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These remarks were delivered on February 16, 2022, before the Health and Safety Codes Committee that 

When Arlington Public Libraries (APL) management decided to resume Sunday hours at some branches, members of AFSCME Virginia swung into action.

On Tuesday, May 11, City of Norfolk employees joined together on the steps of City Hall to demand fair raises.

Clifford Johnson’s body has suffered through a lot over 16 years working for Norfolk’s sanitation department.

He bangs his knees while jumping in and out of the trash truck, is exposed to hazardous chemicals, and constantly bends to lift heavy materials. Now, the long-term impact is becoming clear.

“I’m breaking down,” he said. “I’m limping and got aches all over the place…just like football players.”

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.