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AFSCME mourns the loss of Mildred Wurf, a beloved member of our union family, a pioneer

Boston, MA- More than 6,500 Council 93 members working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts recently received a combined total of $13.9 million in one-time COVID-19 Hazardous Duty Payments

After more than a year of negotiations, AFSCME Local 2948 DOT Units B/C have come to an agreement with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on a new 3-year contract from

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Members of AFSCME Local 1358 working for the Town of Brookline voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year agreement with the town.

The May 6 vote followed a protracted battle waged over the past several months that forced members to go public with their fight for a fair contract.

NASHUA, N.H. – Raymond DeRusha wakes up early. He gets to Main Dunstable Elementary School, where he is the head custodian, before anyone else to make sure that the school is safe and clean for the kids who will spend their whole day learning in his school.

"When they're in one of my buildings," DeRusha says, "they are one of my kids."

METHUEN, Mass. – After learning that AFSCME members have experienced headaches, coughing and other health problems for years, newly elected Local 3699 President Bill DePardo made improving the air quality at Methuen City Hall an urgent priority.

Union members raised serious concerns about health dangers in the building during a February meeting, and members voted unanimously to request environmental testing as soon as possible.

WARREN, Maine – The 40-foot wall topped with razor wire surrounding Maine State Prison in Warren helps to protect the public from the dangerous inmates inside. But these barriers do little to protect AFSCME corrections officers like Sergeant Curtis Doyle.

A 20-year veteran officer and AFSCME Local 2968 member, Doyle must rely primarily on his experience, intelligence and sometimes even his sense of humor to get him home safely to his family every day.

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine House and Senate overwhelmingly voted to support the safe staffing bill in support of direct care workers at Riverview and Dorothea Dix state mental health facilities. AFSCME Council 93 thanks state legislators for their overwhelming, bipartisan support.

BOSTON – AFSCME Council 93 is lobbying Massachusetts lawmakers to extend payments and benefits to families of public sector employees who are killed on the job. These payments now are available only to public safety and law enforcement workers who die in the line of duty.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in Friedrichs v. CTA on Tuesday, March 29, and the result was a major victory for public service workers across the country. But Friedrichs is not the end of Corporate America's political attack on workers and the unions that defend them.

MANSFIELD, Mass. – Members of AFSCME Local 1702 have another reason to be proud after receiving a national award for the Mansfield Electric Department's high reliability and few power outages in 2015.

Mansfield Light placed in the top 25 percent for achieving "exceptional electric reliability" in 2015, according to the American Public Power Association based in Arlington, Virginia. The APPA compared Mansfield's reliability data to nationwide data collected by the Energy Information Administration, which independently publishes national data on energy.