Just as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for economic and racial justice, so do AFSCME members today. With strength and solidarity, we honor his legacy through action.
Let’s stand together to reaffirm our commitment to justice. We will Never Quit.
Thank you for honoring our union history
This month, tens of thousands of workers and their allies joined together in Memphis, Tennessee, for I AM 2018, a nationwide campaign to advance social and economic justice by drawing on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike.
Please join us. Even if you couldn’t travel to Memphis, you can take part in this historic moment.
Such a short but powerful statement says that you're not going to let powerful interests rob working families of their freedom to join strong unions. Your recording will be a part of a chorus of workers who know that the fight for freedom has only just begun.
Sisters and brothers: We need to speak up together to secure our future.
With an overwhelming vote, American Red Cross workers in AFSCME Local 3931 (Council 5) have ratified their first contract, winning higher starting pay, across-the-board increases, consistent and collaborative work schedules and a fair grievance process.
The agreement, ratified July 31, runs through September 2018 and guarantees rights and benefits for nearly 300 phlebotomists, couriers, material coordinators and other front-line workers across Minnesota, western Wisconsin and eastern South Dakota.
“My co-workers and I organized with AFSCME to gain a voice at work,” said Michael Peterson, Collection Tech III and a member of the negotiating team. “In our very first contract, we made significant improvements.”
He went on to say, “A big issue with us was constantly changing schedules and inconsistent hours. We won language that requires our employer to provide a three-week notice of schedule changes and to form a scheduling advisory group to collaboratively work on weekend, holiday and out-of-district scheduling.”
Local 3931 is part of a national coalition of labor unions that entered into an agreement with the American Red Cross called the National Addendum. The agreement provides rights and protections for Red Cross workers across the country and contains language preventing Red Cross managers from discouraging their employees from forming unions.
Red Cross workers voted last October to join Local 3931 following a comprehensive organizing campaign by Council 5 and local Red Cross workers.