marshall Plan

Puerto Rico needs its own “Marshall Plan” to recover from Hurricane Maria, AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders writes.

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Public Service Workers Deserve Our Respect

The hurricane relief work being done by AFSCME members further proves that public service workers deserve respect, not scorn from politicians.

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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.

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The Right Wing Distorts ‘Freedom’

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders responds to a right-wing critic who distorted the meaning of what “freedom” means to working people.

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Who Fights for the Freedom of American Workers? Unions Do

Unions fight for the freedoms of working people, not corporations. But a court case threatens to undermine that struggle.

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Paying the “Price” for New HHS Secretary

AFSCME International president explains why older Americans are particularly vulnerable now that the Senate has confirmed Tom Price as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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