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.

(10510) 1961 AFL-CIO ConventionImage
(10511) 1965 AFL-CIO ConventionImage
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(10514) SPACE ConventionImage
(10517) Nixon addresses AFL-CIOImage
(10518) 1971 AFL-CIO ConventionImage
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(10520) AFL-CIO Maritime Trades DepartmentImage
(10521) 1973 AFL-CIO ConventionImage
(10522) AFL-CIO Public Employees DepartmentImage
(10523) AFL-CIO Executive CouncilImage
(10524) 1979 AFL-CIO ConventionImage
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(10530) Senator Ted Kennedy at 1979 AFL-CIO ConventionImage
(10531) Senator Ted Kennedy at 1979 AFL-CIO ConventionImage
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(11305) 1970 New York State AFL-CIO ConventionImage
(11306) 1971 AFSCME Area Directors MeetingImage
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(11309) 1948 AFSCME ConventionImage
(11310) 1952 Convention RegistrationImage
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(11319) 1956 AFSCME Convention - International GuestsImage
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