Nebraska Association of Public Employees

Executive Directors Message

September 2018

Are You Union Strong?

For about four decades, economic inequality has been steadily rising in the United States. As productivity increases and our economy gets better and better, ordinary middle-class workers have seen their wages stagnate. Thus, economic gains have only been realized by the top 1% of wage earners. In 2016, the top 1% realized 26 times as much as the bottom 99%.

27 states, including Nebraska, have passed so-called “Right-To-Work” laws that chip away at workers ability to unionize and bargain for higher wages and benefits. In “Right-To-Work” states, like ours, rules and laws are “rigged” against the workers, including state employees.

So how do we “un-rig” the system? Numbers, numbers, numbers! Our strength is in our collective voice. The more members unite together to advocate and negotiate, the more success we will have. We need your voice, we need your opinions, and we need you!

Now is the time for state employees to join NAPE/AFSCME Local 61.  Our collective bargaining team has been elected from across state agencies. As we begin the bargaining process for a new 2019 labor agreement, strengthening our membership roster will translate to power at the negotiating table.

A new era of unionism  is upon as at NAPE/AFSCME Local 61. We are committed to strengthening our union to improve the lives of our members and the people they serve. Stay tuned in the coming months as we work to improve our communication methods and our service model. We need active members like you!

Encourage your colleagues in the workplace to join us. Direct them to our website,, where they can request membership materials by filling out a simple online form. Get involved! Active members are needed to serve as stewards, as committee members, and as community volunteers. Let’s chart our future together. Your view, your ideas, and your opinions are most important!  Will you join us? Will you encourage others? Are you Union Strong?

Nebraska Association of Public Employees