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  • Title: AFSCME | From the Leadership
    Descriptive info: News / Publications.. Print.. Font Size:.. From the Leadership.. President Lee Saunders.. 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  ...   year for AFSCME women everywhere.. Excerpts from address to the 2013 AFSCME Women's Conference in Denver, Colorado.. 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.. News /.. Press Room.. Publications.. FEATURED.. 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.. Categories..

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  • Title: AFSCME | AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the 50th anniversary of the “War on Poverty”
    Descriptive info: 2013 Press Releases.. For Immediate Release.. Wednesday, January 08, 2014.. Contact:.. Cheryl Kelly, 202-429-1145.. Washington, D.. C.. 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  ...   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.. 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.. 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..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Statement by Pres. Lee Saunders and Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
    Descriptive info: by Lee Saunders and Laura Reyes | November 25, 2013.. Washington, DC Today we observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.. It is a day to raise awareness and continue our fight against the global pandemic of violence against women.. As many as 70 percent of women worldwide experience violence in their lifetime, according to the United Nations.. This problem is rooted in discrimination against women and persistent gender, legal and social inequalities.. Nineteen years ago,.. AFSCME supported passage of the Violence Against Women Act.. , a U.. law that continues to make a real difference in the lives of many women in this country.. Violence against women is a human rights violation that transcends national borders.. Today the U.. must continue to lead by example and we must renew our commitment to protect the safety of girls and women everywhere.. Posted In:.. From the President.. ,.. From the Secretary-Treasurer.. Women.. Share.. Email.. Tweet.. Next:.. Connecticut Dedicates Bridge in Honor of Fallen AFSCME Member.. Previous:.. Illinois Workers in Will County Strike for Fairness.. Select a Category.. 2006 Convention.. 2008 Convention.. 2010 Convention.. 2012  ...   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.org Blog and Press Release Feed
    Descriptive info: org Blog and Press Release Feed.. http://www.. afscme.. org/rss/blog.. Tue, 3 May 2011 05:00:00 +0000.. AMPS.. en.. hourly.. AFSCME Celebrates 50th Anniversary of â War on Povertyâ.. org/blog/afscme-celebrates-50th-anniversary-of-war-on-poverty.. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0500.. Today, AFSCME celebrates the.. 50th anniversary of Pres.. Lyndon Johnson s declaration of the War on Poverty.. that inspired the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, food stamps (SNAP), subsidized child care, Head Start, housing assistance, and many other programs that continue to help America s seniors and low-income families.. Lee Saunders praised AFSCME members for the work they do that contributes to the effectiveness of these programs.. Every day, AFSCME members work to maximize the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs, he said.. At a time of rising income inequality in our nation, it is important to reflect on the poverty-reduction benefits of these safety net programs and on ways we must.. strengthen them for future generations.. was sucked up by the wealthiest 1 percent, even as today.. Congress continues to deny jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed.. , who rely on them to survive.. Worsening income inequality is threatening the very existence of the middle class, Saunders said.. 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.. Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty by telling us your stories.. here.. Tell us how as an AFSCME member you work to help families make ends meet, and how you and your family may have benefitted from safety net programs.. The War on Poverty is far from over.. Today, AFSCME renews its commitment to protect the safety net programs that benefitted so many working families in the past 50 years and to strengthen them for future generations.. ]]>.. org/blog/outsourcing-defeated-costly-contract-ending-in-illinois.. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:09:00 -0500.. A for-profit company s $77 million contract with the state of Illinois will end next April and the work placed back into the hands of public employees following a ruling sought by.. AFSCME Council 31.. The council contended the state violated its collective bargaining contract with the union by outsourcing work reviewing Medicaid eligibility to Maximus Health Services of Virginia.. During legislative hearings in September, AFSCME demonstrated the state would save more than $18 million annually by returning the outsourced work to AFSCME-represented state employees.. The state acknowledged as much, since the Maximus call-center workers performed casework that duplicated the functions state workers were required to repeat under federal Medicaid rule law.. In June,.. an independent arbitrator sided with AFSCME and ordered the contract canceled.. The cancelation takes effect April 30.. The arbitrator s order is a victory for Illinois taxpayers, said Council 31 Exec.. Dir.. and AFSCME.. International vice Pres.. Henry Bayer.. Wasteful spending on a private contract will be eliminated.. Trained professional caseworkers will replace unqualified call centers.. State government will ensure that Medicaid is available to those who need it, and will be cut off from those who don t.. The arbitrator s decision requires the state to hire enough caseworkers to ensure the work of eliminating ineligible Medicaid clients will be handled in-house by April.. However, Maximus will still continue to provide some software and support services until June 2015.. Read more about this victory over outsourcing here.. org/blog/pennsylvania-afscme-members-win-compensation.. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:40:43 -0500.. Thanks to the work of AFSCME in Pennsylvania, 84 laid-off employees of the shuttered Saint Catherine Medical Center in Fountain Springs received nearly $600,000 in back pay and other compensation following the closure of their facility last year.. The affected workers members of Local 2482 (AFSCME District Council 89) were thrown out of work in April 2012 after.. the medical center closed.. with less than a week s notice.. At the time many of the employees were still owed up to six weeks of pay for work performed.. Council 13 immediately filed a claim for unpaid wages on behalf of the workers.. It also filed claims for unpaid accrued time off, for short-term disability and supplemental life insurance premiums, and for deducted retirement contributions.. The council also sought compensation for the employees because management failed to give the workers 60 days notice, required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.. In March, employees reunited at the closed facility to hear good news: AFSCME District Council 89 Dir.. Michael Fox, also an.. AFSCME International vice president.. , and attorneys for Council 13, announced they won their back wages claim.. Collectively, the workers received more than $190,000.. More recently, they received $400,000 for their WARN Act claim.. Bankruptcy courts in both Wyoming and Pennsylvania agreed to the compensation nearly the full amount of AFSCME s claim.. Action is pending on the other claims.. These 84 employees were left out in the cold by corporate America, said Fox.. Our union refused to give up on them.. We wanted to get them everything we possibly could.. We wanted to make sure these folks got their checks before Christmas.. org/blog/iowa-state-education-bargaining-unit-votes-for-afscme.. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:28:00 -0500.. Nearly 450 employees in the state of Iowa s education bargaining unit voted this week to be represented by.. AFSCME Iowa Council 61.. in the largest bargaining unit election won by the council since the 1990s.. Education unit employees include teachers in state institutions; librarians; workers who assist disabled Iowans in obtaining services and benefits; workers who assist school districts in designing curricula and improving special education and school lunch services; and many other employees.. The state of Iowa s education bargaining unit dates back to the beginning of Iowa s public employee collective bargaining law in the 1970s.. However, until now, the unit remained without union representation.. The results of the mailed ballot election were announced by the.. Iowa Public Employment Relations Board.. Education unit employees saw the benefits of having a seat at the bargaining table and having a voice in determining their pay, benefits and working conditions.. Several education unit employees contacted AFSCME Iowa Council 61 about organizing.. Council 61 organizers and national union organizers worked closely with these volunteer leaders to reach out to hundreds of state employees in person.. These efforts made a difference, vote by vote, and signed green card by signed green card.. We welcome our new sisters and brothers in the state of Iowa education unit.. Danny Homan.. is also an AFSCME International vice president.. New Study Shows that Corporate Tax Cuts Wonâ t Create Jobs.. org/blog/new-study-shows-that-corporate-tax-cuts-wont-create-jobs.. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:08:00 -0500.. There s no correlation between low taxes and job creation.. That s the finding in a.. new report from the Center for Effective Government.. that refutes corporate CEOs, bankers and tea party members of Congress who engage in some serious magical thinking when it comes to taxes and job creation.. We ve heard these voodoo economics before: cut taxes and jobs will appear.. Right now,.. corporate tax rates are at their lowest point in 40 years.. even as profits soar.. Meanwhile, our economy is still struggling.. It s about time we questioned why these policies have yet to result in the job growth that their proponents predicted.. In the new study, The Center for Effective Government, a nonprofit group that studies the economic impact of public policy, analyzed the Fortune 500 companies that posted profits between 2008 and 2012.. Then it compared the job numbers of the companies that paid the highest tax rates to those of the companies that paid the fewest taxes.. Of the 30 companies that paid more than a third of their profits in taxes, all but eight added jobs between 2008 and 2010.. As a group, these companies reported a net gain of more than 200,000 US jobs.. Compare that to the 30 corporations that paid the lowest rates.. Many of these firms are paying no federal income taxes at all.. Even as this group raked in $159 billion in profits, only half of them added any jobs.. In total, they cut more jobs than they added, for a net result of 51,000 jobs lost.. These numbers tell a story that many of us already knew.. Corporations don t seek out lower tax rates because they re eager to start hiring.. They do it to boost profits, and they don t intend to share those profits with the rest of us.. What it all means is that billions of dollars that could be spent on education and infrastructure that benefits everyone are instead being hoarded by corporate CEOs.. The Center for Effective Government estimates that we could raise $220 billion simply by closing tax loopholes that allow corporations to hide money overseas.. Raising the federal corporate tax rate by only a few percentage points would be even more effective.. Public opinion is starting to turn against trickle-down economics.. Even Pope Francis has come out against the idea.. It s time to use that momentum to push for a tax system that benefits everyone instead of one that chases after imaginary job growth at the expense of our public programs.. You can read the entire CEG report by clicking here.. AFSCME Member Wins Personal Victory Over Outsourcing.. org/blog/afscme-member-wins-personal-victory-over-outsourcing.. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:40:00 -0500.. SEATTLE How many private electrical contractors does it take to screw in a light bulb? Too many to justify taking work away from South Seattle Community College employees who do it for less, says Dan Sutcliffe, the college s lead electrician.. He recently proved his point with an unfair labor practice settlement.. It was the only the second time in his 35 years at the college that Sutcliffe filed such a challenge.. Sutcliffe, a steward of Local 304 (Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)/AFSCME Council 28), said he was determined the college should not get away with unilaterally outsourcing.. Also, he felt his co-workers needed to know this is the kind of thing the union does for them routinely.. When you start something, you can never let fear or bullying get in the way, Sutcliffe said.. No matter, if you know you're right, you don't back down.. You know you'll win eventually.. Earlier this year, Sutcliffe discovered the college outsourced to private contractors a job replacing a manual switch with an automatic switch on an emergency back-up generator, as well as conduit and wiring work for a wastewater pump.. The work constituted contracting out bargaining unit work work his position should have done faster, better and at lower cost.. You ask anyone on campus about the quality of my work and they ll say it's the best, bar none, Sutcliffe said.. Even management.. Under the Dec.. 5 settlement, the college agreed to follow a policy requiring it notify the union of potential outsourcing so members can raise concerns and enforce the rules, laws and collective bargaining agreement.. In addition, Sutcliffe s supervisor will meet with him at least weekly about upcoming electrical service projects.. It behooves us in the future to stick to contracting policies so we don t have future incidents that end up costing taxpayers more, Sutcliffe said.. They spend way too much money to contract out when it could have been done cheaper in-house, said Robin Ledbetter, the WFSE/AFSCME council representative who assisted Sutcliffe.. Sutcliffe, 74, said he challenged the outsourcing to show newer and younger employees that their union fights for them.. When I leave, I want to make sure no one is messed with, he said.. The union is here.. Sen.. Elizabeth Warren to AFSCME Members: Itâ s Time to Go on Offense.. org/blog/sen-elizabeth-warren-to-afscme-members-its-time-to-go-on-offense.. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:12:00 -0500.. As attacks on working people continue across the nation, it can feel like there s no one in Congress willing to stick up for the middle class.. But at least one Senator is speaking out on labor issues.. On Tuesday, Sen.. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts addressed AFSCME s International Vice Presidents at the union s headquarters.. There are two very different visions of America s future competing in Washington.. The Republican vision is I ve got mine, and the rest of you are on your own, she told AFSCME members.. You are a threat to them, because every single day you are living out a different vision.. People who go into public service are putting other people s families first.. They are putting the community first.. As Congress searches for a course of action on government funding, allies like Warren aren t just working to hold off painful cuts they re speaking up for an expanded social safety net.. Warren called for raising the minimum wage and increasing Social Security benefits.. She argues that doomsday predictions of a Social Security crisis are exaggerated by those who would rather slash retirement benefits.. We don t have to make cuts to people s benefits to make this work, Warren said.. In fact, we can make adjustments and increase benefits.. She also criticized the pension cuts that have hit retirees across the country.. No one turned to the CEOs of the big banks and said, now that we re in trouble, why don t you give back part of the paycheck that you earned over the past twenty years? No one says that to the guys at the top.. Warren grew up the daughter of a custodian and attended a state university for only $50 a semester in 1970.. By 1992 she was a professor at Harvard Law.. She attributes her success to a strong middle-class society that is now under attack.. AFSCME is proud to stand with Senator Warren and others who champion the values of ordinary Americans.. I can think of few other Senators who stand with us on so many issues, AFSCME Pres.. Will County, Ill.. , AFSCME Members Ratify New Contract After Lengthy Struggle, Strike.. org/blog/will-county-ill-afscme-members-ratify-new-contract-after-lengthy-struggle-strike.. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:06:25 -0500.. Members of AFSCME Local 1028 ratified a new contract last week after a 15-month long struggle for fair pay, affordable health care and respect on the job.. The pact was reached after a 16-day strike by more than 1,000 frontline county employees.. An overwhelming majority voted to ratify the contract.. Workers stood up with the support of their community.. Our strike was about ensuring county employees have the fair pay and affordable health care they deserve in return for their hard work, dedication and service to county residents, Local 1028 Pres.. Dave Delrose said.. We didn t want to see our wages lose ground when the cost of living goes up, and we weren't going to accept a health plan where the lowest-paid employees were asked to do more than the highest-paid.. By standing together we reached a fair settlement that achieves those goals.. The new contract is a four-year agreement retroactive to Dec.. 1, 2012, and extending through Nov.. 30, 2016.. It includes cost-of-living wage increases totaling 4.. 5 percent.. Importantly, it eliminates the county pay plan's two bottom steps, in effect adjusting the wage scale upward a further 5 percent while ensuring that employees will continue to receive step increases.. The agreement also ensures that increased costs for health care are shared equitably based on employees' ability to pay.. County employees already went four years without a cost-of-living increase, and 40 percent earned less than $30,000 a year.. Despite that, they were earlier asked to accept a proposal that would have drastically increased health care costs without adequate wage increases, making it effectively a pay cut for many workers.. Local 1028 members went.. on strike Nov.. 18 after the county refused to agree to a contract that included fair wages and affordable health insurance costs.. Will County employees stood up and won fairness, justice and respect on the job, Council 31 Exec.. Henry Bayer, also an AFSCME International vice president, said.. The unity and determination of AFSCME Local 1028 members to fight for what's right, no matter the odds, sets an example for us all.. We thank everyone in the community for the tremendous outpouring of support, Delrose said.. To everyone who hung a sign or joined our picket lines, donated to our cause or just honked and waved, we couldn't have done it without you.. Now we're glad to be back at work, serving you, our neighbors and the countless friends across the county that we never knew we had.. We Are AFSCME: This Retiree Stands Up for Retirement Security.. org/blog/we-are-afscme-this-retiree-stands-up-for-retirement-security.. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:44:00 -0500.. A member of Retired Public Employees Council of Washington, Chapter 10, Mary Marbles is one of the many activists who make AFSCME a powerful voice for retirees across the country.. We recently asked her to share her thoughts with us about being an AFSCME member.. How long have you been active with AFSCME?.. I got involved in AFSCME when I was working for the Harbor View Medical Center at the University of Washington.. I worked there for 30 years in medical records and patient registration.. During my time at the hospital I became a union member and got very involved with my local.. I retired in 1999.. What do you do as part of the retiree chapter?.. I am the secretary.. In all my years there I have missed maybe one executive board meeting.. As for our activities, we go to a lot of conventions and conferences and set up booths.. We go to the legislature for lobby days.. We want to let people know that we retirees exist.. What would you say to other retirees?.. We have a big fight: I am very concerned about our pensions and Medicare and Social Security.. Our retirees need to come in and help us be advocates for our retirement security that we ve earned.. We re out there constantly petitioning our legislators to protect against harmful cuts.. I would invite other retirees to help us fight.. org/blog/war-on-poverty-tell-us-your-stories.. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0500.. During his State of the Union address on Jan.. 8, 1964,.. Lyndon Johnson remarked that.. many Americans live on the outskirts of hope some because of their poverty, and some because of their color, and all too many because of both.. He added, Our task is to help replace this despair with opportunity, launching America s War on Poverty.. That included passage of the Food Stamp Act of 1964, the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, and the Social Security Act of 1965, which created Medicare and Medicaid, and many other initiatives, including the Head Start program.. Today, these programs keep millions out of poverty and improve the lives of children and families.. But as effective as these programs are, our policies have not kept up with the changing times.. That s why today, to mark the 50.. anniversary of the War on Poverty and to highlight today s most pressing economic challenges, AFSCME is asking for  ...   was only part of the fun for ALEC.. This week the group is marking its anniversary with a.. secret policy summit in the basement of a Washington, D.. hotel.. The organization was called out by protestors who showed up en masse to counter their corporate agenda with a working-class perspective.. Over 100 people demonstrated, many of them holding picket signs that read Stop the War on Workers!.. The demonstration didn t pull ALEC and its legislative lackeys out of hiding, but it did highlight the increasing heat that the organization is facing as a result of its greed-driven agenda.. As more details emerge about the reach of corporate dollars in our state capitols, ALEC and its allies are increasingly on the defensive.. It s time to get them out of politics for good.. Detroitâ s Workers, Retirees Lose in Bankruptcy Court Ruling.. org/blog/detroits-workers-retirees-lose-in-bankruptcy-court-ruling.. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 07:00:00 -0500.. Tuesday s ruling that Detroit can be pushed into bankruptcy by Gov.. Rick Snyder deals a devastating blow to the retirement security of that city s public service workers.. AFSCME immediately filed an appeal.. on behalf of the men and women whose pensions average $19,000 a year after careers dedicated to improving the lives of their fellow citizens.. The ruling was clearly a boon for the anti-worker governor, who slashed Detroit s share of state revenue by $66 million from 2011 to 2012, and cut corporate taxes that have drained the city s coffers.. Back in July, at the same time he was pushing for the bankruptcy plan that now threatens modest retiree pensions, Snyder gave the go-ahead for a new hockey arena in downtown Detroit, to be paid for in part with $285 million in state tax dollars.. Nation.. magazine contributor John Nichols noted: There is no question that Detroit, like many American cities, faces fiscal challenges.. But instead of assuring that those challenges are met in the most humane and functional manner, the city is being steered into a wrenching process of restructuring that by all appearances will be based on flawed math, flawed priorities and an exceptionally flawed understanding of how democracy is supposed to work.. The decision could further embolden right-wing lawmakers across the country who have been protecting corporate subsidies at the expense of public services.. The city s public service workers did not put the city into bankruptcy through their retirement system.. In fact, they sacrificed to keep the city solvent, accepting $160 million in annual savings from a 10 percent pay cut, health benefit reductions and a 40 percent cut in future pension benefits.. A lack of revenue did the damage revenue that disappeared as jobs vanished overseas and to other states that offered tax breaks to move.. The victims of this decision are people who worked decades in the public service.. Appearing on MSNBC s Jansing Co, AFSCME President Lee Saunders declared, Those who play by the rules every single day, who struggle every day to put bread on their tables and pay their mortgages, should not be punished for problems they did not create.. They cannot restructure their debt as Wall Street banks and corporations can.. It s unfair and immoral to attack these retirees and workers.. org/blog/nelson-mandela-champion-of-democracy-justice-and-freedom-dies-at-95.. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500.. Nelson.. Mandela, a peaceful champion of democracy and freedom, died Thursday.. at the age of 95.. AFSCME joins the world in mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, Pres.. AFSCME is eternally grateful to President Mandela for the sacrifices he made in the fight for freedom.. 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.. Former AFSCME Sec.. William Lucy was a founding member of the Free South Africa Movement, and AFSCME leaders including Lucy and former Pres.. Gerald W.. McEntee participated in demonstrations to protest apartheid at the South African Embassy.. This anti-apartheid support was not forgotten.. On Mandela s first trip to the U.. after being freed from prison, one of his few stops was the 1990 AFSCME International Convention in Miami.. Through our support of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, we were fortunate to establish a special relationship with Mandela, Saunders said.. Thousands of union activists at the convention in Miami were inspired by his courage, perseverance and his dedication to South Africa and its people.. The members of AFSCME will remember Mandela as a peaceful and powerful voice for freedom.. What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived, Mandela said at a speech in Johannesburg, South Africa.. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.. Pension Theft: Illinois Senate and House pass bill slashing retirement benefits.. org/blog/pension-theft-illinois-senate-and-house-pass-bill-slashing-retirement-benefits.. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0500.. Illinois lawmakers voted yesterday to sharply reduce the pensions of active and retired state and university employees and teachers, despite tens of thousands of phone calls and legislative office visits by union members in the final days, and hours of emotional, back-and-forth debate on the floors of the state House and Senate.. "This is no victory for Illinois, but a dark day for its citizens and public servants, the AFSCME Council 31-led.. We Are One Illinois.. union coalition said in a statement after the votes.. Teachers, caregivers, police, and others stand to lose huge portions of their life savings because politicians chose to threaten their retirement security.. The We Are One Illinois coalition vowed to challenge the matter in court.. The passage of the bill amounts to a cash grab of $100 billion taken directly from public employees who were promised these benefits by the state, and that they earned over the course of their careers in public service.. The measure raises the retirement age up to five years for many state workers and scales back the size of and even skips some annual cost-of-living increases for retirees.. "A majority of legislators ignored and defied their oaths of office today, We Are One said, referring to the passage of the bill that many believe violates the state s constitution.. In fact, Senate President John Cullerton, whose earlier union-backed plan to curb pension spending was stymied by House Speaker Michael Madigan, said he remained concerned.. "I think the bill has serious constitutional problems, said Cullerton.. I've made that clear from the start, but now it's in front of the court and they can decide.. org/blog/afscme-supports-fast-for-immigration-reform.. More than 10,000 people across the nation are subsisting on water to protest our broken immigration system and highlight the pressing need for comprehensive reform.. On Tuesday, a group of community leaders met on the National Mall to pledge their support to those who are fasting.. Among them were Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, United Farm Workers leader Dolores Huerta, and more than a dozen members of Congress, including Nacy Pelosi, John Lewis, and Steny Hoyer.. In front of a field of crosses arranged to represent the more than 400 people who die crossing the border each year, movement leaders called for solidarity and action.. Lee Saunders met with the fasters yesterday, as he did last week, and pledged our union s full support.. We don t have to be immigrants to share in the cause, Saunders said.. I may not have suffered the conditions that undocumented workers face each day, but I am part of a labor movement that hopes to lift up all workers.. Some have not eaten since Nov.. 12, when the effort,.. called Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship.. , began on the National Mall.. On Tuesday the core group of fasters ceremonially handed over their fast to a new set of activists, including Rep.. Joe Kennedy, who will carry the cause through the holidays.. The fasters are calling attention to the delay tactics of the House Republican leadership, and demanding that immigration reform come to the floor for a vote.. Barack Obama and Vice Pres.. Joe Biden have visited the fasters in recent weeks to offer their support.. Comprehensive immigration reform is currently pending consideration in Congress as HR 15.. The bill has 191 co-sponsors, including three Republicans: Jeff Denham, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and David Valadao.. AFSCME has been a leader in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.. , rallying and lobbying Congress, driven by the conviction that all workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.. We will continue the fight to do right by millions of immigrant workers and their families.. We encourage all our sisters and brothers.. who wish to join the fast to do so here.. After Tornadoes, Many Thank AFSCME Members for Recovery.. org/blog/after-tornadoes-many-thank-afscme-members-for-recovery.. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:52:00 -0500.. Kokomo, Ind.. Minutes after tornadoes ripped through the heart of this working-class city, AFSCME members were taking to the streets to clear the way for police and firefighters.. We were at the office before the police called us, preparing for cleanup, said Joe Ewing, superintendent of the Kokomo Street Dept.. We had a payloader down on Boulevard Street clearing trees out of the street so police could get by and get to people.. While residents and business owners remained huddled inside, AFSCME members were among the first out on the streets to begin the process of recovery.. The November 17 twisters destroyed 50 homes and 30 businesses and damaged 300 more but thankfully no serious injuries or deaths were reported.. We do the best we can for the people of this city, said Tim Wallace, an AFSCME Local 2185 member and street department employee.. I always do the best I can for my community.. To donate to the Kokomo Disaster Relief Fund,.. click here.. Today, some 85 AFSCME members with the city s street, parks, traffic, central garage, housing and the sewer and maintenance departments are working up to 16-hour shifts, seven days a week to clear the debris and get the city back in order.. I ve heard from so many individual homeowners in these neighborhoods thanking us for working these long hours and getting the debris cleared, Wallace said.. I clocked in at 4:59 that first Sunday until they made us stop so they could focus on getting power restored.. I ve worked every day since, 11-hour days.. The city of Kokomo and its residents should be proud and fortunate to have the caliber of workers these AFSCME members are, said superintendent Ewing.. I ve heard from residents everywhere I go who stop me and tell me how grateful they are for the wonderful job these AFSCME members have done.. Marvin Challis, an AFSCME Local 2185 member and sewer and maintenance department employee, was working to clear debris from one of the city s fire stations.. I feel for the people who lost everything.. It s devastating, he said.. I ve been a part of this community for 35 years and it hurts to see this happen.. But we ll be out here until the work is done.. Fellow union members suffered a loss as well.. UAW Local 685 s 35,000-square foot union hall fell victim to the storm s path.. The local s president also spoke to the hard work and quick response of the city s AFSCME members.. From the jump, you can always count on these guys and this city, said Rich Boruff, president of UAW Local 685.. Those AFSCME members were the first people to clear a path to our street and our union hall so we could start salvaging what we can from this building.. Gerald Arnfield, president of Local 2185, was grateful everyone was spared.. I m a new church member, and they just had a sermon about being thankful, he said.. It just hit me how lucky this town really was that it s only property we lost.. AFSCME Helps Save Chicago Breast Cancer Screenings.. org/blog/afscme-helps-save-chicago-breast-cancer-screenings.. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:59:00 -0500.. The City of Chicago will continue to provide breast cancer screenings to uninsured women for at least another two years thanks to a concerted campaign by AFSCME and other allies.. Breast cancer screenings help achieve early detection and save lives.. In July, the city announced a plan to outsource its breast cancer screening program to non-profit clinics, thus eliminating a program that benefits thousands of women every year, particularly.. African-American women who are twice as likely as white women to die from breast cancer.. AFSCME and public health advocates.. quickly drew attention to the issue.. , raising concerns about the capacity of private clinics to accommodate the program particularly the large, expensive mammogram machines it requires.. Many Chicago Department of Public Health employees have worked in Chicago s communities for years and have a strong personal commitment to providing health care to the medically underserved, said Jo Patton, Council 31 s director of special projects.. They are deeply saddened and extremely frustrated with the current direction of the department under Commissioner Bechara Choucair.. Commissioner Choucair has led the Chicago Department of Public Health for four years and in that time has turned the department s focus away from providing services and toward data collection.. During his tenure, the city has closed Mental Health Clinics and outsourced Neighborhood Health Centers, leading to disruptions in services and higher costs for city residents.. However, after AFSCME and its coalition partners brought attention to Choucair s plan to outsource breast cancer screenings, several key city aldermen opposed the plan.. As part of our efforts to fight outsourcing, AFSCME Council 31, in partnership with.. In The Public Interest.. , is trying to pass the Privatization Transparency and Accountability Ordinance, which would end reckless outsourcing in Chicago.. Watch this video to learn more.. AFSCME Seeks Cure for Interpreter Deficiency in California.. org/blog/afscme-seeks-cure-for-interpreter-deficiency-in-california.. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:49:00 -0500.. Imagine going to a hospital for treatment but your first language isn t English and you have trouble understanding the doctors.. That s the case of one in five residents of California, where there are not enough language interpreters to assist all patients who have trouble making themselves understood in English.. Today, members of.. UDW Homecare Providers/AFSCME Local 3930.. hope to change that.. Working through a group called.. Interpreting for California.. with the involvement of more than 40 organizations statewide they nearly fulfilled their ambitions this year.. The union spent a year documenting the stories of families that faced critical medical issues without an interpreter to help.. They persuaded the Legislature to pass a bill to:.. Require the state to apply for federal matching funds.. The money approximately $270 million would create approximately 7,000 interpreter jobs within a decade.. Make those interpreters eligible to join a union to improve services.. Gov.. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill this fall, but Assembly Speaker John A.. Perez planned to re-introduce his legislation.. UDW and Interpreting for California will work hard to get it passed again and signed into law.. An estimated 3 million people may need some language assistance to navigate the health care system.. The interpreters know first-hand their skills are critical.. The work we do is a public service, said Korean-speaking interpreter Suk Hee Yoo.. We do this in order to help working people live healthier and longer lives.. Making it even more critical to have a trained interpreter workforce is the fact that an estimated 35 percent of Californians are expected to become newly eligible for Medi-Cal (the state s Medicaid program) under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.. Denying interpretation services to that community would be unconscionable.. Lack of interpretation in medical settings is a direct attack on immigrant and refugee communities, said Spanish-speaking interpreter Carmen Chavez.. Medical interpretation saves lives, said Doug Moore, executive director of UDW, and an.. That s why the union is leading the way with interpreters and the community to make sure all Californians can communicate with their doctor and get the care they need.. Negotiations begin for 13,000 Missouri home care attendants bargaining first contract.. org/blog/negotiations-begin-for-13000-missouri-home-care-attendants-bargaining-first-contract.. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:26:00 -0500.. It was a great day, five years in the making, when home care attendants met with the State of Missouri for their first-ever contract negotiation session.. The Missouri Home Care Union bargaining team on Tuesday, Nov.. 19, went over a range of issues with the state.. The first day dealt with non-economic issues such as representation rights, a voice in policies and procedures, adequate training and resolving late-payment issues.. Economic issues will be addressed in later sessions.. The next bargaining date is scheduled for Dec.. 10.. We re making it clear to the state that we re united and committed to make home care better for attendants and the people we help, our consumers, said Julia May of St.. Joseph.. I can tell we re making a difference.. The negotiations are a result of the Quality Home Care Act, which Missouri voters overwhelmingly passed in 2008.. The law opens the door to improvements in the Medicaid-funded program and allows the state s 13,000 attendants to have a voice in their work.. The Missouri Home Care Union, a partnership of AFSCME and SEIU, posted two resounding election victories and turned back right-wing legal attacks on its way to this month s historic negotiations.. org/blog/connecticut-dedicates-bridge-in-honor-of-fallen-afscme-member.. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:36:16 -0500.. West Haven, Ct.. The state of Connecticut recently.. dedicated a bridge spanning the cities of West Haven and New Haven.. to fallen AFSCME brother.. Robert Fumiatti, a New Haven police officer and member of Local 530 who died after he was shot in the line of duty.. Nearly 200 people attended the ceremony.. Officer Fumiatti was shot while arresting a convicted felon and died five years later on Jan.. 10, 2007.. He was a six-year veteran of the New Haven Police Department and grew up in West Haven.. The West River Bridge connects Elm Street in West Haven with Kimberly Avenue in New Haven.. The dedication in honor of brother Fumiatti is the result of work by Local 530 New Haven and Local 895 West Haven police unions, as well as AFSCME Council 15 on behalf of Officer Fumiatti and his family.. New Haven Mayor-elect Toni Harp, a former AFSCME member for the City of New Haven, joined officers and family members at the ceremony, as well as West Haven City Councilor-elect Sean Ronan, an active member of the Bridgeport Police Union, AFSCME Local 1159.. I knew Bobby for 30 years, said Lou Cavaliere, Jr.. , president of New Haven Police Local 530.. He was a great cop and a great father.. He is greatly missed.. This honor brings some closure to his family and is long overdue..

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    Descriptive info: National/Politics.. How Reid got nuke option votes.. Alexander Bolton The Hill, 11/22/13.. Outside groups had worked for months to persuade Reid to curb the minority party s power to filibuster nominees.. But in the end, Reid worked largely alone.. His decision to trigger the nuclear option so dubbed because it s viewed as a dramatic escalation of partisan tactics caught them by surprise.. Two members of the Fix the Senate Now coalition predicted earlier this week that Reid would not try to eliminate the power to filibuster executive and sub-Supreme Court judicial nominees before the end of the year.. Lee Saunders.. AFSCME news release, NOVEMBER 21, 2013.. Washington is broken and the extreme partisan gridlock in the Senate is untenable.. 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.. Related AP:.. Senate Dems embrace 'nuclear option,' pass filibuster buster 52-48.. CMD Exposes America s Highest Paid Government Workers.. prwatch.. org, Nov 19, 2013.. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) today launched America s Highest Paid Government Workers, a new initiative that will expose the taxpayer-funded salaries of CEOs whose corporations make billions by taking control of public services.. The Privatization of Public Service.. November 21, 2013 by Zaid Jilani, Moyers Company.. Deloitte does have government links.. It rakes in billions of dollars from government contracts across the world.. Its 2012 investor report shows $3.. 2 billion from work directly with the public sector.. Yet, while the government generously pays the firm to do work that many argue it should be doing itself, Deloitte has been repeatedly caught up in scandals of mismanagement and poor performance.. In 2008, 10 percent of graduates who responded to the post-employment survey went to work in the private sector and 10 percent went to public work in the private sector Maxwell s terminology for consultants within the public sector.. When graduates at my school and others are faced with massive loan payments and few recruitment opportunities from the public sector, their dreams of working for their local municipal government or the Department of Labor are quickly put aside when smiling recruiters from for-profit consulting firms appear promising high salaries.. How a bright idea in 1983 helped Deltek corner the market in government contracting services.. Kevin Sullivan and Marjorie Censer, Washington Post: November 21.. In 1983, the federal government paid private contractors $159 billion for goods and services; by 2012, the figure was $517 billion, a 41 percent increase after adjusting for inflation.. During the same period, the Washington-Maryland-Virginia share of that spending doubled, from 9 percent to 18 percent, according to a Washington Post analysis.. Six of the 10 richest counties in America are now located in the Washington metro area.. Fairfax County, where deLaski lived and Deltek still is headquartered, received a disproportionate 5 percent of all government spending on goods and services in 2010, more than $24 billion.. The spike in the region s prosperity has been driven in large part by government spending as the shift to private contractors accelerated with each administration, then took a giant leap after the Sept.. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.. Health Law Is Dividing Republican Governors.. JONATHAN MARTIN New York Times, November 21, 2013.. Republicans are planning to use the troubled health law against Democrats in next year s midterm elections, but the Affordable Care Act is increasingly dividing their party, too.. At the annual meeting here of the nation s Republican governors, the ones who are eyeing presidential runs in 2016 say they oppose the health care law.. But there is sharp disagreement among those who have helped carry out the law and those who remain entrenched in their opposition.. Insurers Cut Doctors' Fees in New Health-Care Plans Move Sparks Worries Plans Will Attract Fewer Doctors.. CHRISTOPHER WEAVER and MELINDA BECK, Wall Street Journal, Nov.. 21, 2013 8:55 p.. m.. Insurers are slashing payments to medical practices in many of the plans they sell through the new health-law marketplaces sparking worries that Americans signing up for coverage will have fewer doctors to choose from if low fees spark an exodus from the plans.. The fees for some office visits are less than half of what doctors in the city say they receive for treating people covered by employer-sponsored insurance.. State Spending Dips As Stimulus Money Dries Up.. Elaine S.. Povich, Pew, Nov 22, 2013.. States overall spending declined for the first time in 26 years in fiscal year 2012 as federal stimulus money dried up, according to a new.. report.. by the National Association of State Budget Officers.. However, NASBO expects the 1.. 7 percent decrease between 2011 and 2012 to be a temporary blip.. Although final numbers are not yet available, the group estimates that total state expenditures were up 4.. 7 percent in fiscal year 2013.. Federal Government Budget Problems Make State Budgeting Impossible.. Liz Farmer | Governing.. com November 22, 2013.. As the nation s governors and their staffs get knee-deep in numbers, policy-setting and late nights ordering takeout at the office, there is one certainty this budget writing season: don t count on anything.. (No pun intended, of course.. ) This era of uncertainty is familar by now states have been dealing with a volatile economy and testy federal government since the federal stimulus program ended in 2010 and the nation s economic recovery continued along slowly.. But what makes budget writing and planning particularly irksome this year is that Congress likely won t come to an agreement on whether to keep 2014 spending caps for defense and non-defense discretionary funding until the current continuing resolution expires on Jan.. 15.. Economists and Labor.. Henry M.. Banta, Huffington Post, : 11/21/2013 1:42 pm.. The inescapable conclusion, reached by almost all of the economists left standing after 2008, is that a revival of the union movement is vital to the survival of the middle class and a revival of the economy.. If the middle class is to stop losing ground it needs the support of a strong labor movement.. The question is whether the labor movement, as well as liberals generally, can use this as effectively as conservatives used the economics of the hard core free market ideologues.. Revised companionship rule strengthens the home care workforce.. Karen Kulp, CEO of Home Care Associates of Philadelphia.. The Hill, November 21, 2013, 01:51 pm.. On October 1, the U.. Department of Labor published a revised rule that will guarantee, beginning January 1, 2015, that home care workers receive minimum-wage and overtime protections under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.. Home care jobs caring for elders and people with disabilities in their homes and communities-- are our nation s fastest-growing occupations.. The success of our company is proof that you can have thriving business and still pay workers decent wages.. That is why we, along with many other employers, support the rule change.. Expanding Social Security.. PAUL KRUGMAN, New York Times, November 21, 2013.. Many workers used to have defined-benefit retirement plans, plans in which their employers guaranteed a steady income after retirement.. Today, however, workers who have any retirement plan at all generally have defined-contribution plans basically, 401(k) s in which employers put money into a tax-sheltered account that s supposed to end up big enough to retire on.. As a result, we re looking at a looming retirement crisis, with tens of millions of Americans facing a sharp decline in living standards at the end of their working lives.. So there s a strong case for expanding, not contracting, Social Security.. Wages Stagnate as U.. Manufacturers Reap Record Profits.. Tim Catts, Peter Robison and Ilan Kolet November 21, 2013 Business Week.. Manufacturers after-tax profits rose to a record $289.. 1 billion last year, more than three times 2009 s tally, the Commerce Department reported.. Some of the states where factory jobs are growing  ...   despite what some believe.. The unions have offered $100,000 in insurance savings.. That has been ignored, Mr.. Lincoln said, adding he s also suggested the hospital do something to streamline its registration process.. NY: Bill de Blasio picks two union leaders for transition team.. BY GLORIA PAZMINO, Capital New York, 4:12 pm Nov.. 21, 2013.. The head of the city's powerful healthcare workers union - the only union to endorse mayor-elect Bill de Blasio during the Democratic primary - has been appointed to de Blasio's transition team.. George Gresham, president of 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East and Vincent Alvarez, president of the NY Central Labor Council were among the list of names announced this week as part of the team tasked to help de Blasio appoint commissioners and other city officials.. NY: Wall Street Fees Paid by NYC s Pension Funds Climb 28%.. Martin Z.. Braun - Nov 22, 2013 Bloomberg.. Scott Stringer vowed during his successful campaign for New York comptroller to reduce the $370 million in fees the city s five pension funds pay money managers and consultants annually.. His job, which starts Jan.. 1, just got harder.. The charges climbed to $472.. 5 million in the year ended June 30, enough to pay the salaries of 6,440 teachers, a city report shows.. The 28 percent gain is more than double the return on the $137.. 4 billion retirement system s assets in the same period.. In the past seven years, investment expenses for the pensions, which are overseen by the comptroller s office, surged by $280 million.. NY: Union Upset With Queens Library Raises.. November 14, 2013 NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA, Queens Tribune.. Queens Library has given some of its nonunion workers raises and promotions, further fueling tensions between the Administration and Local 1321.. In August, the Queens Tribune reported that the Queens Library Administration was replacing its union workers with lower-paid private contractors to clean the Central Branch in Jamaica.. With the news that the Queens Library Administration has given many of its private contract workers promotions and raises retroactive to July 1, 2013, John Hyslop, president of Local 1321, said union workers are becoming increasingly frustrated.. NY: Few Speak Out At County Budget Hearing.. by Robin Traum (Patch) , November 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM.. Very few Rockland County residents spoke at the legislature s public hearings on the proposed 2014 budget and tax cap override on Tuesday.. CSEA President Tom Ninan asked legislators to reassign 40 employees in the Mental Health Department who are slated to lose their job on July 1 when Nyack Hospital takes over those services.. Ohio to close another juvenile correctional facility.. Andrew Welsh-Huggins Associated Press: November 21, 2013 - 10:10 PM.. Ohio announced the closing of another juvenile correctional facility Thursday as the number of young people sentenced to time in the state detention system continues to fall.. The union representing many of the guards at the center called the closing unnecessary and dangerous.. Christopher Mabe, president of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association,.. said.. the decision shuffles young people into already overcrowded local facilities.. PA: Retirees urged to back bill to kill school property tax.. November 21.. 2013 11:31PM By Jerry Lynott - civitasmedia.. com.. For Chuck Liedike the pending legislation in Harrisburg on school property tax reform has a much greater reach.. Liedike, the campaign manager of Real Reform 76, met with about 30 local AFSCME retirees Thursday afternoon to provide an update on the legislation and encouraged them to continue to push for its passage.. PR: Economic Advisory Team From U.. Will Be Sent To Aid Puerto Rico.. DANICA COTO, 11/20/13 09:24 AM (AP).. The U.. government is sending a team of federal officials to help Puerto Rico manage an economic crisis that has spooked investors as the U.. territory braces for its eighth year of recession.. The team will be composed of officials from the departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, a U.. administration official said Wednesday.. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the effort.. TX: In Texas, Inmates and Officers Swelter.. Lance Lowry is a correctional officer and the president of the Huntsville-based local of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.. New York Times, November 21, 2013.. The prison system also tries to save money on climate control.. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards requires all county jails to keep the temperature below 85 degrees not necessarily a comfortable temperature, but a humane one.. The overheating in prisons is made even more dangerous by other cost-cutting measures.. Employment screening for correctional officers is inadequate, and a physician s examination isn t required for applicants even though they ll be expected to work in a physically demanding job up to 12 hours a day, sometimes in heavy Kevlar vests, often in extreme heat.. And just as the inmate population is aging, the officer population is getting older, too: with the economic downturn, we ve seen retired officers returning to the job.. Texas needs to ensure humane conditions for the inmates who live in prisons and the officers who work there.. After all, people shouldn t be treated worse than the livestock.. VT: New AFSCME Home Care Local Born in Vermont.. KAREN CONNER | AFSCME blog, NOVEMBER 21, 2013.. Dozens of Vermont home care providers recently launched their new union, AFSCME Vermont Homecare United Local 4802.. WA: Park system: A rescue for a grand building along Lake Washington's shore?.. By Tristan Baurick, Crosscut, Nov 22, 2013.. The state parks commission passed a resolution on Nov.. 14 a day after receiving the letter that announced an open-door policy for "public and private-sector partnerships" at St.. Edward Park.. The resolution irked the state employees' union.. "I'll fight it," said Terri McCullough of the AFSCME Council 28.. McCullough said the trend of turning over portions of state parks to outside entities is costing well-paying state jobs.. WA: Gov.. Jay Inslee wants healthful food and drinks for state employees.. JORDAN SCHRADER, Olympian, November 21, 2013.. A new.. order.. issued by Gov.. Jay Inslee will require healthful food and drinks in state facilities.. The Democrat pitched such a plan during his campaign for governor last year as a major way to cut costs, and he secured it in principle last month during contract negotiations with state-worker unions.. WI: Supreme Court voids Act 10 contempt order.. ED TRELEVEN | Wisconsin State Journal | Nov 22, 2013.. The state Supreme Court late Thursday.. threw out.. a contempt order issued last month by a Dane County judge that put union recertification elections on hold for school and municipal workers.. The court did not, however, stay a September 2012 decision by Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas that found key parts of a 2011 state law limiting collective bargaining rights for most public workers to be unconstitutional.. The Supreme Court s unsigned 5-2 ruling said that because the case is under appeal, Colas could not issue a contempt order.. The court said that it has superintending authority over all Wisconsin courts that allows it to control the course of litigation in the lower courts and allows it to protect its own jurisdiction.. WI: District Council 48 upset with city over data breach.. Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel Nov.. As the investigation over what happened to a missing flash drive that contained the personal information of thousands of city employees continues, a well known labor organization is criticizing the city for its actions.. In a statement, AFSCME District Council said it is unacceptable that city of Milwaukee officials are unwilling to meet with them about the missing flash drive.. Recent Daily Newswires.. November 21, 2013.. Nov 20.. November 20, 2013.. Nov 19.. November 19, 2013.. Nov 18.. November 18, 2013.. Nov 15.. November 15, 2013.. 2013 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL–CIO..

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