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.

(29675) Illinois Council 34 wage freeze protestImage
(29676) Illinois Council 34 wage freeze protestImage
(29677) Fiji Island trade unionist interviewedImage
(29678) William RussellImage
(29679) John MacKenzieImage
(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
(30461) California Proposition 13 MeetingImage
(30462) California Proposition 13 MeetingImage
(30463) AFSCME District Council 37, Feinstein and O'Dwyer, 1946Image
(30464) New York AFSCME District Council 37 Leaders, 1947Image
(30465) New York Budget Hearings, 1957Image
(30466) New York budget hearings, 1957Image
(30467) Testimonial Dinner for Henry Feinstein, 1950sImage
(30468) Zander and Wurf, 1955Image
(30469) Zander and Wurf, 1955Image
(30470) Wurf, Gray, LeadersImage
(30471) AFSCME employee reinstatement, 1954Image
(30472) AFSCME New York leaders play badminton, 1952Image
(30473) Bill Evans speaks, 1952Image
(30474) Jerry Wurf, 1954Image
(30475) New York City labor rally, 1967Image
(30476) Protest for Lillian Roberts, 1968Image
(30477) Gotbaum pickets, 1965Image
(30478) Creation of New York City Office of Collective Bargaining, 1967Image
(30479) New York hospital workers agreement, 1966Image
(30480) AFSCME Locals 420 and 1784 certified, 1966Image
(30481) District Council 37's 50,000th member, 1967Image
(30482) AFSCME Locals 1396 and 1308 sign contract, 1965Image
(30483) AFSCME Local 1503 contract, 1965Image
(30484) AFSCME New York hospital contract, 1965Image
(30485) Rena Garst, 1964Image
(30486) AFSCME District Council 37 meeting, 1972Image
(30487) New York City management - AFSCME workshop, 1973Image
(30488) AFSCME at March on Washington, 1963Image
(30489) AFSCME at March on Washington, 1963Image
(30490) AFSCME at March on Washington, 1963Image
(30491) AFSCME at March on Washington, 1963Image
(30492) AFSCME District Council 37 Leadership Conference, 1972Image
(30493) Mildred Kiefer Wurf, 1950sImage
(30494) AFSCME District Council 37 protest, 1967Image
(30495) Gotbaum and Wurf, 1967Image
(30496) Condon-Wadlin Act repeal demonstrations, 1965Image
(30497) Gotbaum and WurfImage
(30498) Walters, Zimmerman, WurfImage
(30499) Mexican union leader visit, 1950sImage
(30500) AFSCME New York District Council 37Image
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