|AFSCME Local 800: Community and Social Agency Employees|
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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.
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 we as employees have the right to be treated with high standards of justice and fairness for the important work that we do. (See here for a page of quotations -- from the Torah to Rav Kook -- on workers' rights in the Jewish tradition, and here for a longer article, "Labor Rights in the Jewish Tradition.")
For more than 40 years, Prince was a union member, a long-standing member of both the Twin Cities Musicians Local 30-73 of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and SAG-AFTRA. Beginning with “Ronnie Talk to Russia” in 1981 on through hits like “Sign o’ the Times” and later works like “We March” and “Baltimore,” this AFSCME blog takes a look at Prince’s career-spanning fights on behalf of working people
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