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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

A union man through and through,Tim Del Cambre has passed away. He will be greatly missed. 

The President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3634, representing MTA Supervisors for the County of Los Angeles, Brother Del Cambre left an indelible mark. He led perhaps the most successful contract campaign ever in his local union, culminating in a 21% raise over five years for his members in July 2017. That contract won 99 percent ratification in a sign of the appreciation he earned from rank and file members.

On April 4, 1968 – half a century ago today – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s life was cut short in Memphis, where he was fighting for dignity and justice on behalf of  black sanitation workers in AFSCME. Today AFSCME honors this heritage. The struggle continues for every oppressed community; for every exploited worker; for every vulnerable resident; for the poor, for the disappearing middle class, and for equality and opportunity for all .

About one-thousand delegates, including labor and community allies, stood in solidarity at the Workers’ Congress held on Tuesday, March 13. The gathering at the Los Angeles Bonaventure Hotel downtown featured the historic swearing in of the LA County Fed's most diverse-ever Executive Board.

Nine different LA County Locals representing nearly 9,000 AFSCME members in diverse jobs from attorneys to mechanics met recently to discuss common work-related concerns and bargaining priorities in anticipation of upcoming contract negotiations.

Due to the success of union negoatiators in the last cycle, new cost of living increases will soon be reflected on employee paychecks, effective April 1st (no fooling). 

Injuries on the job are a serious matter! 

That’s why we are excited to announce a new program that the Coalition of LA City Unions (including six Council 36 Locals) has been hammering out with the City of Los Angeles to serve your needs in a difficult time.

Our “Alternate Dispute Resolution Agreement” is nearing completion, and aims to improve employer responsiveness with the following six goals in Worker’s Comp situations:

1.    Improve the quality and timeliness of medical care that an injured employee receives.

The statewide AFSCME California politial endorsement process kicked off at Council 36 on Saturday, March 10, as dozens of leaders and rank-and-file members of affiliated unions addressed gubanatorial hopefuls and other candidates on issues of importance to working families. Carson's Ana Meni, Council 36 Chair of the Political and Legislative Action Committee, Carmen Hayes-Walker, President of the 5,000-member LA City clerical and support Local 3090, and others asked prepared questions including:

On Tuesday, Feb. 27,  dozens of LA City  employees elected to represent their respective co-workers at the bargaining table packed a large auditorium in Griffith Park to kick off the new bargaining season. AFSCME Council 36 was among the six partner unions and 18 bargaining units represented in the Coalition of LA City Unions caucus. 

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.