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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.

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

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Here’s a big reason to join a union – a bigger paycheck.New numbers from U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show just how much of a difference a union makes in terms of worker pay.

We begin this new year feeling positive, optimistic, upbeat and ready for the challenges ahead. 2020 promises to be a year of opportunity for working people, and it is up to us as AFSCME Council 57 to seize the opportunities that present themselves.

It is fair to say that, this time last year, the future was uncertain: our membership was divided, we were anxious and we were concerned.

Since then, we recommitted to each other. We have rebuilt and strengthened our union:

The new year brings good news for millions of working Americans. Nearly 7 million of them are in line to get pay raises this year thanks to state and local minimum-wage hikes.

A large group of hospital workers have formed a new bargaining unit with AFSCME Local 315, expanding our membership further in the Eastern Sierra.

About 250 patient care, technical, service and business office employees at Northern Inyo Hospital District recently decided to join our union to have a stronger voice at the bargaining table and stand up for better patient care at the hospital district’s medical facilities.

Despite high levels of stress on the job, many state and local workers say they highly value serving the public and their communities and feel generally satisfied with their jobs.

This finding, from a national survey commissioned by the National Institute on Retirement Security, will not surprise many AFSCME members, who work in state, county and local governments and never quit on their communities.

LaVerne Washington, an executive board member and steward of AFSCME Local 101, is on her way to retiring free of credit card debt. LaVerne has been an AFSCME member for over 18 years. As she started planning for retirement from her job as a paralegal, she researched ways to reduce her bills and high-interest credit card debt.