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More than 1,000 protesters marched in Los Angeles for “The Fight for $15” on 4-15-15, joining tens of thousands of people in 200 cities across the nation to rally for a living wage. These low wage workers are constantly struggling to get by despite working for thriving corporations that rake in billions of dollars in profits.

AFSCME encourages all of our members to get active in supporting candidates who fight for working families, public services and our communities. But taking that political activism to the next level, three of Council 36’s women warriors, Commerce resident, Oralia Rebollo (member of Local 773/City of Commerce employees), Azusa resident Diana Williams (President of Local 3672/LA City Executive Secretaries) and Long Beach resident, Herlinda Chico (member of Local 773/ City of Commerce employees), all stepped up to run for public office themselves recently – for the first time.

Council 36 applauds them for throwing their hats in the ring. We asked them about their experience and any lessons they may have learned as candidates. Here is what they said...

Council 36’s movie night on March 27 – the first in a planned series of free, fun cultural and social events being planned this year at our Los Angeles headquarters – celebrated the historic organizing achievements of farmworkers’ hero, Cesar Chavez.

It is a case in which, apparently, management never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. In the spring of 2009, forty-seven AFSCME members in Local 3112 filed a group grievance after seeing their negotiated contract shredded by the Anaheim Union High School District. Many of the union members had never signed a grievance before, or even considered it, but proved to be quick learners and asserted themselves effectively.

Sisters and Brothers,

Ever heard of fast track? Don't feel bad if you haven't; big companies are counting on you not knowing about it, and keeping it that way.

If you haven’t yet heard of “Abood,” it’s time to start paying attention. This 40-year-old landmark Supreme Court decision (Abood v. Detroit), sanctioned the right of unions in 1977 to collect “Agency Shop” fees from non-members whom they were legally required to represent – so that everyone, in effect, was forced to pay his/her fair share

AFSCME member and former California state Sen. Norma Torres is a new member of the U.S. House of Representatives after being sworn in Jan. 6. She handily won election in November, gaining more than 63 percent of the vote.

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