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On May 18th, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke to PLAC members at Council 36 headquarters about his bid for the Governor's seat in 2018. Villaraigosa served as the 41st Mayor, and prior to that, was a member of the California Assembly (District 45), during which he spent two years as the Majority Leader before becoming the 63rd Speaker of the Assembly. He is seen here posing with some AFSCME participants at the meet-and-greet. Read more >>>

WIN FOR LA CITY WORKERS AND RESIDENTS: In a tremendous victory, Gilbert Cedillo was reelected to Los Angeles City Council, representing District 1. Supported by a coalition including business and labor, Cedillo blew opponent, Joe Bray-Ali, out of the water, with 70.8% of votes. Council 36 contributed funds into an independent expenditure on Cedillo’s behalf, given his long record of support for public services and public employees. Read more >>>

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.

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Both on the ground and behind the scenes, AFSCME is constantly hard at work fighting for workers’ rights on behalf of our members. Our latest efforts behind the scenes take Council 36 to Sacramento, where we’re working as official sponsors with several LA-area legislators in the State Assembly to pass three different bills into law. Building on existing labor laws, passing these bills will expand the legal rights and protections of public workers, strengthening our hand at the bargaining table. Read more >>>

Among the 2017 winners of the AFSCME Family Scholarship, awarded annually to graduating high school seniors, is Silver Ballardo, a student from Cerritos High School.

Growing up, Silver Ballardo saw how the union supported her family and her father, AFSCME member and current Local 2229 President Anthony Ballardo.

In her essay, she tells the story of how AFSCME protected her father’s job following a serious injury at work. When administrators started discussing plans of a settlement and releasing him from the job, turning to AFSCME changed the course.

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