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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 |
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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 |

Everyday Heroes Come Face to Face with Their Biggest Little Fan

Two-year-old Quincy Kroner watches his heroes from the living room window of his Cincinnati home every Friday afternoon - that’s when AFSCME Local 250 sanitation workers Mark Davis and Eric Washington drive by in their garbage truck.

David Patterson |

Fifth Anniversary of ACA Is Cause for Celebration

Today, March 23, is the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a law that helped 16.4 million people obtain or keep health insurance. That’s cause for celebration.

Pablo Ros |

Maryland Workers Rally Against Anti-Worker Budget

More than 500 workers from every corner of Maryland converged on the state Capitol to rally against Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to take away a pay raise from workers and drastically cut essential programs.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

‘The Truth About John Arnold’ Revealed

Last November, Phoenix voters emphatically rejected a ballot initiative that would have replaced city workers’ pensions with risky 401(k)-style plans.

Pablo Ros |

Suspect in Oregon Killing of AFSCME Member Faces Murder Charge

A suspect who allegedly shot and killed Grady Waxenfelter, a member of AFSCME Oregon Local 350, Council 75, could spend the rest of his life in prison if found guilty on a murder charge.

Pablo Ros |
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Chicago Cab Drivers Learn to Advocate for Themselves

Quick Action Saves Seven from Burning House

Seven Coeymans, New York, residents can thank quick action by local police dispatch, officers and firefighters for saving their lives last month. AFSCME member Brian Rinaldi located seven people on the roof as their house was engulfed in flames.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

In Memoriam: Vernon Watkins

AFSCME is mourning the loss of Vernon R. Watkins, a dedicated labor organizer, activist and inspirational force who had a major impact in the labor movement during a long and dedicated career fighting for working families with AFSCME.

Pablo Ros |

Cab Driver Happy to Give Back to Community

Bayo Aladesuru drives one of Chicago’s 125 wheelchair accessible cabs. But what distinguishes Bayo, a veteran cab driver and Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Council 31 member, is how he gives back to the community he loves.

Dave Kreisman |

Atlanta AFSCME Members Beat Back Aramark

Faced with the loss of their AFSCME-negotiated wages and benefits, and even their jobs, cafeteria workers in Atlanta, members of Local 1644, persuaded school board officials this week to reject a bid by outsourcer Aramark to take over operations.

Clyde Weiss |

Ohio Members Win $150,000 in Pension Pay Dispute

After years of delays, a Lucas County (Ohio) judge set aside an arbitration decision and ordered the City of Toledo to write a check to approximately 100 AFSCME members who were wrongly denied the pay they were owed.

David Patterson |

Ohio Correction Officers Attacked by Inmates

At a time when overcrowding is the rule rather than the exception in Ohio prisons, four correction officers, members of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 11, were attacked by a large group of inmates.

Pablo Ros |

OCSEA Beats Aramark Price on Food Service Bid

OCSEA presented a proposal to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to take back prison food service, which includes a lower per-meal cost than current prison food service vendor, Aramark.

Local 2960 Rallies to Support Family of Fallen Dispatcher

Megan Lange had only recently returned from maternity leave when she arrived for her shift as an emergency dispatcher with the Phoenix Fire Department on Jan. 27. No one knew it would be her last day on the job.

Olivia Sandbothe |

Former AFSCME Member Takes the Gavel in Albany

AFSCME is welcoming the historic election of Carl Heastie, a former AFSCME member, as the first African-American speaker of the New York State Assembly.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Union Benefits: $207 More Dollars a Week

On average, union members make $207 more dollars a week than non-union workers. That’s $10,000 more each year, according to the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Lee Saunders |

Labor Secretary: ‘Turn Up the Volume on Worker Voice’

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez made a strong case for the value of labor unions following the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2014 Union Membership Report.

Pablo Ros |
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