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CalPERS Board of Administration Vice-President Priya Mathur addressed the July Council 57 Delegate Assembly requesting our endorsement for her re-election to the Board. This was 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…


 

Watch AFSCME member Maricruz Manzanarez's powerful story on why we need immigration reform.

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.



 

In The Public Interest, a resource center to assist taxpayers in reclaiming their public services has created the Taxpayer Empowerment Agenda. The first principle of the agenda is Transparency, which calls for disclosure of the cost and nature of public services being provided by private contractors. Second is Accountability which provides for regular audit and oversight of private contracts to ensure taxpayers are getting what they pay for. The Shared Prosperity principle demands that contractors provide a living wage and reasonable benefits if they are going to be paid for by public monies. Finally, the Competition principle requires competitive bidding when a contract is up, rather than automatically renewing it. This ensures that a single contractor can’t continue to ratchet up prices while possibly reducing actual services provided.  Read More . . .


 

We kicked off the 41st International Convention in Chicago with some big news: our union is 92,155 members stronger today than it was just a few months ago. Watch highlights of Pres. Saunders' speech by clicking through.


 

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that home care and child care providers members were not required to pay fair share dues.


 

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


 

Bring on the Popcorn! Billionaire Koch Brothers Star in New Documentary

Koch Brothers documentary recently opened at the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. Read more

You can see a trailer of the film here. The full version is here.


 

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.

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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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