AFSCME President Lee Saunders praised the White House’s announcement Thursday that the Biden administration will forgive student loans for an additional 78,000 borrowers — including many AFSCME members — under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders congratulated Nicole Berner, a longtime labor lawyer and general counsel of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), on being confirmed to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Mr. Montoya goes to Washington

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There are MANY different reasons City Employees have joined their union over the years.

From Increased Pay, Better Benefits, Improvements to Policies and Procedures, and more, the key has been to preserve and protect positive changes in the Meet & Confer Agreement. The current Agreement ends in just over 3 months, so Negotiations are fast approaching.

The next step is for City Employees to get on the same page for the upcoming priorities. This way, HOPE members can push for an Agreement everyone can be proud of.

In this year’s State of the Union speech, President Joe Biden highlighted his administration’s achievements over the past three years and vowed to continue fighting for working people.

AFSCME applauds his accomplishments and strongly supports the Biden-Harris administration’s vision for the future, which includes defending our nation’s democracy, protecting a woman’s right to choose and making the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes, among other things.

As City Employees, we all know the importance of local elections. They ultimately determine the quality of the many public services our communities depend on and we’re the folks responsible for delivering them.

The public sector has finally recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of last year, there were 22,000 more public service jobs in the nation than in February 2020, just before the pandemic started.

This is cause for celebration for everyone in our communities, but especially for workers of color, who have been historically overrepresented in state and local government jobs.