The AFSCME Council 57 Executive Board approved the following resolution in response to the Feb. 1 military takeover in Myanmar and the nationwide general strike that followed:

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: It’s an honor to serve as your Council 57 president. We represent close to 35,000 workers throughout California and I take it as my personal responsibility to make sure that every one of our members gets fair representation at their jobs and a fair return for their work.

Protecting our members’ rights is even more important now that working during the COVID-19 pandemic is our new reality. That’s why I believe communication is even more crucial to keep us all connected and united during these challenging times.

There is good news for AFSCME members looking to pursue higher education. AFSCME Free College has made its bachelor’s degree completion program a permanent benefit.

That means that AFSCME members and their families can earn a bachelor’s degree for free, making an even wider choice of career options a possibility for more people.

If you asked Shawn Tallerico why he does his job for Lodi’s public works department or why he stepped up to be a leader in our union, his answer would be simple and honest.

“The reason I do it is because I care,” he said.

More than 100 AFSCME Local 829 members went on strike this month to call out the unfair labor practices being used by management at Brius, the parent company that owns the Burlingame Skilled Nursing facility and the largest for-profit nursing home operator in California.

Our AFSCME Local 2620 mental health members recently won a victory when Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature decided to leave parole outpatient clinics off the chopping block in this year’s budget.

Keeping the clinics open means that dozens of our sisters and brothers get to keep their jobs—a direct result of months of organizing. Most importantly, the decision means that thousands of parolees living with mental health issues throughout the state can get the proper care they need to transition back into society.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has sent a letter to Congress that echoes what AFSCME has been saying for months: It’s long past time to robustly fund the front lines.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued the following statement in response to today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) annual report on union membership.

“Today’s report reaffirms that when working people have the freedom to come together and join a union, they enjoy greater economic security and a higher standard of living for themselves and their families. Year after year, union members earn more than their nonunion counterparts, with the union difference being especially pronounced for women and people of color.