|AFSCME District Council 36|
Statewide Endorsements Announced!
AFSCME California PEOPLE has concluded its official endorsements of state Initiatives and Candidates for the 2016 General Election on November 8th. Please share California PEOPLE’s positions with your co-workers and union brothers and sisters to ensure that we win at the polls this November and that our state stands firmly for working families. Local races endorsed by Council 36 will be posted soon, so check back in a few days!
Click HERE for the list of endorsements.
The LA County Board of Supervisors races in November in Districts 4 and 5 will be decisive for nearly 10,000 Council 36 members in LA County Locals, representing diverse employees from social service providers to law enforcement and public safety – as well as many others in area AFSCME affiliates – and AFSCME has kicked into high gear to ensure victory. Read more >>>
Today, Neighborhoods Against the DWP Power Grab, a campaign organized against Los Angeles Charter Amendment RRR, launched its new 30 second digital ad, titled "Don't Be Fooled." To view the ad, click on the link here.
Upon releasing the online video, Neighborhoods Against the DWP Power Grab endorser and former Los Angeles City Councilman, Nate Holden, released the following statement:
"Charter Amendment RRR is a phony, misleading and wannabe reform measure that takes away voters' decision-making powers over the DWP, its rate hikes, contracts and more-- and hands it to unelected, faceless government bureaucrats. Voters deserve to know the truth about this deceptive proposed Charter Amendment. This new campaign video clearly outlines why it's a bad deal for Los Angeles. Like the video says-- don't be fooled-- say no to Charter Amendment RRR. Lets stop the DWP power grab-- it's a bad deal!"
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In a brazen attack on public employees in the second largest City in the country, Charter Amendment RRR – appearing on the November 8 citywide Los Angeles ballot -- initiates the dismantling of historic, century-old civil service protections, starting with 10,000 employees in the Dept. of Water and Power, roughly one-fourth of the City workforce. From there, it is a slippery slope to destroying civil service in all other City departments. Read more >>>
Local 575 Vice President Mark Natoli, a 30-year veteran employee of LA County’s Superior Court system, took to the podium at a public hearing on August 29 in Los Angeles, to decry a newly proposed “concept” being proposed by some court commissioners. Concept #9, as it is known, would standardize the salaries of many court classifications – regardless of dramatic regional variations in costs of living in California and other key considerations. Read more >>>
Cerritos City employees are back in battle for a fair contract against management negotiators who have a history using bad-faith bargaining tactics. Management also has refused to improve their Last, Best and Final offer in any discernible way in recent third party mediation efforts.
Speaking at the AFSCME International Convention on Monday in Las Vegas, AFSCME International President Lee Saunders announced an exclusive new benefit for AFSCME members modeled after a partnership between AFSCME Ohio affiliates OAPSE, OCSEA and Council 8 and Eastern Gateway Community College. Read more >>>
California Alliance for Retired Americans - Candidate and Town Hall Forums
Get informed about the upcoming election at Candidate and Town Hall Forums on Senior Issues, hosted by the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA).
Click HERE for more information and the registration form.
AFSCME news release, July 5, 2016
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) will be joined by presumptive Democratic nominee for president, Secretary Hillary Clinton, at their 42nd International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Tuesday, July 19.
By Sarah Springer, Labor United for Universal Healthcare
Nearly 100 single payer advocates, union activists, healthcare professionals, and religious and community organizers gathered for Labor United for Universal Healthcare’s annual Summer Garden Party on June 25 in Los Angeles to enjoy an idyllic afternoon of food and drink emceed by athlete and actor Dwight Hicks, listen to music by guitarist Stan Ayeroff, and laugh with our own Gerry Daley's comic relief.Read more >>>
Brother Mike Conrad of AFSCME Local 119 (LA County Auto Equipment & Repair) was honored on June 14, 2016, by the LA County Board of Supervisors. Read more >>>
San Diego Contract Victory is a Big Step Toward Rectifying Pay Inequities for City's Blue-Collar Workers
AFSCME Local 127 (City of San Diego blue-collar employees) has been able to win a strong new contract with significant raises that bring the City closer to providing its long-overlooked blue-collar workforce pay parity with comparable cities and with other San Diego City employees. Read more >>>
Carson Part-Time employees in AFSCME Local 809 and Full-Time Confidential employees in AFSCME Local 1017 have been able to achieve strong contracts at the bargaining table. Read more >>>
In a victory for blue collar employees of the Anaheim Union School District (AFSCME Local 3112) who have been battling an unfair labor practice over management promises made and broken, the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) has ruled in favor of the union.
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Why Everyone Should Pay Their “Fair Share” Fees
The collection of fair share fees by public sector unions was unanimously allowed in the 1977 ruling of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al., which was the latest assault on the middle class perpetrated by corporate interests, revisited the Abood ruling. Ultimately, the goal of this case was to silence the voices of workers seeking fairness on the job. The US Supreme Court on March 29, 2016 ruled in a tie vote to let Abood stand. But threats to this landmark workers' right continue to make their way through the courts.
Confused? No problem. AFSCME has released this video that simply explains what fair share fees really mean.
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