The 19 presidential candidates who participated in the AFSCME Public Service Forum on Saturday disagreed on a range of topics, but they all agreed on o

Pamela Knight, a child protective investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS), was sent to check on the welfare of a child last fall. When she arrived at the child’s residence, the father viciously attacked her. She died months later as a result of the injuries she sustained during the attack.

This summer, I joined thousands of union members at a rally in Philadelphia to speak out against the Trump administration’s family separation policy. I was there to represent our union’s vision and values. We reject an immigration policy based on fear and cruelty. We embrace an immigration policy based on our common humanity, one that treats everyone with decency and dignity.


AFSCME Wisconsin thanks Alderwoman Lewis and Council President Hamilton for their leadership on a proposed 3% raise for the majority of City of Milwaukee employees. After listening to AFSCME members, and the challenges they endure providing essential city services, Common Council took unanimous action and funded a pay raise. Additionally, they ensured the funding for this raise was not taken out of worker pensions, but came from more appropriate sources.

The best spokespeople for anyone running for elected office are everyday Americans spreading the word to their neighbors, co-workers, friends and relatives. That’s why public service workers who are AFSCME members came out this year across the nation to help elect candidates who support working families.

And we won big.

We won at every level of government and in almost every state. AFSCME members made our voices heard, helping our partners in For Our Future knock on 7.5 million doors and hold 925,000 conversations in targeted states.

Sisters and Brothers,

It is with a profound sense of loss that we share the news of Phil Neuenfeldt's passing. Phil was a dear friend of AFSCME and was a beacon of light in the darkest of times. 

Note from Stephanie Bloomingdale - AFL-CIO President:


Date: Friday, November 2nd

Subject: Small Proposed Pay Increase For Some, But Not All General Milwaukee City Workers, Disrespects All Employees

AFSCME Wisconsin voiced concerns today on the proposed pay increase amendment put forward by Milwaukee Alderwoman Chantia Lewis.

Head of the Department of Children and Families, Eloise Anderson, missed a deadline Monday when her department failed to respond to requests from Milwaukee area legislators over the dysfunction in the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services (DMCPS).

Better wages. Check. Better working conditions. Check. And, thanks to unions, we now know there is also a union difference for workers who have access to critical benefits like paid parental leave.

According to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 17 percent of all U.S. workers have access to paid family leave.