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The spread of Coronavirus has shaken our communities.  You as Public Employees in South Dakota are being called upon to keep your communities running while information is changing daily, and someti

With confirmed community spreading of COVID-19 in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest, AFSCME members can expect to see major disruptions in their work places and daily lives.

As New York City became the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, emergency medical services (EMS) professionals, including 

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.”

AFSCME 65: Remote Day on the Hill

As with all aspects of our lives, the way our union organizes must change during the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing that never changes, whether in the workplace, in St. Paul, or Washington D.C., your union continues to organize and fight for working people. 

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.

We need Social Distance across the country to keep ourselves physically healthy during the Covid- 19 outbreak. Social Isolation can be a side effect of that distance & may challenge our Mental Health stability. Many of us are feeling high levels of stress, anxiety, and fear – which are hard to handle alone.

Where can I get support for myself or someone I love,
while staying Socially Distant?

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.