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AFSCME Texas Corrections Officer Dies After Confrontation with Inmate

Shana Tedder, a Texas corrections officer and member of AFSCME Texas Corrections Local 3920, died after a June 9 incident involving an inmate.

AFSCME Texas Corrections |

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 |

She Became an EMT – and a Union Member – to Help Others

Emergency Medical Technician Lindsay Washington helped her co-workers build a union to improve the services they provide to the community.

Clyde Weiss |

National Law Enforcement Week: Honoring Heroes Who’ve Sacrificed

National Law Enforcement Week honors fallen law enforcement officers and pays tribute to the vital role they play in keeping their communities safe.

Pete Levine |

Alaska Trooper Wins AFSCME Award, and Governor Takes Notice

Anne Sears won the Never Quit Service Award for her extraordinary service helping victims of domestic violence and of child abuse.

Kevin Brown and Pablo Ros |

Best Way to Honor Corrections Professionals? Provide Adequate Staffing.

To corrections officers and employees everywhere, we say a special thank you during National Correctional Officers and Employees Week.

Pablo Ros |

Texas Corrections Members Take their Story to the Legislature

AFSCME Texas Corrections members recently lobbied their state legislators to secure funding for facility and vehicle repairs and for other issues.

Namita Waghray |

AFSCME Strong Works at Louisiana State Penitentiary

At the Louisiana State Penitentiary, understaffing led to overtime for corrections officers at half the usual rate of compensation. Local 3056 fought back and won – and gained new members, too.

Clyde Weiss |

California EMS Workers Push for Bill of Rights

California EMS bill would resolve issues that affect emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics and others and the services they provide to their communities.

Kevin Brown |

A Safer Workplace for California Health Care Workers

Healthcare workers in California will get new workplace safety protection rules, starting April 1.

Clyde Weiss |

Staffing Woes Continue to Plague New Mexico Prisons

Council 18 and a local news outlet expose Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration’s failure to boost staffing in New Mexico’s state-run prisons.

Kevin Brown |

DC EMTs and Paramedics Vote to Join AFSCME

Nearly 200 emergency medical technicians and paramedics serving the nation's capital voted to join AFSCME District Council 20.

Justin Lee |

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 |

Where Can You Find Atrocious Conditions? Try Private Prisons.

A private prison operator forced tens of thousands of immigrants who were detained on suspicions of being undocumented to work for $1 a day or for free, according to a lawsuit.

Pablo Ros |

In Memoriam – Kevin M. Haverly, Deputy Sheriff, Greene County, New York

AFSCME is mourning the loss of Deputy Sheriff Kevin M. Haverly of Greene County, New York. The 26-year-old lost his life, on duty, in a single-car traffic accident.

Clyde Weiss |

Want a Healthy Fire Department? Get a Union – Even in Mt. Healthy

In Mt. Healthy, Ohio, a 23 paid part-time firefighters decided to do something about their lack of a union contract. They organized with AFSCME Council 8.

Clyde Weiss |

Private Prisons Yet Another Trump Giveaway to Corporate America

Reversing course from the Obama administration, Trump’s Justice Department announced it will continue the use of private prisons to house federal inmates.

Pablo Ros |

Private Prisons Yet Another Giveaway to Corporate America

Reversing course from the Obama administration, Trump’s Justice Department announced it will continue the use of private prisons to house federal inmates.

Pablo Ros |

‘Just Do the Best You Can,’ Says AFSCME Never Quit Award Winner

CSEA’s JoAnne Veneziano, winner of an AFSCME Never Quit Service Award, “is a source of motivation and inspiration,” said co-worker Adrienne Herbst, who nominated her.

Clyde Weiss |

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 |