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Sisters and Brothers,

During National Police Week we want to take this time and thank all of our police officers, sheriff's deputies, and other law enforcement officers and employees for everything that you do to keep our communities safe.

YOU ARE FRONTLINE HEROES!

AFSCME Council 18 Executive Director Connie Derr released the following statement:

"Our police officers, sheriff's deputies, and other law enforcement officers are vital to the safety of our communities across New Mexico and Colorado. Our Union is proud to represent you and will always work to ensure that  you have the best training and that you are able to perform your duties safely and with confidence."

AFSCME Local 2911 President Rick Romero, who is a Sergeant with the Taos County Sheriff's Department said:

"As Local 2911 President I've been involved in negotiations for better pay, better clothing allowance, and being involved in protecting rights of deputies, just to name a few. Being in a Union is instrumental and essential. Power in numbers makes our Union stronger."

AFSCME Local 1764 President Valerie Tyler, who is a Investigator with the Luna County Sheriff's Department said:

"The services and protections provided by the Union are even more relevant and necessary in today's political climate, particularly with the move in many states to do away with qualified immunity."

AFSCME Local 2561 trustee Manuel Maldonado, who is a Sergeant with the Grant County Sheriff's Department said:

"As a fellow officer I'm proud to stand side by side with my fellow law enforcement brothers and sisters to keep our community safe and to fight to make sure our rights are also protected on the job."

Workers Memorial Day 2021 arrives at a moment of the greatest urgency, when the front lines of the war against

Workers in health care and social service industries are a big step closer to having safer workplaces.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has sent a letter to Congress that echoes what AFSCME has been saying for months: It’s long past time to robustly fund the front lines.

In his first days on the job, President Joe Biden has taken swift executive action to protect and empower public service workers, strengthen public services and help working people. On his first day alone, he signed 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations that showed the kind of bold leadership our country needs now.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders called the victories of the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s Senate runoff elections “a bold mandate for change.”

Here’s a crucial reason for working people to do all they can to help Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock win the Georgia Senate runoff elections in January – federal aid to states, cities, towns and schools.

If Ossoff and Warnock prevail, there will be a pro-worker majority in the U.S. Senate. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, as president of the Senate, will cast the tie-breaking vote when the chamber is deadlocked.

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice president-elect Kamala Harris on Monday brought together business and union leaders, including AFSCME President Lee Saunders, for a virtual meeting to discuss an economic recovery agenda for the country.

Following the meeting, Biden warned of a “dark winter” ahead for the nation and highlighted consensus among the labor leaders and CEOs alike on the need to fund the front lines.

It was bad enough that the Trump administration failed miserably in its response to the coronavirus pandemic, ignoring the science and failing to come up with a national strategy.

It was pathetic and tragic when Republicans in Congress failed to summon the courage to support the everyday heroes who saved our communities by funding the front lines.

With so much at stake for working families in the 2020 election, AFSCME members across the country stood up to the challenge once again. Although the pandemic prevented us from putting thousands of boots on the ground as we normally do, AFSCME members still made a huge difference in key races across the country.

This past Saturday, you might have been cooking a late breakfast, planning a fun weekend activity or taking some quiet time with your family. But with 10 days to go until the most important election of our lifetimes, more than 200 AFSCME members were fired up and raring to go during a Pennsylvania volunteer kickoff Zoom call, one of many being held around the country as the Big Green Machine kicks into high gear.