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This Year on 9/11, We Finally Live Up to Our Promise to Help Those Who Never Quit

As we observe the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Congress has finally authorized permanent funding for first responders and others who became ill after working at the World Trade Center on that tragic day.

AFSCME Staff |

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 |

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 |

Court Case Threatens Health Care for Millions

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

Pete Levine |

Former Iowa Nurse Speaks Up for Union Bill in Congress

A former Iowa nurse and AFSCME member who was attacked on the job supports congressional legislation that would protect union rights.

Pablo Ros |

Following Attack, AFSCME Iowa Nurse Speaks Out for Safe Workplaces

"They refused to let my co-workers donate vacation days to help me make it through. They refused my request for unpaid time off once my paid sick time ran out. And finally, they fired me."

AFSCME Staff |

Council 31 Members Make Gains in the Fight for Workplace Safety

AFSCME Council 31 members who work for Illinois’ Department of Corrections and Department of Juvenile Justice successfully used their union contract.

AFSCME Council 31 |

Protecting Nurses During National Nurses Week

Under the Workplace Violence Prevention bill, which was re-introduced in Congress earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would require employers to develop and implement plans to prevent on-the-job violence.

Kathleen Cancio, Pete Levine |

Prisons Can Become Safer Through Collective Bargaining

OCSEA members who work at the Ross facility sat down with management to discuss improving safety measures in the workplace.

Pablo Ros |

Injured on the Job, Corrections Officer Links Safety with Collective Bargaining Rights

The day after he was released from a hospital, a bruised and swollen Kelvin Chung told a state Senate committee that state employees like him need collective bargaining rights to advocate for safety on the job.

Cyndy Hernandez |

We Can Do More for Worker Safety

Workers Memorial Day is this Sunday, April 28, when we honor workers killed or injured on the job.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Supports Bill to Ensure Permanent Funding for 9/11 Responders

AFSCME is urging Congress to pass legislation to ensure permanent funding of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

AFSCME Staff |

Bill Aims to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers

A bill backed by AFSCME members would reduce workplace violence faced by health care and social service workers.

Kathleen Cancio |

An AFSCME Strong Victory for Injured CT Police Officers

Connecticut cops earn back pay after working through their union.

Larry Dorman, AFSCME Council 4 |

AFSCME Supports Bill Curbing Workplace Violence

The bill would help protect hospital, psychiatric, behavioral health care, EMS workers and others by requiring the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to issue a federal worker-protection standard.

Pete Levine |

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 |

OCSEA Responds to Fentanyl Exposure in Ohio Prison

Workers at Ohio’s Ross Correctional Institution were exposed to a mix of the powerful opioid fentanyl and heroin on Wednesday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OCSEA, AFSCME International Staff |

Corrections Officer Laid to Rest

“We will not let Joseph Gomm die in vain. We want to ensure that every person who works in corrections can come home safely, and that we can keep our institutions and communities safe."

AFSCME Council 5 |

Remembering Joe Patterson of Ohio Council 8

Patterson will be remembered for many things, but his fellow firefighters and emergency medical technicians remember him as a mentor and as a man who could lift everyone’s spirits.

AFSCME Council 8 |