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AFSCME Members in Texas Ready to Defend their Union Freedoms

The Texas governor is setting the agenda for a special session with 19 items that will include Senate Bill 7 and its companion House Bill 156 to eliminate dues deductions for unions.

Namita Waghray |

Families Worry about Vital Services and Jobs; NJ Gov. Christie Headed to the Beach

AFSCME New Jersey members are fighting to make sure that state workers affected by a brief – and needless – government shutdown get paid in full.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

2 Unions Work Together to Win for Working Families

As we face a wave of unprecedented attacks on our workplace rights, AFSCME members in Florida are trying a new approach to secure electoral success.

Mark McCullough |

Paid Leave is an Investment in Working Families, but Trump’s Plan Falls Short

Trump’s meager plan for paid family leave “falls far short of what most working Americans need,” congressional Democrats write. We agree.

Clyde Weiss |

Illinois Finally Has a State Budget

Walking back from the brink of fiscal chaos, Illinois finally has a state budget after two years of operating without one.

David Kreisman |

The Right Wing Distorts ‘Freedom’

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders responds to a right-wing critic who distorted the meaning of what “freedom” means to working people.

Lee Saunders |

What Janus v. AFSCME is Really About

The leader of AFSCME Council 31 in Illinois explains what the Illinois-based case Janus v. AFSCME is really about.

Roberta Lynch, executive director, AFSCME Council 31 |

Who Fights for the Freedom of American Workers? Unions Do

Unions fight for the freedoms of working people, not corporations. But a court case threatens to undermine that struggle.

Lee Saunders |
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On the Record: Freedom

Freedom means more than making a living. It means the ability to financially support your family and have time to be there for them.

AFSCME Local 2629 Lay Their Cards on the Table

AFSCME Strong trumps right-to-work in Kentucky, where members let the city of Louisville know they stand together.

Lisa Martin |

Despite Hostile Environment, Nevada State Workers Win Raises

Despite huge challenges, members of AFSCME Local 4041 in Nevada secured important victories in this year’s legislative session, including the first pay raises in almost a decade.

Pablo Ros |

AFSCME Launches Campaign to Honor Dr. King, 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strikers

AFSCME is launching a campaign of education and activism to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis.

Clyde Weiss |

AFSCME Members Secure Big Victories in Texas

In Texas, AFSCME members secured a trifecta of victories.

Namita Waghray |

AFSCME Defeats Raft of Bad Bills Filed in NM

“Our union is taking action,” said Council 18 president Casey Padilla, referring to AFSCME’s successful efforts to stop anti-worker proposals from becoming law in New Mexico. “We're speaking up politically on behalf of workers.”

Carter Bundy and Kevin Brown |

Living Paycheck to Paycheck Gets Harder When the Boss Doesn’t Pay You Right

Shortchanging Maryland state workers will cost the boss. Read on to find out more.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Council 4 Members Fight Back to Protect Collective Bargaining in Connecticut

Connecticut public workers fought off more than 100 attempts to cut their collective bargaining rights.

Larry Dorman, Council 4 |

The AFSCME Difference: How Thousands of Workers Are Finding Their Voice

At a time of growing economic and political uncertainty, thousands of public service workers across the country are joining with AFSCME to gain a voice.

Pablo Ros |

New Jersey’s Local 3779-D Achieves a Milestone — 100% Membership

AFSCME members in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, achieve rare milestone – 100 percent membership.

John Noonan |

FL State Workers Getting First Real Raise in 11 Years – Thanks to AFSCME

Thousands of state employees in Florida are getting their first real raises in 11 years, and they have AFSCME Florida to thank for it.

Mark McCullough |

At a Time of Change, She Was a Voice for Her Local

Jackie Spanjers, a nurse at Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center in Minnesota, is retiring after 21 years of service. During a challenging time for workers at the mental health treatment center, she was a voice for her local.

Pablo Ros |