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.
In the dead of night, the U.S. Senate passed a bill designed to enrich corporations and the super-wealthy by taking vital services and income from hardworking Americans. The bill would raise taxes on 87 million working families while billionaires get massive tax breaks. Senior citizens will be confronted with more than $400 billion in cuts to Medicare. Health care will become a mere memory for the 13 million working people expected to lose their health coverage.
Senate leaders brought a bill to the floor in the wee hours of Saturday. The bill, which passed by the narrowest of majorities, is a dream come true for the well-heeled corporate lobbyists who wrote it – more than 60 percent of the tax cuts go to the richest 1 percent. Who pays for it? Working families, seniors and kids.
Make no mistake: This bill reaches into nearly every aspect of the lives of regular people.
Having failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) despite repeated tries, Senate leaders sneaked language into the tax bill repealing a core provision known as the individual mandate. As a result, premiums are estimated to rise as much as $2,000 for each of the millions of working people who buy their ACA coverage on the individual market, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress. That will push some 13 million people into the ranks of the uninsured, especially older Americans and people with pre-existing conditions, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
Medicare, the health program for retired Americans, will take an estimated hit of $25 billion next year alone, and a total of $400 billion over the course of 10 years. Popular deductions that have helped generations of working families balance their checkbooks will disappear. That includes deductions for state and local income taxes and sales taxes.
The legislation rewards corporations that outsource jogs overseas by eliminating U.S. taxes on profits earned abroad. And, according to non-partisan experts, the Senate tax legislation increases the debt by more than $1.4 trillion. All this to enrich corporations and people who are already among the wealthiest in the world.
And that’s based just on what we know is in the bill as it currently exists. There’s so much we still don’t know. That’s because this legislation, voted on in the dead of night, is riddled with illegible, hand-written provisions backed up only by a lobbyist’s say-so and math done on the back of a cocktail napkin.
There is still time to stop this wholesale theft of the America we believe in, where all working people who play by the rules have freedom and opportunity – not just the rich and powerful.