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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice president-elect Kamala Harris on Monday brought together business and union leaders, including AFSCME President Lee Saunders, for a virtual meeting to discuss an

With so much at stake for working families in the 2020 election, AFSCME members across the country stood up to the challenge once again.

Our AFSCME Local 315 sisters and brothers continue to show that workers’ voices can’t be silenced in the Eastern Sierra, as the local’s newest bargaining unit won its first contract in September.

If there’s one thing the 2020 election has in spades, it’s choices – and not just the choices between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, and choices up and down the ballot. In a year when our jobs, our families, and every aspect of our lives have felt the impact of a pandemic, there are lots of ways to make your voice heard at the polls. 

Throughout my son’s long career at AFSCME, there have been countless times when I’ve seen Lee proudly wearing an AFSCME T-shirt. Often, these T-shirts feature slogans like “Rise Up” and “Never Quit.”

To Lee, these are much more than just slogans. They’re principles that guide him as president of AFSCME. As his mom, the meaning behind these phrases evoke a long and powerful legacy within our family.

Public approval of labor unions is at its highest level in 17 years, with nearly two out of three Americans (65%) expressing support of unions, according to the latest Gallup poll.

Our AFSCME Local 1 sisters and brothers are calling out the Merced County Superior Court system for alleged nepotism, following the sudden closure of a non-union department during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the start of the health crisis, the Self Help Division, which provides paralegal assistance for landlord, domestic violence and other small claims cases, has been closed to the public and the workers have been allowed to work remotely.

The billionaires, corporations and right-wing groups that filed the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case wanted to destroy our union. But we are very much alive – never stronger and never more resilient as we fight for our communities every day.

And we have been proving our worth from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing vital services to our communities, even as some front-line members work without enough personal protective equipment, even as some have paid the ultimate price.

When the shelter-in-place order first began in California, facilities such as Head Start Balboa in Richmond made themselves available to nurses, grocery store workers and other essential workers so their children could have a safe place to go while they worked on the frontlines.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continued, Balboa and other centers reopened for all children—and everything seemed to be going well until something happened that put AFSCME Local 1 member Yolanda Williams on high alert.

As a librarian at the Walnut Creek Library, Rita Carrasco is used to the hustle and bustle that comes with working in a place that is so essential to the community.

With two stories, its central location to downtown and BART, and the nearby park, the library gets hundreds of visitors a day—and Carrasco and her coworkers show up to work every day with a smile on their faces eager to answer people’s questions and help them find the information they’re looking for.