We're not backing down

Originally posted Jan 07, 2012

This year-end message is from Pres. Gerald W. McEntee and Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders.

There can be no doubt: 2011 was a pivotal year for the working middle class. It began with the scapegoating of public service workers for the country’s economic woes, despite the fact that our members were suffering pay cuts, furloughs, layoffs, health insurance premium increases and more. This year continued with unprecedented attacks on our right to bargain collectively.

But by year’s end, we managed to turn the tide. In coalition with students, seniors, civil rights groups, and other community organizations, labor focused the spotlight on the politicians who have been willing – even eager – to protect the richest one percent of Americans at the expense of working families.

AFSCME members like you made the difference. Please watch our video to see what kind of year it has been, and sign up to continue the fight: