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Paying it Forward in Parma

Never Quit Award Winner Annie Hoffman brings a laugh and a smile to her students’ and co-workers’ faces.

Pete Levine |

Child Care Workers Stand Together for Better Early Education

“Having a union means the state agencies can’t just do whatever they want. We are part of an organization that knows the rules and helps providers."

Jashua Bane |

Unionized Child Care Workers March Up ‘Canyon Of Heroes’ Demanding Wage Equality

Early childhood educators and other staff in New York City held a large rally to speak out about getting paid less than their peers.

G.L. Tyler, District Council 1707 (New York) |

PA Child Care Providers Push for Fair Funding

In Philadelphia, AFSCME members are demanding adequate state funding for child care and early education.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Somali Refugee Is Like a Mother to Her Community

AFSCME member Hawo Gurey survived a civil war, lived in an African refugee camp and finally made it to Minnesota, where she is now a mother to her community.

Omar Tewfik |

PA Child Care Providers Stepped up and Kids are Better for It

Determined to fight for Pennsylvania’s children, AFSCME’s child care professionals worked hard in the state legislature to increase child care funding. They succeeded. But the real winners were the children.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Foster Home Shortage Hurting Kids, Workers in MN

AFSCME-represented child protection workers in Minnesota are finding it harder to place abused and neglected children in foster homes — even as the number of kids in the foster care system keeps going up.

Lynette Kalsnes, Minnesota Council 5 |

PA Child Care Workers Fight for Kids

Pennsylvania child care providers underscored that our children are our future and demanded more funding for children’s services at a recent rally.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

President Trump’s Hollow Education Executive Order

President Donald Trump’s executive order on education is a shallow initiative that threatens protections for America’s public school students while doing nothing to help them.

Pete Levine |

Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary Deserves an ‘F’ in Education

Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos has no serious qualifications for that job and supports privatization of education. We say ‘no’ to DeVos.

Clyde Weiss |

Child Care Services Are Worth a Living Wage

It’s time that we recognize the immense value of child care providers.

Olivia Sandbothe |

“We Have to Keep on Building This Union … We Can Never Give Up”

Working with special needs children, Park says her voice on the job has made it possible for her to advocate for the education and care her students need.

Pablo Ros |

Contract Ratification Boosts School Employees

AFSCME Florida Local 1184 contract ratification campaign nets economic and union-building improvements for Miami-Dade Public School employees.

Mark McCullough |

Workers Shed Light on an Out-of-Balance Economy

Pittsburgh-area union leaders and members are on hand to launch a public awareness campaign about the need to strengthen Pittsburgh’s middle class.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Child Care Providers Seek Voice

For Minnesota child care provider Lisa Thompson, having a union means having a voice to advocate for quality child care.

John Noonan |