Some of the nation’s largest cultural institutions accepted more than $1.6 billion in federal help to weather the coronavirus pandemic, but continued to let go of workers – even though the assistan

When Fran Krugen’s late husband was first diagnosed with diabetes, his insulin cost about $35 a bottle.

Throughout my son’s long career at AFSCME, there have been countless times when I’ve seen Lee proudly wearing an AFSCME T-shirt. Often, these T-shirts feature slogans like “Rise Up” and “Never Quit.”

To Lee, these are much more than just slogans. They’re principles that guide him as president of AFSCME. As his mom, the meaning behind these phrases evoke a long and powerful legacy within our family.

Public approval of labor unions is at its highest level in 17 years, with nearly two out of three Americans (65%) expressing support of unions, according to the latest Gallup poll.

LOS ANGELES – In a union election victory 17 years in the making, child care providers across California have voted overwhelmingly to be represented by their union, Child Care Providers United (CCPU). A joint effort of UDW/AFSCME Local 3930 and SEIU Locals 99 and 521, 97% of voters chose to join CCPU.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday joined AFSCME President Lee Saunders and front-line public service workers from states experiencing surges in coronavirus cases to urge the Senate to approve at least $1 trillion in flexible aid to states, cities and towns.

AFSCME joined a virtual gathering of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, a movement that seeks to shift the moral narrative of our country and build power for poor and vulnerable people.

A recently introduced federal bill aims to dramatically reduce red tape for Medicare-certified home health providers — at least for now.

In May, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez — a Democrat from New York — introduced a bill that would allow home health providers to be reimbursed for services without adhering to the in-person face-to-face Medicare referral requirement. The Improving Home Health Services Act (H.R. 7006) has 11 House co-sponsors, all of whom are also Democrats.

AFSCME members made their voices heard and helped block right-wing lawmakers from gutting Medicaid as part of a broader bill aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act. But that doesn’t mean President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress are done trying to destroy Medicaid, which provides health insurance to 74 million Americans.

LOS ANGELES – As COVID-19 rages across the United States, health care and public service workers are on the front lines, fighting to keep their communities safe. But in California, one group of workers hasn’t received nearly the attention, let alone the resources, that they need to protect themselves or their patients during this crisis.