|AFSCME Local 800: Community and Social Agency Employees|
Welcome to the website of AFSCME Local 800, Community and Social Service Agency Employees. We are a local of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest union in the national labor federation, the AFL-CIO.
We represent 500 members in eight different Jewish communal agencies, including Fundraisers, Case Managers, Executive Assistants, Social Workers, Pantry Managers, Bookkeepers, Nursery School and Kindergarten Teachers, IT Specialists, (read more)
The articles on this site can be grouped into four major categories;
Who We Are and What We Do
There are a lot of misconceptions about the union. Here are clarifications on three issues raised by some of our members:
#1 My supervisor told us that they cannot give us a raise because of the union.
This year AFSCME Local 800 concluded five successful contract negotiations, with eight of the nine bargaining units whose employees we represent. Here we outline what we won -- and remember that good contract terms come from an intelligent, determined bargaining team backed by strong support and active participation from the membership. Read more >>>
Do you know about the proud legacy of our union?
It was founded more than half of a century ago when a group of Jewish Federation employees simply got tired of being mistreated and disrespected on the job. Employees were being let go without any recourse or due process – contrary to our most basic democratic values. These employees, all of whom just happened to be professional fundraisers for the Jewish Federation, were fiercely committed to their work and to serving the community. (read more)
Local 800 is as diverse as the city of Los Angeles, with members of every religious and racial and ethnic background. There are some amongst us who have found work in Jewish communal agencies because of our own ties to the Jewish tradition. That tradition, like other great traditions in the world's heritage, is a rich reservoir of struggles for justice (“tzedek” in Hebrew), with many stories and texts that refer to the rights and dignity of workers. The Jewish communal agencies in our city were all founded based on high ideals, and (read more)
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