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“Our Union has a history of fighting and winning against tough odds.”


In the 1930s, in the midst of the Great Depression, a small group of workers in Wisconsin stood up for dignity and a voice on the job. In a time of starvation and unemployment, it would have been easy to keep their heads down and be glad they had a job, but they had a vision of a more just society and chose to fight.

They were the first members and leaders of AFSCME, which now has 1.6 million members across the country including the 121,000 members of District Council 37 and its 50,000 retirees.