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Out of AFSCME’s 1.6 million members, many are immigrants and our Union has always proudly stood behind those members who have unfairly become the target of society’s ills. Now our members from immigrant backgrounds are starting to stand up. While it appears the President’s administration will continue its political attacks on immigrants, some Council 57 members are using their jobs and their immigrant backgrounds to fight back against the hate.  Read more >>>

The Council 57 Delegates held an election in April for the new Executive Board. With a two-year term comes a new Council president, vice president, secretary and several first-time Executive Board members. The treasurer and a number of board members were re-elected.   Read more >>>

The California Senate Health Committee discussed SB 562, the Healthy California Act, which is being sponsored by Sens. Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins. Right before the hearing, our sisters and brothers from the California Nurses Association and Healthy California Coalition—of which AFSCME Council 57 is a member—led a rally and march to the State Capitol to support the proposal. “Thank you for carrying on this fight for universal healthcare for so long because it is the right and moral thing to do,” Lara said to the crowd of supporters who gathered in Sacramento to support SB 562.  Read more >>>

Local 315 members recently held a town hall meeting to voice their opposition to Inyo County officials’ claims that they don’t have enough to fund strong public services and the workers who provide them. About 60 members and residents from the community crowded the town hall to show how, without a fair contract, the county's public services are being put at risk.  Read more >>>

“Although AFSCME Council 57 has never made an endorsement in the State Party Chair’s race, this year we were compelled to invite the two candidates to share their legislative priorities, organizing plans and leadership values.After extensive scrutiny, our board voted to stand shoulder to shoulder with Kimberly Ellis because of her inclusiveness, and her mandate to involve, organize and be a champion for public service employees and working families," said Council 57 President Cynthia McCabe.  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.


 

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