For too many years, public service workers (and actually most Americans) have seen their job security, wages and benefits, and retirement security erode — even though for the top 1 percent things have been great. Now, when it’s our turn to make things better for our families, they’re trying to cripple our union.
In Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner is obsessed with stripping the rights of state workers.
In New Mexico, extreme politicians want to drive down everyone’s wages through a so-called right-to-work bill.
In Missouri, billionaires are funding a campaign to crush unions through a “paycheck deception” bill.
The billionaires and special interests behind these attacks are strong. But we are stronger. In the past year, more than 135,000 workers joined AFSCME. And we have a plan and vision to build on this success. A plan to protect the future and financial security of AFSCME members — and all Americans. That plan is AFSCME Strong.
AFSCME Strong means organizing is job one. In the next year, we will engage 80 percent of our members in the struggle, one conversation at a time. To make it happen, we will recruit and train 5 percent of AFSCME members to have one-on-one conversations with their coworkers.
In fact, members from Alaska to Pennsylvania and everywhere between are already mobilizing — at trainings, in strategic planning meetings and local presidents summits, and more. It is just the beginning, and it’s AFSCME Strong!
AFSCME Strong means working together and holding each other accountable. AFSCME Strong will help locals, councils and the national union share victories and best practices. In California, more than 1,000 EMT professionals just negotiated an agreement which, if ratified by the members of Local 4911, will mean pay increases and protected health benefits. AFSCME Strong will provide a vehicle to share with other affiliates how Local 4911 succeeded.
It’s also about keeping each other accountable. This AFSCME Strong newsletter will track our progress, from the number of new members signed up, to the number of activists trained, to PEOPLE MVPs recruited. It will also feature member profiles and updates on important news and events.
The anti-union billionaires and politicians are strong. But we’re AFSCME Strong. Let’s get to work.