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 Icon of the civil rights movement, the Rev. Jessie Jackson, made an appearance at Council 36 in recent days, where he spent more than an hour talking with AFSCME members and an array of community organizers invited to participate. In the wake of the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville and the White House’s incitement against DACA recipients, Jackson stressed the need for racial convergence and common ground on such progressive issues as fair economic policy, immigration rights, climate change and worker justice. Read more >>>

In the Pixar film A Bug's Life, the villian Hopper discusses how, though each ant may be small, they possess great power when they act collectively!

Los Angeles Public Libraries across the City celebrated the Great American Eclipse on August 21, with librarians in Local 2626 handing out viewing glasses and providing a science lesson about the rare natural phenomenon in the sky. Hundreds of enthusiastic Angelenos of all ages waited in lines that in some cases stretched around the perimeter of the parking lots for their chance to see the moon hiding the sun. Read more >>>

  As part of the Political and Legislative Action Committee program, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla dropped by Council 36 in recent days to discuss new bills that would improve the state’s current voting system.

While voting rights are being rolled back in other states due to right-wing voter suppression campaigns, Padilla intends to reverse the tide in California. He is authoring, sponsoring or supporting a number of bills designed to enfranchise voters, particularly in working families and communities of color, by making the process of casting ballots easier and more accessible.

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Council 36 convened a day-long Local Leadership Summit early this summer in San Pedro, to highlight effective power-building strategies in the face of a major new U.S. Supreme Court threat to unions. This case, Janus v. AFSCME, seeks to overturn the landmark case, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which since the 1970s has required “Agency Fee Payers” (bargaining unit members who opt out of becoming full union members) to pay their fair share for the representation and services that they receive from a union.

Legal experts including AFSCME's general counsel expect Janus v. AFSCME to be decided in 2018 by the right-wing majority on the Supreme Court.

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