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  • Title: AFSCME | New York Members Speak Out Against Parking Meter Privatization
    Descriptive info: Print.. Font Size:.. New York Members Speak Out Against Parking Meter Privatization.. August 03, 2012.. NEW YORK New York AFSCME members spoke out this week about the city s plan to privatize the New York City parking system, calling it senseless and costly.. In a press conference at City Hall, members of DC 37, including Local 1455, decried the city s plan to auction off to the private sector a reliable source of more than $150 million a year in city revenue.. We are speaking out against privatization that hasn t worked, doesn t work and won t work for our city, said District Council 37 Exec.. Dir.. Lillian Roberts.. The city wants to continue to misspend billions of dollars, this time on an unnecessary private parking contract when city parking system workers are already doing an excellent job, generating approximately $1.. 2 million per worker in revenue for the city.. We re here to say to Mayor Bloomberg, Don t break something that s working.. They were joined by City Council member James Vacca, chair of the Transportation Committee, New York City Comptroller John Liu and other members of the New York City Council.. Frankly, I see no reason to outsource their maintenance when the men and women of DC 37 and CWA have a proven track record of doing a good job at collection and maintenance, Vacca said.. The fact that 95 percent of our parking meters are in good working order speaks for itself.. I share the city s interest in parking meter innovation and technology, but outsourcing a workforce that s already doing a stellar job shouldn t be part of that process.. Bramer spoke about the devastating impact of  ...   Residents and Public Service Workers in California.. Previous:.. Romney’s Tax Plan: Give to the Rich, Take from the Poor.. Categories.. Select a Category.. 2006 Convention.. 2008 Convention.. 2010 Convention.. 2012 Convention.. Budget & Taxes.. Child Care.. Civil Rights.. Convention.. Dr.. Martin Luther King.. Economic Security.. Education & Child Care.. Election 2008.. Equity for Women.. Federal Budget & Taxes.. From the President.. From the Secretary-Treasurer.. General.. Good and Welfare.. Legislation.. Media.. Medicaid.. Medicare.. Organizing.. Other/Unknown.. Politics and Elections.. Public Safety.. Social Security.. Uncategorized.. Veterans.. Women.. Archives.. Select a Month.. January 2014.. December 2013.. November 2013.. October 2013.. September 2013.. August 2013.. July 2013.. June 2013.. May 2013.. April 2013.. March 2013.. February 2013.. January 2013.. December 2012.. November 2012.. October 2012.. September 2012.. August 2012.. July 2012.. June 2012.. May 2012.. April 2012.. March 2012.. February 2012.. January 2012.. December 2011.. November 2011.. October 2011.. September 2011.. August 2011.. July 2011.. June 2011.. May 2011.. April 2011.. March 2011.. February 2011.. January 2011.. December 2010.. November 2010.. October 2010.. September 2010.. August 2010.. July 2010.. June 2010.. May 2010.. April 2010.. March 2010.. February 2010.. January 2010.. December 2009.. November 2009.. October 2009.. September 2009.. August 2009.. July 2009.. June 2009.. May 2009.. April 2009.. March 2009.. February 2009.. January 2009.. December 2008.. November 2008.. October 2008.. September 2008.. August 2008.. July 2008.. June 2008.. May 2008.. April 2008.. March 2008.. February 2008.. January 2008.. December 2007.. November 2007.. October 2007.. September 2007.. August 2007.. July 2007.. June 2007.. May 2007.. April 2007.. March 2007.. February 2007.. January 2007.. December 2006.. November 2006.. October 2006.. September 2006.. August 2006.. July 2006.. June 2006.. May 2006.. April 2006.. March 2006.. February 2006.. January 2006.. AFSCME on Twitter..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Resources
    Descriptive info: Resources.. National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions (NASHTU).. Taking Them for a Ride: An Assessment of the Privatization of School Transportation in Ohio's Public School Districts.. AFSCME Information Highway: Transportation.. Privatization Update: Transportation..

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  • Title: AFSCME | News / Publications
    Descriptive info: News / Publications.. Vermont Home Care Providers Choose AFSCME in Historic Vote.. Press Room.. Press.. Releases.. 4.. Jan 08.. Jan 07.. Lee Saunders on the Extension of Emergency Unemployment Insurance.. Emergency unemployment insurance benefits need to be extended immediately.. The time is now for Congress to stand up for working people.. Dec 05.. Statement of AFSCME Pres.. Lee Saunders on the Death of Nelson Mandela — a Champion of Democracy, Justice and Freedom.. AFSCME joins the world in mourning the death of Nelson Mandela a champion of democracy, justice and freedom.. Dec 04.. AFSCME's Saunders: “Ruling Paves The Way For The Decimation Of Detroit’s Working Class.. Nov 21.. Lee Saunders: This is a major step toward resolving Senate obstructionism.. Washington is broken and the extreme partisan gridlock in the Senate is untenable.. Oct 17.. AFSCME’S SAUNDERS: "This shutdown ordeal has come to an end.. It should never happen again.. ".. "The hardworking women and men of this country deserve better.. Oct 01.. AFSCME’s Saunders: “It’s Time for Governing to Take Precedence over Partisan Posturing”.. Misguided Vendetta-Fueled Agenda to Repeal Affordable Care Act Must Be Stopped.. Sep 17.. AFSCME Applauds Department of Labor for Providing Home Care Workers Wage and Hour Protections.. Lee Saunders on Updated Regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act.. Sep 13.. Secretary-Treasurer Reyes: Violence Against Women Act Needs Protection, Not Cuts, on Its Anniversary.. Statement of AFSCME Sec.. Laura Reyes on the 19th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.. Jul 26.. Statement by Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes on the 23rd Anniversary of the ADA.. Jul 19.. Court Rules in Favor of AFSCME Members, Detroit Bankruptcy Illegal.. Statement by AFSCME Pres.. Lee Saunders: Snyder and Orr are not above the law and cannot ignore the Michigan constitution.. Jul 18.. Lee Saunders on Detroit Bankruptcy Filing.. Featured.. President Lee Saunders: Next Wave.. Lee Saunders addresses the 2013 Next Wave  ...   on Mayday in San Diego.. At the end, Laura Reyes, General Secretary of the United Domestic Workers International and.. (Democratic Underground).. Reid headlines Las Vegas immigration rally.. People waving American flags, honking hand-held horns and chanting “Si se puede” — Spanish for.. (Associated Press).. Apr 04.. 45 years after Martin Luther King shot, "50 days of nonviolence".. Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees labor union, which organized.. (Reuters).. Mayor Wharton Responds To Sanitation Criticism.. The president of AFSCME tells News Channel 3, he feels the fight to keep Dr.. (WREG Memphis).. Progressive Groups Revive King’s Message on Anniversary of Mountaintop Speech.. On the 45th anniversary of Dr.. Martin Luther King Jr.. ’s final speech at Mason Temple,.. Feb 13.. Public-Sector Workers Rally Against Sequestration.. …“We’re here to stand up for public services that have been cut to the bone,”.. (GovExec.. com).. Union leaders denounce sequestration at DC rally: ‘They want to see us bleed’.. ….. “That top one and two percent want more power.. They want more wealth and.. (The Hill).. Feb 12.. Union President on Labor and Black History.. On the 45th anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Strike, we spoke to Lee Saunders, AFSCME's.. (The Root).. AFSCME President Slams Pat Quinn, Michael Nutter As 'Turncoats' Who Must 'Pay'.. One of the top labor leaders in the country ripped into two prominent Democratic lawmakers.. (Huffington Post).. Feb 05.. theGrio’s 100: Lee Saunders, organizing America’s largest union.. Lee Saunders is the first black president of AFSCME.. … Saunders made history as the.. (theGrio ).. Aug 06.. New ad hits GOP over tax cuts.. Americans United for Change teamed up with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal.. (CNN PoliticalTicker).. RECENT.. AFSCME WORKS, Fall 2013.. Main Street’s New Moment: What Election 2012 Means for America’s Working Families.. “Main Street Moment” by Gerald W.. McEntee and Lee Saunders..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Press Room
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  • Title: AFSCME.org Press Release Feed
    Descriptive info: org Press Release Feed.. http://www.. afscme.. org/rss/press-releases.. org Press Releases.. Tue, 3 May 2011 05:00:00 +0000.. AMPS.. en.. hourly.. Lee Saunders on the 50th anniversary of the â War on Povertyâ.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/afscme-pres-lee-saunders-on-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-war-on-poverty.. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0500.. Lee Saunders issued the following statement today on the 50.. th.. anniversary of the War on Poverty.. Today we recognize the important successes of Pres.. Lyndon Johnson s War on Poverty initiatives.. Establishing Medicare and creating cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security cut in half the poverty rate for seniors.. Without the many programs that have their roots in that era -- including Medicaid, food stamps (SNAP), subsidized child care, Head Start, housing assistance and many others -- the overall poverty rate would be nearly double what it is today.. Every day, AFSCME members work to maximize the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs.. Our members determine eligibility for social insurance and anti-poverty programs, and provide child care and home care services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.. But the safety net alone cannot bring about shared economic prosperity.. Since mid-2009, 95 percent of all increased income in the U.. S.. went to the top 1 percent the ultra-rich.. Worsening income inequality is threatening the very existence of the middle class.. To protect and grow the middle class, we must remove impediments to union organizing for public and private sector workers.. Congress must pass legislation that will create jobs.. We must increase the federal minimum wage so jobs pay enough to lift families out of poverty.. And, wealthy individuals and corporations must pay their fair share in taxes to fund job growth and other initiatives that will rebuild the middle class.. At the same time, we must protect and strengthen safety net programs.. Most immediately, Congress must continue jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.. And, as we mark this important War on Poverty anniversary, anti-poverty programs should receive adequate congressional support, so they can serve all who are eligible.. ]]>.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/afscme-pres-lee-saunders-on-the-extension-of-emergency-unemployment-insurance.. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0500.. Lee Saunders issued the following statement today on the Senate s vote to advance debate on emergency unemployment insurance benefits:.. "Unemployment insurance is a lifeline for millions of Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.. Today, the Senate took an important step to provide some much-needed relief, but their vote advancing debate on unemployment insurance is only a first step toward a temporary fix and not a long-term solution.. Denying extended unemployment insurance benefits to 1.. 3 million out-of-work Americans and their families defies logic as our nation tries to rebuild economically.. These benefits should have never expired in the first place.. Sadly, only six Republicans crossed the aisle to support their constituents.. It may be a new year, but the Republican agenda is bogged down by more of the same, harmful anti-worker policies.. Last year Republicans tried to end Medicare as we know it, cut $40 billion from food assistance, and even shut down the government just to protect tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy.. The unemployed are not nameless or faceless.. They are parents with children whose lives hang in the balance as they continue their job search in a recovering economy and try to put food on the table for their families.. Lee Saunders on the Death of Nelson Mandela â a Champion of Democracy, Justice and Freedom.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/statement-of-afscme-pres-lee-saunders-on-the-death-of-nelson-mandela-a-champion-of-democracy-justice-and-freedom.. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500.. President Mandela said,.. What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.. Nelson Mandela changed the course of history by liberating an oppressed nation in pursuit of racial equality.. The world s most famous, political prisoner refused to let 27 years of imprisonment deter him from ending apartheid and bringing democracy to South Africa.. Throughout his life he carried a message of hope, peace, equality and non-violence.. Through AFSCME s support of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, we were fortunate to establish a special relationship with Mandela.. He addressed our 1990 International Convention in Miami after his release from prison, inspiring thousands of union activists with his courage, perseverance and his dedication to South Africa and its people.. AFSCME is eternally grateful to President Mandela for the courage and dignity he brought to the global fight for human rights.. AFSCME's Saunders: â Ruling Paves The Way For The Decimation Of Detroitâ s Working Class.. â.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/afscmes-saunders-ruling-paves-the-way-for-the-decimation-of-detroits-working-class.. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0500.. Lee Saunders issued the following statement today.. on the Detroit bankruptcy eligibility ruling:.. AFSCME will appeal today s ruling and will continue to fight back against this assault on the men and women who have worked hard for the City of Detroit.. Today s ruling helps pave the way for Gov.. Rick Snyder s decimation of Detroit s working class.. If his assault on pensions is left to stand, we will have homeless, hungry retirees on the streets of Detroit.. The Detroit bankruptcy is not just about legality it is also about morality.. AFSCME members in Detroit have taken pay cut after pay cut.. The average pension is approximately $19,000 a year.. Strong cities are not built by squeezing retirees and dismantling the public sector.. It will take real solutions to move Detroit forward and this bankruptcy is just a sorry substitute for the governor s lack of vision for Detroit and all of Michigan.. Gov.. Snyder took an oath to uphold the Michigan constitution, and he has ignored that oath.. He has made it clear that his goal is to gut vested pension benefits.. The Michigan constitution says these benefits are protected, and they cannot be reduced or impaired.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/statement-of-afscme-pres-lee-saunders-this-is-a-major-step-toward-resolving-senate-obstructionism.. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:10:00 -0500.. Senator Reid did the right thing in moving to change Senate rules to allow a majority vote on most executive branch nominations.. This is a major step toward resolving Senate obstructionism.. AFSCMEâ S SAUNDERS: This shutdown ordeal has come to an end.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/afscmes-saunders-this-shutdown-ordeal-has-come-to-an-end-it-should-never-happen-again.. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:58:00 -0500.. Lee Saunders issued the following statement today regarding a deal reached in Congress to end the federal government shutdown and avoid default on the nation s debts:.. For two weeks, Republican congressional leaders were derelict in their duty.. They allowed a fringe element in their party one vastly out of step with American values and priorities -- to shut our government down and bring the country to the brink of defaulting on its financial obligations.. Their actions demonstrated a callous disregard for this nation s citizens, businesses and the economy.. The agreement reached is by no means perfect because it continues the Draconian cuts in public services until the next deadline in January.. But after 16 days, this shutdown ordeal has come to an end.. The hardworking women and men of this country deserve better.. AFSCMEâ s Saunders: â Itâ s Time for Governing to Take Precedence over Partisan Posturingâ.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/afscmes-saunders-its-time-for-governing-to-take-precedence-over-partisan-posturing.. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 10:03:00 -0500.. Lee Saunders issued the following statement today regarding the federal government shutdown.. Radical tea-party Republicans pushed this country right to the tipping point.. The nation is collectively fed up with their political theatrics.. It is time for governing to take precedence over partisan posturing.. Instead of working to make this country stronger, they are obsessing over old political fights and throwing a nationwide temper tantrum that harms the economy, hurts our communities and puts people out of work.. Their misguided, vendetta-fueled agenda to repeal the Affordable Care Act, slash Medicare and Medicaid, cut Social Security and other vital services while refusing to make the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share must be stopped.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/afscme-applauds-department-of-labor-for-providing-home-care-workers-wage-and-hour-protections.. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:41:00 -0500.. Lee Saunders issued the following statement today after the Department of Labor updated regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act.. The new regulations will provide most home care workers with basic federal wage and hour protections.. Today the Department of Labor corrected a longstanding injustice by providing home care workers minimum wage and overtime protections.. Home care workers, for far too long, were invisible, and today they are invisible no more.. These women and men who help our mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers live at home with dignity will now be given the respect afforded to most other workers.. Just as home care providers provide a lifeline for millions of Americans, today Secretary Perez and the Obama administration did the same for them.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/secretary-treasurer-reyes-violence-against-women-act-needs-protection-not-cuts-on-its-anniversary.. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:59:00 -0500.. Today we celebrate the 19th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, a law that has made a real difference in the lives of many women in this country.. It gives local, state, and federal authorities more power and resources to prosecute violent crimes against women.. The law created a national hotline for victims, established a network of shelters, and expanded housing assistance for victims who flee their homes to escape violence.. Since the law was signed by Pres.. Bill Clinton on Sept.. 13, 1994, domestic violence rates against women have declined by 64 percent.. This amounts to real progress.. But as President Obama put it when he signed a renewal and expansion of VAWA this March, We cannot let up not when domestic violence still kills three women a day, not when one in five women will be a victim of rape in their lifetime, not when one in three women is abused by a partner.. This year s renewal of VAWA, which AFSCME supported 19 years ago, is bittersweet.. Across-the-board cuts brought about by sequestration are slashing funding and weakening the programs we just fought to continue and strengthen.. If Congress does not take positive action to stop the sequester cuts:.. 112,000 fewer victims will have access to domestic violence programs and shelters;.. 64,000 fewer victims will receive assistance in obtaining protection orders and other services;.. Some programs that meet the unique needs of rape and sexual assault victims will be compromised; and.. Programs that provide services to children and youth exposed to violence will face cuts.. We must continue to demand a fully funded Violence Against Women Act, as AFSCME members and allies have at every turn when the law has been threatened.. Just this year, the law almost became a victim of the right-wing, deadlocked Congress after it expired, but AFSCME members pressured lawmakers to do the right thing.. The reauthorized version in place today is more inclusive and beneficial than ever.. Here are some of the important developments.. It extends federal protections and resources to gay or transgender persons, as well as Native American women victimized on tribal lands by non-Indian men, and undocumented immigrants.. Victims of domestic violence who lack legal status can receive the help they need without fear of deportation.. And Native American women will no longer suffer twice by seeing their abusers go free.. For them, the law s new provisions are long overdue.. AFSCME will continue to encourage its affiliates to provide counseling and other support services for victims of domestic violence.. And as we celebrate its anniversary, we renew our commitment to making VAWA a legislative priority and ensure it is preserved and fully funded.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/statement-by-secretary-treasurer-laura-reyes-on-the-23rd-anniversary-of-the-ada.. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500.. Today, we celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a farsighted law that continues to improve the lives of millions of Americans each day.. In protecting all Americans from potential discrimination based on disability, the ADA, signed in 1990, was a major achievement for human rights and social justice, protecting every citizen s right to participate fully in the social and economic life of our country.. AFSCME lobbied for passage of the ADA, and since its passage, we have helped our members take full advantage of its protections.. The law is rooted in the principle that discrimination is a threat to individual freedom and that each person s life has merit a principle for which AFSCME has always fought.. It aligns closely with our mission to protect workers rights and ensure fair treatment in the workplace.. As the mother of a young man who was born with a disability, I am proud of what our country achieved through the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which broadened protections for disabled workers.. These laws aid millions of people living with disabilities, their families and their caregivers.. They made a difference in my life, and that of my son, Damian, as we navigated medical care, education, and everything else that comes with growing up with a disability.. It is appropriate on this anniversary that we remember the critical role of home care providers in caring for individuals with disabilities.. They must have basic protections that guarantee their dignity and fair treatment in the workplace as they work with the most medically fragile in our communities.. Across the country,  ...   Service and Commitment to Communities.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/afscme-honors-ems-workers-for-service-and-commitment-to-communities.. Wed, 22 May 2013 20:12:00 -0500.. May 19-25 is National EMS Week, a time to recognize and thank EMS workers for the vital support and assistance they provide throughout the year.. At some point, most families in America need emergency medical services.. When an accident or serious medical crisis occurs, EMS workers rush to help.. While we honor our nation s EMS workers for their hard work and service, let s also remember that to do their jobs well, EMS workers must have the proper equipment, training and experience.. AFSCME is proud of our efforts to provide EMS workers with a strong voice in the workplace.. More than 20,000 emergency services personnel.. throughout the nation are AFSCME members.. Since 2012, more than 3,000 EMS professionals have organized with AFSCME so we are getting even stronger every day!.. Our union s 1.. 6 million members are particularly proud of the crucial role our sisters and brothers of.. FDNY Local 2507.. and Local 3621 played in the rescue effort during and after Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast Coast.. While their own families and homes were at risk, these workers demonstrated a real commitment to their neighbors and communities.. Their service and sacrifice were an inspiration to New York and the entire country.. This year, the theme of EMS Week is One Mission.. One Team.. EMS workers know the importance of teamwork.. EMTs, paramedics, Vehicle Service Technicians, mechanics, System Status Coordinators, schedulers, and others understand that lives can be lost unless they work together.. From the moment a call for help is placed, until assistance and care are delivered, the team must work together.. EMS workers throughout the nation also know the importance of working together with union colleagues to advance their profession throughout the nation.. Regardless of where they work, many of the issues they face with their employer are similar.. That s why EMS workers from across the country serve as.. Volunteer Member Organizers.. , meeting and.. getting to know their EMS colleagues.. to talk about the issues they have in common and the need to face them together.. Jose Gonzalez a member of.. AFSCME Local 3621.. who took vacation time last year to help out his fellow EMS workers in California put it this way: Whether we re in New York, Indiana, or California, we are all EMS workers who deserve a unified voice in the work we do.. AFSCME is proud of our EMS members who contribute so much to their communities.. We salute their service as the nation celebrates National EMS Week.. Lee Saunders on the Oklahoma Tornado Tragedy.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/afscme-pres-lee-saunders-on-the-oklahoma-tornado-tragedy.. Tue, 21 May 2013 15:04:38 -0500.. Words seem inadequate to describe the horror and heartbreak facing the families who lost loved ones in the wake of the Moore tornado.. The grief of parents who have lost children must be more than their hearts can bear.. Our prayers go out to the families of Moore and to all the people of Oklahoma.. As of now, we believe all of our members and their families are safe.. We are grateful that none have lost their lives.. Our members in Oklahoma City, Muskogee and other communities are among those responding to the tragedy.. AFSCME members who work at the Lake Draper Water Plant are working to restore the plant, which was put completely out of commission by the tornado.. Other members in the region are delivering water, food and generators to those in need.. We are inspired by their service during this terrible crisis.. Several AFSCME members in Oklahoma have lost their homes.. Others have sustained significant damage to their houses and property.. In the days ahead, we will do all that we can to be of help to them.. The AFSCME Fallen Heroes Fund will be providing financial support and assistance.. We will let members around the country know how best they can contribute to help those who have suffered as a result of this devastating disaster.. Shareholders Vote on Independent Chair at JPMorgan Chase.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/shareholders-vote-on-independent-chair-at-jpmorgan-chase.. Tue, 21 May 2013 14:23:10 -0500.. In a call for reform, shareholders of JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) cast votes on the adoption of an independent chair of the board of directors.. The measure was proposed by the AFSCME Employees Pension Plan, the Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, Hermes Equity Ownership Services and the New York City Pension Funds.. The proposal may not have passed today but concerned shareholders expressed their desire for a company that is run by a board that holds management accountable, said AFSCME President Lee Saunders, who also serves as the chair of the Pension Committee of the AFSCME Employees Pension Plan.. The effort doesn t end today.. There is still a clear conflict of interest when a company s board of directors, which is responsible for overseeing the company s CEO, is chaired by the CEO.. Shareowners will hold JPMorgan s board to its word and expect to see change that will strengthen its risk oversight, said NYC Comptroller John C.. Liu, who is investment advisor, custodian, and trustee of the New York City Pension Funds.. Today s votes serve notice that the recent string of oversight failures, including the $6 Billion London Whale loss, require a change to the boardroom status quo.. We will continue to call for an independent board chair as a check against excessive executive power that protects and creates long-term value.. Connecticut Treasurer Denise L.. Nappier said, Although the vote on our resolution did not prevail, we continue to share a common interest with the Board in solid, sustainable performance, and look forward to renewed dialogue with Board leadership on what constitutes best in class in the governance of our company.. The Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds and many other shareholders realize that highly integrated companies such as JPMorgan Chase, in order to ensure long-term value, should be managed by a CEO overseeing the business, and an independent chairman leading the board in its oversight and evaluation of the CEO s performance.. Independent Board leadership is an important governance variable to ensure that the company looks beyond today s profits to future growth and success.. Leon Kamhi, Executive Director of Hermes Equity Ownership Services, said Today s vote is an important step in our engagement with JPMorgan Chase and an endorsement of our ongoing effort to reform its board.. We look forward to continuing to work constructively with the board to implement appropriate improvements to its structure and composition.. AFSCME Thanks Our Nationâ s Law Enforcement Officers for Their Hard Work and Sacrifice.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/afscme-thanks-our-nations-law-enforcement-officers-for-their-hard-work-and-sacrifice.. Mon, 13 May 2013 11:33:00 -0500.. This week, tens of thousands of police officers from across our country, and law enforcement agencies in other parts of the world, will come to Washington, DC, to remember and honor their sisters and brothers who have fallen in the line of duty.. In 2012 alone, 127 federal, state and local police officers were killed while performing their jobs.. Law enforcement officers work hard to keeping our families and communities safe.. AFSCME has been representing law enforcement officers since March 5, 1945, when the New Haven Police Union Local 530 was chartered.. Today we represent more than 100,000 public safety personnel.. and we are proud of the difficult work they do, often under dangerous conditions, walking their beats and patrolling our communities.. In December of last year, members of the Newtown Police Department who are also members of AFSCME.. responded to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.. they belong to Local 3153, Council 15.. Our AFSCME Council 4 represents Newtown school nurses (Local 1303-215), public works employees (Local 1303-200), town police dispatchers (Local 1303-136) and state police dispatchers (Local 562) who played important roles in the response effort.. In the weeks after the mass shooting, AFSCME stood by our sisters and brothers in Newtown, many of whom were traumatized by the experience of walking into a crime scene with 26 fatal gunshot victims, most of whom were children.. We advocated for, and won.. a short time later.. , a charitable fund to help these affected officers, and.. we re still fighting.. on their behalf for full workers compensation coverage.. Law enforcement personnel deserve to be recognized for their service and sacrifice.. We join them in paying tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and we thank them as well for risking all every day to keep us safe.. Our Law Enforcement Advisory Board will be attending the 25th Annual Candlelight Vigil, which is among other.. activities.. this week that include the National Police Week 5K and the 32nd Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service.. AFSCME is proud to support the.. National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum Foundation.. in recognition of the ultimate sacrifice many law enforcement officers have made.. National Correctional Officersâ and Employeesâ Week.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/national-correctional-officers-and-employees-week.. Tue, 07 May 2013 14:00:00 -0500.. This week we honor the tens of thousands of AFSCME members, across the country, who risk their lives to help keep our communities safe every day.. During National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, we remember the extraordinary services provided to us by our sisters and brothers in.. AFSCME Corrections United.. all 85,000 of them.. ACU members are the men and women who work in both maximum- and minimum-security facilities, state prisons and county jails.. Just like they watch our backs, we must stand with them because right-wing politicians continue to use them as scapegoats, cutting staffing, threatening their wages and benefits, refusing to provide needed safety equipment and attempting to privatize prisons to benefit the corporations that put them in office in the first place.. Nationwide,.. private prisons undermine public safety, pose a threat to the lives of inmates.. , and.. are bad for the economy and community safety.. Private facilities put profits before safe streets by hiring at rates barely above minimum wage, skimping on employee training, and eliminating staff positions and equipment critical to preventing escapes and violence in the facilities.. Across this country, AFSCME is fighting to keep public safety where it belongs in the hands of professional and highly trained, dedicated public corrections officers.. In Texas we re driving efforts to shut down the.. Dawson State Jail.. , where several preventable deaths have taken place.. In Ohio,.. we re calling for the shutdown of the Lake Erie Correctional Institution.. , where conditions have rapidly deteriorated since it was sold to a private company in 2011.. And we re calling attention to the failings of for-profit prisons across the country.. We will always honor the sacrifices corrections employees make on our behalf by standing with them in their struggle, which is also ours.. We ll continue to oppose prison privatization and support our members calls for safety and dignity on the job, not only to ensure public safety, but also because it s the right thing to do by our communities and our members.. Workers Memorial Day.. org/news/press-room/press-releases/2013/workers-memorial-day.. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500.. On this Workers Memorial Day we honor the men and women, unsung and often unseen, whose labor keeps the doors open, the lights on and the people moving in our communities, schools, factories and workplaces.. Sadly, as we observe this day, we are reminded of its urgent relevance as we mourn the death last week of Lee Rizor, a 27-year-old highway technician with the Ohio Department of Transportation and a member of OCSEA/AFSCME Local 11 Delaware Chapter 2100.. Rizor, a married father of two, was operating a backhoe along Interstate 71 in Delaware County, Ohio when a tractor trailer struck his vehicle.. Earlier this month,.. the explosion in West, Texas, at a fertilizer plant.. underscored the potential for danger in many industries.. The accident killed 15 people most of them first-responders.. It appears.. the plant owners did not inform federal regulators.. that large amounts of ammonium nitrate, a caustic explosive, were being stored there.. This tells us once again that in the race for profits, many businesses cut corners and take chances.. As public service workers, AFSCME members are exposed to many serious hazards including traffic, chemicals in the workplace, back injuries, workplace violence, infectious diseases and a variety of other risks that kill, injure, sicken and maim hundreds of our brothers and sisters every year.. Our union fought hard to make the promise of the.. Occupational Safety and Health Act.. a reality, winning protections that made jobs safer, saved lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.. Workers have a right to go to work in the morning and return to their homes just as they left.. Their families should have the assurance of knowing that employers are living up to their responsibilities to safeguard workplaces.. This Workers Memorial Day, we must all recommit not only to doing all we can to keep workplaces safe, but also to standing up together for good jobs that are safe and healthy..

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  • Title: AFSCME | AFSCME's Saunders: “Ruling Paves The Way For The Decimation Of Detroit’s Working Class.”
    Descriptive info: 2013 Press Releases.. ”.. For Immediate Release.. Wednesday, December 04, 2013.. Contact:.. Chris Fleming, 202-429-1145.. Washington, D.. C.. AFSCME's 1.. With members in hundreds of different occupations from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.. ###.. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO.. 1625 L Street, N.. W.. 20036-5687.. Telephone: (202) 429-1145.. Fax: (202) 429-1120.. Recent Press Releases..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders: This is a major step toward resolving Senate obstructionism
    Descriptive info: Lee Saunders: This is a major step toward resolving Senate obstructionism.. Thursday, November 21, 2013.. Tiffany Ricci, 202-429-1053..

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  • Title: AFSCME | AFSCME’S SAUNDERS: "This shutdown ordeal has come to an end. It should never happen again."
    Descriptive info: ".. Thursday, October 17, 2013.. Washington, DC..

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  • Title: AFSCME | AFSCME’s Saunders: “It’s Time for Governing to Take Precedence over Partisan Posturing”
    Descriptive info: AFSCME’s Saunders: “It’s Time for Governing to Take Precedence over Partisan Posturing”.. Tuesday, October 01, 2013.. Misguided Vendetta-Fueled Agenda to Repeal Affordable Care Act Must Be Stopped..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Statement by Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes on the 23rd Anniversary of the ADA
    Descriptive info: Statement by Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes on the 23rd Anniversary of the ADA.. Friday, July 26, 2013..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Court Rules in Favor of AFSCME Members, Detroit Bankruptcy Illegal
    Descriptive info: Court Rules in Favor of AFSCME Members, Detroit Bankruptcy Illegal.. Friday, July 19, 2013.. Tiffany Ricci, 202-429-5047.. Jul 14.. In the Fight for Justice – It Is Time to Stand Our Ground.. AFSCME WORKS: Organize! (Spring 2013).. 2013 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL–CIO..

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