Roxie Nelson remembers her father, Ed Nelson, as a caring and passionate man who often put the needs of others before his own.

“When I was around him his phone was always busy, and he would take calls from people all the time,” she recalls. “He was always working to help somebody, whether it was at the union or friends or family. He would take care of people whenever they needed help.”

Editor’s note: The following is a story from the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, as told by a member in Washington state:

“My name is Kristina Johnson-Short and I am a social services specialist with the Division of Children, Youth and Families in Washington state. I’m a proud AFSCME member, a shop steward and president of AFSCME Local 1054 (WFSE). I am also a domestic violence survivor.

It’s become clear that relief bills Congress has approved thus far, including the record $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, won’t be enough to quell the health and economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What other aid should Congress provide? AFSCME has recommendations.

Workers at the UW are fighting hard for safety and respect. This past Friday, we won three new MOUs expanding our rights and protections. 

Together, we moved the UW from just a $1.50 reassignment pay to $4.00.

The MOUs can be viewed in full here:

AFSCME members working for the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) are hopping busy these days fulfilling a critical mission. They are helping Louisianans survive as the Bayou State’s economy buckles under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic.

Working Washingtonians are grappling with the far-reaching implications of the coronavirus pandemic. We spoke up in support of the governor’s order to stay home and stay healthy, tried to help our kids adapt to the sudden shift in their routines, and fought for the PPE and preventive policies we need to stay safe. Some of us are working the front lines of our state’s fight against the virus, bravely keeping our state going. Others are working long hours on the phone and computer to help folks access public resources like food benefits, unemployment, and health coverage.