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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!

In a rousing keynote address at AFSCME's 41st International Convention in Chicago, Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes told the assembled delegates that unions do make a difference. Click through to watch the video highlights.


 

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.


 

Statement from Alice Goff, President of AFSCME 3090, in response to Los Angeles City Councilman Parks' July 2, 2014 press release. 

President Lee Saunders has announced from the convention stage in Chicago, IL, that our International Union’s “50 Thousand Stronger” organizing drive to grow the union this year has not just made us 50,000 stronger — we are 92,155 stronger! 92,000 stronger voices. 92,000 fighters stronger.

Council committee wants to pressure banks to lower rates on bond deal

Los Angeles officials moved Monday to get out of two Wall Street bank contracts that they say soured after the economic crash of 2008.

In 2006, the city entered into an interest rate swap deal with Bank of New York Mellon and Dexia, a Franco-Belgian institution, for its Wastewater System Revenue Bond issued in 1988. The rate swap was done to take advantage of what were at the time historically low interest rates.

But rates dropped even lower when the economy crashed. This left the city paying more than the market rate, while the banks paid variable rates that were kept low by the Federal Reserve. The 2006 deal had locked in the city's interest rate for 22 years. Read more here 

L.A. Violated Labor Law in Rolling Back Pension Benefits, Report Finds

An independent hearing officer Monday dealt a major setback to Los Angeles' effort to rein in public employee pension costs, concluding that elected officials violated labor law when they voted to roll back retirement benefits for new civilian workers without negotiating with labor leaders.

In a 28-page report, hearing officer Luella Nelson said the city's Employee Relations Board should order the City Council to rescind its 2012 law, which scaled back pensions and hiked the retirement age of workers hired after July 1, 2013, creating a second tier of employees. Read more here 

In an important victory for civilian workers represented by the Coalition of LA City Unions, an independent hearing officer on Monday determined that the Los Angeles City Council violated collective bargaining requirements in 2012 by attempting to unilaterally roll back retirement benefits.

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that home care and child care providers members were not required to pay fair share dues.


 

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 >>>

Home care and child care workers will continue to stand up for quality care in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn.


 

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