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New AFSCME campaign will grow the union by 50,000 members before the 2014 Convention in July. Read more >>>

The California Assembly has passed HR 29, an AFSCME-sponsored resolution that embraces the principles of the Taxpayer Empowerment Agenda. The resolution paves the way for legislation that boosts transparency, accountability, shared prosperity and competition. It denounces the practice of outsourcing of government services to private contractors and pledges legislators to oppose all future “outsourcing of public services and assets.” Read more here.

Make sure to stay abreast with information about AFSCME California's endorsed political candidates. This year will be very important so stay informed! Check out all the candidates here.

 Election is underway for the employee representative to the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System (LACERS) Board. ELIZABETH GREENWOOD was elected in 2009 as a Trustee and has done an outstanding job of speaking up on behalf of workers and protecting our pension.

You should have received your ballot in the mail by now. Please don’t hold on to it. Mark you ballot for Elizabeth Greenwood and follow the instructions carefully in order for your vote to count. Click here to download the flyer for more information. We need to have an experienced, dedicated representative working for us so that we can all retire in dignity!

Community/Labor/Faith Leaders Urge Action to Restore Neighborhood Services and Hold Wall Street Accountable. Find out more here.

Santana has a dubious history of prophesying economic doom for Los Angeles. Read more on his 'philosophy' here!

A potentially devastating decision by the U.S. Supreme Court might come early this summer, in a lawsuit called, “Harris v. Quinn.” The case centers on the right of public sector unions to charge a basic fee-for-service – and the decision will have a profound impact on treasuries of unions nationwide, including all AFSCME affiliates. Read more here.

 

On March 11, the CA Senate Judiciary Committee held an informational hearing on “Family Law Courts: Budget Cutbacks and Access to Justice,” with AFSCME members present. The testimony centered on the critical condition of California’s County courts.click here for more details. 

Six Locals participated to empower negotiators -both seasoned and rookies -- when they start bargaining with City management this springtime.

AFSCME Secretary Treasurer, Laura Reyes, speaks out on the controversial Supreme Court case against public employees. You can read the full message here.

Last month’s employment figures are in, and things don’t look good. Read more >>>

Attorneys for Council 36 and our partners in the Coalition of LA City Unions have been aggressively challenging a key decision by the City of Los Angeles to unilaterally change employee pension policies, most recently in a city administrative court that oversees labor disputes, on Jan. 27. Read here for more details.

Life in the Fast Lane: NASCAR deal exclusively for Union members!

NASCAR is offering an amazing deal for union members to participate in AUTO CLUB 400. This package also includes exclusive tickets to rows (1-14), a pre-race pit pass and parking. Purchase your tickets soon before this offer ends March 14th! To purchase tickets, visit this link

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: The Affordable Care Act, Employee and Retiree Coverage & the Fight for Universal Healthcare

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, March 29th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at AFSCME Council 36
More details will follow in the coming weeks. Learn more here!

A right wing organization has challenged the legitamacy of unions by bringing the issue to the Supreme Court. The Los Angeles Times agrees that, "even non-members should have to pay for the benefits that public sector unions win on their behalf." Read more here.

 

Anaheim School Employees Win Another Legal Victory

Local 3112 has won an important Court of Appeals victory over the Anaheim Union School District. District officials had sought to set aside an arbitration award that the Union had previously successfully defended in Superior Court – but this legal decision affirms that award. The District was effectively found to have violated the collective bargaining agreement by trying to reduce employees’ work years in lieu of layoffs.

You can read the Court of Appeal's documente here 

Local delegates met to discuss important matters, prepare for a new year of strategic goals for the Council and its members, and vote for new leadership. On the last day, the new Executive Board was announced. Click here to find out who is part of the new leadership team. 

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