District Council 57


MLK Day March

Publication Date: Wed, Jan-21-2015

AFSCME members marched in Sacramento to honor Dr. King’s legacy and shared why it was so important to them to do show solidarity.


 New Helvetia Brewery likes to say that they brew beer with a mix of art, science, love and hops. That was evident when AFSCME Local 146 members from the Sacramento area met with the brains behind the brewery, Dave Gull, for a special Union-only tour.

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Set in an idyllic setting of a rustic barn surrounded by pinot grigio grape vines, Local 146’s Next Wave members settled into an afternoon learning how wine is made but even better, tasting wine with cheese.

Our Union Business Agent, Karmen Lee Ortloff is a member of the wine club at Scribner Bend and so the barrel room tour as well as the tasting for the Next Wave members was free. “I really enjoy the perks we get being wine club members and I couldn’t spend the day with better company than our Union brothers and sisters,” said Ortloff. “But I want to make sure that this was a personal perk of my membership, so no Union dues money was spent on wine!”

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Next Wave Summit

Building Power Today and for our Future
January 9-10, 2015 in Sacramento

Register Today!

Our first Next Wave Summit is an opportunity for new and young members to not only gain valuable Union information, but leader-ship skills that will help you build our Union and our communities. The ability to network with other Union members from across California means that we will have a chance to build friendships that will strengthen our Union for decades to come.


Registration Packet




Council 57 had some first-time delegates attend the 41st AFSCME International Convention this summer in Chicago. The theme Bold, Brave and Determined reflected on the fact that labor has experienced some recent political setbacks, but our resolve is firm to fight together as a union.

Here are some reactions from union members who represented their locals in Chicago.


The Harris vs. Quinn decision was only a partial blow to public sector unions. What it does is create a “Right to Work” environment for workers who provide home health care, child care and for medical interpreters. Read more . . . 


Attorney Teague Paterson comments on the recent judgment on Measure B. read more


200 enthusiastic participants converged on San Jose for Council 57’s Sixth Leadership Conference on September 27th and 28th. The conference theme was “Catch the New Wave,” and the top goals of the conference were to cultivate new, younger leaders and to inspire our members to be part of the new energy in the labor movement where workers are increasingly standing up and fighting continued cuts and challenges to their rights. Council 57’s Board, under the leadership of President Cynthia McCabe, made it a priority to recruit new leaders to attend which was highly successful: over half the participants were at the conference for the first time. Over three-quarters of the Councils affiliated Locals sent members. Read more




What does one do to cope with the wrenching and inexplicable loss of a beloved child? If you are Local 2700 member Beverly Bradley, you devote yourself to honoring your son and preventing other families from such a tragedy by establishing the Darius Jones Foundation. Darius died of cardiac arrest at the age of 15 playing basketball in a school game. Spectators failed to step in, believing that the coaches could handle the situation. The coaches weren’t aware someone so young could suffer cardiac arrest, so valuable minutes were lost while emergency crews were summoned. “There was no action plan,” said Bradley, known as Bev. “There was even a nurse there watching her friend’s child play. It still haunts her to this day that she didn’t step in.” To compound the tragedy, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)  which could have saved his life was there in the gym, locked in the weight room where no one could get to it.  Read more


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Sunrise Recreation and Parks District members of AFSCME Local 146 fought off layoffs and won more time to bargain alternatives. Leaders and activists revealed to their Board that workers were having to sacrifice while it is “business as usual” for Management.      read more 


Despite the vast sums of money poured into the state, working families were the big winners after Tuesday's election. President Obama was decisively re-elected to a second term. Here in California, passage of Proposition 30 will ensure that cuts to public schools and public safety will not become a reality. Defeat of Proposition 32 demonstrates that ordinary people don’t believe that extraordinarily wealthy men should be able to buy elections and shut labor unions out of the political process. For the first time in decades, Democrats will enjoy a super-majority in both houses of the state legislature,  removing the gridlock that has become our state budget process. View AFSCME Council 57's election victories here.                 Read more


Six Reasons Why Government Outsourcing Hurts the Middle Class

A new In the Public Interest backgrounder brief     provides a comprehensive review of recent research that shows how the public sector provides quality middle-class jobs. It also describes how privatization eliminates these good jobs, increasing economic inequality without much savings to taxpayers.



Lilly Ledbetter was the featured speaker at AFSCME Council 57’s Fifth Annual Leadership Conference with the theme, Up to the Challenge: Solid Locals, Strong Community Alliances. Her courageous legal battle against pay discrimination with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is an inspiration to union leaders at a time when there are no easy victories.   read more


For years, corporations have joined the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for the opportunity to develop legislation that diverts public dollars into their corporate coffers. A new report by In the Public Interest,“Profiting from Public Dollars: How ALEC and Its Members Promote Privatization of Government Services and Assets,” exposes ALEC’s extensive privatization agenda. The report details how private prison corporations, online education companies, health care corporations, and major industry players pay large membership fees to ALEC in exchange for valuable and unfettered access to state legislators. Corporations are able to work with ALEC lawmakers to craft bills that allow private control of public functions, and guarantee a steady stream of tax dollars to enhance profits.


Pension Reform Not Priority With Voters, Poll Says . . .

Despite recent setbacks in San Jose and San Diego at the ballot box, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that a recent Field Poll suggests pension reform is not a priority for voters. read article


Solid Locals, Stronger Community Alliances

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 21, 22 & 23, 2012 

Details and Registration (pdf)

(in conjunction with Council 57 Quarterly Delegate Meeting)
Dolce Hayes Mansion, 200 Edenvale Ave, San Jose, CA 95136

Some exciting features of this year’s Conference: 

  • Lilly Ledbetter, of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act –
    on the long struggle for fairness and why it matters
  • Organizing to win November’s battles
  • Member actions that can change the game

click here for more information

Summer is coming: Learn how to protect against ticks!

AFSCME members who work outdoors run the serious risk of coming into contact with disease-infected ticks. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vectorborne illness in the U.S. In 2009, it was the 5th most common nationally notifiable disease at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the same year a survey of 3600 people with Lyme Disease in California showed that 50% of respondents had to quit work or school due to Tick Borne illness. AFSCME Council 57, Local 444 and Local 2019 are jointly sponsoring an Educational Forum on “Preventing Tick Borne Diseases.” Join us on Saturday, June 9th from 11am to 2pm at the East Bay Regional Park District Shoreline Center in Oakland. It will be especially beneficial for our members who work outdoors, but also for our friends and families who enjoy outdoor recreation. The event is free and light refreshments will be provided.

Cynthia Mc Cabe
Council 57 President                         see brochure (pdf)


Delegates Elect New President

AFSCME Council 57, representing 25,000 workers across California, announced the new elected officers.  Elections took place at the meeting on Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Oakland.  read about new officers  



SACRAMENTO—AFSCME members from across California came together in Sacramento this past week for an intensive campaign training program, statewide PEOPLE convention and lobby day at the state capitol. These members gained new skills, worked with new organizing tools and joined together as part of the greater fight to protect workers' rights in San Jose, San Diego and across the Golden State. more


Fighting for Retirement Security

The Calpensions blog reported how City of San Jose unions have involved state legislators in our efforts to push the City to reveal how they arrived at such an inflated dollar amount for their unfunded retirement liability. AFSCME was cited in the blog: “The president of the largest city worker union, Yolanda Cruz of AFSCME Local 101, told the council her union has been “scapegoated” for not participating in negotiations. She said she challenged the pension numbers more than a year ago.“We could not get confirmation on how the numbers were achieved -- what data was used, how it was calculated and why it was using projections that were overstated at best,” Cruz said.”  read more


On February 28, several AFSCME Council 57 members and staff went to Sacramento to attend the last joint legislative committee hearing on pension reform. The topic discussed at the hearing was the proposal to raise the retirement age to 67 for all workers in California. AFSCME Local 444 President Ruben Rodriguez spoke against the proposal in the public comment part of the agenda.  read more


UC study says hybrid pensions would hurt lowest-paid workers

Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to put future state and local government employees into hybrid pension plans and push back the full retirement age for new hires would hit low-paid workers the hardest, according to a recent academic analysis.

Researcher Nari Rhee of the pro-labor UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education concludes that while Brown's suggested package of changes to public retirement systems contains "several sensible proposals," the pension design and age threshold changes "may impose a disproportionately large burden on low-wage workers."  read more


The AFSCME Council 57 Delegate Assembly Votes to Support The Millionaires Tax of 2012 Initiative

The AFSCME Council 57 Delegate Assembly voted to support the Millionaires Tax of 2012 Initiative, a measure that experts say would raise $6 to $9.5 billion in the first budget year alone. The Millionaires Tax of 2012 will raise enough to begin:

  • Rehiring laid off teachers to reduce class sizes
  • Rolling back college tuition increases
  • Restoring cuts to essential services for children, seniors, and people who are disabled
  • Rehiring laid off emergency responders
  • Creating jobs by repairing roads and bridges

Read the Millionaires Tax Fact Sheet,  Rhetoric vs. Reality

Learn more about this exciting campaign


Despite reports decrying losses to the labor movement, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis reports that the unionization rate of wage and salary workers remains almost unchanged. Furthermore, Union Women make 34.6% more than their non-union counterparts.

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AFSCME Ranger Shows Public Where Eagles Soar

AFSCME Local 2428 member Ranger Steve Diers hooks nature lovers up with eagles at Pardee Reservoir, as one of his many jobs with East Bay Regional Parks District. Read more about the Eagle Tour in Calaveras County


AFSCME mourns the loss of long-time Local 2700 activist Octavia “O.T.” Bazile.
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The Labor Movement Mourns the Loss of a Respected Union Leader, Walter Johnson

Walter L. Johnson 87, of South San Francisco passed away January 12, 2012 after a brief hospital stay.

Visitation 4pm - 9pm Friday, January 20th at Cypress Lawn Funeral Home, 1370 El Camino Real, Colma. A memorial service will be held at 1pm the following day, Saturday, January 21st at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. Donations are requested in his memory to Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, 609 Southwood Dr., South San Francisco, CA 94080.


City of San Jose

AFSCME members in the City of San Jose are in the heart of the battle to keep decisions about pensions at the bargaining table, not at the ballot box. Read more


In an LA Times Op-Ed, Dave Low of Californians for Retirement Security shows how Unions are part of solving the pension situation. 

When the Legislature reconvenes next month, one of the front-and-center issues will be public pension restructuring. California's public employee unions intend to be vigorous participants in this effort. It is important to note, though, that unions have long been active in negotiating changes at both the state and local levels that have reduced public costs while continuing to ensure decent retirements for public workers. Read Article


Council 57 President Linda Tremble helps welcome Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to the AFSCME Women's Conference


AFSCME Council 57’s fourth annual Leadership Conference was described by many as “the best ever.”  Over 150 rank and file officers, board members, stewards, and activists convened in Santa Clara under the conference theme “Building the Union Through Crisis-Emerging Stronger and Smarter Through Troubled Times”…..read more 

Linda Gregory - Honored - 3rd Annual “Evening with the All-stars” Event Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education.

Our own Linda Gregory was among the distinguished honorees at the recent third annual “Evening with the All-stars” event sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. The event was founded to celebrate the spirit and strength of working people and to honor people who have given great inspiration, carried out acts of immense courage, and done the day-to-day hard work to improve the lives of working families in our communities, our state and our nation as a whole. In her many active years in the labor movement as Council 57 Associate Director and Business Agent, in her many years in the leadership (and ultimately the presidency) of the San Mateo Central Labor Council, she has done all of the above, and much more. We are grateful that Linda continues with the Council in her capacity as Training Coordinator, and congratulate her in this award.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Governor Brown to Protect Workers from Misclassification

Send a message today to protect workers’ rights and increase state revenue!

For unscrupulous employers who have no problem exploiting their workers to boost their own bottom line, misclassifying workers as independent contractors is an increasingly popular way for companies to skirt the law and avoid paying their fair share in taxes.   more

The Gap Between the Rich and Working Class is Wider Than Ever Before

At AFSCME Council 57’s Leadership Conference, Dr. Sylvia Allegretto decried how the gap between the rich and working class is wider than ever before. She described it as a conscious effort to take dollars from working people and stuff it into the pockets of corporation executives. She expands on this theme of the fallout from the Great Recession…read more

Dems/ Governor Reach Budget Pact

Democratic lawmakers and Governor Brown reached a budget deal that bridges a $9.6 million deficit. The budget features a combination of cuts and deferrals in education spending. It also establishes “trigger” cuts in three tiers in the event that the projected additional $4 billion in revenues does not materialize. “This budget is the most austere fiscal blueprint California has seen in more than a generation,” observed California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

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AFSCME members in San Jose are in a fight for collective bargaining rights that they could have never anticipated. They have fought back and that has made a difference.

In the past week, Mayor Chuck Reed announced he is delaying action on both a vote for a fiscal state of emergency and language for a ballot measure on pension and fiscal reforms until at least August. The Attorney General has also said that the Mayor’s approach to pension reforms “raises serious questions” in a letter you can read here.

We need your help to stop this Wisconsin-style attack on our own backyard. Please sign the petition authored by Councilmember Ash Kalra.

Stay informed by following us on: Facebook, Twitter, & MEF's Website.

Think Wisconsin-style attacks on workers’ rights could never happen in California?  Think again. . . 

Budget cuts have a devastating impact on our families, our jobs, and the infrastructure that keeps our economy rolling.

If legislators fail to extend current taxes, we will lose even more jobs and services. The target date for a new State Budget is June 15th. We need two Republicans in both the State Senate and Assembly to vote for a new budget that stops the cuts and extends current revenues.

Call Your Legislator to Say
Toll Free 866-864-8567

Walk Door-To-Door – June 11, 2011 

Volunteer At Your Central Labor Council

                                                more information, dates, and locations

The San Jose City Council flagrantly violated collective bargaining rights when it imposed economic sanctions on AFSCME members at its most recent meeting. 


Borrowing from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's anti-union playbook, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is boldly attempting to violate city workers’ collective bargaining rights by declaring what he terms a “fiscal state of emergency.” If passed, he and three other City Council members believe they have the right to amend pension benefits for current and future workers without bargaining with city employee unions.

In San Jose, AFSCME International Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders rallied hundreds of members of AFSCME Local 101 to march on City Hall in protest of proposed cuts in staffing, pay and benefits for city workers.  read more 

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Governor's Budget Revised

 AFSCME Council 57 continues our pressure on key Republicans to vote for a budget that combines cuts with extending taxes that are already in place.

Meanwhile key leaders around the state sound off on the Governor’s May Revised Budget. Read their reactions and find links to various analyses of the budget.

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Resources for the May revised budget

"With the release of the May revision of the state budget today, the governor provided a pathway to free California from the perpetual budget crises that have plagued our state in recent years. Legislators must act immediately to adopt the governor's balanced proposal to prevent additional devastating cuts to schools, public safety and other essential services.

"As a state, we can't afford to allow politics as usual to stand in the way of making the tough choices needed to move forward. It must be priority No. 1 to prevent more cuts that will flat-line our economic recovery just as it finally begins to show signs of life. An all-cuts budget flatly ignores the values Californians share. Elected leaders in the Assembly and Senate need to display the political courage that Californians demand of them to solve this crisis directly, free of gimmicks." 
Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, California Labor Federation

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AFSCME Council 57 Leader Honored

The California Psychological Association (CPA) 2011 Annual Convention is being held in San Diego April 7-10. At the opening day awards ceremony the 2011 award for Distinguished Service was given to our very own Sister Cynthia McCabe!

Sister McCabe serves on the Board of CPA’s Division IV Public Service Psychology, is a past Chair and now the Chair Elect of the Division. She also serves on the CPA’s Governmental Affairs Committee.

Cynthia is a Psychologist at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo, and serves on the AFSCME Local 2620 Executive Board, as a Regional Chief Steward, and chairs the AFSCME Local 2620 CDCR Stewards Council. Cynthia also sits on the AFSCME Council 57 Executive Board.

In the words of CPA President Sallie Hildebrandt, PhD, “Well deserved”!

Congratulations Cynthia !!!

AFSCME Honored at California Labor Federation Legislative Conference

AFSCME was honored at the recent California Labor Federation Legislative Conference for our work in the November 2010 election. Local 101 in San Jose and Local 829 in San Mateo County were commended for their high level of volunteer turnout, and Council 57 was honored for our collective efforts to raise the bar and improve our overall political program. Council 57 Political Action Director Cheryl Brown celebrated the achievement with AFSCME leaders by saying, “You should be very proud of all you did to be part of Labor’s effort for a “clean sweep” in California’s successes. This is a foundation for future efforts to protect collective bargaining rights for public workers, a good quality of life for working families, and to ensure retirement security for public sector workers.”

Members from AFSCME Locals 2428, 2019, 444 and 955 rallied at the “We Are One” National Day of Action in downtown Oakland on April 4, 2011.

Carrying signs marked “We Protect Your Kids and Water,” “Stop the Assault on Middle Class Families,” “Demand the Dream for a Better Life,” and “I Am A Wisconsinite,” members of AFSCME Council 57’s East Bay locals rally at the Oakland National We Are One Day of Action.

Local 829, San Mateo County members of Council 57, gather in solidarity at the 'We Are One' rally in the County Center Square, Redwood City to support worker rights on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination.  The Daily Journal.

Local 1684 marched in the 'We Are One' procession from the Humboldt County Courthouse to the Labor Temple where speakers reflected on the history of public employee's freedom and bargaining rights.

Locals 2700 and 512 stood on Alhambra Blvd in Martinez to show their solidarity with unions across the nation.  Traffic passing,  honked their horns to show their support..

Over 200 AFSCME members gathered at lunchtime at the First Christian Church by San Jose City Hall. The room was packed and people heard how our struggle at San Jose is connected to the current nationwide fight as well as rooted in the history of April 4. Later that evening at least a dozen members from Local 101 attended the South Bay Labor Council rally.

Local 2703's members join the banner waving union members of Merced supporting Wiconsin public employees.

April 4 California rallies for worker's rights - Council 57's Locals stood in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin and dozens of other states where corporate-bought politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for.  We Are One.


On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. He had gone there to stand with AFSCME sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life.  April 4, 2011 was the day we stood in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and dozens of other states where right-wing corporate politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for.

Stop the Lies - Public Service Workers Under Attack

March 12, 2011 - The Nation

"Wow! You go away for a couple of weeks and look at what happened!" shouted state Senator Jon Erpenbach, as he surveyed a crowd that organizers estimated at well over 100,000 that had rallied to welcome home Wisconsin's dissident senators.


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 AFSCME Council 57 members were among thousands of union supporters who converged on Sacramento February 22nd to show solidarity for public workers in Wisconsin. Union members in the Badger State are fighting the fight of their lives to protect collective bargaining rights there, while efforts are mounting in other states to destroy the middle class by eliminating union rights.   read more

See photos from the Sacramento Vigil

See more video - Move On Rally in San Francisco


Patients, staff, and members of our community are put at risk when proper safety measures are not in place. It is time for the California Department of Mental Health tomake SAFETY NOW a top priority at Napa State Hospital and all other DMH facilities. 

Printable Flyer (pdf)

Assault on AFSCME 2620 member

Goodbye - -  and Good Riddance  - - to Governor Schwarzenegger

We Couldn't Have Done it Without YOU!!


Thanks to the numerous volunteers that did phone banking and precinct walking to support our endorsed candidates. We appreciate all you do!

A special thanks to the volunteers that participated 5 times or more:
Local 10
: Louise Hulama, Richard Hull, Cheryl Phillips, Rodrigo Rodriguez, Veronna Simril; Local 146: Alma Hawkins, Belinda Malone, Sherry Moroz, Linda Tremble; Local 512: Nadine Peyrucain; Local 829: Rebecca Nassarre; Local 2428: Sharon Corkin, Dionisio Rosario; Local 2700: Octavia Bazile,Margaret Harris, David McGrath Wagner, Elizabeth Walker, Robbie White.

ATTENTION ALL AFSCME LOCALS: Please send pictures of your AFSCME election volunteers. We will add them to our collection of volunteers that contributed to a great success! Email your pictures to webmaster@ca.afscme57.org 

Help AFSCME Local 829 and Council 57 fight the unfair and misguided pension reform ballot measure in Menlo Park!
We'll precinct walk on the next three Saturdays.

Call 510-436-2254 for more information, or visit - No on L

Are Your Boots Made For Walkin?

Join AFSCME, the Alameda Labor Council
& IBEW 595 for a Tri-Valley Precinct Walk

Saturday, October 23, 2010
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
(click here to view flyer)

IBEW 595
6250 Village Parkway, Dublin 94568

Contact: Scott Adams - (510) 612-8733

AFL-CIO Executive Vice-President Arlene Holt Baker Returns to her California Roots to Help Us Fight!


Health Access provides a six-month status report on how Californians benefit from new patient protections

click here for this  report


Retirement Security rests on a three-legged stool: employer pensions, personal savings, and Social Security. Take a look at what the critics said in 1935 of one of the most significant pieces of social policy legislation.”

AFSCME members in cities are being asked to tighten their belts through wage cuts, furlough days and similar concessions. They provide clean drinking water, maintain water systems for putting out fires, keep police cars in good repair, and ensure that our parks are clean and safe for families to enjoy. Press reports decry how public workers are compensated, but with little emphasis on those at the top of the wage scale. The League of California Cities recently released a survey of how City Managers are compensated around the State……

A new policy brief from the Health and Human Services Network of California and the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research & Education details the devastating economic repercussions of the Governor’s proposed budget cuts to health and human services. more information

AFSCME Local 829 and SEIU 521 representing the City of Menlo Park employees, along with a city resident, have filed a lawsuit to keep a measure off the ballot which would allow voters to rollback pension benefits for prospective city employees. (complete article)

View Press Conference.

Governor Schwarzenneger’s revised state budget, released May 14, 2010, proposes drastic cuts to California’s safety net while attacking the jobs of workers who provide those services. Out of $19.1 billion in solutions, $12.2 billion comes in the form of cuts  read more

AFSCME Council 57 and our affiliated Locals congratulate the following candidates in their successes in the June 8, 2010 Primary Election:

AFSCME Council 57 members and their community partners are taking Legislators' District Offices by storm to decry the “all-cuts” approach to the budget in the Governor’s May Revision. The AFSCME California Budget Solutions and Alternatives to an All-Cuts-Budget provides concrete effective measures the State can take to resolve the fiscal crisis we are in. Read more……

Governor's Revisions to State Budget

Farewell to the Governor!

On Friday, May 14, 2010, the Governor released his May Revision to the state budget. The May Revision contained devastating cuts to the human services programs, redirection of funding for local government, and no new revenue to support public sector work.

Below are links to the May Revision and analysis from the Assembly Budget Committee, Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the California Budget Project, California Association of Counties, the League of California Cities, County Welfare Directors Association of California, and Association of California School Administrators.

Governor’s May Revision 
Assembly Budget Committee Analysis
Senate Budget Committee Analysis  
The Legislative Analyst’s Office
California Budget Project
California Association of Counties
League of California Cities
County Welfare Directors Association of California
Association of California School Administrators 

The Legislature will begin reviewing the May Revision on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 and will conclude its review by the end of next week. Please notify your business agent if the May Revision creates a new hardship or continues an existing hardship for AFSCME members.

AFSCME Local 146 Secretary Linda Tremble was elected Council 57 President at the April 25th Delegate Assembly.   more

In San Jose, there are almost daily sessions between city officials and union leaders on the topics of cost cutting and jobs. Layoffs could reduce the number of city employees to levels not seen since 1989. Click here for video

A recently released study shows that jobs in the public sector require more education than comparable jobs in the private sector, while public sector workers earn 11-12% less for those jobs. The Center for State and Local Government Excellence and the National Institute on Retirement Security describe how long-term patterns show that the average compensation of state and local employees is not excessive.

AFSCME Council 57 and Local Affiliates’ have made endorsements for the June 8, 2010 Primary. Those marked with an asterix (*) were endorsed by Council 57 according to the best-practices process which includes evaluating responses to candidate questionnaires, interviews with members, the candidates’ track record, participation in AFSCME town halls and other factors. Endorsements (pdf)

Supporters of a ballot measure aimed at reforming California’s budget announced that they have submitted more than 1.1 million signatures in counties across California to qualify the Majority Vote Budget Initiative for the November 2, 2010 election. This exceeds greatly the 694,394 signatures needed o qualify for the ballot. The measure is supported by AFSCME, and unions representing teachers, classified school employees, nurses and firefighters, as key legislative leaders. more

HEALTH ACCESS UPDATE: Friday, April 2, 2010 

On March 5th the "March For California's Future" will leave from Bakersfield and end on the State Capitol for a huge rally on April 21st.

The march will call attention to the plight of our communities caused by inadequate funding for local and state services. Our message is clear—State government officials need to fight for our communities interest now and stop the decimation of public services. The budget can be repaired with fair tax increases on the wealthy and closing corporate tax loopholes. However, we need your help to make this a reality.

AFSCME Council 57 is urging all Locals to get involved and make this historical effort to save our community services a huge success. You can help by signing on to support the march, greeting and/or walking with the marchers along the route, organizing a rally or press conference, having a barbecue or picnic for California's Future, inviting the marchers to speak to your union, congregation or club, meeting with legislators in your district, or simply talking about the march to your co-workers and neighbors. 



The California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, the brainchild of termed-out Assemblyman Keith Richman, has abandoned its efforts to place a measure on the November 2010 ballot which would have called for drastic changes to public employee pension benefits. See their press statement:

Funding for public transit has come under the crosshairs of the governor and Senate in the latest round of budget proposals. Governor Schwarzenegger’s budget proposal is to eliminate $1.3 billion through a “gas tax swap” which would replace it with an excise tax  read more

Californians for Democracy halted the signature drive in progress and is withdrawing the first version of the California Democracy Act.  more

Governor Schwarzenegger begins his last year in office by putting forth an $82.9 billion budget with nearly $3 billion in cuts to health and human services, and salary cuts for our members who work for the state. more


AFSCME members were among the many health care reform advocates who arched on Sacramento on January 11th with other union members, medical students, nurses and others. more

* Being hit hard by furloughs?
* Concerned about the attacks on your pension?
* Want to stop contracting out of good jobs for bad jobs and poor service?

AFSCME Council 57  organized in-district meetings with State Legislators throughout Northern CA and the Central Valley the weeks of October 5 and 12. Locals in Contra Costa, Humboldt, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties participated. more

Check out which locals reported back with photos and stories


How Does the California Budget Crisis Affect YOU? The California budget crisis is affecting our members and their families in the most profound ways. Some of us are impacted by wage and benefit concessions. Some of our families are impacted by social service cuts to children or elder family members. Furloughs are taking their toll on our members’ ability to pay bills, and short staffing at work causes members to bring their stress home. Tell us your story

November '10 Election Endorsements



AFSCME Council 57 organized in-district meetings with State Legislators throughout Northern CA and the Central Valley. Locals in Contra Costa, Humboldt, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties more

Locals that reported back with photos and stories!

The Battle for Health Care Reform is at its most critical point. Read about labor’s viewpoint, and what you can do to help make history for the better.

This fall, AFSCME Council 57’s Political and Legislative Department took several steps to build our political strength and capacity. Council 57 re-established its Political Action Committee (PAC) and asked each of the Council’s 57 Local Presidents to appoint a representative. Council 57’s Political and Legislative Director will work with the PAC and E-Board to set the direction, priorities and policies of the work. (more)

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