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WASHINGTON - AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement [Tuesday, February 21, 2017] on the Department of Homeland Security’s new rules on enforcing executive orders on immigration:

“The rules announced today for implementing President Trump’s executive orders amount to nothing short of mass deportation. Instead of seriously addressing comprehensive immigration reform, this administration is throwing communities into chaos and fear.

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Council 36 welcomes the staff of the Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) as our newest affiliate. A legal aid organization based in LA, its workers have now gained a voice in decisions affecting their jobs. Read more >>>

WASHINGTON - AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement [Wednesday, February 15, 2017] on the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder’s nomination as Secretary of Labor:

“America’s public service workers, and all working families, deserve a labor secretary who respects them. It became increasingly clear that Andrew Puzder — who has demonstrated nothing but contempt for everything the Labor Department stands for and everyone it exists to serve — was not fit for the job.

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On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, California State Treasurer John Chiang will come to AFSCME District Council 36 to talk about his bid for the Governor's seat in 2018 and take questions from you!

As public service workers, it is vital that we elect leaders who will fight for us!

Join us & let your voice be heard. We'll see you there!

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AFSCME District Council 36 endorses the following candidates and causes in the March 7, 2017 Primary Elections in Los Angeles County, as recommended by our Political and Legislative Action Committee, our Local Unions in small cities, and the LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.

Endorsements are recommended to Council 36’s Executive Board by rank-and-file members and Local Union leaders participating in candidate forums, such as at Council 36 headquarters on Jan. 17 and 24.

The candidates and ballot measures listed here are the best choices for AFSCME members, public service employees and the communities we serve.

Click HERE for a PDF of our voter guide to keep handy, share with friends and family, and take with you to the polling booth!

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WASHINGTONAFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement [Friday, February 3, 2017] regarding the Trump administration’s executive order to repeal Dodd-Frank regulations:

“The Trump administration has done it again. They talk the talk about helping working people and middle-class families; but they only walk the walk for Wall Street."

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Save the Date: 25th Biennial Convention!

Council 36's 25th Biennial Convention is coming this fall. Workshops will be offered at the convention starting Friday - so please plan to arrive early that day!

When: Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15
Where: Pala Casino and Resort in Pala, CA
 

On Friday, January 27, 2017, hundreds of health care activists turned out for the California Day of Action to rally outside of Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield office, demanding he move the House Majority toward protecting, improving and expanding Medicare and Medicaid programs. Read more >>>

WASHINGTON — AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement (on Tuesday, January 31, 2017) regarding President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court: Read more >>>

From Steve Smith/CA State Federation of Labor (Issued 2/1/17):

As you’ve undoubtedly heard, Trump nominated US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch is a dyed-in-the-wool conservative with a troubling record on many progressive issues, most notably women’s rights. His most notorious ruling was in favor of the Hobby Lobby corporation’s efforts to deny contraceptive coverage to its workers as required under the ACA.

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Local 800 (Jewish social services) has been able to win two important arbitration settlements on behalf of their members recently, both related to unjust employee terminations. Read more >>>

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