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After two years of negotiations and member actions, several hundred workers joined together through AFSCME District Council 36 have secured a five-year contr

Loraine Lundquist conceded her loss on Wednesday evening, as her opponent, John Lee, takes the 12th District seat. 

Andrew Perry wants to know how the presidential candidates taking part in the AFSCME Public Service Forum on Saturday plan to strengthen unions and pro

It is with great sorrow that Council 36 has learned of the passing of Richard Andrews, the founding President of Local 741 -- representing LA City Part Time Workers in the Rec and Parks Dept. He helped to organize the union and served as its first president from 2001-2004. 

Services took place on February 17, 2018 at the Love and Unity Church in Compton, attended by a number of Local 741 and Council 36 members and staff. 

On Feb 24, AFSCME members, working people and community allies stood together across the nation to demand that union members and public service workers retain their hard-won freedoms on the job.

Council 36's AFSCME Local 3061 in the City of Ontario today commemorated the 50th anniversary of a horrific accident, on Feb. 1st, 1968, that crushed to death two sanitation workers on the job in Memphis, TN.  This accident followed many years of racial discrimination, negligence, and mistreatment by the City.
Ontario Local President Mike Shaffran was instramental in organizing the commemoration as part of a nationwide series of AFSCME "I AM  2018" events.

In a moving tribute to two sanitation drivers, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, who were crushed to death on the job in Memphis, TN, 50 years ago -- the catalyst for the subsequent famous sanitation strike by AFSCME workers there -- the City of Los Angeles led a moment of silence at the beginning of the City Council session today.

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 with their employer, the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.  The employees – including environmental scientists, civil engineers and an array of professionals and supervisors, unionized months ago to gain a voice at the bargaining table.

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 coincidentally also represented by AFSCME (Local 800/Jewish Social Service and Communal workers).

 

A unit of legal aid workers at the nonprofit Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) protested outside their employer’s Downtown LA office at lunchtime on Tuesday, December 19, and were joined by labor and community allies including Assemblyman Miguel Santiago.  

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.