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Offering Comfort Amidst the Cinders

Find out how Chico, California, social worker Lance Ferris, a member of AFSCME Local 2620 (Council 57) and the winner of a Never Quit Service Award, used his training to stem trauma and offer comfort after the Camp Fire.

Pete Levine |

Following Attack, AFSCME Iowa Nurse Speaks Out for Safe Workplaces

"They refused to let my co-workers donate vacation days to help me make it through. They refused my request for unpaid time off once my paid sick time ran out. And finally, they fired me."

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Members Urge Congress to Pay for Behavioral Health Clinics

Last week, the health subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on several critical health care bills facing funding shortfalls.

Mark McCullough |

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 |

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 |

ASEA Members Block Privatization of Alaska Psychiatric Institute

More than 200 Alaska State Employees Association (ASEA) members work at API as protective service workers, nurses and clinicians.

Jashua Bane |

During Mental Health Month, Hear the Voices of Behavioral Health Professionals

Through AFSCME, more than 50,000 behavioral health workers in 29 states across the country have a voice on the job, and more are joining every day.

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 |

On Capitol Hill, AFSCME Member Urges Congress to Renew Loan Repayment Program

Funding this new loan repayment program is an important way for Congress to show respect for the work we do and the people we serve.

Pablo Ros |

Fight is on to Save Alaska Psychiatric Institute

ASEA members are fighting the newly elected governor’s plan to privatize the Alaska Psychiatric Institute. We want it to remain under taxpayer control.

ASEA Staff |

Bipartisanship Prevails as Congress Passes Funding for Mental Health Providers

Behavioral health clinics in Oregon and Oklahoma will remain open past March 31 thanks to a House bill that passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support.

Mark McCullough |

Oregon Graduate Researchers Working Toward First Contract

First was the fight to unionize. Now some Oregon graduate students are putting together their first contract.

David Kreisman |

We Support Bill to Renew Mental Health and Addiction Services

Called the “Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act,” it seeks to expand past efforts by the federal government to respond to the increasing demand for mental health and substance use disorder services across the country.

AFSCME Staff |

Behavioral Health Members Are Becoming AFSCME Strong in Oregon

At 101 events across the state in January, Council 75’s weeklong blitz engaged 1,700 members, who did everything from talking to co-workers about the difference joining a union makes, to becoming active in their union, to increasing membership.

Mark McCullough |

AFSCME NJ Joins National Campaign to Elevate Behavioral Health Industry

The United We Heal campaign aims to build a strong and equitable behavioral health community that ensures workers have their voices protected.

Kathleen Cancio, Mark McCullough |

Bill Aims to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers

A bill backed by AFSCME members would reduce workplace violence faced by health care and social service workers.

Kathleen Cancio |

Workers at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Say They Are Determined to Unionize

With the help of their coworkers, they’ll continue to fight for a voice on the job.

Pablo Ros |