|AFSCME District Council 36|
Watch AFSCME Council 36's Executive Director present with The Coaliton of LA City Unions here.
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AFSCME Executive Director and head of the Coalition of L.A. City Unions Cheryl Parisi presented a City Hall news conference on May 5th addressing the LA City budget committee. Parisi detailed $21 million of city funds that can be used to effectively balance the city's budget, as well as the recent cancellation of a scheduled pay raise for city workers. Read more here.
For some South LA youth, opportunities are few and far between.
The LA County court closures halt at-risk children from accessing tools to help redeem themselves for better futures.
Gang intervention and prevention worker Marcus Bell articulates, ""If you shut these courts down... where's the justice going to come from? It's going to come from the street."
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The roads you took to work this morning. The clean and safe water that you brushed your teeth with. The bus that picked your kids up for school.
Our taxes make all of these public services — and so much more — possible. They make our communities possible. And we're proud to invest in our common good.
Compton Election Results: Aja Brown Will Be in Runoff for Mayor's Seat; And We Haven't Seen the Last of Council 36 Activist Rose Downs!
Mayoral Candidate Aja Brown reaches Compton run-off election, and City Council Candidate Rose Downs garners support from AFSCME family and beyond.
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Election Day brought AFSCME a mix of wins and losses throughout LA County communities- but our Union spirit was felt everywhere. Click here to read the results of individual races.
A Council 36 slate of endorsements for the March 5, 2013 Primary Elections across the Southland will be arriving in members’ mailboxes over the coming days. Electoral politics is the lifeblood of public employee advocacy at AFSCME, and our Union’s slate helps to ensure that AFSCME members vote for candidates who will stand up for the rights of local public employees. Click here to read more and see a full list of our endorsements.
AFSCME Member Works With Tenant Rights Group to Assist Soon-to-be Jobless Cirque du Soleil Performers
Attorney Patricia Van Dyke, a member of the Bet Tzedek Legal Services Union affiliated with Council 36, recently found herself cast in the rather novel role of assisting circus performers in Hollywood.
It all started when her employer, Bet Tzedek, received a call for help from the tenant rights group, CES. The performers, all employed by the world famous Cirque Du Soleil in the LA-based production of “Iris,” had just been told by the show’s producers that they would all be out of work starting January 19. The show, they learned, was going to close abruptly – not run indefinitely, as most everyone had expected. Click here to read more.
In a major victory for City of LA employees and residents, City CAO Miguel Santana on December 18 announced that a proposal some city officials have long supported to privatize the Los Angeles Zoo is now officially scrapped. The end of the privatization effort means that the public will be able to continue to enjoy access to the zoo at relatively affordable prices (other Southland cities that have privatized their zoos, such as San Diego, charge higher admission prices) and the positions of about 200 zoo employees – from vets to clerical staff to maintenance workers – are now secure. Many of those employees are members of Council 36, and represented by Locals, 3090, 741, and 2006. Click here to read more.
‘Tis indeed the season to be jolly for nearly one-hundred Council 36 members who work in diverse roles as civilian clerical and support staff or the Los Angeles Police Department. Their jobs – which were threatened with layoffs – have been saved through the fiscal year. On Dec. 14, the Los Angeles City Council voted to fund the positions rather than eliminate them – and a total of 96 AFSCME members’ jobs were saved. Click here to read more.
Congrats to all! After trying - and failing - to convince Los Angeles voters to fall for his deceptive scheme, multimillionaire Richard Riordan announced that he is pulling his initiative. Council 36 members, as well as Los Angeles residents from a coalition of different unions and groups, worked hard to ensure that Riordan’s pension “reform” initiative was defeated – and it has been! Click here to read news articles about Riordan's decision.
For all of us who walked and talked and knocked on doors, it’s time to exhale. Or to jump up and down. For AFSCME members across the Southland, races and contests that were bitterly fought now bring a slew of sweet victories. From the defeat of 32 to the passage of 30, from San Diego to Commerce – not to mention Sacramento and Washington, D.C. – once again, we have proven: Together we are stronger.
California’s voters stood by workers in what had been the most danger threat to unions in generations: Prop. 32. Ironically, although its deep-pocketed corporate backers claimed it was to get rid of money in politics, they contributed some $120 million in a futile effort to pass the proposition. Click here to read more.
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