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No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

More than 100 Local 2620 state psychologists will be able to keep their jobs thanks an important victory in the State Legislature that will give them more flexibility when it comes to obtaining their professional licenses.

It was going to be a special day and John Marciel had it all planned: He and his family would attend his eldest son’s high school graduation. Then they would relax at the Centerville Beach near Ferndale, California, about 260 miles north of San Francisco.

Saving a stranger’s life was not on the agenda.

Editor's Note: This op-ed was originally published in The Hill. 

Freedom is one of the most cherished American principles. But freedom means more than the ability to speak your mind, practice your religion, or choose your own democratically elected leaders. Our freedoms don’t end with the First Amendment to the Constitution.

AFSCME Local 258 member Kate Ramos, a library technician at Samuel Jackman Middle School, was recently named AFSCME Employee of the Year by the Elk Grove Unified School District.

Council 57 is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director, Michael Seville.

After an extensive nationwide search—with a rigorous screening and interview process— the Council 57 Executive Board unanimously agreed that Seville is the right choice to lead Council 57 forward, especially with the fresh challenges facing working people and our pressing need to increase union power and fight back against threats.