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.

(32649) Everett Sanderson and William Suzor, AFSCME Local 25, Wayne County, MichiganImage
(32651) Illinois State Hospital, AFSCME Local 26, Elgin, IllinoisImage
(32652) Illinois State School Employees, AFSCME Local 30, Normal, IllinoisImage
(32653) Springfield, Illinois Police OfficersImage
(32654) AFSCME Local 49, Springfield, Illinois Police support the March of DimesImage
(32655) AFSCME Local 172, Petunia Festival Parade, Dixon, Illinois, 1970Image
(32656) AFSCME Local 371 members on strike, 1965Image
(32657) AFSCME Local 371 strikers and supporters, New York, 1965Image
(32659) Manhattan Center, AFSCME Local 371 Strike Rally, 1965Image
(32660) Supporters of AFSCME Local 371's 1965 strike march in New YorkImage
(32661) AFSCME Local 420 demonstrationImage
(32662) AFSCME Local 372 staff, 1974Image
(32663) Hazel Edwards, AFSCME Local 457 President, 1979Image
(32664) Samuel Turner, AFSCME Local 542, teaches welding in BahrainImage
(32665) AFSCME Local 542 members at work on the Detroit Zoo trainImage
(32666) Kewanee, Illinois little league team sponsored by AFSCME policeImage
(32688) Local 751 AFSCME member's retirement, 1968Image
(32689) Public Works Employees, AFSCME District Council 25Image
(32690) AFSCME Local 900 members, Panama Image
(32691) AFSCME Local 900 members at work, Panama Canal, 1966Image
(32692) AFSCME Local 420 member hands out political literature, New York, 1973Image
(32693) AFSCME Local 420 members board bus for Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, 1957Image
(32694) A rally in support of New York City Uniformed Firefighters Association negotiations. Image
(32695) Rev. Albert Blatz leading a picket in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1968Image
(32795) McEntee speaks in MilwaukeeImage
(32796) McEntee speaks in MilwaukeeImage
(32797) AFSCME representative at Labor Day event, Milwaukee, 1996Image
(32798) Immigration sign at a Labor Day rally, Milwaukee, 1996Image
(32799) Gerald McEntee and President Bill Clinton, Milwaukee, 1996Image
(32800) President Bill Clinton Laughs with child in Bill Clinton mask, 1996Image
(32801) Meeting, AFSCME workers, District Council 61, IowaImage
(32802) Two men talk in an AFSCME shopImage
(32803) AFSCME District Council 37 members attend classImage
(32804) Labor Day rally, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1996Image
(32805) President Bill Clinton, Labor Day Rally, 1996Image
(32812) AFSCME convention delegates participate in rally, 1996Image
(32813) AFSCME convention delegates participate in rally, 1996Image
(32814) AFSCME convention booths, 1996Image
(32815) AFSCME convention booths, 1996Image
(32816) AFSCME convention delegate, 1996Image
(32817) AFSCME convention delegate, 1996Image
(32818) AFSCME convention delegates, 1996Image
(32819) Delegates to the AFSCME convention, 1996Image
(32820) AFSCME convention delegate, 1996Image
(32821) AFSCME convention track and field eventImage
(32822) Bill Clinton and Bill Lucy at AFSCME's 1996 conventionImage
(32823) AFSCME convention delegate, 1996Image
(32824) AFSCME convention delegates rally, 1996Image
(32825) AFSCME delegates use computers, 1996Image
(32826) AFSCME convention delegate, 1996Image
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