This is the worst public health crisis in a century, and so many AFSCME everyday heroes are answering the call. Thank you for charging to the front lines like you always do, putting the health and safety of your communities first.
You’ve stepped up. Now it’s time for federal lawmakers to step up and give us the resources to do the job.
Click here to call your representatives in Washington and tell them to pass a robust package of aid to state and local governments now.
The coronavirus outbreak is already causing huge economic disruption and is a grave threat to the stability of state and local government finances. Funding for public services has taken a huge hit in recent years. Staffing in public health and other agencies never rebounded after the Great Recession. Now, our health care workers, corrections officers, school employees and others are dealing with overwhelming demand as they try to protect their neighbors.
You’ve been asked to do more with less for far too long. It’s time for our elected leaders to come through – to make sure we have the supplies, equipment and testing needed on the ground immediately.
Congress is working on a stimulus bill right now. We have to make our voices heard, or it will end up as a bailout for businesses instead of a lifeline for working people.
This is an unprecedented moment that demands the boldest possible action. Thank you for working around the clock when your communities need you most. Stay safe out there.
-Cathy Scott, President