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Hundreds of AFSCME members, community leaders, and allies gathered to honor and celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

At a time when our country needs real investments in infrastructure, education and public services, congressional leaders 

AFSCME JOINS MICHIGAN NURSES ASSOCIATION IN CALL FOR DICKINSON COUNTY HEALTH SYSTEM CEO TO RESIGN

Iron Mountain, MI- Today, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME, AFL-CIO) joined the Michigan Nurses in their call for CEO John Schon to resign his position as hospital CEO and administrator for the Dickinson County Healthcare System.

AFSCME Local 1176 represents over 300 workers at Dickinson County Hospital including nurse aides, LPNs, laundry aides, cooks, security guards, and other administrative professionals and healthcare providers.

No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

Like others around the world, I mourned the death last week of Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul set a new standard for enduring classic songs with both artistic and political impact, like her mega-hit “Respect,” which became an anthem for both the civil rights and women’s movements.

And that song is on my mind as we embark on a week of action dedicated to shining light on the stakes for women in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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 rights and fundamental freedoms for all.

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 Council 25 Issues 2018 General Election Endorsements

Lansing, MI- Today, the AFSCME Council 25 Executive Board and Officers ratified the recommendations of the Area PEOPLE Committees and issued endorsements of candidates at the federal, state, and local levels for the 2018 general election. The full list, including endorsements made before the primary election, is below.

 

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.