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With former Vice President Joe Biden confirming his participation on Tuesday, the AFSCME-sponsored presidential candidate forum on Aug.

Union Plus recently awarded $170,000 in scholarships to 108 students representing 34 unions, and two of the winners were from families representing AFSCME C

Every quarter, the Council 57 president will share an inspiring message with members and give an update on what's happening in our union. This is his message for July.

When Northern Inyo Hospital was rebuilt several years ago in the Eastern Sierra, the hospital’s management promised to erect a new state-of-the art facility that the residents could be proud of—one that would attract top medical talent and expand needed healthcare services to this rural community.

A U.S. District judge sided with our brothers and sisters from AFSCME Local 2700 in a recent case that makes it clear that our union does not have to refund dues to workers who opt of their membership.

In an epic legal and political victory that has ramifications for the retirement security of public employees across California, the San Diego City Council has voted to join AFSCME District Council 36, AFSCME Local 127 and other city labor unions to invalidate its own pension “reform” measure, Proposition B.

The 6-3 vote on June 10 reverses San Diego’s course.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed into law a historic bill granting 20,000 state workers the right to collectively bargain.

The bill, which he signed Wednesday, is the largest expansion of collective bargaining rights for state workers anywhere in the U.S. in 16 years, and it will position those workers to better fight a rigged economy that favors the wealthy.

Barbara Glaze helps veterans who have found their way into the criminal justice system. Jaclyn Valenzuela regularly connects with troubled young people who no one else wants to deal with at the juvenile hall.

They both have difficult jobs in the Merced County Probation Department. But their dedication to their jobs and passion for people under their care are reasons why both members received awards at the recent Merced County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards ceremony.

Elizabeth Hawkins

Pictured: Elizabeth Hawkins. Member-provided photo.

For years, the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility was understaffed in its laundry room. On many days, one worker would be responsible for washing clothes for the entire facility—a job for at least three people.

To keep things running smoothly, the facility did what it thought was the next best thing to “fix” the problem: Bring in on-call food service workers to fill in the gap.

The only problem: That “fix” was actually in violation of the food service workers’ rights.

Members elected a new Executive Board for Council 57 at the April Delegates Meeting, bringing in a number of fresh new voices to guide AFSCME's presence in Northern California over the next term.

Out of the 15 board positions, 12 different locals are represented. That's a true testament of the democratic nature of our union, and each new board member pledged to do their part to represent all locals' interests and make our union stronger.