As many of you know, the month of May is Mental Health Awareness month.

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived at a time when our nation’s health care workers were already experiencing burnout.

Today, following President Joe Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the United States Supreme Court, AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued a statement praising the historic selection.

You arrive at the emergency department with your patient to see a wall of ambulances taking up every available space. As you unload the gurney your patient looks around anxiously, seeing the other gurneys with patients on them waiting to be seen by the hospital staff. Paramedics and EMT's are standing next to their patients, apologizing for the wait, reassuring them that they'll be seen, tending to their needs and rendering care, all while lining the walls or standing outside. You look to the nearest crew, and they tell you they've been waiting for 3 hours already. They're tired.

AFSCME mourns the loss of Mildred Wurf, a beloved member of our union family, a pioneering District Council 37 educator and the widow of former AFSCME president, Jerry Wurf. Mildred Wurf died on Dec. 29 at the age of 95.

Striketober and Strikesgiving are over, but worker strikes are still going strong. As I write this, Kellogg’s workers are holding the line in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Memphis. Alabama miners are heading into their ninth month of standing up to Warrior Met Coal. And the wave of worker actions demonstrating power and the fight for fairness continues to rise.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders on Monday joined President Joe Biden and members of his administration, as well as a bipartisan group of lawmakers, for the signing ceremony of the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The House of Representatives has passed President Joe Biden’s transformational bipartisan infrastructure plan, which Biden will soon sign into law. The passage earned praise from AFSCME President Lee Saunders, who, in a statement, said, “We are turning a corner.”