District Council 57

Council 57 Launches Campaign to Win Key Political Races for Workers and Our Communities

The political season is upon us, which means that AFSCME members throughout California will be joining forces to make sure we win a number of important legislative races and ballot measures that will have a lasting effect on working families.

This election, there will be a lot more at stake for our members and the communities in which we serve. Besides voting on one of the most important Presidential races in recent history, there is a full slate of other crucial races in California that will have an impact on AFSCME members and our families. They include: U.S. Senate, California State Legislature, local government, as well as 17 statewide ballot measures and scores of local measures to fund schools, transit, housing and other important issues.

Council 57’s Political Action Committee has been busy at work putting together a list of endorsements for the election, which can be seen here. In addition to endorsing candidates, AFSCME Council 57 is supporting a number of transit, housing and school-related measures to improve our communities for working families.

Council 57 will now begin rolling out our statewide effort to get out the vote in our communities to ensure that working families are victorious at the ballot box.

“All AFSCME Locals have much at stake in electing the best candidates in our communities,” said Council 57 Political Director Cheryl Brown. “Our Council is here to support our local political organizing to get members educated, involved and voting. We are excited to launch our campaign to fire up our members to volunteer.”

As an incentive, prizes will be awarded to the Local and individuals who volunteer the most. The grand prize will be a 55” TV.

Because of recent efforts to undermine our Union power in parts of the Bay Area, the Council 57 Executive Board agreed to make Contra Costa County ground zero for our political campaign this year. This November, we’re calling all AFSCME brothers and sisters—as well as our sisters and brothers from other unions—to help lend an extra hand to our members in Contra Costa County, who have been under siege by the Board of Supervisors and management. There are two important Board of Supervisors races and several key State Legislature races that will be part of our fight there.

Our brother Dee Rosario, former Local 2428 President and Chapter 57 Retirees member, is running for a seat on the East Bay Regional Parks Board in Oakland and part of Contra Costa County. We will be looking to ramp up the support for his campaign as well.

There will be no shortage of opportunities to get involved no matter where you are. More details will be made available at the next Council 57 Delegates Meeting on Sept. 24. Our Labor Councils are now launching voter mobilization efforts across the state. Both Council 57 and the California Labor Federation will also have worksite and planning materials available soon for Locals.

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