From October 13th to October 15th, 2017, Council 36 marked our 25th Biennial Convention in Pala, CA.

Longtime activist Lenny Potash, representing the AFSCME Retiree Chapter 36, participated in a national gathering of universal health care advocates organized by HEALTHCARE-NOW


Icon of the civil rights movement, the Rev. Jessie Jackson, made an appearance at Council 36 on Sept. 7, where he spent more than an hour talking with AFSCME members and community activists. In the wake of the recent neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville and the White House’s incitement against DACA recipients, Jackson stressed the need for racial convergence and common ground on such progressive issues as fair economic policy, immigration rights, climate change and worker justice.

Los Angeles Public Libraries across the City celebrated the Great American Eclipse on August 21, with librarians in Local 2626 handing out viewing glasses and providing a science lesson about the rare natural phenomenon in the sky. Hundreds of enthusiastic Angelenos of all ages waited in lines that in some cases stretched around the perimeter of the parking lots for their chance to see the moon hiding the sun.

As part of the Political and Legislative Action Committee program, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla dropped by Council 36 in recent days to discuss new bills that would improve the state’s current voting system.

Most experts expect Janus v. AFSCME to be decided in 2018 and predict that Abood will be overturned by the predominantly conservative justices on the Supreme Court.  As bleak as things are, AFSCME never quits – which was the lesson of the Summit: Prepare properly – and keep organizing for power – and AFSCME will overcome the severest blows.