The multibillion dollar transportation bill that the California State Legislature recently passed to fix our state’s crumbling roads and bridges is a huge boon for AFSCME members.

A new case from Illinois that is almost a carbon copy of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Associationis heading to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal court upheld a lower court’s ruling in favor of requiring “fair-share” fees for public sector workers.

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.