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Social media and the web are hugely useful for communicating with our members, but don’t underestimate a bulletin board with timely and informative materials posted. AFSCME Local 146 in Sacramento County issues this challenge to all Council 57 activists to make your worksite bulletin boards a happening place!

Many thanks to Business Agent Karmen Ortloff and the Local 146 production team for use of this video.

 Read how to take THE CHALLENGE here.


Tuesday, Sept. 23, is National Voter Registration Day! It’s important to make sure that your voter registration is up to date well in advance of Election Day, Nov. 4.


Senator Warren has a message for AFSCME members. While Senator Warren is not on a ballot this November, she reminds us why it’s so important that we get out to vote this fall.


Saturday, September 13th, 9 am
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 AFSCME Council 57 periodically recognizes members of affiliates who provide outstanding service in performance of their job. Here we honor Ryan Russell with the City of San Jose Local 101 MEF Chapter who helped save the life of a member of the public.  Read more


When I heard about the death of Maria Fernandes, an exhausted worker who died while napping in her car between two of her four jobs, I felt an immense sadness that quickly turned to anger.


We will never forget.


Contrary to conventional wisdom, Medicare costs aren’t a budget buster. The nonpartisan budget scorekeeper, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), reported last week that Medicare spending is declining.


In case you missed it, we put together a very short video of Sen. Mitch McConnell and the secret audio of his remarks to a group of billionaire right-wing donors.


On Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans will enjoy the final stretch of summer.



Council 57 had some first-time delegates attend the 41st AFSCME International Convention this summer in Chicago. The theme Bold, Brave and Determined reflected on the fact that labor has experienced some recent political setbacks, but our resolve is firm to fight together as a union.

Here are some reactions from union members who represented their locals in Chicago.


It is way past time Congress understood that women's issues are not an afterthought but are of critical importance to the economic health and well-being of our nation.


We asked AFSCME members to share their talent on stage at the 41st International Convention and the results were amazing.


This November, AFSCME will work overtime to support candidates who will protect collective bargaining rights, preserve retirement security, and ensure that every American has decent health care coverage.


Read between the lines, because Charles Koch's toxic vision for our country is still evident.


New Guidelines for Early Treatment

Many of our members work in occupations that expose them to tick bites and the possibility of blood-borne diseases. Many more are hiking and enjoying the outdoors this summer and are susceptible to tick bites as well. Too many patients fail the standard treatments for early Lyme disease and LymeDisease.org, a leading national patient advocacy nonprofit, endorsed new guidelines published by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). LymeDisease.org Executive Director Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA, was an author and patient member of the ILADS guidelines panel. “The guidelines are both evidence-based and patient-centered,” Johnson said. Read more


Rep. Paul Ryan keeps trotting out the same old plans to shred the U.S. safety net but calls it something else. His most recent scheme to cut anti-poverty programs comes with buzzwords like “innovation” and “flexibility,” but it’s the same tired ideas.


AFSCME Council 57 endorses Priya Mathur for re-election to the CalPERS Board of Administration. This is particularly meaningful as Priya is a member of AFSCME Local 3993. As a Principal Financial Analyst at BART she understands the challenges public agencies face in balancing budgets, meeting payroll and controlling costs. “I am proud of my record fighting for the retirement and health care security of CalPERS members, including the hard working public sector members of AFSCME,” Mathur said. “I will continue to implement groundbreaking initiatives that lead to smarter and more effective care and find innovative ways to expand health care access, contain costs, improve care and keep your premiums affordable.”  Read more…


Opponents of labor unions were rubbing their hands gleefully earlier this summer when the Supreme Court ruled that home care workers didn't have to pay "fair share" fees. But our union is a testament to the power of collective action.


Reverend William Barber’s Speech Highlight of Convention 2014

The recent AFSCME International Union Convention concluded on July 18th and delegates returned refreshed and ready for the fights ahead of us. Council 57 delegates to the convention agreed that Reverend William Barber’s speech was the most inspiring of all four days of the convention. Reverend Barber is the President of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and you can hear his inspirational speech here.

We are collecting photos and personal accounts of impressions from the Chicago convention! If you have items to share please send them to webmaster@ca.afscme57.org.


Home care and child care workers will continue to stand up for quality care in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn.


AFSCME Ready to Deflect San Jose Mayor’s Second Attack on Retirement Security

San Jose, California, Mayor Chuck Reed staked much of his political career on a promise to cut retirement benefits for public service workers. So it’s no surprise that he’s at it again, even after a judge ruled that his plan to slash city workers’ pensions is unconstitutional.  Read More


Like many of our Local 2620 members across the state that see the pressure of jobs being contracted out, our workers in the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) are no different.

DDS provides support and services to individuals with developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism and other disabilities. These services are provided through state-operated developmental centers, one, Lanterman Development Center in southern California is already slated to close in the next few months.

Another of our development facilities Sonoma Development Center is facing the same fate...

But here is where you can help.   Read More. . .


Insourcing: A New Trend for the Country?

In states and cities across the country, a new trend is fast taking shape: Fed up with the outsourcing of public jobs at taxpayer expense, concerned citizens and lawmakers push for new laws that would increase accountability and transparency in public-private deals.

In the Public Interest, a comprehensive resource center on privatization and responsible contracting, took the lead in educating the public about the risks and dangers of outsourcing public jobs. Thanks to ITPI’s efforts, lawmakers introduced “insourcing” legislation in 15 states.

Many of these initiatives not only focus on increasing transparency and accountability in public-private dealings but protect taxpayers from bad contracts that lead to wasteful spending. They also help prevent outsourcing fiascos that benefit wealthy corporations while destroying the quality of life of hard-working residents. Read More ...


The anti-fracking movement in California is especially critical in light of the huge drought we’re suffering in our state. Council 57 delegates went on record at their July 2013 meeting opposing fracking, and we are watching our endorsed state legislators closely as this moves through Sacramento.    Read More


PayWatch Raises Awareness about Income Inequality Read more >>>

by Olivia Sandbothe

Low-wage workers in certain federally funded jobs will see a much-needed pay increase, thanks to President Obama.

Read more >>>

Public Employees: Saving Time, Money and Jobs

Public employees and their unions are frequent scapegoats when elected officials seek to score political points or contract out government services. But despite what you may have read, there are many examples of productive labor-management relations in the public sector. Read and share this new report from Jobs with Justice that shows public employees saving taxpayer money and improving the delivery of government services.    Read more . . .


Are Unions Useful Anymore?

Tell me if you've heard this one before: "Unions were good at one time, but haven't they outlived their usefulness?" This statement is old hat for those who want to crush workers' rights on the job. How old? The revelation at the 48-second mark says it all.


Wealth Inequality in America

Our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is worse than we think.

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