By Lee Saunders

This Father’s Day is a special one, as our country emerges from the worst of the pandemic, allowing many extended families to come together once again in person.

Emmett Saunders Jr., the late father of AFSCME President Lee Saunders, is flanked by President Saunders’ two sons: Ryan (left) and Lee Jr. (right). (1991 photo)

A lot of thought goes into what to get dad for Father’s Day. But nothing I ever gave my father, Emmett Saunders Jr., can compare to the gift he gave my brother and me every single day. His union job, as a bus driver for the city of Cleveland, didn’t just allow him to provide for our family. …


AFSCME’s members provide the vital services that make America happen. We advocate for prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

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