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More from AFSCME: Archived Posts

Sodexo Workers Catch Up with Jacksonville Pact

For AFSCME Local 1328 members, their AFSCME Strong training was put to the test recently when it came to helping a subset of their coworkers to a contract win.

Mark McCullough |

Sandy Mayes Followed in Her Dad’s Footsteps

Sandy Mayes of Kentucky followed in her dad’s footsteps, and she’s now leading her co-workers in Local 4011 to become AFSCME Strong.

Pablo Ros |

In Maryland, Council 67 Gets AFSCME Strong as Primary Vote Nears

AFSCME members of Council 67 in Maryland are making their union stronger through one-on-one conversations. And while on the topic of standing up for their jobs and communities, they’re getting out the vote for the April 26 primary elections.

Pablo Ros |

Strong Working Families Begin with Paid Parental Leave

AFSCME Florida Local 199 members successfully passed a partial paid parental leave ordinance.

Mark McCullough |

Safe Staffing Big Problem in Iowa Corrections

Prison escapes and attacks on correctional officers led Iowa Local 451 members to say, “Enough!” Then they took action.

Brian Jennings and David Patterson |

Boycott Leads to Better Jobs

Local 3299 wins its year-long campaign to end subcontracting of custodians and parking attendants at UC Berkeley.

Kevin Brown |

Kentucky School Workers Rally for Fairness

Indiana/Kentucky Council 962 members urge the Jefferson County School Board to address short-staffing and other concerns as bargaining looms.

David Patterson |

EMS Professionals File Charges, Appeal for City Oversight

Missouri Emergency Medical Service professionals working for American Medical Response say that transparency and oversight would be a big step forward.

Justin Lee |

Senators Must Do Their Jobs on Court Nomination

It’s time for our elected officials to stop playing games and get to work on the next Supreme Court justice.

Olivia Sandbothe |

At 99, ‘Uncle Milton’ a Rhode Island Treasure

Rhode Island retirees honored Milton Bronstein, Chapter 94 vice president, who at 99 is believed to be the oldest elected officer in AFSCME’s history.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Adventures of an Activist: OCSEA’s Michelle Smith

Tracking down this particular fee payer wasn’t easy, but Michelle Smith of OCSEA never gave up.

Clyde Weiss |

After Finishing Women’s Academy, a Leader is Reborn

As long as she has been working, Bernadine Howell has been in a union – and she has been outspoken.

Martin Ricard |

Snyder Testifies; Flint Residents Fume

AFSCME members were among nearly 100 Flint residents who descended on Capitol Hill March 17 to hear Gov. Rick Snyder testify before Congress.

Michael Byrne |

Report: Working Women in the U.S. Have Less than 40 Minutes of Personal Time a Day

A new report released by the AFL-CIO reveals that more than half of working women spend less than four hours a week on themselves after fulfilling their work and caregiving responsibilities.

Kenneth Quinnell, AFL-CIO |

Asian-American Women Short-Changed

If you are an Asian-American woman, you need an extra two-and-a-half months of work to catch up to what a white man earns in a year.

Olivia Sandbothe |

Primary Election Energizes Members

With critical primary elections looming Tuesday, AFSCME members were energized to support Hillary Clinton.

Mark McCullough |

Connecting Co-Workers in Florida

From state to state, workers are joining AFSCME for a stronger voice on the job.

Pablo Ros & Mark McCullough |

Stepping Up the Fight for Gender Equality

Today, International Women’s Day, we join a global fight for gender equality while celebrating the power of women to change the world.

Olivia Sandbothe |

Never Quit: Louise Lex, 86, Just Wants to Help People

Louise Lex, 86, personifies the theme of National Women’s History Month: “Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.”

Clyde Weiss |

‘Right-to-Work’ Scam Goes Down Again

An intense week of action by New Mexico labor and community groups helped beat back so-called “right-to-work” legislation.

Kevin Brown |

Ohio’s ‘Intermittent’ Firefighters AFSCME Strong

Ohio’s “intermittent” firefighters who train other firefighters get AFSCME Strong when they learn the value that OCSEA/AFSCME Local 11 brings to the table.

Michael Byrne |

Puerto Rico Gets AFSCME Strong

Aida Díaz was among other AFSCME members in Puerto Rico who participated in the AFSCME Strong training.

Pablo Ros |

Recipe for a Strong Middle Class

He Delivers Baby – by Phone

Emergency Dispatcher Robert Vega talked a woman through the delivery of her baby, with no paramedics on hand at the time.

Martin Ricard |

‘Right-to-Work’ Scam Darkens West Virginia

West Virginia lawmakers passed a law making it harder for workers to gain better wages, benefits and working conditions.

David Patterson |

Campus Officer Saves Student’s Life

What started out like any other Tuesday for Cuyahoga (Ohio) Community College campus security officer Ray Barnhardt turned out to be an opportunity to save a student’s life.

Joe Weidner, Council 8 |

Why Are We Subsidizing Profits of Wealthy?

Walmart pays its workers so little that many of them are forced to seek government assistance, which means taxpayers subsidize the earnings of America’s richest family to the tune of $7.8 billion a year, an EPI study reveals.

Pablo Ros |

New Mexico Corrections Officers Avert Uprising

As 100 union members rallied at the State Capitol in support of increased funding to address dangerous understaffing inside New Mexico’s correctional facilities, officers were quelling an uprising at one of the state-run facilities.

Miles Conway and Kevin Brown |

‘AFSCME Saved My Career’

Late last year, James McGee learned about the value of his union when he turned to AFSCME Local 3030 to actually fight for his job.

Mark McCullough |

Budget Proposal Includes Help for Working Families

With his latest budget proposal, President Obama is sending a strong message to Congress: the economy may be improving, but without serious investments in healthcare, education and infrastructure, the middle class will be left behind.

Olivia Sandbothe |

DC 37 Takes Fight for City University Funding to Albany

DC 37 has revved up a campaign for higher education, urging New York state legislators to adequately fund the City University of New York.

Mike Lee |

The Future for Black Workers

A new report concludes that now, more than ever before, African-American workers today need good public-sector jobs with strong benefits and wages.

Tiffanie Bright |

California Home Care Providers Win Overtime Pay

California’s home care providers have finally won overtime pay and travel time compensation after years of advocacy.

Kevin Brown |

“We Have to Keep on Building This Union … We Can Never Give Up”

Working with special needs children, Park says her voice on the job has made it possible for her to advocate for the education and care her students need.

Pablo Ros |

AFSCME Volunteers Rally with Bill Clinton in Iowa

400-plus volunteers from AFSCME and other unions joined former President Bill Clinton in Iowa for a Get Out The Caucus event.

David Patterson |

In Florida, Stepping Up the Drive for Respect

Florida state employees, who have gone eight years without a pay increase, are telling elected officials it’s time for a change.

Mark McCullough |

Ledbetter Law Important First Step to Fair Pay

Today marks seven years since President Obama signed a measure designed to help prevent wage discrimination based on gender.

Clyde Weiss |

AFSCME Members Wrestle with ‘Snowzilla’

AFSCME members throughout the East helped communities prepare for and recover from the historic blizzard nicknamed Snowzilla.

Clyde Weiss |

AFSCME Strong Training in New Jersey: Small in Size, Big on Energy

In January, AFSCME Council 52 welcomed the New Year by getting AFSCME Strong-er.

Pablo Ros |

Maryland Members in Tough Budget Fight

AFSCME Maryland Council 3 members were able to restore step raises in this year’s budget, but they will face fights over proposed job cuts and outsourcing of state services.

Michael Byrne |
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