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A Minor Gesture Makes a Major Difference

Iowa utility worker Chris DeHarty, a member of AFSCME Local 212 (Council 61), helped his fellow public service worker, Lynette Tiede-Beals, in a time of crisis.

Pete Levine |

Former DC 37 Vice President Springs into Action to Save Two from Burning Car

Jim Tucciarelli, the former vice president of District Council 37 who retired this year, sprang into action last weekend when he came across a vehicle in flames where two people were trapped.

Pablo Ros |

California Nurse Once Thought About Quitting but Persevered

Early in Brian Zeringue’s career, a patient died on him. He thought about quitting, but thanks to support from his colleagues, he persevered – and his community is better off for it.

Pablo Ros |

Meet the 2019 Winner of the Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship

This year’s winner of the Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship juggles a full-time job, graduate studies and union activism.

Jay Hutchison |

Candidates Say Yes to Union Rights

Divided presidential candidates were united over one issue at AFSCME Public Service Forum.

Pablo Ros |

Paying it Forward in Parma

Never Quit Award Winner Annie Hoffman brings a laugh and a smile to her students’ and co-workers’ faces.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME  Members to Question Presidential Candidates at Forum

America’s public service workers will make their voices heard in this election. As they dedicate their lives to making our communities stronger, safer and healthier, they have a unique perspective into solving the problems Americans face every day.

AFSCME Staff |

New Era in Illinois: State Workers Secure Fair Contract

In an unmistakable sign that a new era has dawned in Illinois, state workers have secured a fair, new contract from Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration.

AFSCME Council 31 |

Survivors of Fallen Member Gain Health Coverage Thanks to AFSCME

Deceased AFSCME member Robert Scully’s family now has health insurance, thanks to Local 2960.

Jashua Bane |

Nearly 8 Years Later, Big Legal Win for AFSCME Wisconsin

A Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling restores the pension rights of hundreds of AFSCME members in Milwaukee County.

Lisa Martin |

84 School Employees in Ohio on Strike for Fair Wages, Insurance

Lacking a contract for almost two years, OAPSE members working at Claymont City Schools in Ohio have gone on strike.

OAPSE Staff |

More Courts Agree: Attacks Against Public Service Workers Are Going Too Far

Courts are increasingly putting a stop to mounting attacks against public service workers, this time to recover previously paid fair share fees.

AFSCME Staff |

Strong Unions Mean Strong African-American Communities

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

Lee Saunders |

Attorneys for Washington State Seek Collective Bargaining Rights

Assistant attorneys general in Washington state seek collective bargaining rights from the legislature.

Jashua Bane |

AFSCME Next Wave Launches #NoFilter Podcast

AFSCME is launching a new podcast, #NoFilter, to spark a conversation about activism, social justice and union organizing among young union members.

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 |

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 |

Torrance Workers Make Sure Their Concerns Are Heard

Collective action in the form of a demonstration can yield results, as this example from Torrance, Calif., shows.

AFSCME Staff |
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Union Leaders Discuss the Future of American Labor

AFSCME President Lee Saunders and leaders of other public sector unions stressed that organizing and cross-union collaboration are vital for the future of the labor movement in the post-Janus era.

AFSCME Staff |

An Accident, A Caring Act, A Life Saved

Compassionate act by an OCSEA-represented state employee saves a life.

Sally Meckling, OCSEA |