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  • Title: AFSCME | Archive
    Descriptive info: Archive.. Print.. Font Size:.. Category: Retirement Security.. 12/16/13.. Sen.. Elizabeth Warren to AFSCME Members: It’s Time to Go on Offense.. One of our champions, Sen.. Elizabeth Warren, dropped by AFSCME last week.. Read what she had to say to our members.. We Are AFSCME: This Retiree Stands Up for Retirement Security.. Mary Marbles is one of the many activists who make AFSCME a powerful voice for retirees across the country.. 12/12/13.. Memphis City Council Passes Historic Retirement Reform Allowing 1968 Strikers to Retire With Dignity.. Workers finally have the promise of a more secure retirement after decades of service.. 12/05/13.. Detroit’s Workers, Retirees Lose in Bankruptcy Court Ruling.. 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.. 12/04/13.. Pension Theft: Illinois Senate and House pass bill slashing retirement benefits.. Unions vow to challenge constitutionality of the legislation in court.. 10/31/13.. Rhode Island AFSCME Members Demand Investigation into State Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s Pension Practices.. A new report released by Council 94 raises troubling questions about investment decisions.. Michigan Governor Takes Stand in Detroit Trial, Dodges Questions.. AFSCME made efforts to meet with Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr before the bankruptcy filing.. 10/21/13.. New Census Figures Confirm Unions Strengthen Middle Class.. Families  ...   Medicaid.. Medicare.. Organizing.. Other/Unknown.. Politics and Elections.. Public Safety.. Public Service.. Social Security.. Uncategorized.. Veterans.. Women.. Archives.. Select a Month.. 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.. 2013 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL–CIO..

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    Descriptive info: Category: Social Security.. 08/14/13.. Social Security at 78 – Going Strong, Worth Fighting For.. Our children and grandchildren deserve a chance at a safe and secure retirement.. 08/08/13.. President Saunders on MSNBC: We March to Change Our Country for the Better.. On PoliticsNation, Pres.. Lee Saunders discussed the fight for civil rights and opportunity in America.. 05/28/13.. TV: Nurses Are the Heart of Health Care.. Hundreds of AFSCME nurses gathered to fight for improved conditions for nurses and patients.. 05/06/13.. Your Story Can Make a Difference.. The work you do every day makes a difference.. So do your stories..  ...   Security and Medicare.. 02/27/13.. Double-Speak on the Debt Crisis.. Fix the Debt’s real motive is not to fix the debt, but to protect the tax loopholes that benefit its members.. 02/14/13.. AFSCME Members Take their Message to the Hill.. Workers from across the country went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby their legislators.. 02/12/13.. UPDATED: AFSCME Members Gather to Watch State of the Union.. Check back for live reactions from the address.. And play SOTU bingo at home.. Workers Rally on Capitol Hill for “Jobs, Not Cuts”.. Show of solidarity unites members of AFSCME, AFL-CIO, AFGE, SEIU, CWA..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Will County, Ill., AFSCME Members Ratify New Contract After Lengthy Struggle, Strike
    Descriptive info: Will County, Ill.. , AFSCME Members Ratify New Contract After Lengthy Struggle, Strike.. by Anders Lindall | December 16, 2013.. 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..  ...   $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.. Dir.. 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.. Share.. Email.. Tweet.. Next:.. Previous:.. January 2014.. December 2013.. November 2013.. October 2013.. September 2013..

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  • Title: AFSCME | We Are AFSCME: This Retiree Stands Up for Retirement Security
    Descriptive info: December 16, 2013.. 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  ...   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.. Posted In:.. ,.. Remembering the Newtown School Massacre One Year Ago..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Archive
    Descriptive info: Category: Retirees.. 11/18/13.. Senators: Strengthen Social Security, Expand Benefits.. Senators Brown, Harkin co-sponsor the Strengthen Social Security Act of 2013.. 07/30/13.. Medicare on Its Anniversary: Strong and Built to Last.. Federal program guarantees health benefits for 50 million seniors and people with disabilities.. 07/24/13.. Detroit Bankruptcy Scheme Moves Forward, AFSCME Will Fight for Working People.. Scheme to use bankruptcy to seize employees’ and retirees’ life savings must be stopped.. 05/02/13.. In Puerto Rico, Retirees Come  ...   2,200 members and continues to grow.. 12/19/12.. AFSCME Retiree, 92, Doesn’t Let Age Slow Activism.. Rosyln Sims, a former school librarian in Youngstown City, Ohio, has activism in her blood.. 10/15/12.. Romney-Ryan Medicare Plan Picks Seniors’ Pockets.. Changing Medicare to a “voucher” system means higher premiums for 6 out of 10 seniors.. 10/09/12.. We Are AFSCME: Campaign Volunteer, Retiree Renita Hoover.. Wisconsin activist urges fellow retirees to get involved.. She’s been doing it for decades..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Archive
    Descriptive info: Category: Emergency Services.. 12/13/13.. An unspeakable tragedy brought out the best of AFSCME members.. 11/14/13.. California EMS Workers Earn Contract for Better Conditions, Fair Pay.. EMS professionals of Santa Clara County finalize first contract as United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911.. 10/28/13.. Public Safety Officers Gather in Columbus.. AFSCME donates $100,000 for national law enforcement memorial, honors members of the Newtown Police Union and Lucasville Corrections Facility.. 10/10/13.. NYC Agrees to Hire More 911 Operators to Address Inadequate Staff Levels.. City acts to improve public safety under pressure from AFSCME District Council 37.. 09/23/13.. California EMS Workers Deliver Petition to Protect Standards.. Workers  ...   Help.. Here’s How.. Statement of AFSCME Pres.. Laura Reyes.. 09/09/13.. Help is Available to Health Victims of September 11 Attacks.. Don’t miss the Oct.. 3 registration deadline for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.. 09/06/13.. Something Borrowed: 911 Operator Saves Wedding for Washington Woman.. Emergency dispatcher made sure a robbery victim could celebrate her wedding day in style.. 09/04/13.. Two New York Lifeguards Honored for Rescue.. The lifeguards, both members of AFSCME’s DC 37, saved a drowning man in July.. 08/16/13.. Back-to-Back Victories for EMS Professionals Grow the Union.. Workers in California and Arizona voted this week to unionize with United EMS Workers-AFSCME..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Archive
    Descriptive info: Category: Law Enforcement.. 11/25/13.. Connecticut Dedicates Bridge in Honor of Fallen AFSCME Member.. New Haven police officer and Local 530 member Robert Fumiatti died in 2007 from injuries in the line of duty.. Illinois Workers in Will County Strike for Fairness.. Public workers took pay cuts for past four years to aid county finances.. 11/12/13.. Albany Police Department Leads the Way to Honor America’s Heroes.. AFSCME Local 2841 led the Albany Veterans Day Parade.. 11/08/13.. Online Petition Launched for  ...   car accident while on duty.. 07/22/13.. AFSCME Detective from Connecticut Meets with White House on Immigration.. Robert Coppola reiterated his and AFSCME’s support for comprehensive immigration reform.. 07/03/13.. Public Defenders Work in Indefensible Conditions, HBO Documentary Says.. The public-service lawyers are a key – yet underappreciated – part of the criminal justice system.. 03/13/13.. Help Arrives for Newtown, Conn.. , Workers Affected by Tragedy.. Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund will help cover the mental health costs of Newtown workers..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Archive
    Descriptive info: Category: Public Safety.. 10/03/13.. Big Win Against School Outsourcing Tallied in New Jersey.. Security guards and parents stand together in opposition to privatizing school safety operations.. 10/02/13.. Iowa Members Demand Governor Increase Staffing.. AFSCME Iowa Council 61 members protested dangerously low staffing levels.. 09/20/13.. For-Profit Prison ‘Lockup Quotas’ Put  ...   the Public Interest shows how companies profit through occupancy guarantees.. 07/26/13.. Statement by Laura Reyes on the 23rd Anniversary of the ADA.. 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..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Archive
    Descriptive info: by By Pablo Ros | December 13, 2013.. 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.. th.. anniversary of the War on Poverty and to highlight today s most pressing economic challenges, AFSCME is asking for your stories.. We are looking for two kinds of stories:.. 1) Tell us about your frontline experiences as an AFSCME member working to help families make ends meet.. For example, we want to hear how you make a difference to someone s life in your work in Head Start, eligibility determination for food stamps and/or Medicaid, or in other safety net programs; and.. 2) Tell us if you and your family have been helped by safety net programs, like Medicaid, Head Start, and SNAP.. Tell us about what changes are needed to these programs to better help you and your families establish a solid economic footing.. At a time of high unemployment and rising inequality, AFSCME is calling on our elected leaders to continue moving families from poverty to prosperity.. Your stories bring public policy to life.. Click here.. to tell us.. your.. stories.. AFSCME Honors Veterans at Arlington National Cemetery.. December 12, 2013.. Four veterans, representing1.. 6 million AFSCME members, paid their respects today to those who have died in service to our nation during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.. Three.. AFSCME International vice presidents.. participated in the wreath-laying ceremony, conducted by the nonprofit group.. No Greater Love.. :.. Danny Donohue, president of the New York State.. Civil Service Employees Association, AFSCME Local 1000.. , served in the Army during Vietnam.. Danny Homan, president of.. Iowa Council 61.. , served in the U.. S.. Army from 1971-1973.. His son, His son Brent, also an Army veteran, was badly injured in Iraq in 2006 when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.. Ken Deitz, RN, president of the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (.. UNAC/UHCP.. ), is an Air Force veteran.. Charles Jurgonis, AFSCME s Financial Services director, also helped lay the wreath.. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War.. Laura Reyes participated in the ceremony as well.. AFSCME is a founding member of the.. AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council.. This past Veterans Day, Saunders urged Americans to honor veterans.. with jobs and justice.. Among our 1.. 6 million members, there are countless veterans, as well as parents, spouses and partners, children and grandchildren of those who have served our nation in times of conflict and peace, Saunders said.. While we commemorate those who have died in service, the members of AFSCME recommit to advocating for veterans living each day with the scars of war and the turmoil of an uncertain future.. The tomb.. also called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier although it was never officially named.. overlooks Washington, D.. C.. , from its site at the top of a hill in Arlington, Va.. On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial here of a single unidentified American soldier who fought in the first World War.. Today it symbolizes all Americans who died anonymously in wars, conflicts and incidents since 1776.. by Helen Cox | December 12, 2013.. Finally, retirement will soon be a reality for.. veteran Memphis sanitation workers.. like Cleo Smith, one of the men who went on strike in 1968, proclaiming I Am a Man and demanding dignity for himself and his fellow workers.. The Memphis City Council this month passed a retirement reform ordinance, paving the way for 40 men over the age of 65 to retire.. They ve been on the physically demanding job for decades.. The council s vote creates a supplemental retirement program that will allow them to retire.. We ve committed the majority of our working lives to making sure Memphis waste is taken care of, Smith said.. We ve suffered on the job injuries but pushed through year after year.. Now, we re finally getting the respect we deserve.. Currently, sanitation workers are only covered by Social Security and a small contribution by the city to a savings plan.. Our union agreed to longer collection routes as part of a broader restructuring of solid waste services and collection practices.. A portion of the savings generated through these changes, including the sweat equity from the longer routes, will support this benefit.. AFSCME Local 1733 fought for this historic reform for the past several years.. While the details are still being developed, the benefit will provide a worker at 65 years of age an annual benefit of $400 per year of service, capped at 30 years or $12,000.. But the vote was not all good news.. The council rejected a fee of $2.. 25 a month that would help maintain the city s sanitation fleet and modernize the city s recycling program.. That recycling program would provide economic benefits over time.. This is a win for workers, but the fight s not over, Gail Tyree, executive director of Local 1733 said.. We now need to restore the solid waste fee of $2.. 25 a month, in order to keep our fleet of trucks updated and operating, which will go a long way in running an efficient operation, a small price to pay for sanitation workers to be able to retire with dignity.. AFSCME certainly isn t backing down now and we are committed to keeping up the fight.. The restructured longer routes will fall to younger sanitation workers like Adrian Rodgers.. But they finally have the promise of a more secure retirement after decades of service.. After 30 to 50 years of working for Memphis, these men are owed a decent retirement and so are we, the younger guys, Rodgers said.. We re willing to work longer and harder days if it means there s a light at the end of the tunnel, that we can all retire with dignity and without fear having to choose between medicine and rent.. Report Details How Outsourcing Leaves Services “Out of Control”.. by Joye Barksdale | December 09, 2013.. AFSCME members have known for a long time that outsourcing public services is bad for vital services, workers and taxpayers.. The group.. In the Public Interest.. has just released.. a report on some of the worst outsourcing deals.. across the country.. Eager for quick cash, state and local governments, handed over control of critical public services and assets to corporations that promise to handle them better, faster and cheaper, the report,.. Out of Control.. , states.. Unfortunately for taxpayers, not only has outsourcing these services failed to keep this promise, but too often it undermines  ...   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.. by Clyde Weiss | December 05, 2013.. 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.. by David Patterson | December 04, 2013.. 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.. by Pablo Ros and Olivia Sandbothe | December 04, 2013.. 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.. Show Newer Posts..

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  • Title: AFSCME | AFSCME Members in California Stand Up for Patient Safety and Care
    Descriptive info: AFSCME Members in California Stand Up for Patient Safety and Care.. by Pablo Ros | November 21, 2013.. Members of AFSCME Local 3299 on strike demanding safe staffing levels at all worksites.. Thousands of our AFSCME sisters and brothers who work for the University of California hospital system and campuses.. stood up Wednesday for patient safety and quality health care by demanding safe staffing levels at all worksites.. The strike followed one in May at which AFSCME members of Local 3299.. went out on strike for two days demanding safe staffing levels and for hospital executives to put patients before profits.. As was the case then, AFSCME 3299 put in place a Patient Protection Workforce to respond in case of emergency during the one-day work stoppage.. The walkout is taking place at UC hospitals in San Francisco, San Diego, Davis, Irvine, and Los Angeles, and in 10 campus sites statewide.. Local 3299 represents more than 22,000 service and patient care  ...   all who come to UC to learn, to heal, and to build a better life for their families.. Since the strike in May,.. frontline service and patient care workers have been subjected to a coordinated campaign of illegal intimidation and harassment by UC administrators.. A complaint issued by the state s Public Employment Relations Board chronicles this abusive behavior.. This week s strike was led by UC patient care technical workers and service workers, as well as UC students and other workers joining in solidarity.. It was supported by state senators Darrell Steinberg, Leland Yee, and Alex Padilla; and members of the state assembly including Shirley Weber, Nancy Skinner, Lorena Gonzales, and Richard Pan.. Local 3299 is calling on UC administrators to immediately cease their illegal campaign of intimidation against workers and to provide safe staffing levels that don t compromise patient safety and care.. New AFSCME Home Care Local Born in Vermont.. How Inequality is Harming University Workers in Illinois..

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  • Title: AFSCME | November 21, 2013
    Descriptive info: News / Publications.. November 21, 2013.. November 21, 2013.. National/Politics.. Home-Care Aides Making $10 an Hour Seen Growing in U.. Tom Moroney Bloomberg, Nov 21, 2013.. Sheppard s survival tricks are finely-tuned after seven years as a personal care aide, the fastest growing job in America.. Supermarket shopping can be a luxury because of what she does for a living, making $9.. 78 an hour, with no benefits or guaranteed hours.. She s one of more than 900,000 personal care aides, caregivers who provide comfort and companionship for the elderly and disabled and perform daily chores so they can remain in their homes.. This summer, Sheppard made extra money as a speaker and organizer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which is forming a union for independent home-care providers in Vermont.. Her peers elected her to the 20-member bargaining committee, and she d like to be its president.. Since I d be pushing for a livable wage for members, I wouldn t take anything less than $15 an hour, she says.. Cancellations are coming for millions more.. Elise Viebeck, The Hill, November 21, 2013,.. Millions of people are expected to lose their employer-based healthcare coverage over the next decade, according to business surveys and estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).. By 2016, the CBO has.. projected.. that 6 million fewer people will receive employer-based health insurance compared with this year.. The estimate includes those who could obtain coverage through their work but choose not to.. The White House released a.. report.. Wednesday showing that healthcare spending has grown at the slowest rate on record since the law s passage in 2010, lowering employers benefit costs and increasing the likelihood of new hires.. Obamacare faces new threat at state level from corporate interest group Alec.. Ed Pilkington theguardian.. com, Wednesday 20 November 2013 11.. 07 EST.. Barack Obama is facing a fresh offensive against his troubled healthcare reforms as Republican legislators backed by corporate sponsors prepare an attempt to effectively destroy the Affordable Care Act at state level.. The idea for the new attack is the brainchild of the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), a group that acts as a dating agency for Republican state legislators and big corporations, bringing them together to frame rightwing legislative agendas in the form of model bills.. A new Alec proposal, approved by its annual meeting in Chicago in August and published as a model bill for adoption by state assemblies across the nation, would scupper the federal health insurance exchanges set up under Obamacare.. The Health Care Freedom Act, as Alec calls its model bill, threatens to strip health insurers of their licenses to do new business on the federal exchanges should they accept any subsidies under the system.. G.. O.. P.. Maps Out Waves of Attacks Over Health Law.. JONATHAN WEISMAN and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG, New York Times, November 20, 2013.. The memo distributed to House Republicans this week was concise and blunt, listing talking points and marching orders: Because of Obamacare, I Lost My Insurance.. Obamacare Increases Health Care Costs.. The Exchanges May Not Be Secure, Putting Personal Information at Risk.. Continue Collecting Constituent Stories.. The document, the product of a series of closed-door strategy sessions that began in mid-October, is part of an increasingly organized Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act, President Obama s signature legislative initiative.. Republican strategists say that over the next several months, they intend to keep Democrats on their heels through a multilayered, sequenced assault.. Big Pharma Could Win International Price Monopoly, Unlimited Profits in 'Free Trade' Deal.. Ethan Rome, Huffington Post: 11/20/2013 12:54 pm.. Big Pharma has a new tool to make turbo-charged profits and insulate itself from efforts to rein in skyrocketing health costs.. Under the emerging Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement with the U.. and 11 Pacific Rim nations, drug companies will be able to challenge any restraint on their ability to price-gouge, including laws that empower public programs like Medicare and Medicaid to use their purchasing power to obtain lower prices.. Senate Democrats Poised to Block Filibusters of Presidential Picks.. JEREMY W.. PETERS, New York Times, November 20, 2013.. Senate Democrats are on the verge of moving to eliminate the use of the filibuster against most presidential nominees, aides and senior party leaders said Wednesday, a move that would deprive Republicans of their ability to block President Obama s picks for cabinet posts and the federal judiciary and further erode what little bipartisanship still exists in the Senate.. Voters In Key States Really Don't Want Social Security Cut: Poll.. The Huffington Post | By Ashley Alman 11/19/2013 8:56 pm.. A new survey looking at 10 key House and Senate districts found that voters there strongly oppose cutting Social Security benefits -- a stance that may imperil lawmakers in next year's elections.. The survey, conducted by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling and funded by MoveOn.. org, polled voters from five House districts -- in Arizona, California, Massachusetts and New York -- and from five states -- Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina and Washington.. The incumbent in nine of those districts and states sits on the House-Senate conference committee currently negotiating a new federal budget.. Nine of those lawmakers are also facing a tough reelection contest in 2014.. Democrats Begin Push to Extend Unemployment Benefits.. Damian Paletta, Wall Street Journal, November 20, 2013, 4:37 PM.. Democrats are pushing to extend emergency unemployment benefits beyond their expiration at the end of December, but they are already running into resistance from Republicans on an issue that has divided the parties for several years.. House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation that would extend the current program that offers extra benefits to the long-term unemployed for an additional year.. U.. could run out of cash in March under debt ceiling.. Wed, Nov 20 2013 By Jason Lange (Reuters).. The United States could start missing payments on its obligations sometime between March and June if lawmakers fail to raise a legal limit on borrowing by early February, congressional analysts said on Wednesday.. a decision to raise it again, the Treasury Department would be able to manage its cash a little longer before it starts missing payments.. It is unclear how much time that would buy, and the Congressional Budget Office said in a report that the cash "would probably be exhausted in March.. ".. Drop in Traffic Takes Toll on Investors in Private Roads.. RYAN DEZEMBER and EMILY GLAZER, Wall Street Journal, Nov.. 20, 2013 11:12 p.. m.. The Beach Express fits into a broader story of investors who piled into toll-road deals in the 2000s, often involving state or local governments that were eager to shift costs to the private sector and raise cash.. Many investors paid too much, based on the notion that tolls provided a reliable income stream and that toll revenue would only increase as Americans drove more miles.. "Buyers were caught up in the irrational exuberance of the time and paid too much for the underlying assets, borrowed too much," says Roger Wood, a Moelis Co.. banker who advises investors in infrastructure deals.. Global investment firms such as Australia's Macquarie Group Ltd.. and Spain's Ferrovial SA assembled toll-road deals, often financing them with heavy debt based on assumptions that rising toll receipts would cover payments.. Ashton Kutcher vs.. Wal-Mart: Epic Twitter clash rages over poverty wages.. JOSH EIDELSON, Salon.. com WEDNESDAY, NOV 20, 2013 11:21 AM.. Celebrity actor/producer Ashton Kutcher and retail giant Wal-Mart had a spirited Twitter debate Tuesday over Wal-Mart workers wages.. Kutcher (@aplusk) kicked off the dust-up by tweeting about the news that an Ohio Wal-Mart took up an employee-to-employee food charity collection so Associates in Need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.. He wrote, Walmart is your profit margin so important you can t Pay Your Employees enough to be above the poverty line?.. State/Local.. CA: UC hospital workers, custodians begin one-day strike.. Larry Gordon and Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times, November 20, 2013, 8:08 a.. The union that represents 22,000 employees at UC campuses and medical centers began a one-day strike early Wednesday morning at the system's nine campuses and five medical centers.. It s really going great.. Turnout has actually been extraordinarily strong, said Todd Stenhouse, a spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299.. I can tell you thousands are already out statewide.. At the UCLA campus, AFSCME Local 3299 spokesman Kevin Brown said hundreds of supporters had already turned out and they were prepared to picket until 7 p.. Florida in secret talks to accept  ...   to record and report the work it does.. The findings are relatively minor and do not involve any financial penalties.. They are part of the first and only review of JobsOhio s books that Ohio Auditor Dave Yost will be able to perform.. Ohio labor group scores major coup in Right to Work battle.. Wednesday, November 20, 2013-6:02 am bhcourier.. com.. Right to Work supporters were handed a significant blow this month when Ohio labor groups crashed signature gathering efforts at polling stations across the state.. Organized around 20 counties that carry substantial Tea Party support, Keep Ohio s Heritage, the IUOE Local 18 union-backed advocacy group, hired professional signature gatherers to counteract the tent-pole signature effort planned by Right to Work proponents.. Monitoring roughly 200 polls, Keep Ohio s Heritage handed out short, four-point flyers entitled Think before you sign to anyone Right to Work supporters were targeting for signatures.. Due to these efforts, the labor group was able to sway roughly 75 percent of potential signees.. OH: Village employees to get raises.. Cinncinnati.. com Nov.. 20, 2013 11:14 AM.. Service workers employed by the village will get a 2-percent pay hike in 2014 and another in 2015.. Indian Hill Village Council approved the raises Nov.. 18 when it OK d a new three-year contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Ohio Council 8, AFL-CIO, which represents 26 village employees.. OH: School employees to get raises.. Cincinnati.. com, Nov.. 20, 2013 12:32 PM.. Classified employees a 5 percent raise this contract year and no raises the following two contract years.. District Treasurer Amy Wells said the contracts affect 103 teachers, all of whom are represented by the Bethel-Tate Teachers Association, and 64 classified employees, of whom 37 are represented by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 459.. OK: Group formed to fight Okla.. pension overhaul.. SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press 4:54 pm, Wednesday, November 20, 2013.. While Republican legislators set the stage Wednesday for an overhaul of Oklahoma's public pension systems, groups representing public school teachers, firefighters and prison workers flexed their political muscle with the formation of a coalition to fight some of the proposed changes.. Members of the newly created "Keep Oklahoma's Promises" met at the Capitol following a joint meeting of a House and Senate committee whose members are expected to consider a plan to shift newly hired state workers from their current traditional pension system to a more 401(k)-style defined contribution plan.. Republican leaders also are pushing to consolidate the administration of the state's seven different pension systems.. Both proposals will face stiff opposition from teachers and firefighters, who are a powerful lobbying force at the Capitol, especially during an election year.. PR: Morningstar: Puerto Rico Pension Funded Ratio Only 8.. 4%.. LYNN HUME, Bond Buyer, NOV 20, 2013 2:40pm.. Puerto Rico's pension funded ratio of 8.. 4% for 2012 was far worse than any of the 50 states, Morningstar, Inc.. , said in pension reports for 23 individual states and the territory it released on Wednesday.. The state with the next worst funded ratio the percentage of actuarial accrued liabilities funded by the actuarial value of assets was Illinois with 40.. Morningstar noted that Puerto Rico enacted "substantial additional pension reform" in April 2013, switching new ERS members to a defined contribution plan, while raising the retirement age, increasing employer contributions, and lowering benefits for some public workers" covered by the plan.. R.. I.. General Treasurer Gina Raimondo looks for retirement investments that represent values of state employees.. November 21, 2013 RANDAL EDGAR Journal.. Looking to cater to the sensibilities of public employees, state General Treasurer Gina Raimondo s office has asked a consultant to identify a new investment option that would let employees tailor some of their 401(k)-style retirement investments based on personal beliefs.. The goal, said Raimondo spokeswoman Joy E.. Fox, is to give employees the opportunity to invest their retirement savings in an option that is consistent with their values and retirement goals, by allowing them to choose from a bucket of socially responsible investments.. S.. pension system pays record fees, gets high return.. ADAM BEAM thestate.. com, November 21, 2013.. South Carolina s $27 billion retirement fund for state workers paid more than $400 million in management fees last year, a 33 percent jump from the previous fiscal year.. But the higher fees the highest the plan ever has reported also came with higher returns.. The fund added more than $1.. 5 billion in total value during the fiscal year that ended June 30, putting its total value at $26.. 5 billion.. TX: HOPE Thanked by Vice President Joe Biden! Houston Organization of Public Employees HOPE, Nov 20, 2013.. This week Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Houston.. Speaking at the Port of Houston, he discussed the Obama administration's goal to boost federal investment in the nation's infrastructure.. He mentioned that this will not only create jobs, but also help grow the middle class and ultimately the economy.. In his address, Vice President Biden recognized HOPE Local 123.. He mentioned President Melvin Hughes by name, thanking him and other state and local officials for their hard work.. He also recognized the role of labor unions in helping build Houston's economy and infrastructure.. VA: Terry McAuliffe meets with union leaders.. Anna Palmer, Politico, November 19, 2013 11:51 AM.. Virginia Gov.. -elect Terry McAuliffe is meeting with political friends and foes before officially taking office, including top labor leaders.. The facetime with union heads is notable because Virginia is a right to work state, though union organizing wasn t a major issue in the election.. WA: Editorial - Right-to-work? It s the wrong answer.. The Olympian, November 21, 2013.. The state Legislature moved swiftly in a special session to extend Boeing s tax breaks worth $8.. 7 billion, but the Machinists union acted just as quickly and more resoundingly to reject a diminished contract offer.. For the moment, that vote has thrown open the competition to build the 777X aircraft up for grabs.. Other states, and maybe nations, with lower wage expectations and nonunion workforces will now compete with Washington for tens of thousands of jobs and multiple billions in state and local tax revenues.. It is a cause for concern, but lawmakers must resist the temptation to over-react.. WI: Appeals court rules against Racine in union contract lawsuit.. Cara Spoto, Journal Times, Nov 20, 2013.. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has.. sided.. with the members of three unions in their breach of contract lawsuit against the city.. The City Council voted in the summer of last year to rescind prospective contracts affecting four bargaining groups representing 524 of the city s employees.. Aldermen cast the vote after staff informed them the wage and benefits provisions in the contracts would create a $2 million deficit in the 2013 budget and the city couldn t raise taxes to pay for the provisions because of tax caps imposed by the state Legislature.. Two days later three of the unions AFSCME Local 67, the Racine Police Association and Racine Firefighters Local 321 of the International Association of Firefighters filed a lawsuit in local court asking that their contracts be upheld.. WI: Union demands meeting with city following security breach.. Tiffany Tarpley, 58 News, Nov 20, 2013.. AFSCME District Council 48 leaders are asking for a meeting with the City of Milwaukee after their union members learned their personal information was compromised.. Thursday the following statement was sent to CBS 58 News:.. As soon as the theft came to light, we asked to city for a meeting so we could share the concerns of our members and learn the most accurate information from the city.. Unfortunately, the city doesn t want to hear our concerns, said Boyd McCamish, Council 48 executive director.. WI: Act 10 litigation complicates wage votes.. Steve Rundio lee.. net, Nov 21, 2013.. The Tomah School Board approved wage increases for support staff but tabled action on teachers salaries during its regular monthly meeting Monday at Robert Kupper Learning Center.. Support staff will get a 2.. 07 percent increase, the maximum allowed under Act 10, which abolished collective bargaining for public employees except police and firefighters.. The base wage agreement for teachers was tabled due to uncertainty over the legal status of Act 10 and the Tomah Education Association s status as a bargaining unit.. News /.. Press Room.. Publications.. FEATURED.. AFSCME WORKS, Fall 2013.. 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