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The March on Washington was about Civil and Workers’ Rights

The 1963 March on Washington wasn’t just about civil rights. It was also about workers’ rights.

AFSCME STAFF |

Labor’s Hall of Honor or Hall of Shame?

The U.S. Labor Department says it will induct into its “Hall of Honor” a man who broke a labor union: former President Ronald Reagan.

Clyde Weiss |
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Union Scholars Program

Find out more about the Union Scholars Program at www.afscme.org/unionscholars.

AFSCME Union Scholars Build the Future of Labor

The AFSCME Union Scholars Program allows college juniors and seniors to learn firsthand about the labor movement.

Ray Inoue |

Why Joining a Strong Union Is the Way to Go

American workers have always done better when they join together in strong unions. A report out today reiterates that important point.

Pablo Ros |

A Candidate Who Will Fight for Working People: Elizabeth Guzman

Elizabeth Guzman, a member of AFSCME Virginia Local 3001, is up against an eight-term, anti-worker incumbent in the House of Delegates.

Clyde Weiss |

Minnesota Workers Save Plane Crash Victim

Two Minnesota public service workers saved the life of a pilot whose small plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

Lynette Kalsnes, AFSCME Minnesota Council 5 |

HOPE Trains Activists to Focus on Growth

HOPE in Houston is training its activists to focus on growth to combat the Texas Legislature’s anti-union fervor.

Namita Waghray |

Somali Refugee Is Like a Mother to Her Community

AFSCME member Hawo Gurey survived a civil war, lived in an African refugee camp and finally made it to Minnesota, where she is now a mother to her community.

Omar Tewfik |

On the Digital Information Highway, Librarians Never Stop Serving their Communities

Meet AFSCME-represented librarians in Portland, Oregon, who are working hard to bridge the digital divide in their community.

John Noonan |
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On The Record: Consent of the Governed

Elected representatives need to hold town hall meetings, and their constituents need to show up for them, making their voices heard. That’s democracy in action.

Connecticut State Workers Sacrifice for the Good of Their State

Connecticut public service workers sacrificed for the financial good of their state but also won key victories and protections for themselves in their new contract.

Larry Dorman |

AFSCME Facebook Groups Offer a New Way to Connect

With AFSCME Facebook groups, you can be a part of a conversation to swap stories, celebrate victories, and stay connected with other AFSCME members.

Pete Levine |

After Congress Fails, Trump Is Now Biggest Threat to Your Health Care

How dangerous are President Donald Trump’s threats to stop subsidies to insurers? We now know, thanks to a new report.

Pablo Ros |

Never Giving Up Nets FL Member 40K in Back Pay

The president of a Florida local fought – with AFSCME Florida’s help – and won $40,000 in back pay in a case that underscores a key benefit of joining our union.

Mark McCullough |

Lessons from Iowa

This past February, Iowa’s collective bargaining law was gutted. Learn how they’re standing up to take back what’s theirs.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Condemns the Hateful Acts in Charlottesville

AFSCME condemns the hatred and violence perpetrated by white nationalists this past weekend in Charlottesville.

Pete Levine |

Red Cross Workers in Midwestern Local Win First Contract

Success. About 300 Red Cross workers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota have secured their first contract.

Lisa Martin |

New England Advanced EMTs & Medics Secure Much-Deserved Raise

More than 100 AFSCME-represented medics and advanced EMTs who work for American Medical Response in New England are getting nice raises this week thanks to Local 4911’s tenacity.

Justin Lee |

Slashing Medicaid Would Devastate In-Home Care Patients and Providers

For 5 million Americans who receive home care and for the AFSCME members who provide that vital service, cuts and caps to Medicaid would have devastating consequences.

Omar Tewfik |

PA Child Care Providers Stepped up and Kids are Better for It

Determined to fight for Pennsylvania’s children, AFSCME’s child care professionals worked hard in the state legislature to increase child care funding. They succeeded. But the real winners were the children.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Furloughed NJ State Workers Will Get Paid, Thanks to AFSCME

New Jersey state workers who were needlessly furloughed will get back pay, thanks to the tireless advocacy by members of AFSCME New Jersey.

JOCELYN ALCOX and KEVIN HANES |

Springfield Housing Authority Workers Fight for Fair Wages, Better Contract

The fight for a fair contract continues at the Springfield, Ill., Housing Authority.

David Kreisman |

Custodial Heroes Save a Student’s Life

Custodial staff at a California college don’t just ably serve their institution; the AFSCME members recently prevented a student from committing suicide.

Ray Inoue |

Meet Iowa’s Next Governor

At its recent convention, Iowa AFSCME Council 61 announced its endorsement of State Sen. Nate Boulton for governor.

Pablo Ros |

Activists Share Ideas, Develop Best Practices to Strengthen AFSCME

At the first of many planned AFSCME activist exchanges, 18 activists shared ideas and strategies to strengthen our union.

Ashley Jenkins and Raju Chebium |

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Still Has No Foundation

How far has President Donald Trump’s plans on infrastructure progressed? So far, not much.

Ray Inoue |

Foster Home Shortage Hurting Kids, Workers in MN

AFSCME-represented child protection workers in Minnesota are finding it harder to place abused and neglected children in foster homes — even as the number of kids in the foster care system keeps going up.

Lynette Kalsnes, Minnesota Council 5 |

Threats Facing Working People and AFSCME’s Response

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders discusses the threats facing AFSCME members and working people everywhere and what our union is doing about it.

SPLINTERNEWS.COM |

July 31 was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

July 31 was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, when the earnings of African-American women since January 2016 finally caught up to the average pay earned by white men just in 2016.

Pablo Ros |

You Helped Defeat Trumpcare, Saving Millions of Lives. Thank You.

Working people won big this morning when right-wing politicians failed despite repeated attempts to take health care away from millions.

Pablo Ros |

Never Underestimate a Well-Run Ratification Campaign

When you win a good contract, it often speaks for itself. But what if pay is not something you can bargain over? In Jacksonville, members showed what a strong ratification campaign can look like for expanding our voice and our union.

Mark McCullough |

You Can Stop the Senate from Wrecking Our Health Care System

Yes, you can stop right-wing senators from wrecking our health care system. Call your senators now and tell them to vote no.

Raju Chebium |

Making the Case in MD: VMOs Engage and Succeed

A recent Volunteer Member Organizing blitz in western Maryland succeeded in converting at least 130 fee payers into full members.

Pete Levine |

Senate Votes to Proceed with Eyes Closed on Health Care

The U.S. Senate today voted to begin debate on a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has allowed tens of millions of Americans to afford health insurance.

Pablo Ros |

Democrats Announce ‘A Better Deal’ For Working People

President Donald Trump’s failure to focus on the problems of working people have left a vacuum on economic issues that Democrats will try to fill with a new plan called “A Better Deal.”

Pablo Ros |

This Member Doesn’t See Himself a Hero. Everyone Else Does

Traffic control maintenance worker John Marciel used his bravery and familiarity with traffic signs to save the life of a child.

Clyde Weiss |

Mind the Gap: Why Wage Growth is Falling Behind

The economy is improving but wages are flat. We explain why.

Ray Inoue |

House Budget Plan: A Blueprint for Disaster

A House budget proposal would be disastrous for millions of people who rely on Medicaid, Medicare and a host of other programs aimed at helping vulnerable Americans.

Clyde Weiss |

‘Let Obamacare Fail.’ Really, Mr. President?

President Donald Trump to Americans who depend on having decent health care: “We’ll let Obamacare fail.” Really, Mr. President?

Clyde Weiss |
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