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With former Vice President Joe Biden confirming his participation on Tuesday, the AFSCME-sponsored presidential candidate forum on Aug.

AFSCME Family Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 18th from 1-5 pm at Battle Creek Regional Park, Maplewood, Mn.  The park is located off McKnight and Upper Afton Rd.  This picnic relies on contr

Today, the latest attempt by the Trump administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act will

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Public service workers across the country lauded the passage of Nevada Senate Bill 135, which expands collective bargaining rights to over 20,000 Nevada state employees – the largest statewide expansion of collective bargaining rights in 16 years.

The bill, expected to be signed into law by Gov. Steve Sisolak, comes at a time when unions are experiencing the highest level of public support in more than a decade.

Last year, after nearly 25 years of working hard at her job at the University of Michigan, Deborah Van Horn was forced out of work by health issues and soon found herself in need of financial assistance.

“I was put on disability, but after a while you only get about 50 percent of your normal wages,” she recounts. “It was important to me to cover general expenses and keep my credit in good standing.”

EMS Week is a time to recognize the sacrifices that EMS professionals make for their communities and to honor these skilled heroes who rush into danger when we need them most. AFSCME EMS professionals play an essential role in the emergency response system, but their stories—and the wounds they suffer on the job—are often overlooked.

With contract negotiations in progress, you are wondering what pay raise you can expect. The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics March 2018 to March 2019, the average wage increase for State and Local Government Workers was 2.5%.  This is an improvement over the wage increase from the previous year which was 1.9%.  When you factor in health insurance benefits, the total increase was 3%.  The private sector workers received an wage increase of 3% but when you include benefits, the total increase was only 2.8%.  

Some people have wild stories about their coworkers. Jill’s, though, are unique.

Jill Erzar is a zookeeper at Como Zoo in St Paul. Her coworkers are giraffes, bison, reindeer, kudu, zebra, and other hooved animals of all shapes and sizes.

Growing up, Jill always loved animals. She considered becoming a veterinarian, and was studying animal health in college before she took an internship at Como Zoo.

“By Day Two, I was a goner,” Jill said. “I knew this was what I wanted to do.”

Minnesota winters are tough. In Rochester, several blizzards brought the entire town to a standstill. Major roads and highways were closed, sometimes for days at a time.

When weather makes it unsafe to travel, Jeff Paulson – better known as Scuffy – hits the road. Scuffy works at MnDOT District 6, which covers Southern Minnesota. In the summer, Scuffy and his MnDOT team inspect bridges, maintain signage, and fix potholes and other road damage. But in the winter, they plow snow.

Members of AFSCME’s law enforcement community take countless risks to keep our communities safe. When those brave heroes make the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, our obligation is to never forget them.

National Police Week is a time to honor fallen law enforcement officers, as well as a time for the law enforcement community to stand in solidarity with each other.

According to the US Department of Labor, the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in 50 years, 3.6%.  The economy has added 263,000 jobs in April with no signs of job growth stalling.  The largest gains in jobs were in the business services, construction and health care.  One job sector that showed disappointment and shows signs of it stalling was the manufacturing sector.   We now have more job available than unemployed people or full employment.