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Help Our Sisters and Brothers in Puerto Rico

Sandra Pacheco is one of many AFSCME members and retirees in Puerto Rico who have been affected by a series of earthquakes and aftershocks that began Dec. 28.

Pablo Ros |

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 |

Report: Employer Aggression Against Unionizing Workers is Strong

A recent study by the Economic Policy Institute highlights the breadth of employer wrongdoing in targeting workers who wish to unionize.

Pablo Ros |

LA Museum Does the Right Thing

Los Angeles museum takes the right approach – it voluntarily recognizes workers’ union.

AFSCME Staff |

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 |

Workers at L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art Seek to Build Power Through AFSCME

MOCA workers are joining their counterparts at another Los Angeles-based museum, the Marciano Art Foundation, in the fight for better wages and better working conditions.

Pete Levine |

State and Local Workers See High Value in Their Jobs Despite Stress, Survey Finds

A new survey shows public service workers value their pensions more than their pay.

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 |

AFSCME Stands with Dreamers as Supreme Court Weighs their Future

AFSCME will continue to stand with Dreamers, whose future is being weighed by the Supreme Court in a case involving an Obama-era policy known as DACA.

Pablo Ros |
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On the Record: Child Care for All

Thanks to a new state law, California child care providers have collective bargaining rights – the freedom to negotiate for better compensation and benefits, the ability to stand together in a strong union.

New Book Shows AFSCME’s Role in Key Fights that Shaped Labor

Former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse visited AFSCME International to talk about his latest book and the future of labor.

Pablo Ros |

AFSCME Members Help Make the Wheels of a Unique Bus Go Round

Thanks to AFSCME members, a school bus filled with food items is helping South Florida students fight hunger.

Mark McCullough |

House Bill Simplifies and Fixes PSLF, Overhauls Higher Education

The College Affordability Act will help fix the broken Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Pete Levine |

Saunders Urges ‘Back to Basics’ Strategy for 2020 Win and Beyond

What will help pro-worker allies win elections in 2020 and beyond? A “back to basics” strategy of organizing through face-to-face conversations, AFSCME President Lee Saunders says.

AFSCME Staff |

Rule Change Would Lead to LGBTQ Employment Discrimination

AFSCME strongly opposes a proposed rule change by the Trump administration that would effectively remove protections for LGBTQ workers who are employed by federal contractors and subcontractors.

AFSCME Staff |

Ideas@AFSCME: How to Make the Economy Work for Everyone

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride sat down for a conversation with the president of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), Thea Lee, to discuss ways to make the nation’s economy work for all of us.

AFSCME Staff |

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program’s Replacement is Broken Too

According to a new Government Accountability Office report, the new program is just as difficult to navigate and as confusing as its predecessor.

Pete Levine |