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Never Quit Award Winner Says an Informed Public Makes for a Stronger Democracy

“Terry” Kraus is the agency historian at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a winner of AFSCME’s Never Quit Service Award. One of her colleagues described her as a “one-stop, one-person shop for information on the agency.”

Pablo Ros |

Never Quit Awardee Did Outstanding Work in Hurricane’s Aftermath

Ana Candelario was named the 2018 AFSCME Never Quit Service Award winner at AFSCME 43rd International Convention in Boston this month.

AFSCME Staff |

Dania Beach Members Hold Management Accountable for Promised Raise

Without a union, you are fighting on your own against the very people who can make or break your job.

Mark McCullough |

Speak Up Now to Stop Trump’s Nominee to the Supreme Court!

We deserve a Supreme Court that protects the rights of all Americans, not just the wealthy and powerful. We deserve a court that holds the president and Congress accountable. Contact your senators and tell them to stop Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.

AFSCME Staff |

Dividing Workers into Camps is a Right-Wing Plot, not the AFSCME Way

AFSCME is committed to representing everyone in a workplace, not just those who pay union dues.

AFSCME Staff |

Standing with Federal Workers Against the White House’s Attacks

Wednesday is #RedforFeds day. Wear red to show solidarity for federal government workers whose rights are being threatened.

Pete Levine |

Mark Janus Quits Public Service Job to Serve Big-Money Special Interests

He announced he is quitting his state job as a child support specialist to join the Illinois Policy Institute as a “senior fellow.”

Pablo Ros |

Under Attack, Our Union Grows Stronger

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride and four AFSCME activists on Thursday discussed best practices for growing our union while fighting attacks from anti-worker interests.

AFSCME Staff |

When Anti-Union Operatives Attack With Lies, AFSCME Fights Back With the Truth

“When the Freedom Foundation came knocking, our members trusted me and other union representatives to tell it to them straight."

AFSCME Staff |
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Who's Behind Attacks on Working People?

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We Organize Together. We Win Together.

“We must inspire hope in the weary and the fearful. Now more than ever, we must ask our co-workers questions that stir them up and challenge them to take action: Will we have the power we need to improve our lives if we are not united?”

AFSCME Staff |
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Honoring the Giants of AFSCME’s Past

A poignant retrospective charted the lives and careers of the past AFSCME leaders.

AFSCME Staff |
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We've Got Plenty of Fight

"In a democracy, in a democracy with good union strength and skill and organizing power … we the people will win out."

AFSCME Staff |
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We Are AFSCME

“But if they think we’re going to roll over, if they think this is going to slow us down or shut us up, if they think we’re going to let five unelected men in robes steal our freedom, they’ve got a big surprise coming."

AFSCME Staff |
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UNION

There is nothing we can’t do when we rise up to meet our challenges together. #RiseUpAFSCME

Rise Up and Take Action

Paul Blujus, a CSEA (New York state) member, talked an Oregon member into sticking with his union and convinced him to reject the lies and misinformation being spread by the anti-union group, the Freedom Foundation.

Southern California Nurse is First to Register

“We’re very excited to be here to support the labor movement in fighting for worker rights,” said Zackos. “This is a really significant time in our history."

AFSCME Staff |

For Working Women, This is Not a Close Call

The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh spells bad news for working women.

Elissa McBride |
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‘A Form of Identity Theft’

When a corporate front group misused an AFSCME Council 31 member’s photo, she called the group out on it.

AFSCME Council 31 |

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) |

New Member Explains Why She Joined Her Union After the Janus Ruling

A must-read column from a new member of AFSCME Council 31 who explains why she converted from being a fee payer to a full union member – after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.

Erika Holst, AFSCME Council 31 |

A Long, Hard-Earned Victory for Bay Area Community College Workers

Support staff at one California community college district are celebrating a strong contract that followed an arduous negotiating process.

Jashua Bane |

Remembering Joe Patterson of Ohio Council 8

Patterson will be remembered for many things, but his fellow firefighters and emergency medical technicians remember him as a mentor and as a man who could lift everyone’s spirits.

AFSCME Council 8 |

Camden County Library Workers Ratify Contract After a Year of Activism

“Being really public about our value and doing community outreach to educate folks on what the library really does was so important, but what really turned it around for us was unity."

Jocelyn Alcox, AFSCME New Jersey |

Don’t Believe the Lies, AFSCME Remains Strong

The corporate interests who brought you the Janus ruling are launching their next phase.

AFSCME Staff |

‘The Labor Movement is Bigger Than One Supreme Court Decision’

AFSCME President Lee Saunders in a USA TODAY column about the Janus ruling: “The labor movement is bigger than one Supreme Court decision.”

Lee Saunders |
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We're Fighting Back

AFSCME Council 31 member Stephen Mittons breaks down the Janus decision: The Supreme Court has sided with the billionaires to weaken our voices on the job.

Supreme Court Sides with Billionaires Over Working People

The U.S. Supreme Court today sided with powerful CEOs, billionaires and corporate special interests against public service workers and everyday working people by issuing an adverse ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.

AFSCME Staff |

Road Tripping to Graduation

To celebrate his AFSCME Free College graduation, John Caudell journeyed from Hawaii to Ohio, where his graduation ceremony was held.

Pete Levine |

Poor People’s Campaign Spotlights Those Left Behind

Learn how the latest Poor People’s Campaign sheds light on how much progress must still be made, 50 years after MLK’s original campaign.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Co-Signs Human Rights Complaint, Calls Out Trump’s ‘Inhumane’ Policy

AFSCME has co-signed a complaint to the United Nations in response to the Trump administration’s inhumane policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Pablo Ros |

Far from Draining Budgets, Public Pensions Generate Public Revenue

A new report by the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems uses data to show that “reducing or even dismantling public pension benefits will ultimately backfire.”

AFSCME Staff |

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 |

Strong Relationships, Member Solidarity Net Strong Contract in Northern CA

Workers at the East Bay Municipal Utility District in northern California have won a new contract that is a testament to what public service workers can accomplish when they join together under a union.

Martin Ricard, AFSCME Council 57 |

AFSCME-Backed Student-Loan Bill Passes House

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

AFSCME Staff |

MA Local Blocks School Bus Service Privatization Scheme

One Massachusetts local blocked a misguided plan to privatize bus services offered by the public school district.

John Killoy, AFSCME Council 93 |

Why Minnesota’s Growth Outpaces Wisconsin’s: A Case for a Progressive Agenda

Why are working families doing better in Minnesota than in Wisconsin? A new report explains why.

Pete Levine |

‘We Wouldn’t Have Anything If It Weren’t for Our Union’

Only by joining together in a union can public service workers stand up to those who want to take away their fair pay and benefits and wreck their retirement and health care security.

Pablo Ros |

MN Gov Signs Pension Bill

Thanks to a new pension law, public worker pensions in Minnesota have been shored up for decades to come.

AFSCME Council 5 |

AFSCME Stands with Federal Workers to Challenge Trump Executive Order

AFSCME is joining a lawsuit filed by a federal employee union to fight back against the Trump administration’s attacks on federal workers.

AFSCME Staff |
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