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

“This is going to be a game-changer for my household and millions of other retirees like me,” AFSCME Illinois Retiree 

AFSCME members and working families are celebrating the Supreme Court confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, whose life experience and extraordinary legal career make her uniquely attuned to the challenges working people face.

The Senate confirmed Jackson today by a vote of 53-47. President Joe Biden nominated her as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in February after Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement.

A new Center for American Progress (CAP) report describes how state and local governments, having already shed critical public service jobs since the Great Recession, have lost 695,000 more since the onset of the pandemic.

Because the services these jobs deliver are critical to society’s functioning, state and local governments must invest in job creation.

The American Rescue Plan, which AFSCME members helped make a reality and which President Joe Biden signed into law a year ago, provided $350 billion in funding to states, cities and towns.

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.