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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

It wasn't easy, but their fight paid off with yesterday's historic adoption of a first union contract

The Long Beach Transit Supervisors, represented by Council 36, were ecstatic to see the agency's board of directors unanimously approve their contract on Aug. 27 – three long years after the employees elected to unionize for better pay and benefits. 

Like others around the world, I mourned the death last week of Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul set a new standard for enduring classic songs with both artistic and political impact, like her mega-hit “Respect,” which became an anthem for both the civil rights and women’s movements.

And that song is on my mind as we embark on a week of action dedicated to shining light on the stakes for women in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

AFSCME Local 127, representing San Diego City workers, has won an important victory with the passage of Measure J, a local ballot initiative that mandates the City to more closely monitor private contractors bidding for public work and increases transparency in the outsourcing process.  As a rule, AFSCME supports increased scrutiny of for-profit priavte contractors, which benefits the public by assuring that outsourcing takes place only after proper due diligence is done.

AFSCME District Council 36 urges every worker to get out there on Labor Day and to show your union pride. Wear green, bring signs and make noise!

Let’s show the enemies of working people that Janus only makes us stronger! 

If your Local is going and would like to send pictures in real time from the parade, please send them to erica@afscme36.org

Say what?! On August 1, 2018, Los Angeles County negotiators broke a decades-long pattern of funding the cost of standard health care inflation and proposed to freeze the County’s contribution to their employees' (including several thousand AFSCME members) Choices Plan at 2018 levels for the next three years.

The County’s proposal is a major reduction from past practice, a cut of more than $207 million over the term of the employees' Fringe Benefit contract. The County’s proposal would result in a SIGNIFICANT CUT IN TAKE HOME PAY as health insurance premiums grow.

Today, the Los Angeles County Employee Relations Commission (ERCOM) approved AFSCME's petition to be the exclusive bargaining representative for Deputy Public Defenders (Grades I-IV) employed by the Office of the Public Defender. 

This means that the public defenders are now officially unionized, and part of the AFSME District Council 36 family, after many long years without labor representation! 

A cadre of AFSCME members and staff walked door to door and spoke with LA City employees in Local 3090 about the importance of signing up for full AFSCME membership, to assure the union can negotiate for better wages, benefits and working conditions. 

The effort, part of the national AFSCME Strong campaign, was a huge success. 

All it took was an honest conversation, worker to worker.  Many said they would gladly stand with their co-workers because they knew that the union was fighting for them. Several agreed to pose for the camera to express their union pride.