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New Southern California EMS Contract to Set Standard for the Industry

It wasn’t easy, but EMS workers in Riverside, California, reached a contract with American Medical Response that will provide much-deserved pay raises and improved health coverage for 450 workers.

Jashua Bane |

CT AFSCME Members Celebrate Passage of Landmark PTSD Legislation

Thanks to the hard work by AFSCME Council 4 members, police and parole officers and firefighters in Connecticut who have PTSD can collect unemployment and receive medical coverage.

Larry Dorman, AFSCME Council 4 |
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Cool Under Pressure

Never Quit Service Award winner Joe Martinez stays cool under pressure while fixing the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s helicopters.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Retirees Charge Up to The Hill During Retiree Council Meeting

During their annual Retiree Council Meeting, AFSCME Retirees went to Capitol Hill in force to step up and speak up.

Pete Levine |

At Last. Congress Authorizes Permanent 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Congress has authorized permanent funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund after years of efforts by survivors and other advocates, including AFSCME members.

Pete Levine |

Scalia’s Record Raises Questions About His Ability to Lead Labor Department

It’s unclear whether Eugene Scalia, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next labor secretary, has what it takes to be an advocate for working people.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Supports Repeal of Regressive Tax on Health Benefits

AFSCME applauded the House of Representatives for voting to repeal a regressive health tax that is part of the ACA and would make it harder for working families to afford quality health care.

AFSCME Staff |

U.S. House Votes to Boost Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

The effort to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade got a major boost when the House passed a bill raising it to $15 an hour by 2025.

Jay Hutchison |

Fighting the Pay Fight

Texas corrections officers fought hard to correct longtime pay inequities – and won by persuading state legislators to do the right thing.

Antonio Lewis |

Despite Vetoes, Alaska Members Fight for Public Services

Alaska members are not giving up the fight to reverse Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes. They’re working with the legislature to prevent public services and higher education from being decimated.

Jashua Bane |

We Applaud House Effort to Give Federal Employees Paid Leave

We applaud the House for passing a bill that would guarantee federal workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for their children or sick family members or to recover from serious medical problems.

Pablo Ros |

2020 Public Service Forum is Largest Candidate Event in AFSCME History

With at least 19 participants, the 2020 Public Service Forum will be the largest presidential candidate forum in AFSCME history.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Supports Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

The legislation would ensure “that rights aren’t just on paper, but that they can be enforced and implemented” legally and in ways to decrease retaliation.

Jay Hutchison |

AFSCME President Lee Saunders Welcomes Acosta Resignation

While the resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta comes as welcome news to workers, it highlights the Trump administration’s consistent theme of chaos over quality.

AFSCME Staff |

Paying it Forward in Parma

Never Quit Award Winner Annie Hoffman brings a laugh and a smile to her students’ and co-workers’ faces.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME  Members to Question Presidential Candidates at Forum

America’s public service workers will make their voices heard in this election. As they dedicate their lives to making our communities stronger, safer and healthier, they have a unique perspective into solving the problems Americans face every day.

AFSCME Staff |

School Bus Privatization Blocked in Maryland’s Second-Largest District

The members of Local 2250 organized and wrote hundreds of letters to school board members urging them to cancel the vote.

Sara Haas |

42 Years of Honorable Service – 9/11 Responder Honored During Retirement

We honor Jim Tucciarelli, a 9/11 first responder and advocate for Ground Zero workers, who retired last week.

Sara Haas |

Texas Corrections Officers Mourn Crash Victims

Two Texas corrections officers were among 10 passengers killed when a bus transporting inmates that lost control on a patch of black ice, slid off of the Interstate 20 overpass, and crashed into a moving Union Pacific train.

Ebony Meeks |

Court Case Threatens Health Care for Millions

AFSCME knocks the Trump administration’s latest attempt to upend the Affordable Care Act.

Pete Levine |

States, Cities Tackling Minimum Wage, Congress Trying to Catch Up

States and localities are ahead of Congress on raising the minimum wage up to $15 an hour. The last time Congress raised the federal minimum wage – from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour – was 10 years ago this month.

Jay Hutchison |

Alaskans Brace for ‘Draconian’ Budget Cuts

Alaskans will be hurt by their governor’s budget cuts, which will devastate public services.

Jashua Bane |

Council 13 Members Ratify Four-Year Contract with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Signed, sealed and delivered. A new four-year contract has been approved by tens of thousands of public service workers employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

WILLIAM KAUFFMAN, AFSCME COUNCIL 13 |

At Rogers High School in Minnesota, Special Ed Students Find a Safe Place in Becky Grupa

“She just makes it so easy for kids to learn because she puts them at ease and lets them know that it’s okay if you don’t know something."

Pablo Ros |

We Mourn the Passing of Brother Dan Pereira

Brother Dan Pereira of Rhode Island was one of seven people killed in a motorcycle accident in New Hampshire.

AFSCME Staff |
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AFSCME is on a Roll

AFSCME is notching victories coast to coast and is energized by pro-worker momentum from state houses to Congress. A year after the Janus v. AFSCME ruling, the wind is at our backs.

Lee Saunders |

Honoring the Stonewall Uprising As We Commemorate Pride Month

AFSCME celebrates Pride Month and we vow to never stop fighting for LGBTQ rights.

Former Iowa Nurse Speaks Up for Union Bill in Congress

A former Iowa nurse and AFSCME member who was attacked on the job supports congressional legislation that would protect union rights.

Pablo Ros |

Iowa Rep. Abby Finkenauer Shared Ideas@AFSCME

Rep. Abby Finkenauer, who was elected last fall to serve Iowa's First Congressional District, joined AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride to talk about the effect of collective bargaining on Iowans and discuss why she stands with AFSCME.

Jay Hutchison |

Proposals in Congress Would Allow More Workers to Form Unions

The Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act will give workers more freedom to join unions.

AFSCME Staff |

New Era in Illinois: State Workers Secure Fair Contract

In an unmistakable sign that a new era has dawned in Illinois, state workers have secured a fair, new contract from Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration.

AFSCME Council 31 |

NJ Member Goes Back to School Thanks to the Free College Benefit

New Jersey’s Jamika Flowers credits AFSCME Free College with making her educational dream possible.

Sara Haas |

Pride@Work Honors AFSCME, President Saunders

AFSCME and President Lee Saunders were honored by Pride@Work for fighting for LGBTQ workers’ rights.

Jay Hutchison |

Following Attack, AFSCME Iowa Nurse Speaks Out for Safe Workplaces

"They refused to let my co-workers donate vacation days to help me make it through. They refused my request for unpaid time off once my paid sick time ran out. And finally, they fired me."

AFSCME Staff |

San Diego Puts Ill-Conceived ‘Proposition B’ Pension Measure to Bed

Measure denying pensions for new public service workers in San Diego is now history.

Erica Zeitlin, AFSCME District Council 36 |

Celebrating Tim Hughes of WFSE

Union activist, storyteller, a family man. Those are apt words to describe Tim Hughes, a leading conservative voice within AFSCME Council 28 in Washington state.

Justine Winnie, AFSCME Council 28 |

AFSCME Supports New Universal Child Care Legislation

Too many families struggle to afford high-quality child care. However, thanks to a new bill introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Deb Haaland, that might change.

Pete Levine |

Post-Tornado Recovery Work in Ohio Underscores AFSCME Never Quit Spirit

The tornadoes left more than 70,000 without power and water, and destroyed more than 500 buildings – including the homes of more than 50 AFSCME members.

Joe Widener, AFSCME Council 8 |

Fight for Collective Bargaining Had Able Foot Soldiers – State Workers Themselves

Local 4041 members who played such an important role in winning collective bargaining rights will continue to lead the way to ensuring state employees have the needed resources to improve state services for the people of Nevada.

Cyndy Hernandez |
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NQSA Winner Marie Cetti and K-9 Uno: A Level of Companionship Like No Other

Marie Cetti is a winner of AFSCME’s Never Quit Service Award. For her and K-9 Uno, going above and beyond the call of duty is almost a part of the job description.

AFSCME Staff |
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