Information Center for Staff Reps


The Research and Collective Bargaining Services Department houses AFSCME’s library, the Information Center, with staff research librarians and an extensive collection of resources available to help support  your information needs.


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Company Background Reports

Learn more about a private contractor bidding on members’ jobs.

News and Records Searches

Comprehensive searches of news sources and public records to help you learn more about individuals and organizations.

Issue Briefs

We can find and send you reports and background briefs on topics affecting union members.

Arbitrator Profiles

Need to pick an arbitrator from a panel? We can send you a report for select arbitrators including biographies and the history of their rulings for management and unions.

Information you can use


The AFSCME FYI is an email newsletter sent out Monday - Friday. The newsletter covers AFSCME developments as well as major labor issues at the national, state, and local levels.

Privatization Update

The Privatization Update contains information on the latest activities, problems and issues in the contracting out of public services. Subscribe by email or follow specific topics by RSS.

Information Highway

The Information Highway contains a summary of recent books, reports, studies, journal articles and web resources on labor issues. Subscribe by email or follow specific topics by RSS.

Search the Library Catalog

Use our catalog to search the Information Center’s extensive collection of books, studies and periodicals. Many of the entries include links to full-text documents. Need help?


Staff reps can call 202-429-1215, email or submit this form
to ask questions or request services from AFSCME’s research librarians.