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Connecticut Rep. Jahana Hayes recently introduced a resolution calling on Congress to affirm its support for providing living wages, good benefits and fair working conditions to paraeducators, classroom assistants, bus drivers, custodial workers and others who are vital to our public education system.

[correction: This article was written by Daisha Benjamin, Communications Officer of AFSCME DC 36.] 

Every year on April 22 — Earth Day — communities across the globe celebrate our environment and commit to making it healthy for future generations.

This Earth Day, I’m thinking about the 50,000 AFSCME members who work in green jobs, protecting and caring for our planet. Whether they’re leading nature walks in our county or state parks, making public buildings more energy efficient and resilient to climate disasters, or making sure our waterways are clean, AFSCME members are at the heart of healthy communities.

On the 55th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., AFSCME releases the “I AM Story” podcast, which describes the working conditions faced by AFSCME sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968 – the year of their historic strike – and connects that seminal event to today’s struggle for economic and racial justice. The podcast also spotlights the ties between the labor and civil rights movements.

This week, the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council (SDICLC) swore in Tim Douglass, President of AFSCME Local 127, to its Executive Board. As a Member of the Executive Board, Douglass will be able to discuss and deliberate on numerous issues, ranging from health care to retirement security. In doing so, Douglass will ensure AFSCME Local 127 has an active voice and vested interest across the San Diego and Imperial Counties.