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Who We Are
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American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) was established in 1971 to improve wages, benefits, and
working conditions for public and private non-profit employees – those who
protect and serve the citizens of the Commonwealth. Our members are employed
at the state, county, township, borough, and city level, and in health care
and social service facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Today, AFSCME is the
fastest-growing and most progressive union in the country.
- More than 1.6 million strong nationwide
- The largest union of secretarial and clerical workers with over 200,000 members
- The representative of choice for over 360,000 health care and hospital workers and more than
100,000 school employees
- The largest union of social workers with over 100,000 members
- The largest union of correctional officers — 82,000 call AFSCME their union
- The largest union of highway employees, mental health workers, inspectors, employment counselors, park and recreation workers, and many other occupations
- By forming their own AFSCME union, workers have been able to win power on the job!
AFSCME members have won:
- Strong contracts
- Competitive wage increases
- Job security
- Fair grievance procedures
- Comprehensive health insurance
- A strong voice with management
Our Members Run the Union
A truly democratic union, AFSCME is run by its members. Every member has a vote in the election of local union officers and board members. Each local has its own constitution and members vote at meetings to determine policy, activities and local dues structure. Members also vote on contract approval or rejection. These rights are guaranteed by the International Union Constitution and the Bill of Rights for Members.
AFSCME members at recent Leadership Training in Penn State. Pictured front center is our Executive Director, David R. Fillman.