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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.

A Celebration for California’s Child Care Providers

California child care workers celebrate winning collective bargaining rights, joined by their governor and AFSCME President Lee Saunders.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Stands with Striking Chicago Public School Teachers

CTU represents 25,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians. They are demanding that newly elected Mayor Lori Lightfoot deliver on her campaign promises.

Pete Levine |

In Historic Win, California Family Child Care Providers Gain Collective Bargaining Rights

Child care providers in the nation’s largest state won big when they secured collective bargaining rights for the first time.

Jashua Bane |

Hundreds of Florida Students Receive Back-to-School Supplies from AFSCME

Many AFSCME Florida members help educate school children. This year, they also helped children get a good start in school by donating hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies.

AFSCME Florida |

AFSCME Supports New Universal Child Care Legislation

Too many families struggle to afford high-quality child care. However, thanks to a new bill introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Deb Haaland, that might change.

Pete Levine |

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: A Broken Promise

Just over two years after the first applicants of the PSLF became eligible for loan forgiveness, 99% of processed applications for forgiveness have been rejected.

Pete Levine |

Gov. Murphy Discusses His Middle Class Plan at NJ Town Hall

Gov. Phil Murphy discussed his plan to strengthen the middle class with an audience of working people, including members of AFSCME New Jersey.

Kathleen Cancio |

AFSCME Supports IDEA Full Funding Act

The IDEA Full Funding Act would ensure that every child with a disability has sufficient access to educational opportunities.

Pete Levine |

84 School Employees in Ohio on Strike for Fair Wages, Insurance

Lacking a contract for almost two years, OAPSE members working at Claymont City Schools in Ohio have gone on strike.

OAPSE Staff |

In Florida’s Manatee County, A Strong Contract Underscores Worker Power

Support staff at one Florida school system won a historic contract.

AFSCME Florida |

AFSCME Joins ‘Fund Our Future’ Campaign in Support of Quality Public Education

The ambitious new effort launched by the American Federation of Teachers seeks high-quality public education for all.

AFSCME Staff |

Standing Strong with Oakland Teachers

AFSCME in Northern California is standing in solidarity with striking teachers in Oakland. Find out why.

Jashua Bane |

AFSCME Stands in Solidarity with West Virginia Teachers

They struck on Tuesday and into Wednesday, marshaling 30,000 educators and allies to speak out against that state Senate’s education bill.

Pete Levine |

Child Care Workers Stand Together for Better Early Education

“Having a union means the state agencies can’t just do whatever they want. We are part of an organization that knows the rules and helps providers."

Jashua Bane |

AFSCME Supports Bill to Rebuild America’s Schools

The Rebuild America’s Schools Act would invest $100 billion to create over 1.9 million jobs by addressing critical physical and digital infrastructure needs in schools.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Parents Rejoice as Teachers Secure Win to Improve Education

The teachers went on strike to highlight the many ways in which their students were being shortchanged.

Jashua Bane |

AFSCME Members Join CA Teachers on Picket Line

The teachers, members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), are standing up for high-quality education in their city, demanding, among other things, adequate class sizes, necessary support staff and fair pay.

AFSCME Staff |

Unions Push for “Grade A” Paid Parental Leave

The long-term goal is for all workers–union and non-union, public and private sector–to have access to paid family leave.

Elissa McBride |

University of California Employees Mulling Second Strike of the Year

The strike vote, set for later this month, follows a three-day walkout by 53,000 UC workers last May over their employer's outsourcing practices.

AFSCME Local 3299 |