Across the nation, women are creating change for working families more than ever before. The Women’s Leadership Academy is ready to train more AFSCME women to be leaders of that change.

It’s not a secret that drug prices in the United States are rising much faster than inflation.

After years of debate and delay, Congress has finally passed a bill to ensure that first responders who suffered health problems after responding to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will receive health care and other compensation for as long as they live.

Health insurance is one of the most costly expenses for businesses.  Premiums have risen by double digits over the years.  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average annual premium for single coverage for 2018 was $6,896 an increase of 3% from 2017.  Family coverage premiums were $19,616. That represented an 5% increase over 2017 and a 55% increase from 2008.  PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) premium cost were even higher - $7,149 single coverage and $ 20,324 family coverage.  Insurance premiums have always increase more than wages or inflation.

With former Vice President Joe Biden confirming his participation on Tuesday, the AFSCME-sponsored presidential candidate forum on Aug. 3 will be the biggest event of its kind in our union’s history.

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 contributions from local unions and volunteers.  Organizers of this picnic are seeking donations to cover the cost of the food, beverages and water park tickets for the 1st 100 kids.  You can send your donations payable to AFSCME Family Picnic/Duane Gatzke, 1025 E. Rose Ave, St.

Today, the latest attempt by the Trump administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act will unfold at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, where oral arguments in Texas v. Azar will be heard. The case threatens the future of the ACA, which provides health care to millions of Americans.

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents recently approved their 2020 budget, which includes tuition increases, the possibility of health care hikes, and a wage increase that doesn’t do enough to keep workers out of poverty.

Local 3800 Members Address University Board of Regents

AFSCME is on a roll. We are notching victories coast to coast – at the bargaining table, in the organizing trenches and in state capitals.

Following a brutal workplace attack in October that left her unconscious and hospitalized, Tina Suckow is speaking out. She and her AFSCME sisters and brothers are raising their voices against her firing by Iowa state authorities and in favor of a federal bill that would help prevent such workplace attacks.