Historically, unions benefit all working people — union and nonunion alike — by relentlessly fighting for better wages, health care and retirement security for everyone. This couldn’t be more apparent than AFSCME Local 3299’s most recent fight to gather support for equal pay for University of California’s subcontracted workforce.
Cutting the pay and pensions of city employees has become a public safety issue for one of California’s largest cities.
After San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed implemented the cuts, an alarming number of city employees left to pursue better wages and benefits elsewhere. As a result, the San Jose Police Department’s 911 Emergency Dispatch Center is operating at critical staffing levels.