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.

(35064) AFSCME Headquarters, Banner, Washington, DC, 2001Image
(35065) AFSCME Headquarters, September 11 Victims, Washington, DC, 2001Image
(35066) AFSCME Headquarters, September 11 Memorial, Washington, DC, 2001Image
(35099) Construction Equipment, September 11, 2001, World Trade Center Site, New YorkImage
(35100) AFSCME Members, Wold Trade Center Site, New York, 2001Image
(35101) AFSCME Member, World Trade Center Site, New York, 2001Image
(35102) World Trade Center Site, New York, 2001Image
(35103) Construction Equipment, September 11, 2001, World Trade Center Site, New York, 2001Image
(35104) World Trade Center Site, New York, 2001Image
(35105) AFSCME Members, World Trade Center Site, New York, 2001Image
(35106) AFSCME Paramedic, World Trade Center Site, New York, 2001Image
(35108) World Trade Center Site, New York, 2001Image
(35109) AFSCME EMTs, World Trade Center Site, New York, 2001Image
(35110) Flag and Cross, World Trade Center Site, New York, 2001Image
(35111) Construction and Fire Crews, World Trade Center Site, New York, 2001Image
(35358) AFSCME District Council 37 members, Rally for Jobs, Washington, DC, 1975Image
(35359) AFSCME, Rally for Jobs, Washington, DC, 1976 Image
(35360) AFSCME Members at the Rally for Jobs, Washington, DC, 1975Image
(35999) Gay Rights Parade, AFSCME Banner, Washington, DC, 1993Image
(36000) AFSCME, Rainbow Banner, Gay Rights March, 1993Image
(36001) AFSCME, District Council 37 Members at Gay Rights March, 1993Image
(36002) AFSCME, President McEntee, Gay Rights Parade, 1993Image
(36003) AFSCME, Labor Cares Banner, Gay Rights Parade, 1993Image
(36005) AFSCME, Children's Day on the Hill speaker, 1989Image
(36006) AFSCME, Children's Day on the Hill, 1989Image
(36007) AFSCME, Children's Day on the Hill, 1989Image
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