September 12, 2017
Help AFSCME Members Affected by the Hurricanes

Your AFSCME sisters and brothers - active and retired - in Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Florida, and other areas affected by recent hurricanes are on the front lines of the disasters. Many have been displaced while others are first responders helping people put their lives back together.
  • AFSCME represents about 8,500 people impacted by Hurricane Harvey, including thousands of Houston municipal workers at HOPE (Houston Organization of Public Employees) AFSCME Local 123, Harris County hospital employees at AFSCME Local 1550, and AFSCME Texas Correctional employees, TOC 7.
  • AFSCME Council 95/the Servidores Publicos Unidos (SPU) and its retiree chapters represent about 12,000 working members and thousands of retirees in Puerto Rico.
  • Floridians, including at least 17,000 working and retiree members of AFSCME Florida throughout the state, were impacted by Irma. The entire state, not just south Florida, is expected to feel the effects of the storm to varying degrees. The impact beyond Florida is just becoming known.
Click here to make donations to the AFSCME Fallen Heroes Fund, to help AFSCME members get back on their feet.

In and around Houston, AFSCME members remain on the front lines, doing what they do best - helping their communities deal with the effects of Harvey. For example:
  • Animal Care Technician and HOPE member Mariana Castillo has been caring for pets since early Monday at BARC, an animal shelter operated by the City of Houston. She has been working around the clock to make sure the animals are safe, fed and dry at the facility and the city's convention center.
  • Over the weekend, members of AFSCME Texas Corrections evacuated about 4,500 prisoners from three prisons as the Brazos River began to flood.
  • Harris County hospital workers, many of whom are members of Local 1550, have put their commitment to patients and their jobs ahead of their own needs. They have been unable to leave work to check on their own homes.
  • HOPE member Cory Marshall used a dump truck to rescue a pregnant woman, who later gave birth.
  • HOPE members are working with first responders to rescue people and deliver clean water.
  • And AFSCME emergency medical services (EMS) members from California came to Texas to help.
We will provide updates on the relief efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico as they become available.

You, too, can help by making a tax-deductible donation to AFSCME's special fund to help thousands of AFSCME members in affected areas. Let your fellow members know that their AFSCME family nationwide is with them. Please give today.
Click here to make donations to the AFSCME Fallen Heroes Fund, to help AFSCME members get back on their feet.
Prefer to donate by check? Please make your check payable to the "A FSCME Fallen Heroes Fund" and mail it c/o the fund at:

   1625 L St., N.W.
   Washington, D.C. 20036-5687

A message from the Chief Probation Officer 
Happy Labor Day and Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts 

I want to take a moment to express my sincerest appreciation to all of you for the ongoing dedication and commitment you have poured into work every day. The concept of Labor Day is to recognize the American workforce and to honor its significance to the progress of our society. With that said, I recognize and thank each of you for your contribution to the progress of the Probation Department and our communities. Enjoy this holiday that pays tribute to you, the American worker....

In This Issue...
Calendar of Events

General Membership Mtg:
  Sept. 14; 7:30 PM
  Stewards Meeting: 
  Sept. 28, 7:30 PM

Member Benefits

AFSCME Advantage


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* AFSCME Credit Card


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Education & Trainings

Our union is only as strong as our activist core. That's why AFSCME is dedicated to working with our affiliates to provide high-quality training for AFSCME leaders.


    Online Learning

  • See upcoming live online workshops
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    Classroom Learning

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    Women's Leadership

    & Training


    Additional Resources


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