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Worth the Fight: Archived Posts

Congress Plans Tax Breaks for the Rich, Spending Cuts for Working Families

In the coming weeks, congressional leaders will be hoping to hand out huge tax windfalls to the rich by cutting programs working families need.

Pete Levine |

1.8 Million Reasons to Belong to a Union

After being illegally furloughed in 2011, members of one ASFCME local in Massachusetts received back pay this summer, thanks to our union’s persistence.

Jim Durkin, AFSCME Council 93 |

AFSCME Union Scholars Build the Future of Labor

The AFSCME Union Scholars Program allows college juniors and seniors to learn firsthand about the labor movement.

Ray Inoue |

A Candidate Who Will Fight for Working People: Elizabeth Guzman

Elizabeth Guzman, a member of AFSCME Virginia Local 3001, is up against an eight-term, anti-worker incumbent in the House of Delegates.

Clyde Weiss |

HOPE Trains Activists to Focus on Growth

HOPE in Houston is training its activists to focus on growth to combat the Texas Legislature’s anti-union fervor.

Namita Waghray |

On the Digital Information Highway, Librarians Never Stop Serving their Communities

Meet AFSCME-represented librarians in Portland, Oregon, who are working hard to bridge the digital divide in their community.

John Noonan |

Connecticut State Workers Sacrifice for the Good of Their State

Connecticut public service workers sacrificed for the financial good of their state but also won key victories and protections for themselves in their new contract.

Larry Dorman |

Never Giving Up Nets FL Member 40K in Back Pay

The president of a Florida local fought – with AFSCME Florida’s help – and won $40,000 in back pay in a case that underscores a key benefit of joining our union.

Mark McCullough |

Lessons from Iowa

This past February, Iowa’s collective bargaining law was gutted. Learn how they’re standing up to take back what’s theirs.

Pete Levine |

Red Cross Workers in Midwestern Local Win First Contract

Success. About 300 Red Cross workers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota have secured their first contract.

Lisa Martin |

New England Advanced EMTs & Medics Secure Much-Deserved Raise

More than 100 AFSCME-represented medics and advanced EMTs who work for American Medical Response in New England are getting nice raises this week thanks to Local 4911’s tenacity.

Justin Lee |

PA Child Care Providers Stepped up and Kids are Better for It

Determined to fight for Pennsylvania’s children, AFSCME’s child care professionals worked hard in the state legislature to increase child care funding. They succeeded. But the real winners were the children.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Furloughed NJ State Workers Will Get Paid, Thanks to AFSCME

New Jersey state workers who were needlessly furloughed will get back pay, thanks to the tireless advocacy by members of AFSCME New Jersey.

JOCELYN ALCOX and KEVIN HANES |

Springfield Housing Authority Workers Fight for Fair Wages, Better Contract

The fight for a fair contract continues at the Springfield, Ill., Housing Authority.

David Kreisman |

Activists Share Ideas, Develop Best Practices to Strengthen AFSCME

At the first of many planned AFSCME activist exchanges, 18 activists shared ideas and strategies to strengthen our union.

Ashley Jenkins and Raju Chebium |

Threats Facing Working People and AFSCME’s Response

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders discusses the threats facing AFSCME members and working people everywhere and what our union is doing about it.

SPLINTERNEWS.COM |

You Helped Defeat Trumpcare, Saving Millions of Lives. Thank You.

Working people won big this morning when right-wing politicians failed despite repeated attempts to take health care away from millions.

Pablo Ros |

Never Underestimate a Well-Run Ratification Campaign

When you win a good contract, it often speaks for itself. But what if pay is not something you can bargain over? In Jacksonville, members showed what a strong ratification campaign can look like for expanding our voice and our union.

Mark McCullough |

You Can Stop the Senate from Wrecking Our Health Care System

Yes, you can stop right-wing senators from wrecking our health care system. Call your senators now and tell them to vote no.

Raju Chebium |

Making the Case in MD: VMOs Engage and Succeed

A recent Volunteer Member Organizing blitz in western Maryland succeeded in converting at least 130 fee payers into full members.

Pete Levine |
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