AFSCME District Council 36


In a major victory for tens of thousands of workers employed by the City of Los Angeles, the Employee Relations Board (ERB) on July 28 effectively nullified an unlawful “two tier” pension policy that the City adopted in 2012 and unilaterally implemented.

The 41st International Convention came to a close last week, and we left energized and inspired by what we saw.

Tom Hayden in California, Social Movements

Looking like scenes from a "Transformers" film about taking revenge on ruling tyrants, scores of Los Angeles garbage trucks circled City Hall on July 1, breaking political silence over what they call taxpayer subsidies to Wall Street. The protesters were demanding that city officials crack down on banks charging "predatory" transactional fees instead of slashing jobs and budgets for essential services.

Watch AFSCME member Maricruz Manzanarez's powerful story on why we need immigration reform.

Congratulations to our brothers and sisters at Local 127, which spoke out on behalf of passing San Diego’s minimum wage hike and earned sick days policy!

We kicked off the 41st International Convention in Chicago with some big news: our union is 92,155 members stronger today than it was just a few months ago. Watch highlights of Pres. Saunders' speech by clicking through.


In a show of massive force at Los Angeles City Hall, hundreds of workers and community members delivered thousands of petitions to send the Mayor and City Council a message: WE ARE UNITED IN URGING CITY HALL TO RECOVER MILLIONS FROM WALL ST. TO RESTORE VITAL SERVICES AND CREATE GOOD PUBLIC SERVICE JOBS. Read more >>>

In a blow for public service workers and unions, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that home care workers covered by collective bargaining contracts do not have to pay “fair share” fees to unions in lieu of union dues. The decision is a narrow one that applies only to home care workers. It does not extend to all public sector workers covered by union contracts, as some had feared – so Council 36 Locals are not immediately affected. Still, the ruling is bad news that all union workers should abhor. Read more >>>

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