At the General Meeting on Febuary 11th, the membership voted to have Endorsements for the 2020 primary be made by the Executive Committee on Monday Febuary 24th at 5pm at the AFSCME Burnside Hall. 

Veteran of the Month for January 2020

Nicholas Carroll

Last year, nearly half a million workers went on strike across the nation, the largest number since 1986, when the country’s union membership rate was considerably higher (17.5%) than it was in 2018 (10.5%).

A bill that has been introduced in the House of Representatives would simplify the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program for current and would-be participants.

Across the nation, women are creating change for working families more than ever before. The Women’s Leadership Academy is ready to train more AFSCME women to be leaders of that change.

Introducing the 2019 Women’s Leadership Academy Online, which is kicking off trainings starting Oct. 16.

Designed for all AFSCME women, the academy will consist of four modules aimed at giving women the skills and support they need to stand tall for workers’ rights and increase political and workplace power on a greater scale.

AFSCME members stood on the steps of the Supreme Court this morning to support the LGBTQ community as the court heard three cases centered on the question of whether it is legal to fire someone for being gay or transgender.

AFSCME Local 189, as part of the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) has filed a demand to bargain with the City of Portland. We will discuss the bargaining team at the General Membership meeting tonight, 5:30 @ 6025 E Burnside - dinner and childcare provided. 

Only a few folks can participate at the table, we will announce the table delegation after the meeting tonight. More importantly, we need your input at the bargaining committee - a group that meets to draft contract proposals and help the table delgation prioritize. Make your voice heard, come to committee. 

It’s not a secret that drug prices in the United States are rising much faster than inflation. To take but one example: between 2002 and 2013, the price of insulin, a hormone that saves millions of lives every year, more than tripled.

Screenshot of wage calculator

AFSCME members have long known one big advantage of joining a union: better wages.

On Sept. 11, 2001, we as a nation faced a tragedy unique in our history. And we promised each other to never forget — never forget those who lost their lives or those who put their lives on the line to save others.