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.

Fifty-one years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis to help rally the community around 1,300 AFSCME sanitation workers who had gone on strike.

Council 57 members will have an opportunity to elect a new Executive Board at the upcoming April Delegates meeting.

Nominations for all open board positions closed on March 29. Officer elections will take place by secret ballot at the regularly scheduled 10am Delegate meeting on Saturday, April 27, at the Council 57 Oakland Office, located at 80 Swan Way, Suite 104/105.

The following are the nominations:

In the 1980s, I was living and going to school in Minnesota when women who worked for state government won a big victory. They got the state to increase the pay of women in “female dominated jobs” by passing a pay equity bill. In other words, they put a dent in the gender pay gap. As a student, I researched and wrote about the process of crafting, passing and implementing that legislation. And I learned something that I have never forgotten: the union made it happen. And not just any union. Our union: AFSCME. 

Our union gained more than 9,000 dues-paying members and nearly 19,000 dues-paying retirees in the last year, suggesting that billionaires and corporations are failing in their effort to “defund and defang” public service unions.

After months of negotiations, stalled talks and a two-day strike, the members of AFSCME Local 829’s Human Services Agency unit won a new contract this month and brought about a number of changes that will make working conditions better in San Mateo County.