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Hundreds of thousands of Walmart workers struggle to afford basic necessities, even though they have a job. That’s why, on Black Friday, AFSCME members and thousands of others across the country will join Walmart workers like Martha and John Paul to protest Walmart’s treatment of its employees.
We know that money can be a big obstacle when it comes to higher education. That’s why AFSCME provides scholarships to help members and their families reach their educational goals.
Noting that action was necessary “because extremists in Congress have failed to do their jobs,” AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued a statement in support of President Obama’s executive order on immigration.
Many local California actions happening!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014
LOS ANGELES AREA
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Next Wave Summit
Building Power Today and for our Future
Our first Next Wave Summit is an opportunity for new and young members to not only gain valuable Union information, but leader-ship skills that will help you build our Union and our communities. The ability to network with other Union members from across California means that we will have a chance to build friendships that will strengthen our Union for decades to come.
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.
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
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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