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Despite high levels of stress on the job, many state and local workers say they highly value serving the public and their communities and feel generally satisfied with their jobs.

1968.  Memphis, Tennessee.  The heart of the Jim Crow South.  African American sanitation workers were called "boy."  They faced poverty wages and degrading, unsafe work conditions.  The city refused to recognize their union, or even their humanity.

After two sanitation workers - Echol Cole and Robert Walker- were crushed to death on the job, their AFSCME brothers stood together to demand dignity and respect.  They marched in the streets carrying signs with four powerful words: "I AM A MAN."

AFSCME members who work in health care and social services jobs face workplace violence daily. Now they are closer to having it.

Election Day 2019 was a big victory for working families. In states and cities across the country, they made their voices heard, electing pro-worker candidates for state and local government and providing further evidence of growing political momentum for working people.

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%).

The Rick Scott Political Activism Award is presented each year to an individual member, a local union, or a group of members or local unions in recognition of outstanding work in electoral, legislative and other political activity on behalf of our union. This years' award was presented to Local 552 President LaTonya Reeves.

We were thrilled to honor these members with our 2019 awards at our 15th annual convention in October. Congratulations to all - and thank you for your hard work and dedication to our movement!

Mike Buesing Local Union Development Award: AFSCME Local 66

Rick Scott Political Activism Award: LaTonya Reeves, President, President, Local 552

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.