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Our Children Need to Hear Us Talk About Unions

Laura Reyes | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Laura Reyes

We've come a long way in this country, but certainly not always in the right direction when it comes to speaking openly and proudly about the value of unions.

The 'Inexcusable' Assault on Workers in Wisconsin

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Wisconsin -- where workers have a deep and rich history of fighting for a voice on the job -- is the latest state to enact a law intended to sap them of their power and strength. With Gov. Scott Walker's signature, the right-to-work scam is now the law in Wisconsin.

Our Nation's Pay Policies Are Due for a Checkup

Laura Reyes | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Laura Reyes

It's about time we recognized that if you work for a living, you should be able to support your health and your family. American families simply aren't being supported today, but there's a simple solution to all of this: Congress must pass paid sick leave and paid family leave policies. We're sick of waiting.

Hoosier Hostility: Not the American Way

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Like the USW, the United States is a union. It is a collection of diverse states and diverse people. Standing together, they are stronger.

Amanda Terkel

Labor Union Pulls Conference Out Of Indiana Over 'Religious Freedom' Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The labor union AFSCME announced Monday that it is moving its 2015 Women’s Conference out of Indianapolis in October, in protest of th...

How the Super-Rich Are Attempting an Illinois Takeover -- and Trying to Shut Out Working Families

Roberta Lynch | Posted 05.18.2015 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

While it may seem mysterious to many in the Illinois media, Gov. Rauner's obsession with weakening unions fits within the context of the corporate elite's nationwide crusade to eliminate organized labor from the American political landscape.

We Must Stand With Law Enforcement Officers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

The members of our union will not condone officers abusing their communities' trust. But we will always stand with officers across this nation who keep us safe and who strengthen our communities. It is sickening to see law enforcement targeted with violence, as they have been nationwide in recent months.

Caregivers, Clients and National Leaders to Put State of California on Trial

Doug Moore | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Doug Moore

Providing care for the severely disabled, elderly and others who need round-the-clock care is the fastest growing job in America, and about 2 million people already are working as caregivers.

The GOP's Big Squeeze

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Every adult American, of course, has the right to work. What this legislation does is help corporations and state governments cut workers' pay. Its intent is regressive. Republicans want to return America to the days when robber barons controlled workers' lives completely.

Larry Scanlon: A Progressive Battler

Mike Lux | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

The progressive community lost one of its toughest and smartest fighters yesterday. Larry died in a car crash on a trip to Florida, and all of us who had the honor of being his friend will miss him greatly.

'Union Scholars' Can Open New Doors for Themselves, Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 04.21.2015 | College
Lee A. Saunders

Organizing -- the process of one-on-one engagement and relationship-building -- is the best strategy for building on millennials' social-media-oriented brand of activism. AFSCME sponsors a program that puts college students on the front lines of union-organizing campaigns across the nation.

Black History Is Labor History: How Jim Crow-Era Racism Is Impacting Homecare Workers Today

Doug Moore | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

This Black History Month, let's celebrate and honor Black history by recognizing and committing to all of the work we have still to do. No one is equal until we are all equal.

We Have Cure for What Ails State of the Union

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

We've finally emerged from the crash of 2008. We've had 58 consecutive quarters of job growth. Unemployment is declining. Productivity is up. Yet, most Americans aren't exactly high-fiving each other. Never mind the state of the union; the state of their households isn't great.

Pregnancy Should Not Be a Disqualification

Laura Reyes | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Laura Reyes

Under doctor's orders not to lift anything weighing more than 20 pounds, she asked her employer for light-duty work, an accommodation UPS is required to give under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and frequently offered to other employees with a similar need.

We Demand a Shot at the American Dream

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

It's been a rough four years for the women, men and children living on the margins in this country. Those margins have gotten a lot more pronounced and swallowed up a lot more folks in states run by extremist, right-wing governors.

They Want Us to Stay Home on Nov. 4

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

The tea party and other elected extremists cannot bring themselves to believe that voters just aren't buying the poisonous policies they're trying to sell. So they operate under the belief that if you won't vote for them, you shouldn't vote at all.

#TurnOutForWhat? Our Values, For a Start

Laura Reyes | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

At AFSCME, we've recently launched the #TurnOutForWhat campaign on Twitter and Tumblr. People across the country are sharing why they're turning out to the polls on Nov. 4 and they're recruiting others to do the same. It's not just a hashtag; it's a call to action that we will heed on Election Day.

The Death of Maria Fernandes Demands a Call to Action

Laura Reyes | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

When I heard about the death of Maria Fernandes, an exhausted worker who died while napping in her car between two of her four jobs, I felt an my immense sadness that quickly turned to anger. Maria was a victim of an economic condition that grinds up low-wage workers, particularly women.

From Labor Day to Election Day, 'These People' Are Ready for Action

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

This Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans will enjoy the final stretch of summer. Most won't think about the 1.6 million hardworking public service workers of AFSCME who are on duty 24/7. But evidence of what we do for our communities will be everywhere.

#WEmatter and We Demand Change

Laura Reyes | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Laura Reyes

For too long the needs of women and families have been dismissed by our elected officials, as if women, who make up more than 50 percent of the population, are a special interest group seeking special treatment. It is way past time Congress understood that our issues are not an afterthought but are of critical importance.

New Koch, Same as the Old Koch

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Don't be fooled by the recent USA Today column in which Charles Koch, a man who made billions while trampling workers' rights, shares his supposed deep concern for working families, young people and the disadvantaged.

Kate Sheppard

Michigan Senate Candidate Gets Big Boost From Greens, Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The environmental group League of Conservation Voters and the union American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announc...

Why the Anti-Union Argument Loses Every Time

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

It is ugly individualism that underlies the political ideology of the rich industrialists who are spending billions in an effort to shred Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and who are attempting to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Unions are an impediment to their grand scheme, so they're coming after us with a vengeance.

Will Labor Solidarity Save the Post Office?

David Morris | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
David Morris

The United States Postal Service (USPS) management just ran into a possible game-changing obstacle to its shameful pursuit of a fully privatized post office: labor solidarity.

Black Colleges Face Hard Choices On $25 Million Koch Donation

AP | JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 07.23.2014 | Black Voices

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters. Enter a $25 million gift to the United...