American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (A.F.S.C.M.E. Logo image)



The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) traces its roots to Madison, Wisconsin where, in 1932, a small group of professional state employees organized to protect and promote the civil service. By 1936, the group gained recognition from the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and became AFSCME. By 1955 when the AFL merged with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), AFSCME’s composition was expanding to include blue-collar public employees, and its focus had shifted to collective bargaining. Since that time, AFSCME has grown to one of the largest unions in the AFL-CIO, boasting 1.4 million members today. AFSCME represents workers in a variety of roles including corrections, emergency services, education, health care, law enforcement, public administration, public works, housing, and transportation.

The Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University became the official repository for AFSCME in 1974. Since that time, it has collected the records of the union's international headquarters and some locals, as well as the personal papers of prominent union members.

The AFSCME collection abstracts, audio files, and images on our website are just a part of our total AFSCME Collection. Please contact Stefanie Caloia, the AFSCME Archivist, if you have any concerns, questions, or comments.

For more information about AFSCME please visit the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Web site.

(12298) International Executive Board MeetingImage
(12299) International Executive Board MeetingImage
(12300) 25th AnniversaryImage
(12301) Minnesota Governor FreemanImage
(12302) Martin BolleImage
(12361) Arnold Zander appointment book, October 6-11, 1936Image
(12362) Arnold Zander appointment book, October 12-17, 1936Image
(12363) Silent March on Washington, DC, 1989Image
(12364) Phone Bank for Get Out the Vote, Detroit, 1972Image
(12365) Silent March on Washington, DC, 1989Image
(12366) Silent March on Washington, DC, 1989Image
(12367) AFSCME President McEntee at Silent March on Washington, DC, 1989Image
(12368) Silent March on Washington, DC and Rally, 1989Image
(12369) Silent March on Washington and Rally, 1989Image
(12370) Rosa Parks, Silent March on Washington, DC, 1989Image
(12371) Red Cross Volunteers, AFSCME Headquarters, 1942Image
(12372) Navy, Nurses, AFSCME, 1943Image
(12373) Navy Boatswain’s Mate, AFSCME Member, 1942Image
(12374) Civil Defense, Detroit, World War IIImage
(12375) Civil Defense, AFSCME, Detroit, World War IIImage
(12376) Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, AFSCME member, 1943Image
(12383) American Junior Red Cross, World War IIImage
(12384) US Marine Corps, AFSCME Member, 1943Image
(12385) AFSCME, UPW, HGEA Affiliation, 1971Image
(12386) Epstein, Wurf, Trask, Affiliation, 1971Image
(12387) HGEA, UPW, Affiliate with AFSCME, 1971Image
(12388) Wurf, McGowan, AFSCME, CSEA Affiliation, 1978Image
(12389) AFSCME, CSEA leaders at merger, 1978Image
(12390) Donohue, AFSCME IVP, 1984Image
(12391) Danny Donohue, AFSCME, CSEAImage
(12392) Pay Equity, Press Conference, Nassau County, New York, 1983Image
(12393) CSEA, AFSCME, Demonstration, Layoffs, 1980sImage
(12394) Local 1834 on Strike, Garrett County, MarylandImage
(12395) AFSCME road workers strike, Garrett County, MarylandImage
(12396) AFSCME members on strike confront man with gun, Garrett County, MDImage
(12397) Altercation during road workers strike, Garrett County, MD, 1970Image
(12398) Road workers strike, Garrett County, MD, 1970Image
(12399) Jerry Wurf, Garrett County, Maryland road workers strike, 1970Image
(12400) Wurf, Sowers, AFSCME Local 1834 Garrett County, Maryland, 1970Image
(12401) Wurf, Sowers, Garrett County, Maryland road workers strike, 1970Image
(12402) Support for AFSCME Local 1834, Garrett County, Maryland road workersImage
(12403) Man with signs, AFSCME Local 1834 Garrett County, Maryland road workers strike, 1970Image
(12404) Sowers, Wurf, AFSCME Local 1834 Garrett County, Maryland road workers strike, 1970Image
(12405) Jerry Wurf, Garrett County, MD road workers strike, 1970Image
(12406) AFSCME Local 1834 President Jack Sowers and Garrett County, MD commissioners, 1970Image
(12407) AFSCME Local 1834 President Jack Sowers, 1970Image
(12408) Pot holes in Garrett County, Maryland during road workers strikeImage
(12409) AFSCME Local 1834 receives strike assistance, 1970Image
(12410) AFSCME Local 1834 road workers on strike, 1970Image
(12411) AFSCME Local 1834 members strike in Garrett County, Maryland, 1970Image
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