Boston Commons Rally 2010

 

AFSCME members rallied in Boston to stop the closure of the state’s facilities for people with developmental disabilities and devastating cuts to the city’s public libraries. The rally  also called for fair contracts for Massachusetts’ higher education workers represented by AFSCME.

With the nation continuing to suffer through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the public services that AFSCME members provide are more vital than ever.  But elected leaders are making misguided decisions that threaten the health and safety of the people and communities that depend on public employees. 

They are making harmful budget cuts to education and local governments, undermining AFSCME members’ ability to provide vital public services that make Boston and our nation strong and proud. AFSCME members are fighting to preserve essential public services.

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The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center documents more than $300 million in cuts to vital social services in Massachusetts, resulting from Congressional Republicans blocking the jobs bill with help for state and local budgets.

AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations – from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers – AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.