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Workers in Missouri and New Mexico have chalked important victories against anti-worker laws that would have robbed them of their voices and the right to bargain collectively.

LAS VEGAS — More than 160 AFSCME members gathered in Las Vegas last week to lift up the voice of public service workers and move our union forward.  

A federal court has ruled in favor of working families and against wealthy special interests in D

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.

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.

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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.

At labor-management meetings, our union team sits down with management regularly to talk about problems like safety, staffing, and ways to retain those of us that work in the more dangerous units in our facility. Labor-management meetings work. Recently, we won $.75-an-hour hazard pay for coworkers in the more hazardous unit called ASSA. We also changed a policy that put more distance between us and our more dangerous patients -- because at arm's length, many of us were getting hurt.

Good labor relations matter when union members meet with management to negotiate a new agreement. Members of AFSCME Local 1187 work for Sodexo at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL  Lafayette). Recently, they sat down with the company to negotiate a new four-year agreement. Both sides had their priorities, and when negotiations were completed, the new agreement addressed wage suppression and the retention of newer employees, which was a concern both of the company and of union members.