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Record Rains Put Workers to the Test

Indianapolis set a record for rainfall in June with an average of 9.03 inches. The city received 400 tree-down complaints, 129 flooding/high water complaints and 1,140 tree debris complaints.

David Patterson and Shonna Quick-Crowell |

(Corporate) America’s Embarrassing Income Gap

In yet another sign that rising income inequality is unsettling our nation, the SEC ruled that starting in 2017 most publicly traded companies must identify and disclose how much CEOs make relative to the median salary of rank-and-file employees.

Omar Tewfik |

Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 Makes History

After decades of being treated like second-class citizens by the City of Chicago, cab drivers on Aug. 1 took the historic step of forming their own local union, the first in 30 years in Chicago.

David Kreisman |

Union Helps Her Recover $12,800

Deloris Wells' supervisor was not completing her annual evaluation form. And without a completed form she didn’t get a wage increase, year after year - so she called in the union for help.

Mark McCullough |

After 66 Years on the Job, No Worries

The longest-serving state employee in Maryland is about to retire, but don’t ask him about his retirement plans. After 66 years on the job as staff photographer for the State Highway Administration, Tim Hyman says he doesn’t have any.

Pablo Ros |

Why Doesn’t it Feel Like a Recovery?

Once again, our economy is slowly adding more jobs. About 215,000 more people were added to the job rolls in July, but it’s just not good enough to lower the unemployment rate, which is still too high.

Olivia Sandbothe |

Mass Rally Defends Sanitation Jobs, Services

More than 200 union members stood united with small business owners and community activists in front of City Hall here Aug. 4, protesting the Council’s recent decision to move forward with consideration of outsourcing the city’s sanitation services.

Mark McCullough |

EMT Plunges into Hudson to Save Woman

As most New Yorkers were preparing to go to work, EMT Niall O’Shaughnessy was already on the job – literally up to his neck in the treacherous, choppy waters of the Hudson River, trying to save a young woman who had thrown herself in only minutes before.

Alfredo Alvarado |

How Rich People Haunt You

In a fascinating new article for The Nation magazine, Mike Konczal, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, writes about a legal method the very wealthy can use to keep the IRS away from money they leave to their heirs.

Clyde Weiss |

Voting Rights Act at 50 Needs Restoration

On the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, Aug. 6, we must recommit to the founding principle that made this country free – the right to vote.

Clyde Weiss |

AFSCME Texas Corrections Mourn Fallen Officer

TELFORD, Texas – Corrections Officer Timothy Davison, the victim of an attack by a prisoner at the prison unit here in Bowie County, was laid to rest July 25 amid an outpouring of support for the Davison family from his Corrections family.

Namita Waghray |

AFSCME Strong Bus Driver on Board

“I have a very strong passion in what I do,” he says. “I’m still learning, but I feel as though I am making a difference in my workplace, in my local. It’s all about the membership," said Frank Upchurch, a bus driver and President of Local 1959.

Pablo Ros |

Kentucky COs Earn Raises, Respect

Kentucky corrections officers earned hefty pay increases and bonuses from an administration concerned about retaining and attracting good employees willing to perform the dangerous work.

David Patterson |

Atlanta Workers Speak Up, Win Raises

The City Council voted overwhelmingly July 21 to approve a 3.5 percent pay increase for approximately 3,000 Atlanta city workers in public works, corrections, and parks and recreation, among other city services.

Namita Waghray |

Act 10 Creates Corrections Crisis in Wisconsin

In 2010, Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections (DOC) boasted near full employment with well-trained, experienced corrections officers who considered the job a career and earned a fair wage with good benefits. Act 10 changed everything.

David Patterson |

VIDEO: Bad Bosses Working Overtime

AFSCME’s new video puts these bad-boss ideas promoted by candidates for President into the context of bad bosses we know and hate in modern culture. Why are these rich politicians picking on American workers anyway?

Michael Byrne |

Contract Win at Vermont’s HowardCenter

More than 13 months of intensive contract negotiations has yielded a lucrative new contract for AFSCME members working at Vermont's HowardCenter, a nonprofit social services organization.

AFSCME Council 93 |

Oregon AFSCME Pushes Reform for All Workers

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed into law a groundbreaking package of workplace and retirement legislation that could serve as a model for other states.

John Noonan |

AFSCME’s Enemies Look to the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case with the potential to make “right-to-work” the law of the land in the public sector and undermine workers’ right to collectively bargain over wages, benefits and working conditions.


2015 Next Wave Assembly Highlights

Black Women: Labor Resource in Waiting

Black women join unions at higher rates than all other women, yet they are “the most underutilized leadership resource in the U.S. labor movement,” says a recent report by the Institute for Policy Studies.

Joye Barksdale |

Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: A Tale of Two States

Now that he’s officially running for President, it’s important to look across the border to Minnesota in order to understand just how disastrous Scott Walker has been for Wisconsin’s economy.

Dave Patterson |

Cab Drivers United Get Results on Police Harassment

Cab Drivers United set up a meeting with high-ranking Chicago police officials to discuss policing practices that target cab drivers. As a result, the department issued a “cease and desist” to the officers who made a habit of targeting cab drivers.

David Kreisman |

Retirees Build on Success, Look to Protect Retirement Security

More than 100 retirees gathered for the Alliance for Retired Americans Legislative Conference and the Annual AFSCME Retiree Council meeting in the nation’s capital this week, lobbying lawmakers to protect Social Security, Medicare and public pensions.

Clyde Weiss |

San Jose City Workers Profit with AFSCME Strong

Using AFSCME Strong campaign tactics to energize and mobilize members, Local 101 was able to win 9% wage increases during the 3-year term of a new contract for San Jose city workers.

Pablo Ros |

Tucson Fair Wages Push Is AFSCME Strong

AFSCME Local 449 members are utilizing the tools they learned during their AFSCME Strong training to gain support to improve the lives of City of Tucson employees.

Kevin Brown |

A Little Spark in Jobs for the Fourth

The U.S. economy continues to show signs of improvement, even as wages remain stagnant. Aside from another positive report on job growth, workers could cheer Pres. Obama’s announcement this week that more workers will be able to qualify for overtime pay.

Olivia Sandbothe |

Coordinated Actions Win Raises, Stop State Shutdown

It took thousands of public employees rallying across Washington state at more than 100 locations over two days this May and June to urge state legislators to agree to a sensible budget and avert a shutdown of state services on July 1.

Tim Welch |

Florida’s Living Labor Legend Retires

After a long and distinguished career, Council 79 President Jeanette Wynn celebrated her retirement at a reception full of hugs, tears and stories following the recent AFSCME Strong Training Conference held in Altamont Springs, Florida.

Mark McCullough |

ALEC Wants to Indoctrinate High School Students

ALEC, the corporate front for right-wing “model” state legislation such as the right-to-work scam, is now working to politically indoctrinate America’s young people with a high school graduation requirement that promotes its extremist views.

Omar Tewfik |

Pennsylvania Family, Youth Services Workers Strike and Win

More than 100 employees of Lackawanna County (Pennsylvania) Family and Youth Services took the ultimate step to go out on strike in May to demand respect in the workplace. After 11 days on the picket line, they won.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Ohio Council 8 Activist, Labor Leader Marie Clarke Celebrates 100th Birthday

Marie Clarke, an AFSCME Ohio Council 8 retiree who dedicated her life to working for equal rights in the workplace, celebrates her 100th birthday June 27.

Joe Weidner, AFSCME Ohio Council 8 |

Riverside County, CA, Deal Would Improve Paramedic & EMT Pay, Patient Care

Paramedics & EMTs in CA have reached an agreement with AMR that provides 18% pay increases, protects health insurance, and perhaps most importantly, creates a professional practice committee to give emergency care professionals a voice in patient care.

Justin Lee |

University Employees Demand Respect, Decent Pay

Nearly 4,000 AFSCME and Teamsters members — front-line workers at the University of Minnesota — are speaking up about grossly unequal pay as they negotiate a new contract with the university.

John Noonan |

Next Wave Assembly Applies Street Heat

Young AFSCME members gathered in St. Louis for the 3rd annual Next Wave Assembly, getting an opportunity to strengthen their organizing skills, rally for Missouri home care attendants and connect with a network of future labor leaders.

Namita Waghray |

Lori Cutshall: Volunteer Extraordinaire

Lori Cutshall, president of AFSCME Local 2523 in Pennsylvania, embodies what the Jefferson Awards Foundation calls an “unsung hero” – a volunteer or paid professional who goes “well beyond their expected duties” to help out in their local community.

Clyde Weiss |

25-Year School Board Member Honored

Gary Miller, a labor leader and LGBT rights advocate, was honored by the City of Roseville, California, for his 25-year service on two separate school boards – Robla board in North Sacramento for 19 years and Roseville City School Board since 2008.

Kevin Brown |

In Hawaii, Challenges…and Answers

Adele Koyama was skeptical that she would learn anything new about member involvement as she began AFSCME Strong training in Honolulu, May 11-12, along with 103 other union activists. She kept an open mind, however, and was far from disappointed.

Pablo Ros |

Washington Unity Rallies Seek Budget Solution

Public employees rallied across Washington state on June 18 to urge state legislators to agree to a sensible budget and avert a shutdown of state services on July 1.

Pablo Ros |

Governor Walker’s War on Higher Education

Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s anti-worker governor, seems eager to weaken vital public services and important institutions in his state, even if they exist to provide a better future for Wisconsin’s youth.

Omar Tewfik |
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