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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: LAURA KNIGHT OF WARREN CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS ELECTED TO SERVE AS NEW SECRETARY-TREASURER OF METRO DETROIT AFL-CIO

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MINIMUM WAGE AND PAID SICK TIME UPDATE

 

All-knowing sources of information. Tour guides to the highways and byways of history. The friendly voice of a morning story time. If that’s all you think of when you think of your library staff, you’d do well to meet some of AFSCME’s library workers, whose reach goes far beyond their libraries’ walls.

Today is National Library Workers Day, when we honor those professionals who keep our libraries running: librarians, technicians and other staff, including custodians, security and maintenance workers.

Fifty-one years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis to help rally the community around 1,300 AFSCME sanitation workers who had gone on strike.

In the 1980s, I was living and going to school in Minnesota when women who worked for state government won a big victory. They got the state to increase the pay of women in “female dominated jobs” by passing a pay equity bill. In other words, they put a dent in the gender pay gap. As a student, I researched and wrote about the process of crafting, passing and implementing that legislation. And I learned something that I have never forgotten: the union made it happen. And not just any union. Our union: AFSCME. 

Our union gained more than 9,000 dues-paying members and nearly 19,000 dues-paying retirees in the last year, suggesting that billionaires and corporations are failing in their effort to “defund and defang” public service unions.

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.

In Missouri, two separate anti-worker measures, HB 1413 and SB 1007, were halted by state courts last week.

Southfield, MI-  

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

 

“No other event compares to this very special evening which showcases what AFSCME and the civil rights movement mean to all workers and our families throughout the world” said President Lawrence Roehrig. The event highlighted the intricate link between the struggles of the labor movement and the civil rights movement.

 

March 5, 2019

AFSCME Applauds Governor Whitmer’s Proposed Budget, Pension Tax Repeal 

Lansing, MI- AFSCME Council 25 issued the following statement from President Lawrence A. Roehrig in response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal earlier today.

BY RAJU CHEBIUM JANUARY 04, 2019 

When public service workers join together through their unions and speak in one voice, they can achieve big victories for working people – even under unfavorable circumstances.