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The Council 36 Organizing Dept.'s recruitment campaign for Volunteer Member Organizers (VMOs) is in full swing, as AFSCME rank-and-file activists continue to step up to build worker power at the ba

AFSCME-Endorsed Glendora Measure Wins Voter Approval Following Organizing Blitz

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a plan for the City to dramatically increase its street services program following an unusually wet winter and damages caused by the heavy rains. But not everyone -- particularly the City's long beleaguered street repair workforce represented by AFSCME Local 127 -- are quite ready to applaud the news.

The City of Commerce saw the power of workers standing together at a City Council meeting on March 5, when AFSCME Local 773 members packed the house, demanding equitable treatment, affordable health care, greater job security and justice for part-time workers. (Check out a brief video of the Local's protest at the City Council meeting below!)

Thanks to the bargaining success of AFSCME negotiators, thousands of Los Angeles County employees in Council 36 Local Unions will be receiving cost-of-living (COLA) increases of 2 percent, effective October 1, 2018 (and retroactive amounts will follow). In some of the Locals, the workers have already begun seeing the pay increases reflected in their paychecks, such as Locals 1083 (LA County Supervising Child Support Officers) and 1967 (Professional Managers Association). 

In an ambitious statewide campaign to organize child care workers, Council 36 is standing with AFSCME's United Domestic Workers union and other labor groups to bring collective bargaining power to this vulnerable, and often harassed, labor force.

An estimated 150 City of Torrance workers showed up in force at a City Council meeting on Feb. 5 to demand a fair contract settlement.  The workers have been without a contract for more than a year, and their message to the Mayor and other elected officials was clear: It's time to use your authority to faciliate a deal that respects us.

Did You Know That AFSCME Members:

Participation in job-provided health insurance

Union Workers

79%

Nonunion workers

49%

source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2015.

On Wednesday night, the members of our newest Local Union affiliate-- representing the City of Chino Public Works Department employees -- conducted their landmark first union officer election.

We welcome our AFSCME brothers and sisters in Chino into the family and congratulate the new Executive Board (pictured from left: Recording Sec. Joe Cavalier, President  Sal Parra, Treasurer Andy llamas,  VP  Carlos Gaytan, Trustee  Adrian Copado, Executive Board Member Max Singletary, Trustee Ernie Rawson.)