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California Feeling AFSCME Strong

Members from California and Hawaii assembled in San Diego for a three day AFSCME strong training to learn the skills needed to protect our future.

Cost of Outsourcing Keeps Going Up

The push to outsource vital government services has resulted in failed experiments that lower the quality of services at a higher cost - and communities are forced to shoulder a higher cost to insource the services after the profiteers pull out.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Celebrating Pride Month: LGBT Rights and Respect

AFSCME joins in the celebration of Pride Month, affirming that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community – like all Americans – are entitled to respect and dignity, and the equal protection under our laws.

Clyde Weiss |

First McEntee Scholarship Winner Announced

Helping workers win collective bargaining rights “not only built our great union but must be used going forward to make the union stronger,” IL AFSCME member Matthew Whalen wrote in an essay that recently won him this year’s Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship.

Clyde Weiss |

AFSCME Strong Is Our Plan

AFSCME is organizing! We are having 1-on-1 conversations with our co-workers, building political power, and creating a stronger union.

New Jobs Encouraging, But Wages Still Stagnant

The addition of 280,000 jobs in May shows an economy on the upswing, but today’s report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics includes very disappointing numbers on wages, which rose only 2.3 percent from a year earlier.

Erick Sanchez |

Nevada Budget Includes Raises for State Workers

AFSCME Local 4041 members were rewarded for their steadfast advocacy - like this rally in Las Vegas in April - with the 3 percent raise over two years. Their last wage increase was offset by retirement and health benefits premiums.

Kevin Brown |

Poll: Americans Want Action to Close Income Gap

According to a new poll, the deepening chasm between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else is a problem that needs to be addressed now, and government should play a greater role in solving the problem.

Clyde Weiss |

VIDEO: Strong Unions Strengthen Economy

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich knows that in order to have a strong economy that works for everyone. Watch the seventh of 10 videos with ideas about how to strengthen the American economy.

Michael Byrne |

Union Coalition Defeats Dialysis Privatization Scheme

A coalition of New York City unions, including AFSCME’s DC 37, helped stop privatization of dialysis services at four public hospitals by a for-profit operator with a questionable quality-of-care record.

Clyde Weiss |

ALEC, Legislators Caught Making Sausage

Brendan Keefe, a Georgia investigative reporter, was kicked out of a hotel for trying to film and expose corporate lobbyists' back-room dealing with lawmakers.

Pablo Ros |

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Art Auction, CEO Pay Reflect Obscene Income Gap

Clyde Weiss |

Right-to-Work Scam Hurts All Workers

According to EPI, wages in RTW states are 3.1 percent lower than they are in non-RTW states. That’s a difference in pay of $1,558 a year for a typical full-time, full-year employee, the report says.

Joye Barksdale |

Connecticut Workers to Receive Up to $125 Million in Layoff Settlement

“This sends a clear message to elected officials across the country that when you target workers – unions and their families – we will not be bullied and we will not give up until we get justice for all workers.”

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Fallen AFSCME Brothers Honored at Law Enforcement Vigil

Law enforcement officers from around the country came together in our nation’s capital this week to honor those who fell in the line of duty. Among those whose names were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial were three AFSCME members.

Pablo Ros |

NY School Bus Driver Honored for Safety Record

Barbara DeLong, a school bus driver who cares deeply about the safety of the children in her care, was honored recently as the School Bus Driver of the Year by Dutchess County, New York.

Clyde Weiss |

VIDEO: California Feeling AFSCME Strong

Members and staff from United Domestic Workers (UDW) Local 3930, Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) Local 152, AFSCME Council 36, and AFSCME Locals 3299 and 1902 talk about the importance of their recent AFSCME Strong training in this video.

Kevin Brown |

Rule to Increase Overtime Threshold Advances

The Labor Department's proposed increase to the salary threshold for overtime pay has been sent to the Budget Office for review. The update to the overtime regulations would mean increased pay for millions of workers whose wages have stagnated.

Erick Sanchez |

Private Prisons Get Profit Guarantee with ‘Immigrant Detention Quotas’

Thanks to a new report from Grassroots Leadership, we know the extent to which the federal government is guilty of offering “immigrant detention quotas” to private prison companies.

Pablo Ros |

Are You AFSCME Strong?

Through the AFSCME Strong campaign, our entire union is being transformed as we face the greatest challenge in our history.

Pablo Ros |

Thousands of Pennsylvania Home Care Providers Vote to Make Voices Heard

Thousands of home care providers in Pennsylvania voted in April to form a union to advocate for expanding and improving services for seniors and people with disabilities.

Pablo Ros |

Ohio Retirees at Forum Push to Expand Social Security

Standing up for retirement security for all Americans during a White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) regional meeting here Monday, AFSCME Ohio retirees amplified the call to preserve, protect and expand Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

Omar Tewfik |

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 Member Is Life Saver

All across America, there are countless public employees who work every day to help keep us safe. Among them is Elizabeth Cleveland, an emergency communications operator and a member of Local 2364 (AFSCME Iowa Council 61).

Brian Jennings, Council 61 |

Splash Medics Visit Schoolchildren to Promote Water Safety

A group of paramedics and EMTs spent the morning of April 21 reading Stewie the Duck to children at Temple Christian School. It was part of their effort to reduce the number of water-related injuries and deaths in Riverside County.

Justin Lee |

Remembering Those Who Died Doing What They Loved: Helping Others

Every year on April 28, the Connecticut AFL-CIO and AFSCME Council 4 honor those who passed away while working. It is an opportunity to “Mourn for the Dead and Fight for the Living,” Mother Jones’s immortal words that have served as the theme.

Larry Dorman & Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Union Fair Share Fees Explained

Sometimes complex court rulings can best be understood with the simplest of explanations. Thus it is with a new AFSCME video that uses the analogy of friends going to dinner to puncture the logic of a new court challenge to “fair share” fees.

David Sheeley |

CEO to Workers: I Want You to Be Happy

The founder and CEO of a credit-card payment processing company based in Seattle, Dan Price announced this week that the new minimum wage at his company is to be $70,000 a year.

Pablo Ros |

First Responder: EMS Dispatcher Is Difference Maker

Yolanda Matos-McClintock, an EMS dispatcher, comes to the rescue on a daily basis. Her story, recently featured in the Sacramento Business Journal, highlights the importance of emergency response and how being in a union provides strength.

Justin Lee |

Corporations Get Tax Breaks While Illinois Taxpayers Get Shaft

In Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner decided that $100 million in business tax breaks promised to corporations by a previous governor must be honored. Meanwhile, taxpayers will get the shaft.

Clyde Weiss |

Budget Victory Is Huge for Texas Correctional Officers

After months of intense lobbying by AFSCME Texas Correctional members, lawmakers approved budget plans that provide badly needed pay raises for correctional officers, and addressed the chronic underfunding of the state’s Employees Retirement System (ERS).

John Noonan |

VIDEO: Today’s Important Step to Strengthen Retirement Security

The Department of Labor is proposing to update rules to protect Americans saving for retirement and crack down on conflicts of interest in retirement advice that are costing middle-class and working families billions of dollars every year.

Tom Perez & Jeff Zients |

Going the Extra Mile: N.Y. Sanitation Workers Save a Life

Two sanitation workers from Elmira, New York, Mike Waters and Ed Wood, took time out from their early morning route to save a life.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

UC Doctors Strike Again Over Unfair Labor Practices

University of California doctors at the northern campus student health centers went on strike over Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs) April 9, and doctors at the Southern California campuses were set to strike April 11.

Kevin Brown |

On Flight Home, AFSCME Member Comes to the Rescue

One moment, AFSCME member Sami Abed was just a passenger on a routine flight. The next moment, Abed and a doctor also aboard that flight were saving the life of a 68-year-old, unidentified man.

Clyde Weiss |

They’re AFSCME Strong and Proud to be First to Take Up the Challenge

A new campaign, called AFSCME Strong, is focused on communicating and organizing, member to member. It is designed to leverage the strength of our member activists by training 5 percent of all AFSCME members on ways to connect with their co-workers.

Clyde Weiss |

In Memoriam: Victor H. Gotbaum

AFSCME is mourning the passing April 5 of Victor H. Gotbaum, former head of New York City’s largest public employees union, AFSCME District Council 37. He was 93.

Clyde Weiss |

NYC School Crossing Guards Win Well-Deserved Raise

New York City school crossing guards won a well-deserved and much needed raise, thanks to an agreement they reached with city officials through their union.

Pablo Ros |

Tulsa AFSCME Members Rush in to Clean Up After Tornado

Residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma, are getting back on their feet following a devastating tornado on March 25. AFSCME members – many of them also from Tulsa – are helping them do that.

Clyde Weiss |

2015 Family Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2015 winners of the AFSCME Family Scholarship! Each year the AFSCME Family Scholarship Program provides ten $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors.

Yanik Ruiz-Ramón |

Arbitrator Rules for Iowa State Employees on Health Care

An arbitrator empowered to determine a contract impasse between the State of Iowa and its 19,000 state and judicial branch employees ruled in favor of the workers when it accepted the union’s health insurance proposal.

David Patterson |
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