AFSCME’s 44th International Convention recently adopted a new resolution reaffirming the union’s support for collective bargaining and due process rights for law enforcement and public safety officers and aimed at implementing fresh reforms meant to combat racism.

Delegates to the convention, which represent the union’s 90,000 law enforcement and public safety members, are seeking funding to create a civilian corps of unarmed first responders; more funding for education, behavioral health, housing, social services, public facilities, and other programs and services which enhance the safety and well-being of the public; and a ban on chokeholds, among a list of other important forward-looking reforms.

“AFSCME’s storied history of fighting for civil rights and economic justice continues with this big step forward to combat racism while protecting the rights and freedoms of all working people – including law enforcement and public safety officers – to join a union and gain the due process rights that come with it,” AFSCME President Lee Saunders said in a press release.

Read more about the resolution and the delegates’ commitment to reform here.