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.

(32828) AFSCME convention delegates, 1996Image
(32829) AFSCME Clinton SupportersImage
(32831) AFSCME District Council 37 supporting United Farm Workers Image
(23832) AFSCME Public Employee Ball, Kentucky, 1988Image
(32833) AFSCME Public Employees BallImage
(32834) AFSCME Public Employees Ball, Kentucky, 1988Image
(32835) AFSCME Council 61 sign shop employees, 1998Image
(32836) AFSCME Council 61 sign shop employees, 1998Image
(32860) AFSCME and Governor CuomoImage
(32861) AFSCME steward's handbook, District Council 37, 1964.Image
(32862) AFSCME Council 61 members march in Washington, D. C.Image
(32863) Hospital closure demonstrationImage
(32864) AFSCME Iowa Council 61 protests Reagan cutsImage
(32865) AFSCME Local 1489 members marchImage
(32866) Ohio AFSCME members clean up after floodImage
(32867) AFSCME Local 1072 marches for pay equityImage
(32868) AFSCME political action trainingImage
(34069) Candlelight Vigil, Attica Prison, Local 1040, 1971Image
(34070) Candlelight Vigil, Attica Prison, Local 1040, 1971Image
(34071) Stefanie Caloia, AFSCME Archivist, Reuther Library Staff, 2016Image
(34346) Delegates, AFSCME International Convention, Las Vegas, 1978Image
(34347) Las Vegas Convention Center, AFSCME International Convention, 1978Image
(34348) Delegates, AFSCME PEOPLE, International Convention, Las Vegas, 1978Image
(34349) John Kenneth Galbraith, Jerry Wurf, AFSCME International Convention, Las Vegas, 1978Image
(34350) Interior, Las Vegas Convention Center, AFSCME International Convention, 1978Image
(34351) Bill Lucy, Yvonne Burke, AFSCME International Convention, Las Vegas, 1978Image
(34352) AFSCME International Convention, Las Vegas, 1978Image
(34353) Delegates, AFSCME International Convention, Las Vegas, 1978Image
(34354) Delegate, AFSCME International Convention, Las Vegas, 1978Image
(34355) Gerald McEntee, Jerry Wurf, AFSCME International Convention, Las Vegas, 1978Image
(34356) Jerry Wurf with Delegates, AFSCME International Convention, Las Vegas, 1978Image
(34357) Lillian Roberts, Simcha Dinitz, AFSCME International Convention, Las Vegas, 1978Image
(34358) Choir Conductor, AFSCME International Convention, Las Vegas, 1978Image
(34359) Delegates from Pennsylvania, AFSCME International Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 1978Image
(34360) Bill Clinton, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NVImage
(34361) Frontier Protest, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NVImage
(34362) Frontier Protest, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NVImage
(34363) Retirees, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 1992Image
(34364) Las Vegas Convention Center, AFSCME Convention, 1992Image
(34365) Gerald McEntee, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 1992Image
(34366) William Lucy, Gerald McEntee, AFSCME Convention Fun Run, Las Vegas, 1992Image
(34371) Council 1, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 2002Image
(34372) Martin Sheen, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 2002Image
(34373) Michigan Local 652, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 2002Image
(34374) St. Louis Local 2730, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 2002Image
(34375) Delegates, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 2002Image
(34376) Gerald McEntee, Harold Schaitberger, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 2002Image
(34377) William Lucy, Harold Schaitberger, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 2002Image
(34379) Lee Saunders, Culinary Workers Union Strike, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 2002Image
(34380) Erin Brockovich, AFSCME Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 2002Image
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