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A Summer Protest for Fair Wages, Health Care and Adequate Staffing

Summer time is protest time in upstate New York. Workers at Auburn Community Hospital are going public with their demands for a fair contract – and they have community support.

AARON GALLANT, AFSCME District Council 66 |

S-T McBride at PA Hospital Rally: ‘We Don’t Put Corporate Greed over Human Need’

Putting profits over public health is just plain wrong, AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride said at last week’s Rally to Save Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia.

Sara Haas |

At Last. Congress Authorizes Permanent 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Congress has authorized permanent funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund after years of efforts by survivors and other advocates, including AFSCME members.

Pete Levine |

Pharmacists at Kaiser Hawaii Choose to Build Power Through AFSCME

At least 100 pharmacists at Kaiser Hawaii in Honolulu have joined forced with UNAC/UHCP.

Jashua Bane |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Paid Parental Leave – Negotiated by Workers For Workers Through Their Unions

Union jobs gave Amanda and Justin Aurelius something priceless last year: Time off together with their new baby and toddler son.

AFSCME Council 5 |

A Guiding Light for New Jersey’s Blind

“The first thing I do is just listen to them,” says Cynthia King. “I find out how their vision loss came about, what their needs are."

Pete Levine |

Oregon Behavioral Health Workers Vote Overwhelmingly to Join AFSCME

They become the latest in a wave of therapists, case managers, peers, support staff and other dedicated care providers who are uniting through AFSCME’s United We Heal campaign to fix a broken system.

Mark McCullough |

AFSCME Supports Bill Curbing Workplace Violence

The bill would help protect hospital, psychiatric, behavioral health care, EMS workers and others by requiring the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to issue a federal worker-protection standard.

Pete Levine |

“A Struggle Our Union Has Been Waging for Decades”

AFSCME President Lee Saunders and Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride joined University of California strikers in their fight against outsourcing, wage inequality and more.

AFSCME Staff |

Contract Negotiations Underway, Workers at UMass Memorial Excited and Hopeful

“I think it’s exciting that we’re going to be able to share our input with the administration and I’m hoping that we’ll reach an agreement.”

Pablo Ros |

MD Behavioral Health Workers Organize to Save Jobs, Block Unfair Relocation

Maryland behavioral health care workers banded together and successfully fought a proposal to relocate their jobs.

Katie Moy-Santos |

NYC’s Public Health Network Agrees to Convert Many Temps to FT Jobs

After months of intense negotiations, the union has inked a deal with NYC Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H) that sharply curbs the agency’s reliance on temporary agency workers.

Diane S. Williams, DC 37 |

Oregon VOA Members Win First Contract

Workers at an Oregon behavioral health facility won their first contract after a tough fight.

Ross Grami, Oregon AFSCME |

AFSCME-Backed Student-Loan Bill Passes House

An important AFSCME-backed student loan repayment bill has cleared the U.S. House.

AFSCME Staff |

For This Behavioral Health Professional, Being Part of a Strong Union Is Key

Being part of a strong union, Mike Yestramski says, is key to his ability to provide quality behavioral health services.

Pablo Ros |

Hospital Workers in D.C. Vote Overwhelmingly to Join AFSCME

Workers at Providence Hospital in the nation’s capital have decided to join together in a union to gain a voice in their workplace.

AFSCME Staff |

Florida Local Uses Strong Contract to Save Jobs and Fix Workplace Problems

Thanks to a strong contract, a Florida local was able to save jobs and fix other workplace problems.

Mark McCullough |