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Even a normal day at Coalinga State Hospital in Coalinga is a delicate balancing act.

Abdul Johnson recently announced that he was stepping down as AFSCME Council 57's president, and the Executive Board voted to appoint

It has now been more than a week since the Bay Area announced a shelter-in-place and just about a week since the Governor followed suit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The leadership of AFSCME Council 57 issued the following statement today sharing what our union is doing to keep members and their families healthy and safe:

"We know that you are currently working through a difficult time and that these last few weeks have been very stressful and intense.

"We want to thank you for the work that you are continuing to do despite the challenging, unprecedented situation. The number of increased incidents and continued spread of COVID-19 has impacted us in all aspects of our daily life.

The AFSCME Council 57 Executive Board recently voted to pledge $150,000 to Schools & Communities First, a historic ballot measure that, if passed in November, will reclaim billions of dollars a year for schools and communities in California.

Council 57 now joins a growing coalition of labor unions, small business owners, elected officials and community organizations that are supporting the first structural and equitable tax reform in 40 years.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) emerges in the United States, many AFSCME members are and will continue to be on the front lines caring for and transporting those afflicted with the virus. Workers in emergency services, health care, child care, educational institutions and many others may come in contact with people who’ve contracted the coronavirus, putting themselves at risk.

AFSCME members sat down with congressional lawmakers last week to share stories about how the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act would improve communities and empower workers.

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More and more workers in California are saying “Union Yes!"

The Los Angeles Times reports: