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.

(29052) AFSCME Civil Rights CommitteeImage
(29053) Farah Slacks boycottImage
(29054) Farah Slacks protestImage
(29055) Family Assistance Act of 1970Image
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(29062) AFSCME hosts Indonesian visitorsImage
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(29066) Mexican Federation of Federal EmployeesImage
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(29070) Carl Gastineau Testimonial DinnerImage
(29071) Government Employees CouncilImage
(29658) Illinois Institute on Civil ServiceImage
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(29660) AFSCME Illinois Council 34 MeetingImage
(29661) AFSCME Illinois State CouncilImage
(29662) Illinois Bargaining NegotiationsImage
(29663) AFSCME Illinois Council 34 DinnerImage
(29664) Illinois state remittancesImage
(29665) Illinois Council 34 wage freeze protestImage
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(29677) Fiji Island trade unionist interviewedImage
(29678) William RussellImage
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(29680) AFSCME delegation to Illinois AFL-CIOImage
(29681) 40 hour work week in IllinoisImage
(30458) Florida Labor Day ParadeImage
(30459) California Proposition 13 RallyImage
(30460) California AFSCME PEOPLE TrainingImage
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(30463) AFSCME District Council 37, Feinstein and O'Dwyer, 1946Image
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