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About MEF
(updated 9/13/13)

MEF represents over 3,300 city employees who provide the vital services that make San José happen and an advocate for prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

These MEF workers are employed at the airport, convention center, library, police and fire departments, public works, and other areas of the city. For us, public service is not just a job, it’s a calling. At times we are right out front, and at other times we are behind the scenes. Wherever we are, we’re proud to take on the responsibility of helping to keep this city strong.

The MEF chapter of AFSCME Local 101 is a Union made up of a diverse group of people who share a common commitment to public service. We see the big picture and gladly accept the responsibility of guarding and nurturing it — not because we expect to be recognized for our sacrifice, but because we know the job needs to be done. That’s why we’re in the public service — to keep our families safe and make our communities strong.

Through the collective voice of our membership, MEF promotes the election of local, state and federal politicians who support legislation and government policy that is beneficial to working men and women. We seek to focus our voting power toward aiding those who share and support the values and ideals of working families.

While we work for justice in the workplace, we advocate prosperity and opportunity for all of San José’s working families. We not only stand for fairness at the bargaining table — we fight for fairness at the ballot box and in the halls of government.

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Union Structure

The structure of our Union begins with the membership. The general membership is the final authority of MEF and is authorized to take lawful action, consistent with chapter Bylaws, the Local 101 Constitution, and the AFSCME International Constitution. Chart 1, below, demonstrates how the AFSCME International Union is organized. The next level subordinate to AFSMCE International is District Council 57 (based in Oakland), with our Local 101 (based in San José). Local 101 is divided further in to 13 subordinate chapters throughout the San José area. Chart 2, below shows how our MEF chapter is associated with the International and Council. More details can be found in the AFSCME International Constitution.


Chart 1


AFSCME and Council 57

In the AFSCME structure, Local Unions join together in Councils to provide professional field representation, secretarial and bookkeeping services, research, education and training and to take maximum advantage of international Union resources and programs. District Council 57 was chartered by the International Union in 1962 to provide administrative and field services to AFSCME Local Unions in San Mateo County. Since then the Council has grown to represent more than 22,000 public and private sector workers in 45 Local Unions in California; members in Council 57's affiliated Local Unions work for county governments, school districts, cities, special governmental districts, hospitals, private sector health and transportation agencies and the State of California.

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations


Chart 2

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions. The AFL-CIO union movement represents 10.5 million members, including two million members in Working America, its new community affiliate.

The AFL-CIO was created in 1955 by the merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Since its founding, the AFL-CIO and its affiliate unions have been the single most effective force in America for enabling working people to build better lives and futures for our families.

Important Guiding Documents

Municipal Employees' Federation Bylaws

AFSCME District Council 57 Constitution

AFSCME International Constitution (2016)

AFSCME Local Union Election Manual

San José Employee-Employer Resolution

Meyers-Milias-Brown Act

Glossary of Labor Terms


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