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.

(3712) Wurf and King, MemphisImage
(4018) AFSCME Council 25 members at summer eventImage
(4019) AFSCME Council 25 members picket in the snowImage
(4020) AFSCME members picket in Detroit, 1972Image
(4021) AFSCME Council 77 pickets along Woodward Ave, Detroit, 1972Image
(4023) AFSCME Michigan Council 25 project staff celebrate, 1978Image
(4024) Man holds sign, AFSCME Local 1390 strikeImage
(4025) Men picket asphalt plant during strike, Lansing, Michigan, 1968Image
(7467) AFSCME President Arnold Zander and Senator Ted KennedyImage
(7468) Arnold Zander and Arthur GoldbergImage
(7469) Arnold Zander and George MeanyImage
(7470) Roberts speaks, Wurf watchesImage
(7477) Lillian Roberts honoredImage
(7478) Lucy, March for Jobs, Peace, Freedom,Image
(7479) Lucy testifies before Senate Finance CommitteeImage
(7480) Wurf and McEntee shake handsImage
(7481) Anti-Apartheid protest arrestImage
(7482) Wurf and Reuther march for KingImage
(7483) Memphis Local 1733 picketImage
(7484) Memphis sanitation workers strikeImage
(7485) AFSCME leaders in contempt of court, MemphisImage
(7486) Police mace Memphis strikersImage
(7487) St. Louis AFSCME workers support MemphisImage
(7492) Washington, D.C. Sanitation Workers' strikeImage
(7493) Washington, D.C. Sanitation Workers' strikeImage
(7494) Washington, D.C. Sanitation Workers' strikeImage
(7495) D.C. Mayor and AFSCME leaders reach agreementImage
(7496) Boston Police strikeImage
(7497) Boston Police strikeImage
(7498) Boston Police strikeImage
(7499) Canadian Union of Public Employees strikeImage
(7500) AFSCME protests Illinois Governor OgilvieImage
(7501) Pay equity strike, San Jose, CAImage
(7502) Pay equity strike, San Jose, CAImage
(7503) Dayton workers strikeImage
(7504) California wage freeze proposal protestedImage
(7505) California wage freeze proposal protestedImage
(7506) Durham City Employees strikeImage
(7507) Peoria workers strikeImage
(7508) Peoria workers strikeImage
(7509) Manchester, New Hampshire City Employees protestImage
(7510) Phoenix workers picketImage
(7512) Savannah workers meet with leadershipImage
(7513) Savannah workers meet with leadershipImage
(7514) University of Colorado workers picketImage
(7516) Warren, Michigan sanitation workers' strikeImage
(7517) Chicago clerical workers picketImage
(7518) Ohio unionists demonstrateImage
(7519) St. Joseph Hospital Employees rally for equal payImage
(7520) Liverpool, Ohio workers demonstrateImage
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