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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.

It’s easy to say that the 2020 election is the most important of our lifetimes, but hearing this firsthand from AFSCME Retirees, many of whom have dedicated their lives to public service and making America a better place to live, shows the urgency to us all.

If there’s one thing the 2020 election has in spades, it’s choices – and not just the choices between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, and choices up and down the ballot. In a year when our jobs, our families, and every aspect of our lives have felt the impact of a pandemic, there are lots of ways to make your voice heard at the polls. 

There are countless reasons against voting for Donald Trump in November. But this election isn’t just about Donald Trump. AFSCME President Lee Saunders explains why working people should cast their ballots for Joe Biden for president and Kamala Harris for vice president:

Nursing homes have been especially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 40% of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have been linked to nursing homes. But according to a recent study, one factor that determines how fatal a COVID-19 outbreak will be is whether that nursing home is unionized.

Throughout my son’s long career at AFSCME, there have been countless times when I’ve seen Lee proudly wearing an AFSCME T-shirt. Often, these T-shirts feature slogans like “Rise Up” and “Never Quit.”

To Lee, these are much more than just slogans. They’re principles that guide him as president of AFSCME. As his mom, the meaning behind these phrases evoke a long and powerful legacy within our family.

Public approval of labor unions is at its highest level in 17 years, with nearly two out of three Americans (65%) expressing support of unions, according to the latest Gallup poll.

AFSCME members Dawn Bundick of Alaska and Chris Woloscuk of Florida are veterans and public service employees – two facts that make them especially vulnerable as the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the U.S. economy.

If Congress fails to provide at least $1 trillion in federal aid to struggling states, cities, towns and school districts, millions of state and local government workers could be shown the door as their employers struggle to cope with plummeting tax revenues.