Your Union In Action

 

 

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.

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.

AFSCME Council 17 member Shante’ Gibbs and analyst John Lacny were in studio with Jim Engster on the Louisiana Radio Network to join the conversation on budget cuts and their support of taking away exemptions from corporations.
The Union of Louisiana's State Workers is working to raise awareness about tax fairness, among businesses in the state.
An effective state government with well-funded public services is essential to building a better Louisiana.