The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is the nation's largest and fastest growing public service employees union with more than 1.6 million active and retired members. AFSCME's members provide the vital services that make America happen. We are nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, EMTs, sanitation workers and more. With members in hundreds of different occupations, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services, and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.
Hundreds of thousands of workers have voted to join our ranks in recent years through our successful organizing efforts. In addition, more than 100 independent associations have voted to affiliate with our union.
As a result, AFSCME members enjoy job protection, better contracts and a powerful voice at work. We are AFSCME and we are proud of our strength and success.
AFSCME has about 3,400 local unions and affiliates in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Every Local writes its own constitution, designs its own structure, elects its own officers and sets its own dues.
The International Union, based in Washington, D.C., coordinates the union’s actions on major national issues such as privatization, fair taxes, and health care. The International also provides resources to councils and local unions for organizing, bargaining, political action and training, and administers members-only benefits.
AFSCME is a union made up of a diverse group of people who share a common commitment to public service. For us, serving the public is not just a job, it’s a calling. An important part of our mission is to advocate for the vital services that keep our families safe and make our communities strong.
While we work for justice in the workplace, we advocate for prosperity and opportunity for all of America’s working families. We not only stand for fairness at the bargaining table – we fight for fairness at the ballot box and in the halls of government.