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Hundreds of thousands of Walmart workers struggle to afford basic necessities, even though they have a job. That’s why, on Black Friday, AFSCME members and thousands of others across the country will join Walmart workers like Martha and John Paul to protest Walmart’s treatment of its employees.


 

We know that money can be a big obstacle when it comes to higher education. That’s why AFSCME provides scholarships to help members and their families reach their educational goals.


 

Noting that action was necessary “because extremists in Congress have failed to do their jobs,” AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued a statement in support of President Obama’s executive order on immigration.


 

Huntsville, Texas—On 13 September, members of Huntsville-based AFSCME Texas Corrections, the union representing TDCJ employees throughout the state, gathered in Austin to discuss their priorities for next year’s legislative session.

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Last week, a civil rights lawsuit was filed in a Texas federal court by a former prisoner against Corrections Corporation of America, one of the nation’s largest private, for-profit prison operators, and two of its employees for allegedly allowing the defendant to be sexually assaulted by other inmates at a facility in Bartlett, Texas. Read more >>>

Huntsville, Texas—Last week a ceiling collapsed at a privately operated prison in East Texas, injuring 19 inmates. The incident has some industry critics suggesting that a major cause of the problem is the for-profit model of the private prison industry.

In an interview with reporters, prison officials stated that the incident occurred just before noon on Saturday at the Diboll Correctional Center in an inmate dayroom area.  According to David Driskell, the facility’s warden, 85 inmates were subsequently transferred to another facility pending an evaluation of the damages.

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