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Megha Desai is a public defender in Multnomah County, Oregon. In a given week, she might work upwards of 60 hours. Right now, she has about 145 open cases.

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Fifty-one years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis to help rally the community around 1,300 AFSCME sanitation workers who had gone on strike.
When AFSCME members stand together, we have power in numbers. Together, we can defend our freedom to take our loved ones to the doctor when they get sick and retire with dignity some day. Together, we have the power to make our voices heard at work and in our democracy. That’s our AFSCME Agenda.

Public service workers across the country are losing their foothold in the middle class. So says an article in The New York Times this week that serves as a reminder of why labor unions are more needed now than ever.

As Women's History Month draws to a close it's imperative that we not only look back at the women in labor who got us to where we are today, but that we look ahead to the women in labor who are carrying the torch to where we want to be. 

This month, we honor pioneers like Frances Perkins who, as the Secretary of Labor under Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the first woman ever to be appointed to a presidential cabinet position; and Alice Paul, a New Jersey woman who was the chief strategist in the campaign for women’s right to vote.

Governor Murphy gave his first budget address to the people of New Jersey this week and it demonstrates that his administration is ready to make good on the promise to get New Jersey’s economy moving again. The Governor presented a responsible budget that includes significant investments in good jobs, education, career training, health care, and fully fund the state pension system.

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We are pleased to announce that President Lee Saunders has appointed a constitution committee for AFSCME New Jersey! The constitution committee will be meeting in the coming weeks and months to help put together a constitution for the members of AFSCME New Jersey. During this process, the committee will be holding regional town hall meetings where members will have the opportunity to give their input into what they would like to see in our constitution.

Congratulations to the committee members! We know they will do a great job in representing AFSCME members in New Jersey!