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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.

LOS ANGELES – In a union election victory 17 years in the making, child care providers across California have voted overwhelmingly to be represented by their union, Child Care Providers United (CCPU). A joint effort of UDW/AFSCME Local 3930 and SEIU Locals 99 and 521, 97% of voters chose to join CCPU.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday joined AFSCME President Lee Saunders and front-line public service workers from states experiencing surges in coronavirus cases to urge the Senate to approve at least $1 trillion in flexible aid to states, cities and towns.

AFSCME joined a virtual gathering of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, a movement that seeks to shift the moral narrative of our country and build power for poor and vulnerable people.

AFSCME praised today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that extends protections under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to millions of LGBTQ workers.

In a statement, AFSCME President Lee Saunders said such protections are long overdue and represent an important step in the fight for equality and justice for all workers.

Economists of diverse backgrounds, who might otherwise disagree on a range of policy issues, spoke with a single voice on Monday on the need for Congress to provide robust aid to states, cities and towns.

Such aid, they said, is crucial in the midst of an economic crisis that is decimating state and local budgets and threatening essential public services that are critical to beating the pandemic and jumpstarting the economy.

As New York City became the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, emergency medical services (EMS) professionals, including AFSCME member Laura Hartnett, were working 16-hour shifts instead of their normal eight-hour shifts to respond to the flood of emergency calls.

Across the country in California, AFSCME member Blake

During Law Enforcement Week, we honor public safety officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. We also recognize the unique role that first responders like AFSCME law enforcement members play during times of crisis.

Roxie Nelson remembers her father, Ed Nelson, as a caring and passionate man who often put the needs of others before his own.

“When I was around him his phone was always busy, and he would take calls from people all the time,” she recalls. “He was always working to help somebody, whether it was at the union or friends or family. He would take care of people whenever they needed help.”