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Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program Gets Federal Funding

A loan repayment program for behavioral health workers has federal funding thanks to AFSCME. But we are pushing Congress for more.

Mark McCullough |

Trump’s Alleged Tax Cut for the Middle Class Has Been Anything But

The Trump tax law that went into effect two years ago hasn’t helped working families. No surprise there.

AFSCME Staff |

2020 Minimum Wage Hikes to Benefit 7 Million Working People

Minimum wage increases in 21 states and 26 cities and counties this year will help 7 million working Americans.

AFSCME STAFF |

Government Funding Package Will Strengthen Public Services

As the year drew to a close, Congress passed a spending package that will benefit working people and strengthen public services.

AFSCME Staff |

Latest Threat to ACA Strengthens Our Resolve to Protect Health Care

The latest threat to the Affordable Care Act comes from a ruling this week from a federal appellate court. We won’t let opponents take away health care from millions of people.

Pablo Ros |

SNAP Rule Change Will Leave Hundreds of Thousands Hungry

A change to SNAP imposed by the Trump administration will leave hundreds of thousands in hunger.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Supports Bill to Restore Voting Rights Protections

We strongly support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019, which would block discriminatory laws aimed at disenfranchising minority voters.

Pablo Ros |

House Passes AFSCME-Backed Workplace Violence Prevention Act

The House has passed an AFSCME-backed bill to increase workplace safety for health care and social services workers.

Pete Levine |

A Celebration for California’s Child Care Providers

California child care workers celebrate winning collective bargaining rights, joined by their governor and AFSCME President Lee Saunders.

Pete Levine |

States, Cities Tackling Minimum Wage, Congress Trying to Catch Up

States and localities are ahead of Congress on raising the minimum wage up to $15 an hour. The last time Congress raised the federal minimum wage – from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour – was 10 years ago this month.

Jay Hutchison |

Behavioral Health Members Hold Lobby Day in Oregon

Behavioral health workers are building political power in Oregon. They’re pushing state legislators to adopt policies and programs to benefit the people they serve.

Mark McCullough |

Gov. Murphy Discusses His Middle Class Plan at NJ Town Hall

Gov. Phil Murphy discussed his plan to strengthen the middle class with an audience of working people, including members of AFSCME New Jersey.

Kathleen Cancio |

Fight is on to Save Alaska Psychiatric Institute

ASEA members are fighting the newly elected governor’s plan to privatize the Alaska Psychiatric Institute. We want it to remain under taxpayer control.

ASEA Staff |

Bipartisanship Prevails as Congress Passes Funding for Mental Health Providers

Behavioral health clinics in Oregon and Oklahoma will remain open past March 31 thanks to a House bill that passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support.

Mark McCullough |

AFSCME Joins ‘Fund Our Future’ Campaign in Support of Quality Public Education

The ambitious new effort launched by the American Federation of Teachers seeks high-quality public education for all.

AFSCME Staff |
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A Vital Link in the Chain

911 dispatchers save lives. Unfortunately, their contributions to the emergency response system are often overlooked. A new bill co-sponsored by former AFSCME member Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) will change that.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Supports Bill to Ensure Permanent Funding for 9/11 Responders

AFSCME is urging Congress to pass legislation to ensure permanent funding of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

AFSCME Staff |

Oregon AFSCME Members Fight to Protect Retirement Security

In Oregon, AFSCME members are showing up in force at the legislature to protect their retirement security.

David Kreisman |

Bill Aims to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers

A bill backed by AFSCME members would reduce workplace violence faced by health care and social service workers.

Kathleen Cancio |

AFSCME Florida Members Renew Push for a Fair Budget

AFSCME Florida members are pushing for an across-the-board pay increase for workers employed by the State of Florida to cover rising costs.

Mark McCullough and Kelly Benjamin, AFSCME Florida |