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We Stand with UAW Workers on Strike

We stand in solidarity with the members of United Auto Workers. They went on strike against General Motors today, walking off their jobs and shutting down manufacturing plants, demanding a fair contract.

Pablo Ros |

AFSCME Women: Motivated, Mobilized and Leading the Way

We organize for rights and respect, and in 2020 we will organize to make sure people in public service have a say in the elections.

Pablo Ros |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Remembering Brother Baxter Leach, A 1968 Memphis Sanitation Striker

We celebrate the life of Brother Baxter Leach, a 1968 Memphis sanitation striker, who remained a labor and civil rights activist until his death this week.

AFSCME Staff |

Following Strike, AFSCME D.C.-Area Bus Drivers Celebrate New Contract

AFSCME-represented bus drivers in Northern Virginia took action and landed a new, worker-friendly contract.

AFSCME Staff |

Nevada COs First to File for Recognition Since Collective Bargaining Law

Nevada corrections staff want the state to recognize them as AFSCME – the first to seek such recognition this year.

Cyndy Hernandez |

Oregon Health and Science University Workers Stand Together for Respect

It was a massive show of strength as more than 1,400 people stood together for a fair contract for Oregon Health and Science University workers.

Jashua Bane |

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 |

Candidates Say Yes to Union Rights

Divided presidential candidates were united over one issue at AFSCME Public Service Forum.

Pablo Ros |

On the Road to the AFSCME Public Service Forum

Hear from workers who are heading from California to Nevada to attend the AFSCME Public Service Forum – what their expectations are, what they want candidates to focus on.

Erica Zeitlin, AFSCME District Council 36, AFSCME International Staff |

Candidates to Make Their Case for Public Services at AFSCME Forum

Public services will be the focus of a presidential candidate forum AFSCME is hosting on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Pete Levine |

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 |

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 |

Scalia’s Record Raises Questions About His Ability to Lead Labor Department

It’s unclear whether Eugene Scalia, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next labor secretary, has what it takes to be an advocate for working people.

AFSCME Staff |

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 |

We Applaud House Effort to Give Federal Employees Paid Leave

We applaud the House for passing a bill that would guarantee federal workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for their children or sick family members or to recover from serious medical problems.

Pablo Ros |