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Paraprofessional educators at Prince George's County Public Schools are required to pass the ParaPro Assessment test or earn at least 48 college credits by June 2022 to retain their positions.

Thanks to efforts by the Biden administration and AFSCME, many public service workers, 

Many AFSCME members work in high-stress fields such as public safety, health care, emergency medical services and firefighting.

There is good news for AFSCME members looking to pursue higher education. AFSCME Free College has made its bachelor’s degree completion program a permanent benefit.

That means that AFSCME members and their families can earn a bachelor’s degree for free, making an even wider choice of career options a possibility for more people.

Here’s a sure sign of new leadership in Washington. There’s a renewed push to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, an idea that went nowhere when the Trump administration and anti-worker members of Congress were in power.

The nurses of Prince George's County Public Schools began giving out COVID-19 vaccines at the Sports and Learning Complex on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31. 

Local 2250 Vice President Denise Yon, an RN at Northwestern High School, showed up to help in the vaccination efforts that weekend. Pictured here on the left, she is talking with Carolyn Winbush, an RN at Ernest Just Middle School, at the start of their 12-hour shift. 

The coronavirus pandemic won’t be controlled until states, cities, towns and schools – and particularly health departments – have the funding they need from the federal government, says AFSCME Retiree Sue Conard.

Conard should know. She spent 24 years as a public health nurse serving Wisconsin’s La Crosse County. One of her many areas of expertise? Immunization.

On January 12, 2021, educators and support personnel represented by more than 10 Labor Unions urged leaders in the Washington metropolitan area to continue distance learning and develop a unified approach to reopening schools as part of the National Day of Resistance. With reopening efforts so varied, it has been hard on parents and school employees who struggle with child-care needs and financial uncertainty. The educators and support personnel worry that a hasty return in one district could threaten the well-being of another, given how intertwined the Washington metropolitan area is.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has sent a letter to Congress that echoes what AFSCME has been saying for months: It’s long past time to robustly fund the front lines.

In his first days on the job, President Joe Biden has taken swift executive action to protect and empower public service workers, strengthen public services and help working people. On his first day alone, he signed 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations that showed the kind of bold leadership our country needs now.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders called the victories of the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s Senate runoff elections “a bold mandate for change.”