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Somali Refugee Is a Like a Mother to Her Community

AFSCME member Hawo Gurey survived a civil war, lived in an African refugee camp and finally made it to Minnesota, where she is now a mother to her community.

Omar Tewfik |

Custodial Heroes Save a Student’s Life

Custodial staff at a California college don’t just ably serve their institution; the AFSCME members recently prevented a student from committing suicide.

Ray Inoue |

This Member Doesn’t See Himself a Hero. Everyone Else Does

Traffic control maintenance worker John Marciel used his bravery and familiarity with traffic signs to save the life of a child.

Clyde Weiss |

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 |
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Christopher Cummings Never Quits

When he witnessed a horrible accident involving a police car, AFSCME sanitation worker Chris Cummings sprang into action. Chris used to be homeless, but he got a second chance. This time, it was his turn to give a second chance.

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 |

NYC EMTs Help Panic-Stricken Riders of Derailed Subway Train

Emergency medical technicians, members of DC 37, helped panic-stricken riders of derailed subway train after a recent crash.

Alfredo Alvarado, AFSCME DC 37 |

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 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 |

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 |

Happy LGBT Pride Month!

AFSCME joins in the celebration of Pride Month, affirming that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community – like all Americans – are entitled to respect and dignity, and the equal protection under our laws.

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 |
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At Belleview Elementary, Van DeVries Is a Hero to Many

Van DeVries was nominated by no fewer than 13 members of the Belleview Elementary School community for AFSCME’s Never Quit Service Award. Clearly, he’s no garden-variety “building engineer.”

Pablo Ros |

At a Time of Change, She Was a Voice for Her Local

Jackie Spanjers, a nurse at Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center in Minnesota, is retiring after 21 years of service. During a challenging time for workers at the mental health treatment center, she was a voice for her local.

Pablo Ros |

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 |

To Nurses Everywhere, We Say Thank You

During National Nurses Week, we say thank you to these dedicated public servants who keep our communities healthy.

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 |

AFSCME Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

This month AFSCME is commemorating the achievements of Asian American and Pacific Islander American workers, leaders and activists.

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AFSCME’s New Secretary-Treasurer

AFSCME is excited to introduce its new Secretary-Treasurer, Elissa McBride.