District Council 57


Celebrating César Chávez

March 31st we honor one of the great leaders of the modern social justice movement, Cesar Chavez. He fought not only for the rights of workers to organize, but also for dignity for all in the workplace and in our communities. Share this short video with a student or young worker in your life.


States and local governments have been cutting vital public services for years because of shrinking revenue and bad policy decisions. The report, Tax Fairness: An Answer to State Budget Problems, describes a financial crisis that could have been avoided – and can be fixed – by making our tax codes fair.

Labor history is rich with the contributions of women, and unions have historically stood up for women’s rights. As we celebrate Women’s History Month this March, we should recognize the incredible contributions that women have made to the labor movement and American history.

Here’s a list of important women and landmark moments for women in American labor history


Over 100 Humboldt County workers converged March 16th on their bargaining proposal meeting to demonstrate strong support for a strong contract, and to discuss members’ needs in the new MOU. Local 1684 continued the momentum the following day wearing AFSCME Green at a rally and showing at the County Board of Supervisors meeting. Social Workers from the Child Welfare division protested the prolonged staffing shortages that have impaired their ability to take care of the children in the community who are in jeopardy and need protection.

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Take Action Against Fracking! Sign Onto the Emergency Petition to Halt Fracking

The petition to Governor Jerry Brown to stop fracking has been opened up to individuals! Please take a moment today and sign on by going to: californiansagainstfracking.org


How Medicare Was Made - The New Yorker

For the first time, the federal government would play a direct role in the health-care system. Most liberals wanted much more, but they understood that passing Medicare and Medicaid was itself a historic step.

Please read and share this fascinating history of How Medicare was Made from The New Yorker.


AFSCME Council 57 opposes fracking because of its devastating impact on communities where our members live and work.

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President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration represent an important milestone in the long march for immigrant rights, and also for workers’ rights. The AFL-CIO is rolling out a national initiative to realize the promise of these executive actions to improve standards for all working people – and we want you to be a part of this important work.

As we prepare to open the doors of union halls across the country to inform and assist people seeking to adjust their status and gain work authorization, we are planning a national training to bring together representatives from as many states and as many unions as possible to get oriented around a common set of strategies, tools and messages for use in labor-community clinics in the year ahead.

We want to make a big splash with this opening event, and your participation will be critical. Here are the basics of the We Rise! Immigration Implementation Training:

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AFSCME Council 57, Local 444 and Local 2428 are among 150 groups calling for Governor Jerry Brown to take emergency action to ban fracking in California after officials admitted to allowing the oil industry to inject wastewater into protected aquifers. For far too long, Gov. Jerry Brown has remained silent while a growing number of Californians call for statewide action to protect our communities from the risks associated with fracking and other unconventional oil extraction methods. Following the recent revelations about the illegal use of protected aquifers to dispose of oil field waste, the urgency for Gov. Brown to act has never been more clear. 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. We were among the 8,000 Californians who marched in Oakland this month and ask the governor to heed the call and put a halt to fracking and other well stimulation techniques immediately.

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AFSCME is mourning the loss of Vernon R. Watkins, a dedicated labor organizer, activist and inspirational force who had a major impact in the labor movement during a long and dedicated career fighting for working families with AFSCME. Watkins died March 5. He was 76.

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Attorney Peter McEntee of Beeson, Tayer & Bodine provides recent legislative highlights impacting workers in California.

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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.

Download the study


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.

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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.


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.


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.


The 2015 AFSCME Women’s Leadership Academy will be held from June to December of this year.


Wealth Inequality in America

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

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