AFSCME District Council 36


Council 36 convened a day-long Local Leadership Summit on Saturday, June 10, in San Pedro, to highlight effective power-building strategies in the face of a major new United States Supreme Court threat to unions.

This threat, Janus v. AFSCME, could 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.

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L.A.’s Next Member of Congress: AFSCME Brother, Jimmy Gomez

State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez won the 34th Congressional District seat, in a hotly contested race to represent this largely Latino district, which stretches from downtown Los Angeles to Boyle Heights and incorporates Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Koreatown. Gomez was a staff representative at AFSCME in years past and has been a soldier fighting on behalf of working families in public office. Council 36 provided financial support to reelect Gomez, as well as boots on the ground to walk precincts and canvass voters door to door.

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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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