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Connecticut Rep. Jahana Hayes recently introduced a resolution calling on Congress to affirm its support for providing living wages, good benefits and fair working conditions to paraeducators, classroom assistants, bus drivers, custodial workers and others who are vital to our public education system.
AFSCME’s “I AM Story” podcast has received a nomination for an NAACP Image Award in the “Outstanding Podcast – Limited Series/Short Form” category.

Despite the growing wave of worker organizing across the country, the union membership rate last year ticked down slightly, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today, underscoring the importance of initiatives like AFSCME’s Staff the Front Lines to fill job vacancies in the public sector.

HOPE Members will March in the 46th Annual Original MLK Jr Parade & Festival in Downtown Houston.

On Saturday, February 10th, 2024, the Greater Houston community celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As a leader in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Dr. King was at the forefront of issues of race, class, and justice. HOPE Members are proud to participate in the parade honoring Dr. King.

For John Campion, a monitoring officer with AmeriCorps, the potential for a federal government shutdown beginning this month brings fear, insecurity and frustration.

Inauguration 2024: Party on the Plaza


The City of Houston was fortunate to have an election filled with capable candidates. The HOPE PEOPLE Committee followed the endorsement process and Senator John Whitmire emerged as the best choice for our city.

He has committed to partnering with HOPE members to address current and future challenges we as City Employees will face.

As the year comes to a close, I am celebrating the incredible surge of worker activism in 2023. Current and future members of AFSCME and many other unions were in the streets, on the picket lines, and at the bargaining table demanding fairness and respect. I want to also take a moment to recognize and celebrate some of the most inspiring activists in our AFSCME family: AFSCME retirees.