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AFSCME Council 57 and Local 444 are part of a broad-based coalition that has called upon Governor Brown to take emergency action to ban the use of fracking in California. Countless studies have linked fracking to environmental damage and health problems, and now we have proof that oil industry practices are compromising our precious water supply as we face severe drought. Read more >>>
Security officers contribute to the success of a tech industry in which the top 150 companies made over $103 billion in profit in 2013. Despite this wealth, big tech firms continue to lock out workers from the prosperity they helped create.
Join security officers who are lining up at Apple stores—although not for latest device—to demand good jobs that give everyone a shot at success.
Did you know that the boss cannot question you without your union representative present? It’s your right as a union member!
Attorney Peter McEntee of Beeson, Tayer & Bodine provides recent legislative highlights impacting workers in California.
Millions of American families are facing the very real prospect of not being able to maintain their standard of living in retirement, and the problem is growing worse over time. This study by the Center for American Progress demonstrates the extent of America’s retirement crisis.
The 2015 AFSCME Women’s Leadership Academy will be held from June to December of this year.
Cheryll Grover from AFSCME Local 2700 said that Contra Costa County's budget had largely been balanced on the backs of union members. Grover suggested that instead of the supervisors tying their compensation rates to state judgeships, it should be tied to the wages of their own employees.
The Governor’s 2015 budget lacked the alarming cuts of past years to local agencies, schools and courts. His announced intention to reduce retiree health costs at the bargaining table will be watched closely by our union. Calpensions reports he is seeking a 50% share by employees, as well as offering lower cost high-deductible plan options. Our state members in Local 2620 are in mid-contract, so this won’t have an immediate effect on them. For our many members who are safety net providers at the local level, this Governor’s budget didn’t restore funding for programs slashed during more austere budget times.
TAKE THE BULLETIN BOARD CHALLENGE!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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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