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AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) is a major U.S. union and is a part of the AFL-CIO. With 1.6 million members, AFSCME includes nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, and sanitation workers as well as government workers. It is a member of Health Care for America Now. [1]


In Washington, DC it pushes for everything from improving unemployment benefits to strengthening job security. Among its biggest priorities are raising the minimum wage and battling efforts to privatize public sector jobs. In 2004, AFSCME strongly supported Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, and has actively opposed several of President Bush's second-term initiatives, especially partial Social Security privatization.[2]

Political contributions

AFSCME gave $2,116,093 to federal candidates in the 2008 election through its political action committee - 98% to Democrats, 1% to Republicans, and 1% to other parties.[3]


The union spent $2,870,000 for lobbying in 2009. In-house lobbyists were used exclusively.[4]



Contact details

1625 L Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-5687
Phone: 202-429-1000
Fax: 202-429-1293

Resources and articles

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 About page, AFSCME, accessed October 2010.
  2. AFSCME profile, Open Secrets, accessed October 2010.
  3. 2008 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed October 2010.
  4. Lobbying expenses, Open Secrets, accessed October 2010.

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