American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees


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American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

(AFSCME), largest union of public employees in the United States. It began as a number of separate locals organized by a group of Wisconsin state employees in the early 1930s. By 1935 there were 30 locals that became a separate department within the American Federation of Government Employees. In 1936, AFSCME received its charter. By 1955, at the time of the AFL-CIO merger, the union had 100,000 members. The following year it merged with the 30,000-member Government and Civil Employees Organizing Committee. As of 1989, the union had over 1,090,000 members, excluding the 58,000 member Hospital and Health Care Employees Union which, as of 1989, became a member of both AFSCME and the Service Employees Union (SEIU).
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In addition to UPI and IEA, coalition members include -- the Illinois Federation of Teachers Community College Council, -- the Illinois Federation of Teachers Universities' Council, -- the Illinois Federation of Teachers, -- Service Employees International Union, -- American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees and -- the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.
But they'll be competing for cash and influence with another labor-oriented group known as Voices for Working Families, launched by Gerald McEntee, head of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
The big givers included the SEIU, Communications Workers of America, the United Food and Commercial Workers, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
The United Auto Workers, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the Service Employees International Union, the Communications Workers of America, the Teamsters, and others also sponsor conferences that include workshops on fighting sexual harassment on the job.
Based in Tallahassee, the union is affiliated with the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, which is part of the AFL-CIO.
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) carries out a series of disability-related activities at the international level; conducts an annual program to recognize and award affiliates with exemplary programs serving workers with disabilities; and publishes an annually updated comprehensive manual for AFSCME affiliates, Fighting for the Rights of Disabled Workers.
The coalition of funds includes the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Pension Funds (AFSCME), and the Illinois State Board of Investment.
When about a dozen nurses at Mountain View Hospital in Gadsden, Alabama, decided last January to sign up with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) after their third pay cut in 13 months, the hospital promptly fired 10 of the nurses and ran ads seeking replacements the same day.
June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to charges of throwing a monkey wrench into the operations of the private firm hired to service county vehicles, Charles Smith, spokesperson for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, (AFSCME), categorically denied the allegations, and, AFSCME said, in light of Johnson Controls' "poor performance," has called for the immediate cancellation of the county's contract with the Florida-based contractor.
Gerald McEntee of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is reported to be anxiously awaiting an invitation to the Rose Garden.
According to the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) January 2002 Needle Points: An AFSCME Guide to Sharps Safety, "passive features are more effective in preventing needlesticks than devices that rely on an active safety design.
He told the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees that he planned to shrink the country's distended bureaucracy by cutting 100,000 unnecessary souls from--wait for it--the federal payroll.
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