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Exciting news! AFSCME District Council 36 has chosen a new Interim Executive Director, Brother Darrin Spann.  

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made a promise more than two years ago to the Coalition of LA City Unions and community allies, the Fix LA Coalition, to hire 5,000 new City

On Labor Day, AFSCME District Council 36 honors the achievements of working people and the American Labor Movement.

It wasn't easy, but their fight paid off with yesterday's historic adoption of a first union contract

The Long Beach Transit Supervisors, represented by Council 36, were ecstatic to see the agency's board of directors unanimously approve their contract on Aug. 27 – three long years after the employees elected to unionize for better pay and benefits. 

AFSCME Local 127 won an enormous legal victory over the City of San Diego some days ago related to the City-sponsored local ballot measure, Proposition B.  This neasure stripped many of our members of hard-earned retirement security by replacing guaranteed pensions with 401(k)-style retirement plans for all newly hired city employees except police officers. Prop. B also froze wage increases for five years. 

AFSCME District Council 36 urges every worker to get out there on Labor Day and to show your union pride. Wear green, bring signs and make noise!

Let’s show the enemies of working people that Janus only makes us stronger! 

If your Local is going and would like to send pictures in real time from the parade, please send them to erica@afscme36.org

Say what?! On August 1, 2018, Los Angeles County negotiators broke a decades-long pattern of funding the cost of standard health care inflation and proposed to freeze the County’s contribution to their employees' (including several thousand AFSCME members) Choices Plan at 2018 levels for the next three years.

The County’s proposal is a major reduction from past practice, a cut of more than $207 million over the term of the employees' Fringe Benefit contract. The County’s proposal would result in a SIGNIFICANT CUT IN TAKE HOME PAY as health insurance premiums grow.

Today, the Los Angeles County Employee Relations Commission (ERCOM) approved AFSCME's petition to be the exclusive bargaining representative for Deputy Public Defenders (Grades I-IV) employed by the Office of the Public Defender. 

This means that the public defenders are now officially unionized, and part of the AFSME District Council 36 family, after many long years without labor representation! 

A cadre of AFSCME members and staff walked door to door and spoke with LA City employees in Local 3090 about the importance of signing up for full AFSCME membership, to assure the union can negotiate for better wages, benefits and working conditions. 

The effort, part of the national AFSCME Strong campaign, was a huge success. 

All it took was an honest conversation, worker to worker.  Many said they would gladly stand with their co-workers because they knew that the union was fighting for them. Several agreed to pose for the camera to express their union pride.

Council 36 hosted nearly 75  activists from a cross section of Los Angeles unions on Saturday, at a first-of-its-kind Labor Network for Sustainability "convergence" designed to focus attention on climate change and what organized labor can - and should - do about it. 

Packing the hall were diverse unions representing nurses, telecommunications workers, oil refinery workers, plumbers and pipe fitters, and countless others.

More than 5,000 delegates and activists -- including over 100 from Council 36 Locals -- gathered in Boston to deliver a message of strength and solidarity last week for AFSCME's 43rd International Convention: We will rise up even in the face of stern challenges, and we will never quit our union. For full convention coverage, check out https://2018.afscme.org/