AFSCME District Council 36


September 4: This Day in Labor History..

On this day in Labor History the year was 1894. At least 10,000 tailors went on strike to protest their sweatshop working conditions. The New York Times reported “contract tailors of New York and Brooklyn celebrated Labor Day yesterday by going on strike.” Unemployed tailors pledged not to work as scabs.

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Ten years after the storm, we can still say about our AFSCME sisters and brothers: They rose to the challenge.


 Close to a hundred members packed this year’s Stewards’ Training over the weekend of August 28-30 at the Double Tree by Hilton in San Pedro. The main point was to provide real-life scenarios that a union steward may confront in representing and defending the interests of fellow employees.

After more than a year of intensive dialogue, rallies, marches, mediation and media, the City of Los Angeles and the Coalition of LA City Unions have reached a fair and equitable tentative agreement for our next working contract. Your Union bargaining team recommends your approval of this agreement with a YES vote! Read more >>>

6 out of every 10 Americans now supports labor unions – a phenomenal five-point jump over the previous year. That’s the latest from a Gallup poll showing that during the past year, Americans’ approval of unions skyrocketed to its highest point in 7 years.


Members from a cross-section of Council 36 Locals packed a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors candidate forum on August 18. The forum, held at Council 36’s LA headquarters, provided activists from among our nine LA County Locals – as well as other AFSCME affiliates in Los Angeles – an opportunity to interview candidates and ask pointed questions about key issues of concern.

Council 36 members and staff were among thousands from community and labor groups who came together to demonstrate against The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)’s annual conference held in Downtown, San Diego at the Manchester Hyatt. Protests were timed to coincide with ALEC’s meetings, which were held during the weekend of July 21st through July 24th.

Local 3090 (LA City Clerical and Support Staff) has won a crucial unfair labor practice charge against Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which implemented employment status and work schedule changes without first meeting and conferring with Local 3090, as required.

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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