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AFSCME marched alongside grocery workers at a rally at Lafayette Park in Los Angeles on August 2. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770 grocery workers took to the streets to demand a fair contract that includes a living wage, affordable medical benefits, and retirement security. What they wanted was simple: the ability to #MakeEndsMeet. Read more >>>

After months of negotiations, AFSCME Local 858 (City of Pasadena employees) and the City have reached a tentative agreement, which 99% of Local 858 members ratified on July 27. Read more >>>

What We Did in Vegas Will Not Stay There

At the 42nd AFSCME International Union Convention last week in Las Vegas, Council 36 activists from dozens of our Southern California Local Unions joined 3,400 other AFSCME delegates from around the country to forge a political platform and strengthen our union for the challenges ahead. 

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City of Cerritos employees in AFSCME Local 619 are back in battle for a fair contract against City negotiators who have been ruthless in previous bargaining cycles and have a record of using unlawful, bad-faith tactics. Read more >>>

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).

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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.

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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 >>>

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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