Update on Our Union's Priorities (Nov. 2023)

Our fight goes beyond the bargaining table to the halls of government. AFSCME’s federal legislative agenda is bipartisan because improving lives and making communities safer is more important than party politics.

Here is the latest on AFSCME Public Safety’s priorities…

  • Expanding Healthcare Options for First Responders Act: AFSCME successfully advocated to include corrections officers as eligible recipients in this bill that allow first responders between the ages of 50 and 64 to buy in to Medicare.
  • CARE for Our First Responders Act: Our union successfully worked to include 911 dispatchers as eligible recipients for the services in the bill, including crisis counseling, a specialized hotline for first responders and on-site mental health grants.
  • 911 SAVES Act: AFSCME strongly supports this bipartisan bill because we believe the current classification of 911 dispatchers does not accurately reflect or respect the central roles, duties and responsibilities that come with this job.

Click here to read more information about these bills.