“This is going to be a game-changer for my household and millions of other retirees like me,” AFSCME Illinois Retiree 

AFSCME members in Hawaii urgently need our help.

One-time cash awards ranging from $500 to $4,000 for study beginning in the Fall of 2023 are available for union members, their spouses and dependent children accepted into an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school. In addition to demonstrated academic ability, applicants submit essays describing their career goals, detailing their relationship with the labor movement, and explaining why they are deserving of a union scholarship.

While it is challenging to settle on just 10 news items to characterize 365 days of member activism, collective action, union organizing, legislative advocacy and political involvement, we hope a quick look back at these stories will help give us perspective, strength and wisdom to build power in 2023. 

March 12: Big pay hikes for state workers in state budget, but what about university and college employees?

A Training and Education Specialist at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, Eyvolle Pamphile was sworn onto the AFSCME Florida Executive Board on Saturday, December 11 in Orlando. She is also the President of Local 3025 in St. Augustine.

The oath was administered by Region 1 Director Torrence Johnson preceding the board's last meeting of 2022. Board members discussed organizing strategies and training, legislative advocacy for the 2023 session and communications vehicles for members.

MIAMI – Public service workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic often get words of thanks from their employers and little else. Not so in Miami-Dade County, Florida’s most populous jurisdiction.

Thanks to efforts by the Biden administration and AFSCME, many public service workers, including AFSCME members, have seen their student loans forgiven under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.