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Connecticut State Workers Sacrifice for the Good of Their State

Connecticut public service workers sacrificed for the financial good of their state but also won key victories and protections for themselves in their new contract.

Larry Dorman |

PA Child Care Providers Stepped up and Kids are Better for It

Determined to fight for Pennsylvania’s children, AFSCME’s child care professionals worked hard in the state legislature to increase child care funding. They succeeded. But the real winners were the children.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Foster Home Shortage Hurting Kids, Workers in MN

AFSCME-represented child protection workers in Minnesota are finding it harder to place abused and neglected children in foster homes — even as the number of kids in the foster care system keeps going up.

Lynette Kalsnes, Minnesota Council 5 |

A Game Show Jackpot Will Change His Life – But Not His Public-Service Job

Why were Illinois sanitation worker Delvar Dopson and his wife competing on the NBC show “The Wall,” and what will they do with the jackpot they won? Bet you can’t guess.

Clyde Weiss and Anders Lindall |

Illinois Finally Has a State Budget

Walking back from the brink of fiscal chaos, Illinois finally has a state budget after two years of operating without one.

David Kreisman |

New York Librarian Brings Books to Homeless Children

At a time when public services, including libraries, are under attack, it’s up to AFSCME members who never quit to keep our communities strong – people like Colbert Nembhard.

Pablo Ros |

What Janus v. AFSCME is Really About

The leader of AFSCME Council 31 in Illinois explains what the Illinois-based case Janus v. AFSCME is really about.

Roberta Lynch, executive director, AFSCME Council 31 |

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.

Lee Saunders |
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On the Record: Freedom

Freedom means more than making a living. It means the ability to financially support your family and have time to be there for them.

OAPSE Pushes Back Against Pension Cuts in Ohio

Ohio legislators want to cut the pensions promised to school support personnel, but the Ohio Association of Public Employees (OAPSE)/AFSCME Local 4 says no.

Kathy Malone, OAPSE |

Lawmakers’ Refusal to Compromise Puts Alaskans at Risk

Alaska state employees report to work every day because their communities are counting on them. State senators should do their basic jobs and pass a budget.

Justin Lee |

Feeling Fortunate, Paying it Forward

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

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Members Secure Big Victories in Texas

In Texas, AFSCME members secured a trifecta of victories.

Namita Waghray |

The AFSCME Difference: How Thousands of Workers Are Finding Their Voice

At a time of growing economic and political uncertainty, thousands of public service workers across the country are joining with AFSCME to gain a voice.

Pablo Ros |

Trump’s Infrastructure Shell Game

President Trump’s infrastructure plan serves up sweet deals for private investors while making public service workers and communities suffer.

Pete Levine |

Laura Fulmer Takes Her Job Seriously. Her Community Loves Her for It

Never Quit Award winner Laura Fulmer is serious about her job as a Housing Code Enforcement Officer. Her community is very appreciative.

Clyde Weiss |

AFSCME Raises Alarm Over IT Outsourcing in OH

OCSEA is raising public awareness about the state of Ohio’s increased outsourcing for information technology services.

Lisa Martin |

How to Know When You’re Not in Kansas Anymore

The Kansas Legislature just said no to Gov. Sam Brownback’s radical tax-cutting plan. The state’s experiment with unnecessary austerity is now thankfully dead.

Pablo Ros |

Trump Education Budget: Another Attack on Public Workers

President Donald Trump’s proposed education budget will do away with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which supports financially-strapped public service workers.

Pete Levine |

Delaware Member Finds Kids Safe Harbor

Family Service Specialist Tim Dennison ensures that children in Delaware’s foster system find safe homes and have a voice in the world.

Pete Levine |