By Lee Saunders

This Labor Day, working people — especially those who dedicate their careers to public service — deserve recognition, respect and gratitude. This once-in-a-lifetime public health emergency has demanded more of us than ever, and we have delivered, often under life-or-death conditions.

In challenging moments like this, the…

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…

By Lee Saunders and Miren Algorri

We have some monumental “firsts” to celebrate this Women’s History Month. Sarah McBride, a new state senator from Delaware, is the highest-ranking openly transgender elected official in American history. Kim Ng of the Miami Marlins broke a glass ceiling in becoming Major League Baseball’s…

By Lee Saunders and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

You cannot add jobs by subtracting jobs.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II address delegates to AFSCME’s 42nd International Convention in Las Vegas on July 20, 2016. (Photo by Tessa Berg)

That is the simple truth behind desperately needed aid for states, cities, towns and schools. Over the last year, some 1.3 million public service jobs, many of them held by African Americans —…

By Lee Saunders

As I watched the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, I couldn’t help but recall Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s …

By Lee Saunders

There is only one choice for working people in this year’s presidential election.

The Trump economy may be going gangbusters for those with big stock portfolios. …

By Lee Saunders

For Tina Suckow, helping people who are struggling with mental illness is a calling. She always wanted to be a nurse, and while she understood that her job at Iowa’s Independence Mental Health Institute could be dangerous, nothing could have prepared her for what happened on Oct…

By Lee Saunders

Public service isn’t just a job; it’s a calling.

Every single day all across the country, hardworking men and women go the extra mile to provide professional, first-class services to their communities. During Public Service Recognition Week, we all should take a moment to extend our thanks…

By Lee Saunders

When I was growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1950s and 1960s, there were three principal ways for African-Americans to make the climb into the middle class.

One was working in the industrial manufacturing mills that were the economic lifeblood of so many midwestern communities. The…

#MeToo has injected a new urgency in the battle to end sexual harassment once and for all

By Lee Saunders and Elissa McBride

The #MeToo movement has challenged our nation to confront pervasive sexual harassment in the workplace. Women of every age, every background and every profession have faced harassment, and for too many perpetrators there has been no accountability. …


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