AFSCME Council 36 stood strong with thousands of demonstrators from more than 100 organizations at the May Day March from MacArthur Park to Grand Park outside City Hall.
Members of Local 2626 (City of LA Librarians Guild), Local 2076 (Orange County Eligibility Workers), Local 3339 (City of West Hollywood Employees), Local 9905 (Retiree Chapter 36), and Local 1271 (LA County Physician Assistants) turned out en masse for this important historic moment for human rights, standing in unity with the countless communities being impacted by federal policies. Groups for civil rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, and immigrants’ rights marched as one in a show of solidarity and power.
From the historic AFSCME Local 1733 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ strike in 1968 to the recent rally organized by the newly-affiliated Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts employees, protests have been and continue to be a major part of AFSCME history. With recent “Right-to-Work” attacks on Unions and assaults on the hard-won rights of working people, it is still critical to stand up for the struggling middle class and demand the closing of income gaps and creation of good jobs. Rest assured, AFSCME will never stop fighting back against attacks on labor, unions, and working families here and across the nation.