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.

(7658) Dayton Local 1942Image
(7659) Wayne, New Jersey demonstrationImage
(7660) Minnesota Council 6 protestImage
(7661) Minnesota Council 6 protestImage
(7662) Minnesota Council 6 protestImage
(7663) Council 14 strikeImage
(7664) Illinois capitol picketImage
(7665) Springfield, Illinois picketImage
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(7668) Boston protestImage
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(7670) Milwaukee vote to strikeImage
(7671) Milwaukee truckers picketImage
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(7674) Council 50 marches, AlbanyImage
(7675) Council 37 marches, New York CityImage
(7676) Arnold Zander marches with Council 50Image
(7677) Council 50 protests, AlbanyImage
(7678) Lillian Roberts releasedImage
(7679) Council 50 protests for Lillian RobertsImage
(7680) Council 50 protests for Lillian RobertsImage
(7681) Lillian Roberts releasedImage
(7682) Council 50 protests for Lillian RobertsImage
(7683) Lillian Roberts releasedImage
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(7685) Indiana Council 62Image
(7686) Ring wearing earns suspensionImage
(7687) Money found in Philadelphia sewerImage
(7688) Pasadena strikeImage
(7689) Scab workImage
(7690) Connecticut Council 16 cost of living protestImage
(7691) Chimpanzee receives injunctionImage
(7692) Ohio goat helps picketImage
(7693) Lion helps New York Council 50 protestImage
(7694) Dog protests, CaliforniaImage
(7695) Inmates scabs, MiamiImage
(7696) Blind vendors protest, New YorkImage
(7697) New York Council 50 protestsImage
(7698) Museum statue picketsImage
(8873) Secretary-Treasurer Joseph AmesImage
(8874) Gordon ChapmanImage
(8875) Gordon Chapman and Arnold ZanderImage
(8876) Gordon Chapman and Jerry WurfImage
(8877) Colonel A.E. GareyImage
(8878) Arnold Zander and Leo KramerImage
(8879) William McEnteeImage
(8880) First AFSCME ConventionImage
(8881) Second AFSCME ConventionImage
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