Each year we spend billions of dollars subsidizing profits at large international corporations because they refuse to pay their workers a living wage. It is not fair that taxpayers are footing the bill because these companies’ full-time workers are paid poverty wages and require public assistance just to be able to afford their rent and feed their families.
If these corporations won’t take action, then we will fight for their workers. Click here to tell Congress to raise the minimum wage: http://afsc.me/1nJkgBK
Every hour, every day, AFSCME members are making American happen. We’ve photographed public workers in action, from coast to coast, from morning ‘til night and all the way until dawn.
Please like and share this post - and then you can view and share all 24 individual images here: http://www.afscme.org/24-7
Senators Mark Kirk of Illinois, Rob Portman of Ohio and Dan Coats of Indiana know that a combined 171,485 people in their states have been cut off from unemployment benefits. Yet, all three of them voted yesterday to leave these folks and 1.7 million other unemployed Americans and their families out in the cold.
Call their offices at the numbers below and let them know what you think:
KIRK - (202) 224-2854
COATS - (202) 224-5623
PORTMAN - (202) 224-3353
(These are not your senators? Contact yours here: http://afsc.me/1cLMRiG)
In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama cited the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans agree that no one who works full-time should ever have to live in poverty.
So, please SHARE this image and then click here to tell Congress to join the rest of the country and give America a raise: http://afsc.me/1nJkgBK
It has been a rough winter in so many parts of the country. Take a moment to show your appreciation for those who make our roads and communities safer!
When Pres. Barack Obama spoke in his State of the Union message Tuesday night about the need to close the income inequality gap, he noted how it harms the nation’s economic wellbeing. A new report by two economists shows why.
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AFSCME President Lee Saunders was quoted in this Politico article below about what liberals and progressives are looking to hear in the State of the Union address tomorrow night.
"State of the Union 2014: What liberals want" - http://afsc.me/1i48BtN
“The most effective way to do something about inequality is to empower workers to bargain for better pay and secure benefits,” said Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “With unions under assault from deep-pocketed, anti-worker forces across the nation, the president can use his State of the Union pulpit to remind Congress, and the rest of the country, that collective-bargaining rights and a strong labor movement help level the playing field and are meaningful solutions to the problem of inequality.”
Read about how California Gov Jerry Brown’s budget will hurt UDW member Andrea Vidales and other AFSCME caregivers in this Huffington Post piece:
"How Governor Brown Is Harming California’s Seniors and Disabled — and the People Who Care for Them": http://afsc.me/1hT4Qr1
On January 9, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed $155-billion budget for 2014-2015 at a press conference in Sacramento. Despite a $6.3 billion surplus, Brown is proposing to slash pay for caregivers like Andrea by as much as 43% and cut critical hours of care.