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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).

A Message from Interim Executive Director Darrin Spann

Sisters and Brothers:

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.

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.

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/

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. 

Check out these photos of Council 36 members showing that they're sticking to the union. These workers, in diverse lines of work for a variety of local government employers. across Southern California, refuse to let big corporations and billionaires further tilt the economic playing field against unions. On the eve of decision day in the Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME District Council 31, they will never quit fighting for the rights, liberties, and respect that working people have won through their union.

A MESSAGE FROM COUNCIL 36 INTERIM DIRECTOR TRIS CARPENTER:

AFSCME Sisters and Brothers --

The votes are in! AFSCME District Council 36, based on recommendations of our member-driven Political and Legislative Action Committee (PLAC), took positions on a variety of races across the state in the Primary Election on June 5, 2018. We won victories all over the map. Working people going door-to-door, phone-banking and turning out the vote had a major impact.