Despite the cheery, light-hearted atmosphere last week at an annual staff holiday party, AFSCME members demonstrated their seriousness about winning a fair first contract wi

West Hollywood Municipal Employees (AFSCME Local 3339) made a generous $5,000 donation to the SOVA Food Pantry last week – a community food bank whose employees are coincide

It had been an epic contract battle between Cerritos City workers in AFSCME Local 619 and a hostile Management team, eventually culminating in a tentative agreement in August.  By sticking it out and continuing to demand a fair deal, the workers succeeded in winning important job protections, raises, and improvements to their City uniform provisions.  But they are also the first ones to admit that their victory was almost certainly helped by a powerful political ally -- LA County Supervisor Janice H

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.

Empowerment Workshops at Convention Promote New Local Union Successes 

A variety of 90-minute workshops held the afternoon before Council 36's 25th Biennial convention on October 12 offered delegates from our Locals new tips and tools to promote campaign victories and build capacity:

Thanks to the bargaining success of AFSCME negotiators, our members who are LA County employees should already be seeing a 2% raise on their paychecks. These cost-of-living increases went into effect on October 1, 2017. In addition, another 2% raise will go into effect on April 1st (no April foolin').  Please also note: As a result of these pay raises, AFSCME members working for LA County will see a nominal increase in union membership dues.


The U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 28 accepted a case called Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which would make the entire public sector “right-to-work” in one fell swoop.

Janus – which the nation’s highest court will take up in the October 2017-June 2018 term – is a blatantly political and well-funded plot to use the highest court in the land to further rig the economic rules against everyday working people.

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.

In a powerful endorsement of a Tentative Agreement that Compton city employee negotiators were able to reach with their employer at the bargaining table, the rank and file members of AFSCME Local 3947 voted to ratify this contract virtually unanimously, in a vote of 46 to 2, on Nov. 1.