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The City of Commerce saw the power of workers standing together at a City Council meeting on March 5, when AFSCME Local 773 members packed the house, demanding equitable treatment, affordable healt

Thanks to the bargaining success of AFSCME negotiators, thousands of Los Angeles County employees in Council 36 Local Unions will be receiving cost-of-living (COLA) increases of 2 percent, effectiv

In an ambitious statewide campaign to organize child care workers, Council 36 is standing with AFSCME's United Domestic Workers union and other labor groups to bring collective bargaining power to

Better wages. Check. Better working conditions. Check. And, thanks to unions, we now know there is also a union difference for workers who have access to critical benefits like paid parental leave.

According to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 17 percent of all U.S. workers have access to paid family leave.  

There comes a time when you have to make a choice about what you’re willing to take. For Los Angeles City employees who have been more than patient over months of contract negotiations, now is that time. Unfortunately, despite all of their best efforts at reaching an agreement, City negotiators are still refusing to settle a fair deal.

Fire Mechanics have high exposure to the same toxins as firefighters, yet do not have the same legal protections. AFSCME Local 119 members want to end the double standard.
They are calling all fire service automotive repair mechanics to join forces and demand legislation that protects ALL fire dept.

Los Angeles City workers and community-based organizations fighting for the restoration of services has ratcheted up their campaign. As seen in this photo taken at a City Hall action last week, AFSCME Local 2626 members (wearing green, at left) admire a banner produced by the Fix LA Coalition.

The message speaks to Mayor Garcetti's pledge, still far from fulfilled, to create 5,000 good civil service jobs. The June 30, 2018 deadline for that to happen has come and gone.

Exciting news! AFSCME District Council 36 has chosen a new Interim Executive Director, Brother Darrin Spann.  

Brother Spann, who is pictured on the right in this photo, hails from Philly, and has a long history in AFSCME, starting as a rank-and-file member who moved up the ranks and served on the Executive Board of his local for nearly a dozen years before being hired as staff by the International Union in 1999. He also has experience with Council 36 and knows many familiar faces here.

It was 10 years ago this month that the 2008 financial crisis kicked into high gear. When storied Wall Street bank Lehman Brothers shut down, bankers walking out of the building carrying cardboard boxes of their possessions made the perfect image for TV cameras.

No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

On Labor Day, AFSCME District Council 36 honors the achievements of working people and the American Labor Movement. Our Union particularly applauds the 20,000-plus Council 36 members across Southern Calfornia who dedicate themselves to bettering our communities in a vast array of job descriptions.

The Executive Board of Council 36 additionally wishes to recognize the staff of Council 36 for their own dedication and tireless work servicing our 60 Local Unions.