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

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.

As part of Council 36’s member-driven Political and Legislative Action Committee (PLAC), a number of candidates were invited to introduce themselves in the race to serve as assembly member of the 51st district. The candidates: Luis Lopez, Wendy Carrillo, David Vela, Gabriel Sandoval, Ron Birnbaum, Mike Fong, and Alex De Ocampo, are all hoping to increase their viability by soliciting endorsements in labor, including AFSCME.

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.

Longtime activist Lenny Potash, representing the AFSCME Retiree Chapter 36, participated in a national gathering of universal health care advocates organized by HEALTHCARE-NOW. He was among labor and other organizational leaders from 25 states who met in Las Vegas at the end of September, energized by  growing support for single payer healthcare legislation on the federal and state levels. The weekend focused largely on sharing and learning from the different experiences and campaigns.

The answers are all here, in this excellent new report issued by AFSCME International, which shows how strong unions make for stronger communities.

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:


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.