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For most of the country, Nov. 8, 2018, might not stand out the same way it does for social worker Lance Ferris.

The 19 presidential candidates who participated in the AFSCME Public Service Forum on Saturday disagreed on a range of topics, but they all agreed on one issue – our country needs a federal law tha

Union Plus recently awarded $170,000 in scholarships to 108 students representing 34 unions, and two of the winners were from families representing AFSCME Council 57.

Kim Adam, of Santa Cruz, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Adam’s father, Detlef Adam, is a member of AFSCME Local 101. Deaira Dorsey Brown, of Palo Alto, was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Her mother, Denise Dorsey, is a member of AFSCME Local 2620.

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.

I first want to take the opportunity to introduce myself to those whom I haven’t had the opportunity to meet personally.

My name is Abdul Johnson and I am the recently elected President of AFSCME Council 57. I am an employee of the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation and I serve as a chaplain at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla. 

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.