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Article originally published on cal.streetsblog.org on October 20, 2016.

Contra Costa County voters are considering whether to tax themselves to pay for transportation, and the plan accompanying the measure has a few potentially game-changing aspects. That doesn’t mean that sustainable transportation advocates all support it, however.

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Now that the June primary election is over and the two main presidential candidates have been decided, Council 57 has decided to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

Our members stood behind Sen. Bernie Sanders all the way up to the Democratic National Convention. But in an effort to unite with one voice around a candidate for the general election, the Council 57 Delegate Assembly, a group of AFSCME Council 57 members that comprise the highest decision-making body of our statewide organization, unanimously adopted a recommendation from the Executive Board to put our support behind the only clear choice in this election for working families.

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 Labor and its allies gained traction this week with landmark legislation that will raise the minimum wage statewide incrementally to $15 per hour over the next six years.

With this law, California is making a statement that will echo across the country: No one who works hard should live in poverty.  

Various cities in the state have undertaken their own minimum wage laws. With this new statewide legislation under consideration in Sacramento, many AFSCME members working in kitchen, laundry and custodial jobs stand to benefit.

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It’s not often when we get a chance to speak directly to the public officials who make decisions that affect our communities, but that’s the opportunity that our members received last weekend when they attended the AFSCME California PEOPLE Convention.

A number of our brothers and sisters—representing locals throughout the state—took part in Lobby Day, and they shared their stories of serving the public everyday and asked public officials in the state Capitol to hear and act on their concerns.

As a Council, we worked in collaboration with our brothers and sisters from Council 36 (Southern California) to gain support from key state legislators in our fight to restore funding for an array of state-funded services that will lift up our communities. 

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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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