Mental health professionals in the Parole Outpatient Clinics throughout the state play an important role in helping parolees transition back into society and keeping our communities safe.

AFSCME praised today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that extends protections under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to millions of LGBTQ workers.

Just over a week ago, an unarmed, innocent black man was murdered by a Minnesota police officer.

Economists of diverse backgrounds, who might otherwise disagree on a range of policy issues, spoke with a single voice on Monday on the need for Congress to provide robust aid to states, cities and towns.

Such aid, they said, is crucial in the midst of an economic crisis that is decimating state and local budgets and threatening essential public services that are critical to beating the pandemic and jumpstarting the economy.

The future just got a little brighter—and a little more affordable—for the 10 deserving winners of the 2020 AFSCME Family Scholarship. These winners are ready to take the next step toward their higher education, with the momentum of the $2,000 annual award—renewable for up to four years—behind them.

The winners are:

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Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday that will make it easier for essential workers who contract COVID-19 to obtain workers’ compensations benefits in a win for labor unions that called for the change.

Roxie Nelson remembers her father, Ed Nelson, as a caring and passionate man who often put the needs of others before his own.

“When I was around him his phone was always busy, and he would take calls from people all the time,” she recalls. “He was always working to help somebody, whether it was at the union or friends or family. He would take care of people whenever they needed help.”

Workplace safety has taken on a whole new meaning since the coronavirus outbreak started.

The demand for personal protective equipment, especially masks, remains high. And for our sisters and brothers who remain on the front lines, every day they go into work is a day when they are risking their lives to keep essential public services going.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought all normal life to a standstill over the last several weeks, and schools have been hit especially hard.

Schools were forced to shut down, teachers have had to scramble to put together online lessons and parents have to quickly figure out what to do about childcare.