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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.

2020 General Election - TUESDAY November 3, 2020

As people in public service, we know what a difference it makes when we elect leaders who have our backs. We deserve leaders who respect our work and that’s why we fight.  Please take a moment below to see our list of endorsed candidates for 2020.  Please come back frequently because we will update this list on a regular basis.

Editor’s note: The following is a story from the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, as told by a member in Washington state:

“My name is Kristina Johnson-Short and I am a social services specialist with the Division of Children, Youth and Families in Washington state. I’m a proud AFSCME member, a shop steward and president of AFSCME Local 1054 (WFSE). I am also a domestic violence survivor.

It’s become clear that relief bills Congress has approved thus far, including the record $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, won’t be enough to quell the health and economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What other aid should Congress provide? AFSCME has recommendations.

AFSCME members working for the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) are hopping busy these days fulfilling a critical mission. They are helping Louisianans survive as the Bayou State’s economy buckles under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic.

Updating wills before heading into work. Extending the lives of single-use masks. Self-isolating from their own families. These are just some of the shameful realities and conditions health care workers on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic are facing each day.

Before the announcement early Wednesday of an unprecedented $2 trillion deal to combat the coronavirus pandemic, AFSCME President Lee Saunders and three front-line workers put pressure on federal lawmakers to come through with a robust aid package for state and local governments so they can rebuild decimated public services.

The coronavirus aid package that cleared Congress is just not good enough for public service workers. That’s the takeaway message from AFSCME President Lee Saunders.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) emerges in the United States, many AFSCME members are and will continue to be on the front lines caring for and transporting those afflicted with the virus. Workers in emergency services, health care, child care, educational institutions and many others may come in contact with people who’ve contracted the coronavirus, putting themselves at risk.