For Immediate Release
Contact: Nick Voutsinos

Thousands of public service workers set to gather in Philadelphia for AFSCME’s 45th International Convention

From Monday, July 11, to Friday, July 15, thousands of members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) will gather in Philadelphia for the union’s 45th International Convention.

“For the first time since the pandemic began, AFSCME members from around the country will be able to come together in person to chart our union’s path forward at this pivotal moment for the labor movement and working people,” said AFSCME President Lee Saunders. “While AFSCME members continued to do the essential work that keeps our communities running, they negotiated some of our best contracts ever, organized with renewed energy, helped carve a path to a seat at the table for thousands of working people and turned out to elect the most pro-worker administration in generations. This provides the inspiration for this year’s convention theme: ‘All Together.’ And together in Philadelphia, we will continue to demonstrate what it means to be AFSCME Strong.”

Several influential leaders in labor, politics and government will join AFSCME members at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, including AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and more.

This year’s convention comes after four years of continuous victories for AFSCME. Despite major challenges, members have fought for – and won – expanded collective bargaining rights in Colorado, Nevada, California and Virginia. And AFSCME has opened up new avenues of organizing, with robust growth at museums, libraries and cultural institutions, through Cultural Workers United (CWU).

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