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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

Council 36's Organizing Dept. launched an exciting new Volunteer Member Organizing (VMO) progam at a morning-long workshop in San Dimas on March 2, which was timed to coincide with an important local election in nearby Glendora.  

Under the auspices of the Council 36 Organizing Department, the VMO training was geared to training a cross-section of rank and file leaders from Council 36's locals and teaching them practical skills to become effective organizers in their own right.

A federal court has ruled in favor of working families and against wealthy special interests in Danielson v. AFSCME Council 28, a case out of Washington state.  

LOS ANGELES — As fires burned in Northern and Southern California and the death toll continued to rise; as smoke engulfed nearby cities, prompting health warnings to stay indoors; and as survivors relocated to makeshift camps and hoped for the best, the best often

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is trying to force a raw deal on AFSCME members and other partners in the Coalition of County Unions (CCU). But Council 36 is fighting back!

We are rolling out a comprehensive strategy to dramatically increase the pressure on the County to settle a fair contract on behalf of thousands of AFSCME members in the Choices benefits plan.

A Message from Interim Executive Director Darrin Spann

Sisters and Brothers:

With Thanksgiving upon us, allow me to wish you and your loved ones all a joyous holiday and a bountiful feast. We are an extended family in AFSCME, inextricably tied together in the struggle for worker justice and fairness for all.

Pamela Knight, a child protective investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS), was sent to check on the welfare of a child last fall. When she arrived at the child’s residence, the father viciously attacked her. She died months later as a result of the injuries she sustained during the attack.

The choppy 17-second video, taken on his GoPro camera, shows the yellow and orange flames lighting up a black night through the truck’s windshield. Determined to get out of the path of the blaze where he was stationed, away from the billowing smoke and barricades, he calculates the danger of driving too fast and swerving round the downed power lines. 

It's all in the line of service -- though few would guess his job is as a vehicle mechanic. 

This summer, I joined thousands of union members at a rally in Philadelphia to speak out against the Trump administration’s family separation policy. I was there to represent our union’s vision and values. We reject an immigration policy based on fear and cruelty. We embrace an immigration policy based on our common humanity, one that treats everyone with decency and dignity.