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AFSCME President Lee Saunders Welcomes Acosta Resignation

While the resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta comes as welcome news to workers, it highlights the Trump administration’s consistent theme of chaos over quality.

AFSCME Staff |

States, Cities Tackling Minimum Wage, Congress Trying to Catch Up

States and localities are ahead of Congress on raising the minimum wage up to $15 an hour. The last time Congress raised the federal minimum wage – from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour – was 10 years ago this month.

Jay Hutchison |

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 |
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AFSCME is on a Roll

AFSCME is notching victories coast to coast and is energized by pro-worker momentum from state houses to Congress. A year after the Janus v. AFSCME ruling, the wind is at our backs.

Lee Saunders |

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 |

Iowa Rep. Abby Finkenauer Shared Ideas@AFSCME

Rep. Abby Finkenauer, who was elected last fall to serve Iowa's First Congressional District, joined AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride to talk about the effect of collective bargaining on Iowans and discuss why she stands with AFSCME.

Jay Hutchison |

Proposals in Congress Would Allow More Workers to Form Unions

The Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act will give workers more freedom to join unions.

AFSCME Staff |

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 |

Fight for Collective Bargaining Had Able Foot Soldiers – State Workers Themselves

Local 4041 members who played such an important role in winning collective bargaining rights will continue to lead the way to ensuring state employees have the needed resources to improve state services for the people of Nevada.

Cyndy Hernandez |
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'A Bold and Historic Step'

Watch as AFSCME President Lee Saunders explains why giving Nevada state workers collective bargaining rights is a “bold and historic step.

AFSCME Staff |

Nevada State Employees Gain Collective Bargaining Rights

When Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed Senate Bill 135 on Wednesday, Nevada state employees officially won collective bargaining rights for the first time ever.

AFSCME Staff |

A President’s Empty Promises

Though he claimed to be a champion of workers, President Donald Trump has proven to be an ally of corporations and wealthy special interests.

Pete Levine |

House Committee Rebukes FLRA Chair for Anti-Union Bias

The head of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), Colleen Duffy Kiko, faced strong criticism this week at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Welcomes New Mental Health Care Providers in Washington

A dozen mental health practitioner leads and mental health practitioner clinical specialists at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center joined AFSCME to tackle the issues of discrimination, safety and fair pay.

JUSTINE WINNIE, COUNCIL 28 & AFSCME INTERNATIONAL STAFF |

A Proud Day for Delaware

State workers from all over Delaware filed into Gov. John Carney’s office to witness him signing into law a bill that protects public sector unions and allows more state employees to collectively bargain for higher wages.

Sara Haas |

Union Momentum Grows: 20,000 Nevada State Employees to Gain Collective Bargaining Rights

Twenty thousand Nevada state employees are earning a seat at the table after the legislature passed a collective bargaining bill over the weekend.

AFSCME Staff |

UMass Memorial Hospital Workers Win Big with New Contract

This victory for our AFSCME sisters and brothers in Worcester, Massachusetts, was possible thanks to their strong union and a collaborative relationship with hospital management in which workers’ voices are taken seriously.

AFSCME Staff |

Behavioral Health Workers Closer to Winning Full Funding of Student Loan Repayment Program

Establishing and funding this new loan repayment program, part of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, is a priority for AFSCME’s United We Heal campaign.

Mark McCullough |

Nevada State Workers Rally for a Voice on the Job

Nevada state workers were joined by members of the Culinary Union Local 226 for a rally in support of Senate Bill 135, which will extend collective bargaining rights to state employees.

Cyndy Hernandez |

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 |