Los Angeles, a city with a strong labor movement, hosts the 46th AFSCME convention

Los Angeles, a city with a strong labor movement, hosts the 46th AFSCME convention
By AFSCME Staff ,

AFSCME’s 46th International Convention will be held in Los Angeles, August 12-16.

Thousands of delegates will gather from all over our nation to chart a course for our union over the next two years, learn new ways of doing our important work, pick up new tools, connect with old friends, make new friends, and yes, have fun.

We will continue to build on the growth our union has experienced since our last convention, at a moment of rising union popularity nationwide. And we will leave Los Angeles energized and ready to harness our people power in the 2024 elections.

You don’t have to look far to see Los Angeles’ rich labor heritage. From mariners to metalworkers, bakers to typographers, farm workers to dressmakers, the industries Angelenos have fought to improve are as varied as the backgrounds of this city’s proud residents.

AFSCME members have helped shape that tradition throughout California, where we represent more than 200,000 members. Whether it was organizing Southern California nurses under the UNAC banner; giving home care workers a voice under what would come to be called UDW; fighting inequity and outsourcing to ensure dignity for Local 3299 members who make the University of California system strong; winning a union for cultural workers at, among other places, the Los Angeles Public Library, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures; or negotiating a first contract for thousands of child care workers, AFSCME has left an indelible footprint in both this city and this state.

Los Angeles may be the land of Hollywood make-believe, but the goals we set for our union are real and concrete. The work we do after leaving Los Angeles will be felt across the country. We will continue to organize aggressively, build power and mobilize to elect worker-friendly politicians.

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