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AFSCME is partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund n its Union Scholars Program to provide educational opportunities and scholarships to talented students of color from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other colleges and universities.


 

Senator Warren has a message for AFSCME members. While Senator Warren is not on a ballot this November, she reminds us why it’s so important that we get out to vote this fall.


 

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 immense sadness that quickly turned to anger.


 

We will never forget.


 

Contrary to conventional wisdom, Medicare costs aren’t a budget buster. The nonpartisan budget scorekeeper, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), reported last week that Medicare spending is declining.


 

In case you missed it, we put together a very short video of Sen. Mitch McConnell and the secret audio of his remarks to a group of billionaire right-wing donors.


 

On Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans will enjoy the final stretch of summer.


 

It is way past time Congress understood that women's issues are not an afterthought but are of critical importance to the economic health and well-being of our nation.


 

We asked AFSCME members to share their talent on stage at the 41st International Convention and the results were amazing.


 

This November, AFSCME will work overtime to support candidates who will protect collective bargaining rights, preserve retirement security, and ensure that every American has decent health care coverage.


 

Read between the lines, because Charles Koch's toxic vision for our country is still evident.


 

Rep. Paul Ryan keeps trotting out the same old plans to shred the U.S. safety net but calls it something else. His most recent scheme to cut anti-poverty programs comes with buzzwords like “innovation” and “flexibility,” but it’s the same tired ideas.


 

Opponents of labor unions were rubbing their hands gleefully earlier this summer when the Supreme Court ruled that home care workers didn't have to pay "fair share" fees. But our union is a testament to the power of collective action.


 

Watch AFSCME member Maricruz Manzanarez's powerful story on why we need immigration reform.


 

In a rousing keynote address at AFSCME's 41st International Convention in Chicago, Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes told the assembled delegates that unions do make a difference. Click through to watch the video highlights.


 

We kicked off the 41st International Convention in Chicago with some big news: our union is 92,155 members stronger today than it was just a few months ago. Watch highlights of Pres. Saunders' speech by clicking through.


 

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that home care and child care providers members were not required to pay fair share dues.


 

Home care and child care workers will continue to stand up for quality care in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn.


 

You might be surprised.


 

Women who belong to a union earn, on average, 11 percent more than non-union workers.


 

In the Public Interest study shows disproportionate impact of outsourcing on women and African Americans.


 

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EMTs and paramedics suffer three times as many workplace injuries as the national average.


 

PayWatch Raises Awareness about Income Inequality Read more >>>

New AFSCME campaign will grow the union by 50,000 members before the 2014 Convention in July. Read more >>>

At the recent Auto Workers’ legislative conference in DC, the Vice President said unions are the only gate-keepers protecting workers’ voices on the job. Read more >>>

Last month’s employment figures are in, and things don’t look good. Read more >>>

by Olivia Sandbothe

Low-wage workers in certain federally funded jobs will see a much-needed pay increase, thanks to President Obama.

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By Helen Cox

ATLANTA, Ga. – Snow began falling in Atlanta at noon on Tuesday, and as drivers took to the streets, chaos ensued. While most Atlantans were able to leave their workplaces yesterday afternoon, Atlanta Public School bus drivers who are members of AFSCME Local 1644 stayed on the job, transporting children safely home over ice-slicked roads.

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Every hour, every day, AFSCME members are making American happen. We’ve photographed public workers in action, from coast to coast, from morning ‘til night and all the way until dawn. Read more >>>

Last week, AFSCME celebrated the 50th anniversary of Pres. Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of the “War on Poverty” that inspired the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, food stamps (SNAP), subsidized child care, Head Start, housing assistance, and many other programs that continue to help America’s seniors and low-income families. Read more >>>

The AFSCME Blog is your source for news and updates about legislative battles, success stories and struggles, upcoming conferences and conventions, and more from the national union and our members across the country. Read more at http://www.afscme.org/blog

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