AFSCME Across America: Organizing for Power
From state to state, workers are organizing with AFSCME for a stronger voice on the job. Read more about some recent victories.
By Jon Melegrito and Clyde Weiss
From state to state, workers are organizing with AFSCME for a stronger voice on the job. Here are some recent victories:
Twenty-three Washington County wastewater collection and maintenance employees have voted overwhelmingly to join Local 2677 (Council 67).
One-hundred-and-ten employees at Kindred Hospital in Peabody have joined Council 93. The unit includes RNs, certified respiratory therapists and service and maintenance employees (including clerical and laundry workers, housekeepers and dietary staff).
Thirty-two LPNs, and technical and support employees of the Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls have joined Council 65.
One-hundred and fifty-five employees at Pathways, Inc., a multi-service treatment center in Sullivan and Grafton Counties, overcame employer opposition to join Council 93. The unit includes full-and part-time and per-diem direct support providers for people with developmental disabilities and brain injuries.
Fifty-seven employees at the Little Angels Head Start Program of the Archdiocese of New York, joined District Council 1707; also joining DC 1707 are 21 case managers who counsel teenage mothers at the Northern Manhattan Parinatal Partnership; 16 employees who assist persons with mental illnesses and drug abuse patients, at facilities operated by the Institute for Community Living; and 12 day care workers at the Tabernacle Day Care Center in Brooklyn.
Thirty custodial and maintenance employees of Canal Winchester Local School District, in Fairfield and Franklin counties, voted overwhelmingly to join Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE)/AFSCME Local 4. Also joining OAPSE: 28 employees at the Preble County Board of Developmental Disabilities, including program specialists, vehicle operators, aides, adult day team leader, mechanic, job coach, recreation coordinator and nurse.
Five-hundred and fourteen first-level supervisory employees — mostly senior civil engineers in the departments of transportation and environmental protection — have joined Council 13 following an overwhelming vote. Also voting overwhelmingly to form a union with Council 13: 245 Montgomery County employees, including deputy sheriffs and administrative support personnel in the sheriff’s department, clerk of courts, district attorney’s office, public defender, coroner and other offices. One of the primary concerns motivating their desire to form a union with AFSCME was the rising cost of health care. Also, 20 laundry workers at St. Luke’s Manor nursing home in Hazleton (employed by private subcontractor Health Care Services), and 14 employees of the Children and Youth Agency in Jefferson County, also joined the council.