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Seeking new ways to build and strengthen our union, Council 57 members from throughout the state came together in January for the second instal

AFSCME members recently joined members of SEIU and IFPTE to help get a bill passed in Californ

Council 57 and a number of our locals gave the gift of solidarity this holiday season by supporting the successful two-month strike organized by machinists at Henkels Bay Point.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on the National Health Law Program website.

AFSCME members were out in full force to support “A Day Without a Woman,” the one-day demonstration of economic solidarity organized by the same group that led the historic Women’s March on Washington.

The day of solidarity, held on the same day as International Women's Day, called on women and allies throughout the country to stand together for equity, justice and the human rights of women. Many Council 57 members showed their solidarity throughout California by wearing red and taking part in rallies where they work.

An Eastern Sierra AFSCME member is seeking donations to help pay for her son’s chemotherapy treatments.

Local 315 member Janie Barba’s son, Kris Isbell, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2016. As his caregiver, Barba—who works part time assisting seniors at Inyo County Senior  Center—has been taking off work and traveling more than four hours away from home to take her son to his treatments every two weeks.

After going without a raise for over seven years, justice was finally served for court workers in Contra Costa County when Local 2700 recently reached an agreement for a 5% wage increase for senior court clerks and extra cash for all clerks and janitors depending on their years of employment.

The Council 57 Political Action Committee recently took a position to support statewide legislation that would protect our brothers and sisters from being targeted for their religious beliefs. The bill was proposed in the wake of repeated statements from the Trump Administration in regards to instituting a program to track Muslim people in the United States.

Millions of Americans who rallied this past weekend in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washingtonshowed that the Trump administration is in for a tough challenge if it tries to infringe on women’s rights or deprive us of our freedom to stand up for justice and dignity for all.

 After eight months of bargaining and more than 200 proposals submitted, Local 2620reached a tentative agreement in December for their members, which include 5,000 health and social service professionals in more than 135 classifications who work for the State of California.

Highlights of the new four-year agreement include the following:

The work that goes on inside the Juvenile Division of Superior Court in the County of Stanislaus, California, is emotionally draining. But Monica Delgado, who works there as a clerk, “comes in with a joyful disposition” every day, says her co-worker, Teresa Johnson.

That’s partly why Johnson nominated Delgado for AFSCME’s Never Quit Award – and why Delgado is one of the latest recipients of the honor, meant to recognize “members who demonstrate true dedication to their work” and who “never quit on doing the best job they can.”