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In a vindication for dozens of AFSCME-represented classified staff at Birmingham Community Charter High School (BCCHS) in the San Fernando Valley,  school

Activists and leaders representing a swath of Council 36 Locals had the opportunity to ask questions of a number of LA County Supervisor candidates about issues and concerns affecting services and

As they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. On the one-year anniversary of the horrible, anti-union Janus v.

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.

Council 36 hosted nearly 75  activists from a cross section of Los Angeles unions on Saturday, at a first-of-its-kind Labor Network for Sustainability "convergence" designed to focus attention on climate change and what organized labor can - and should - do about it. 

Packing the hall were diverse unions representing nurses, telecommunications workers, oil refinery workers, plumbers and pipe fitters, and countless others.

More than 5,000 delegates and activists -- including over 100 from Council 36 Locals -- gathered in Boston to deliver a message of strength and solidarity last week for AFSCME's 43rd International Convention: We will rise up even in the face of stern challenges, and we will never quit our union. For full convention coverage, check out https://2018.afscme.org/

The Janus case was an attempt to deliver a knockout blow to millions of working people and their families who looked to the Supreme Court as an independent institution that advances equal rights and fundamental freedoms for all.

The Librarians' Guild, AFSCME Local 2626, has submitted a resolution for consideration by AFSCME delegates to the upcoming International Union Convention in Boston, starting July 16. Urging delegates' strong vote of support, Local President Henry Gambill believes it is time for the biggest public employee union in the United States to take on an issue that is potentially the biggest public sector job killer of the near future: Climate change. 

The resolution as drafted for consideration on the convention floor follows:

Climate Change: The Real Job Killer? 

AFSCME District Council 36 members and staff were out in droves at the Los Angeles City Hall rally organized by the Los Angeles labor movement (shoutout to the LA County Fed).

The event was a direct response to the Supreme Court's decision in favor of corporations and billionaires in Janus v. AFSCME District Council 31.  Hundreds of working people from a variety of unions and AFSCME Locals stood together, clearly energized to organize and build back union strength like never before.