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.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday joined AFSCME President Lee Saunders and front-line public service workers from states experiencing surges in coronavirus cases to urge the Senate to approve

Mental health professionals in the Parole Outpatient Clinics throughout the state play an important role in helping parolees transition back into society and keeping our communities safe.

Before the announcement early Wednesday of an unprecedented $2 trillion deal to combat the coronavirus pandemic, AFSCME President Lee Saunders and three front-line workers put pressure on federal lawmakers to come through with a robust aid package for state and local governments so they can rebuild decimated public services.

The coronavirus aid package that cleared Congress is just not good enough for public service workers. That’s the takeaway message from AFSCME President Lee Saunders.

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.