District Council 57

Political & Legislative Action

The AFSCME Council 57 Delegate Assembly voted January 23rd to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for President in the June 7th California Primary. The Council 57 Executive Board recommended the endorsement to the delegate body, which is the highest decision-making body of our statewide structure. The recommendation was adopted after thoughtful and deliberate discussion.

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AFSCME Council 57 opposes fracking because of its devastating impact on communities where our members live and work.

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AFSCME Council 57, Local 444 and Local 2428 are among 150 groups calling for Governor Jerry Brown to take emergency action to ban fracking in California after officials admitted to allowing the oil industry to inject wastewater into protected aquifers. For far too long, Gov. Jerry Brown has remained silent while a growing number of Californians call for statewide action to protect our communities from the risks associated with fracking and other unconventional oil extraction methods. Following the recent revelations about the illegal use of protected aquifers to dispose of oil field waste, the urgency for Gov. Brown to act has never been more clear. Countless studies have linked fracking to environmental damage and health problems, and now we have proof that oil industry practices are compromising our precious water supply as we face severe drought. We were among the 8,000 Californians who marched in Oakland this month and ask the governor to heed the call and put a halt to fracking and other well stimulation techniques immediately.

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MapLight, a nonpartisan political money tracker, offers a comprehensive voter guide profiling California ballot measures. read more


Our political strength lies with our locals. Here is how your local can build an effective political program.  more


As a union representing public employees at all levels of government, AFSCME fights to protect and support the work our members do every day. This necessarily involves intensive legislative and political activity locally, in Sacramento, and in Washington, D.C. How does this work? more

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