AFSCME District Council 36


February 9: This Day in Labor History...

On this day in Labor History the year was 1854. That was the day that novelist George Lippard died in Philadelphia. Lippard was friends with Edgar Allen Poe. He is most well-known for his novel about Philadelphia titled Quaker City. The book is considered to be one of the first American muckraking novels.

Relentless crusaders against public employee retirement security, former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, have backed off their “pension reform” statewide ballot initiative scheme – for now. Read more >>>

When the Orange County Social Service Agency threatened Eligibility Workers in AFSCME Local 2076 with outsourcing plans to hire temporary “customer service” representatives, Local 2076 President Raymond Hartwell and other Union leaders delivered a clear message back: NO WAY! Read more >>>

It’s not every day that a dyed-in-the wool, public sector labor activist and a Republican Mayor can share a light moment together, let alone work closely to improve City services and working conditions of City employees. But in San Diego, that is exactly the case. Read more >>>


A motion by L.A. City Councilmembers Paul Krekorian (2nd District) and Nury Martinez (6th District) to report on the feasability and budgetary impact of paid parental leave was passed today (Jan. 25, 2016) by LA City Council's Budget and Finance Commitee.

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VIDEO: Watch AFSCME Members Recap What Happened At First Oral Arguments on Friedrichs V. CTA

 FRIEDRICHS V. CTA arguments took place in the US Supreme Court yesterday (January 11, 2016) and the outlook appears grim for all working people and unions.

Please read for list of relevant articles! Read more >>>

Council 36 encourages your support and participation at the following key MLK events coming up this month in and around town!

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. A new case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al., is the latest assault on the middle class, and may revisit the Abood ruling. Ultimately, the goal of this case is to silence the voices of workers seeking fairness on the job.

Confused? No problem. AFSCME has released this video that simply explains what fair share fees really mean.

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