NAPE/AFSCME members Brandon Brown (Revenue – Lincoln), Jessica Davis (DHHS – Lincoln), Avery Hulse (DHHS – Lincoln), Jay Jensen (NDOT – Omaha), Morgan Smith (DHHS – North Platte), and Sharon Waters (Game & Parks – Lincoln) traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 10-15 after they were elected by union members to serve as delegates to the 45th AFSCME Delegate Assembly.
While in Philadelphia, NAPE delegates attended business meetings where over 2,000 delegates debated and adopted resolutions that shape AFSCME’s priorities for the next two years. The delegates also attended training sessions and sector caucuses to connect with other AFSCME members from around the country. When in session, the Delegate Assembly is our union’s highest decision making body.
Some of the important resolutions that delegates considered and passed were limiting the use of travel nurses to ensure proper patient care, addressing the staffing crisis in corrections, addressing inflation to ensure a fair economy, supporting common sense and constitutionally compliant gun laws to ensure worker safety, supporting student debt relief, ensuring proper staffing ratios, and supporting federal investments in infrastructure.
Additionally, NAPE/AFSCME member Ashlie Thompson (DHHS – Lincoln) addressed the delegates about our organizing success in Nebraska. You can watch Ashlie’s speech by clicking here. (Ashlie’s portion begins at 5:48). Our delegates also participated in a rally for AFSCME members at the Philadelphia Museum of Art who have been working without a contract for almost two years.
You can read more and view convention highlights by clicking here. The 46th AFSCME Delegate Assembly will be held in 2024 in Chicago, Illinois.