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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 |

S-T McBride at PA Hospital Rally: ‘We Don’t Put Corporate Greed over Human Need’

Putting profits over public health is just plain wrong, AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride said at last week’s Rally to Save Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia.

Sara Haas |

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 |

AFSCME Retirees Charge Up to The Hill During Retiree Council Meeting

During their annual Retiree Council Meeting, AFSCME Retirees went to Capitol Hill in force to step up and speak up.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Supports Repeal of Regressive Tax on Health Benefits

AFSCME applauded the House of Representatives for voting to repeal a regressive health tax that is part of the ACA and would make it harder for working families to afford quality health care.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Members Urge Congress to Pay for Behavioral Health Clinics

Last week, the health subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on several critical health care bills facing funding shortfalls.

Mark McCullough |

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 Remembers Wanda Riley

We mourn the death of longtime AFSCME Council 28 member Wanda Riley, an activist particularly known for her fight for single-payer health care.

Justine Winnie, AFSCME Council 28 |

Fight is on to Save Alaska Psychiatric Institute

ASEA members are fighting the newly elected governor’s plan to privatize the Alaska Psychiatric Institute. We want it to remain under taxpayer control.

ASEA Staff |

Bipartisanship Prevails as Congress Passes Funding for Mental Health Providers

Behavioral health clinics in Oregon and Oklahoma will remain open past March 31 thanks to a House bill that passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support.

Mark McCullough |

Oregon Graduate Researchers Working Toward First Contract

First was the fight to unionize. Now some Oregon graduate students are putting together their first contract.

David Kreisman |

We Support Bill to Renew Mental Health and Addiction Services

Called the “Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act,” it seeks to expand past efforts by the federal government to respond to the increasing demand for mental health and substance use disorder services across the country.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Retirees Gained 100% Support for Retiree Rx Plan from MD Senate; House is Next

“The bottom line is that this elimination of benefits would be unaffordable to some retirees and confusing to many."

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

The Affordable Care Act Is Not Jenga. It’s Not a Game. Period.

The country will suffer – and working people especially so – if higher courts side with a Texas federal judge and rule that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

Pablo Ros |

Fierce Unity and Determination Mark Contract Win for Southern Illinois County Workers

Members of AFSCME Local 2464 (Council 31), county workers from Southern Illinois’ Jackson County, won a new union contract with fair pay and affordable health care.

Nell McNamara, AFSCME Council 31 |

DC 37 and the City Agree on Unlimited Paid Sick Leave for 9/11 Heroes

After weeks of intense negotiations, the union won a landmark victory for our 9/11 first responders and other members who worked at the World Trade Center site during the rescue, recovery and cleanup.

Mike Lee, DC 37 |

“Junk” Insurance Plans Could Weaken Affordable Care Act Protections

With these junk plans, insurers are permitted to screen for, and charge more for, pre-existing conditions.

Pete Levine |

Maryland Retirees Call on the Governor to Keep the State’s Promise to Them

“It is of a moral imperative that Governor Hogan act now to protect the dignity of the thousands of Marylanders who dedicated their lives and careers to public service.”

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

For Working Women, This is Not a Close Call

The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh spells bad news for working women.

Elissa McBride |

The Affordable Care Act Is Eight Years Old and More Popular than Ever

Eight years ago today, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. The law has never been as popular as it is today.

Pablo Ros |