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It’s a historic ordinance, the first the Commonwealth has seen in over 40 years. The mandate was created to promote orderly relationships between the city and its employees.

It permits workers to bargain over work-related issues. The intent is that city employees will be able to enter into a collective bargaining contract with a union.

City workers spoke at the council meeting, saying that the ordinance is just the first step towards creating better employee conditions.

AFSCME Virginia recently hosted a comprehensive health and safety training around new state rules protecting Virginia’s workers from COVID-19 exposure.

On an early Saturday in November library professionals from across DC and northern Virginia came together to hold a virtual roundtable to discuss the challenges they face as essential public service professionals during this global pandemic.

In a victory for public service workers in Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill authorizing collective bargaining for some public employees across the commonwealth.

AFSCME members are on the front lines, keeping our communities running. Public service workers are hard at work providing emergency services, health care, child care, transportation, sanitation and public safety. Many workers will come in contact with those infected by the virus, endangering themselves and their families. It is important for workers to have accurate information on how to best do their jobs and how to protect themselves.