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We are excited to announce the 2019 Women's Leadership Academy Online.

It was by all accounts an empowering experience, in which several dozen members from across Council 36 dedicated themselves on a recent Saturday to learning more about the role and responsibilities

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.  

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.