Sisters & Brothers,
This Labor Day, I hope you take some well-deserved time to relax, travel, see friends and family, or whatever it is that you do for fun and to unwind. You work hard, and without your contribution, the City of Los Angeles wouldn’t be what it is today. You deserve a break!
I’d also like you to take a moment and reflect as to why we why we get to enjoy a three-day weekend with pay or working with time and one-half pay. Labor Day is to honor and celebrate the Labor Movement, something that you, as member of AFSCME Local 3090, are a part of. The reason for Labor Day is to acknowledge the creation of the American Labor Movement and all of its accomplishments and struggles.
We often take for granted what Labor has accomplished. You can thank unions for the weekend, paid vacations, paid family and medical leave, and for ending child labor. You can thank unions for employer-based health insurance and social security. You can thank unions for the Fair Labor Standards Act and National Labor Relations Act. And don’t forget Labor’s role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ‘60s, and more recently its role in the Resistance Movement against President Trump’s disastrous policies.
One way to honor Labor Day is make sure that you spend your money on goods and services made or provided by union labor. Our friends at Labor 411 (www.labor411.org) produce a print and online guide to union-made goods and services, making it easy to decide what hotel to stay, what bottle of wine to purchase and more. By shopping this way, your money goes to supporting union jobs, a generous act of solidarity.
Speaking of Labor Day, come on down to Wilmington on Monday, Sept 4 and join your Los Angeles union family for the annual Labor Solidarity Parade and barbecue. We’ll be gathering at the corner of E St. and Broad Ave. starting at 8 a.m. Wear your AFSCME green and join us!
While we celebrate this weekend, our Sisters & Brothers in Houston and elsewhere hit by Hurricane Harvey are struggling. AFSCME has set up a Fallen Heroes Fund to help members in impacted areas. Click here for more info and how to donate.
Congratulations to Maria Reyes, winner of our first ever Selfie Contest! Stay tuned for more information as we launch the next contest in September.