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At Long Last, LA County Sanitation Employees Secure a Fair Contract

Guaranteed pay raises and no pension cuts are key provisions in a contract won by AFSCME District Council 36 members who work for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.

Jashua Bane |

Cool Under Pressure

Never Quit Service Award winner Joe Martinez stays cool under pressure while fixing the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s helicopters.

Pete Levine |

San Diego Puts Ill-Conceived ‘Proposition B’ Pension Measure to Bed

Measure denying pensions for new public service workers in San Diego is now history.

Erica Zeitlin, AFSCME District Council 36 |

Torrance Workers Make Sure Their Concerns Are Heard

Collective action in the form of a demonstration can yield results, as this example from Torrance, Calif., shows.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Members Join CA Teachers on Picket Line

The teachers, members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), are standing up for high-quality education in their city, demanding, among other things, adequate class sizes, necessary support staff and fair pay.

AFSCME Staff |

As Fires Burned in California, AFSCME Members Helped and Were Helped

As the death toll continues to rise and as smoke engulfs nearby cities, AFSCME members have stepped up to help – often at great personal sacrifice.

Jashua Bane, Pablo Ros |

Carson City, California, Workers Help Local Kids Succeed

AFSCME members in Carson City, California organized a book drive to help local kids.

Jashua Bane |

Carson, California, Voters Tax Big Oil to Keep Services Flowing

In Carson, California, AFSCME members stood up to big oil companies to rebalance the scales – and won.

Erica Zeitlin, AFSCME District Council 36 |

California Governor Signs Slew of AFSCME-Backed Bills

Standing strong for communities through AFSCME, public service workers in California implemented legislative changes to benefit employees and the Californians they serve.

AFSCME Staff |

Forty Years of Service, Seeing with His Hands and Ears

Mike Conrad has worked as a mechanic for LA County for 40 years, rebuilding air system brake calibers and fire pump pilot valves, among other things. He’s also been blind since birth.

Pablo Ros |

Big Win for Largest U.S. Probation Department

The LA County Deputy Probation Officers Union/AFSCME Local 685 overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bargaining agreement that will improve public and personal safety.

Kevin Brown |

In Memoriam: Vernon Watkins

AFSCME is mourning the loss of Vernon R. Watkins, a dedicated labor organizer, activist and inspirational force who had a major impact in the labor movement during a long and dedicated career fighting for working families with AFSCME.

Pablo Ros |