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.

In a statement, AFSCME President Lee Saunders said such protections are long overdue and represent an important step in the fight for equality and justice for all workers.

"The murder of another unarmed black man is a grim reminder of the social and economic inequalities that are embedded in our society. As we analyze the wave of civil unrest erupting in so many American cities, these inequalities must be included in the discussion. Our communities and the people I represent demand better.  We demand more from our elected leaders, especially those in position to make meaningful changes to a system that continues to marginalize, degrade and injure communities of color.  

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.

As you may have heard, Governor Cuomo has made a series of changes that will impact this year’s primary elections. In an executive order, he has cancelled the special elections for Queens Borough President, and the 31st Assembly District.

The Governor has mandated, through executive order, that the state Board of Elections mail all registered voters a postage-paid absentee ballot application. While poll sites will remain open, an absentee ballot offers everyone the safest way to vote during the coronavirus pandemic. 

As New York City became the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, emergency medical services (EMS) professionals, including AFSCME member Laura Hartnett, were working 16-hour shifts instead of their normal eight-hour shifts to respond to the flood of emergency calls.

Across the country in California, AFSCME member Blake

During Law Enforcement Week, we honor public safety officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. We also recognize the unique role that first responders like AFSCME law enforcement members play during times of crisis.

Union Family, 

May 1 was International Workers' Day, or May Day, when we reflect on the labor movement -- the progress we have made and the work we still have to do. 

This year’s International Workers' Day came in the middle of a devastating public health crisis. Public service workers are on the front lines each and every day, and far too many have succumbed to COVID-19 while putting their neighbors’ safety above their own. 

This is a repost of an April 29, 2020 article by Neal Frumkin that appeared on