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Fourth Unit of NV State Workers Win Recognition as AFSCME

The momentum continues. A fourth unit of Nevada state workers has been certified to collectively bargain with the state as AFSCME.

Cyndy Hernandez |

Statewide Rallies Spur Pay Raise Proposals for Florida State Workers

Florida state workers, who are chronically underpaid and overworked, held massive rallies throughout the state demanding pay raises – and the legislature listened.

Mark McCullough, AFSCME International, and Kelly Benjamin, AFSCME Florida |

Virginia Collective Bargaining Bill Would Lead to Better Public Services

AFSCME and other labor unions are pushing for public service workers in Virginia to get collective bargaining rights.

AFSCME Staff |

Maryland Members Seek Fair Treatment from Gov. Hogan

AFSCME Maryland members rallied in Annapolis this week to send Gov. Larry Hogan a strong message that they need fair pay and safer staffing.

AFSCME Staff |

Nevada Members Oppose Overtime Rule Changes – And Workers Win

AFSCME Nevada members fought off an attempt by the state to change an overtime rule in a way that would’ve hurt many state employees.

Cyndy Hernandez |

Council 3 Demands Action on Staffing Crisis after Summer of No Answers

Maryland members are demanding solutions to a widespread state worker staffing crisis from Gov. Larry Hogan and the legislature.

Sara Haas, AFSCME International and Katie Moy-Santos, AFSCME Council 3 |

The Financial Consultant Who Ruins State Budgets

Read about a budget consultant who’s infamous for shrinking budgets at the cost of essential public services.

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 |

Alaskans Brace for ‘Draconian’ Budget Cuts

Alaskans will be hurt by their governor’s budget cuts, which will devastate public services.

Jashua Bane |

Council 13 Members Ratify Four-Year Contract with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Signed, sealed and delivered. A new four-year contract has been approved by tens of thousands of public service workers employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

WILLIAM KAUFFMAN, AFSCME COUNCIL 13 |

New Era in Illinois: State Workers Secure Fair Contract

In an unmistakable sign that a new era has dawned in Illinois, state workers have secured a fair, new contract from Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration.

AFSCME Council 31 |
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AFSCME California Members Strike Again to Protest Outsourcing by UC

Watch video of the latest strike against the University of California.

Jashua Bane |

Because They Never Quit, Florida Workers Won Back Pay Case

Members and retirees of AFSCME Local 161 never quit, and now they’ve won a back pay case with an $800,000 settlement.

Mark McCullough |

New Budget Recognizes Those Taking on New Mexico’s Biggest Challenges

With a labor-friendly governor and legislature in place, working people in New Mexico won big in the new state budget.

AFSCME Staff |

Behavioral Health Members Hold Lobby Day in Oregon

Behavioral health workers are building political power in Oregon. They’re pushing state legislators to adopt policies and programs to benefit the people they serve.

Mark McCullough |

Survivors of Fallen Member Gain Health Coverage Thanks to AFSCME

Deceased AFSCME member Robert Scully’s family now has health insurance, thanks to Local 2960.

Jashua Bane |

Victory! Atlanta Local Defeats Airport Takeover Bill

The bill would’ve allowed the state to take over operations of the world’s busiest airport.

Antonio Lewis |

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 |

Atlanta Local Fights Airport Takeover Bill

Members of AFSCME Local 1644 want the world’s busiest airport to remain in the city’s hands.

Antonio Lewis |