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LAS VEGAS — More than 160 AFSCME members gathered in Las Vegas last week to lift up the voice of public service workers and move our union forward.  

A federal court has ruled in favor of working families and against wealthy special interests in D

It took three days, public uproar, and thousands of workers to urge Governor Chris Christie and the Legislature to end the shutdown and put state employees back to work. Many of our AFSCME sisters and brothers who have dedicated years of service to the people of New Jersey were shut out. 

Daniel Derramas, son of AFSCME NJ Local 2273 Member Joan Derramas, won the 2017 AFSCME Family Scholarship award. His award-winning essay highlights the vital his mother’s work plays for her patients at Preakness Healthcare Center and the surrounding community.

Did you know that the boss cannot question you without your union representative present? It’s your right as a union member! But, you have to ask for one, according to the U.S. Supreme Court.

America is suffering from a student debt crisis.

The cost of college increased tenfold since the 1970s. Meanwhile, the top 1% graduate debt-free and politicians continue to choose corporate tax breaks over funding for higher education.

Having college debt could mean having to put off saving for your own child's college because you're still paying for your own college debt. Or maybe you are having trouble paying your monthly bills because of a high monthly student loan payment.

For too many years, public service workers (and actually most Americans) have seen their job security, wages and benefits, and retirement security erode — even though for the top 1 percent things have been great. Now, when it’s our turn to make things better for our families, they’re trying to cripple our union. We’re not going to let that happen.

We have a plan and the power to protect the jobs, financial security and future of AFSCME members. That plan is AFSCME Strong. We know that in order to survive we need to be strong.

Members like Tyler Moroles, a program analyst at the Minneapolis Housing Authority. Moroles helps families receive housing vouchers for rental assistance.

My work reaches 16,000 people and 5,500 families," he says. “These are families that could be you…If you lost your job, you're just a couple of paychecks away from being that family."