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City Workers in San Antonio Choose to Unite Through AFSCME

AFSCME is the union preferred by 6,000 workers at the City of San Antonio. They chose AFSCME to represent their interests before management.

Antonio Lewis |

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree with New AFSCME Benefit

Exciting new benefit: Introducing a bachelor’s degree completion program for AFSCME members and their families.

Pete Levine |

Now that Janus Failed, Alaska’s Anti-Public Services Governor Resorts to Dirty Tricks

Alaska’s governor and attorney general want to make it harder for unions in the public sector to collect dues. But a judge said no.

Pablo Ros |

Dunleavy’s Attack on ASEA Hurts All Alaskans

In an attempt to silence Alaska’s state workers and the union they formed, Alaska’s governor has filed a lawsuit. Read why this is a misguided move.

Jake Metcalfe, ASEA Executive Director |

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 |

Big Win for Workers at Oregon University

After a massive informational picket, workers at an Oregon university were able to secure a favorable contract.

Jashua Bane |

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 |

States Passing Much-Needed Paid Leave Laws

In the absence of a federal law, states and D.C. are taking the lead in passing much-needed paid leave policies.

Pete Levine |

Imperial County Emergency Medical Services Workers Join AFSCME

Taking a page from Riverside EMS workers, EMS professionals in Imperial County also took action – they voted resoundingly to join AFSCME Local 4911.

Jashua Bane |

A Summer Protest for Fair Wages, Health Care and Adequate Staffing

Summer time is protest time in upstate New York. Workers at Auburn Community Hospital are going public with their demands for a fair contract – and they have community support.

AARON GALLANT, AFSCME District Council 66 |

At Long Last, LA County Sanitation Employees Secure a Fair Contract

Guaranteed pay raises and no pension cuts are key provisions in a contract won by AFSCME District Council 36 members who work for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.

Jashua Bane |

New Southern California EMS Contract to Set Standard for the Industry

It wasn’t easy, but EMS workers in Riverside, California, reached a contract with American Medical Response that will provide much-deserved pay raises and improved health coverage for 450 workers.

Jashua Bane |

CT AFSCME Members Celebrate Passage of Landmark PTSD Legislation

Thanks to the hard work by AFSCME Council 4 members, police and parole officers and firefighters in Connecticut who have PTSD can collect unemployment and receive medical coverage.

Larry Dorman, AFSCME Council 4 |

At Last. Congress Authorizes Permanent 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Congress has authorized permanent funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund after years of efforts by survivors and other advocates, including AFSCME members.

Pete Levine |

U.S. House Votes to Boost Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

The effort to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade got a major boost when the House passed a bill raising it to $15 an hour by 2025.

Jay Hutchison |

Fighting the Pay Fight

Texas corrections officers fought hard to correct longtime pay inequities – and won by persuading state legislators to do the right thing.

Antonio Lewis |

Despite Vetoes, Alaska Members Fight for Public Services

Alaska members are not giving up the fight to reverse Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes. They’re working with the legislature to prevent public services and higher education from being decimated.

Jashua Bane |

Court Case Threatens Health Care for Millions

AFSCME knocks the Trump administration’s latest attempt to upend the Affordable Care Act.

Pete Levine |

States, Cities Tackling Minimum Wage, Congress Trying to Catch Up

States and localities are ahead of Congress on raising the minimum wage up to $15 an hour. The last time Congress raised the federal minimum wage – from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour – was 10 years ago this month.

Jay Hutchison |

Proposals in Congress Would Allow More Workers to Form Unions

The Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act will give workers more freedom to join unions.

AFSCME Staff |