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Eight neatly arranged stacks of paper sit on a long wood table in a Starbucks in Prescott, Arizona. Several pens are placed beside the documents. The chairs at the table are empty –for now.

The Janus case was an attempt to deliver a knockout blow to millions of working people and their families who looked to the Supreme Court as an independent institution that advances equal

When he first took a job at the Centralia Correctional Center in Illinois, Keith Kracht knew that a career in public service wouldn’t make him a millionaire. But then again, that’s not why he went into public service.

Carson City, Nevada – Correction Officers from AFSCME Local 4041 in Nevada are calling on the Nevada Department of Corrections, (NDOC) administrators to immediately address understaffing and cease hiring staff that are not adequately trained to keep inmates and the public safe, in light of the crisis situation occurring in NDOC right now.

The Nevada state Legislature this week approved Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget, which includes the first wage increases for state workers since 2007. 

AFSCME Local 4041 members were rewarded for their steadfast advocacy with the 3 percent raise over two years. Their last wage increase was offset by retirement and health benefits premiums.

Our state employees union, Local 4041, has long advocated for reduced healthcare rates and improved benefits.

Our voices have been heard! On March 22, 2018, the Public Employees' Benefits Program (PEBP) Board has voted to reduce all covered state and retirees healthcare premiums for the first time since 2011.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders lashed out at the Trump administration after President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders to make it easier to fire federal workers and weaken their unions.

Don't Fall for the Scam

You could become the target of a scam to trick you into quitting your union. Don’t fall for it. Billionaires who want to bust unions are behind a scam in which working people are being lied to and tricked into dropping their union. Arm yourself with the facts and educate yourself on the many benefits of union membership. And learn about the shadowy network of right-wing groups that’s out to scam you to gain political power for the elites at the expense of working people.

When AFSCME members stand together, we have power in numbers. Together, we can defend our freedom to take our loved ones to the doctor when they get sick and retire with dignity some day. Together, we have the power to make our voices heard at work and in our democracy. That’s our AFSCME Agenda.

Public service workers across the country are losing their foothold in the middle class. So says an article in The New York Times this week that serves as a reminder of why labor unions are more needed now than ever.

“The current configurations of the union movement may well shift, but the growing public support for labor suggests that in one form or another, worker organizations are not going away”