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The Racist Roots of Right to Work

Proponents of so-called “right to work” often use lofty language to sell their agenda, but the truth behind right to work is much uglier. It was started in the Jim Crow South of the 1940s by a self-described white supremacist.

Pablo Ros |

Elizabeth Guzman is an AFSCME Woman Who Made History

Virginia delegate and AFSCME member Elizabeth Guzman discussed her political career with AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride in the first event of the “AFSCME Women Making History” series.

Pablo Ros |

Public Employers Must Address Harassment Too

Unions have a track record of working with private sector employers on policies to curb sexual harassment in the workplace. AFSCME urges public service employers to do the same.

Lee Saunders, Elissa McBride |

Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case threatens worker freedom and safety

The Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 Supreme Court case threatens worker freedom and safety. Just ask Council 31 member Randy Clover.

Randy Clover, Council 31 |

OH Member: Janus Case Threatens Vulnerable State Residents

One of our Ohio members explains how the Janus case threatens the most vulnerable residents of her state.


A Contract Win Full of Firsts Fuels Growth for One AFSCME Florida Local

AFSCME Local 1584 won favorable terms and added new members during a hard-won fight to secure a new contract.

Mark McCullough |

Working People Mobilize on Day of Action

See the images from this past weekend, when hundreds of thousands of people participated in the Working People’s Day of Action.

AFSCME Staff |

Under Attack, Working People Across the Country Rise Up for Freedom

Tens of thousands of working people are speaking out for freedom as the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case brought by billionaires to prevent us from joining together in strong unions.

AFSCME Staff |

Join the Working People’s Day of Action. Join the Movement to Protect Our Freedom.

Join the Working People’s Day of Action tomorrow to protect our basic freedoms against attacks from wealthy and powerful interests.

Melissa Weinstein |

Black History Month: Bill Lucy Remembers ’68 Strike

As part of Black History Month, former AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Bill Lucy shared a firsthand account of 1968 strike.

Pete Levine |

Young Workers Are the Future of Labor – And the Future Is Now

A new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute shows that 76 percent of the nationwide increase in union membership in 2017 was made up of workers under 35.

Pablo Ros |

Public Service Workers to Supreme Court: Don’t Silence Our Voices

AFSCME and other public-service unions urge the Supreme Court not to silence the voices of workers.

AFSCME Staff |

California Nurses Bring a Better Hospital to their Community

New year, new contract for more than 700 AFSCME-represented nurses at a California hospital.

Justin Lee |

Moment of Silence Observed to Honor Sanitation Workers

The nation honored Echol Cole and Robert Walker for their sacrifices 50 years ago – and for changing the course of our history.

AFSCME Staff |

Nation Observes Moment of Silence to Honor Cole, Walker

The nation honored Echol Cole and Robert Walker for their sacrifices 50 years ago – and for changing the course of our history.

AFSCME Staff |

Tell Trump: Tips Are for Waiters, Not Bosses

Trump’s Labor Department wants to allow restaurant owners to keep the tips you leave for your waiter. That is, allow bosses to steal their employees’ wages.

AFSCME Staff |

Honoring Cole, Walker and the Sanitation Workers’ Strike

Across the country, working people honored two Memphis sanitation workers whose deaths triggered the historic 1968 sanitation workers’ strike.

AFSCME Staff |

Memories of Memphis

An AFSCME member who participated in the 1968 Memphis, Tennessee, sanitation workers’ strike vividly recalls the events of that seminal moment in our nation’s history.

AFSCME: Working People Not Buying Trump’s Speech

In response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, AFSCME President Lee Saunders said working families disagree with the chief executive’s assessment of their country and are unhappy with his track record.

Pablo Ros |

Join the Nationwide Moment of Silence

Cities across the country observe a moment of silence on February 1, honoring AFSCME sanitation workers and their historic strike.

Pete Levine |