Spotlight AFSCME Strong Organizers

Last fall, AFSCME Council 18 challenged its members to help build AFSCME member power. Through this member organizing program, dedicated AFSCME activists met one-on-one with bargaining unit employees (non-members and/or fair share payers), listened to their concerns and discussed the benefits of a strong union workplace. This update spotlights AFSCME leaders who showed that the union cares and are helping to build power for their Locals by organizing new members.

Daniel Sedillo & Adam Baca, Local 1461 - Bernalillo County


"We have these union benefits because we stood together," says Daniel Sedillo, Bernalillo County parks maintenance employee, Local 1461 Steward and AFSCME Strong Organizer. "I'm organizing my coworkers into the union because I know how important the power of the union is to lifting up our professions."

(L to R) Bernalillo County Parks and AFSCME Local 1461 member organizers Adam Baca and Daniel Sedillo

Click here for a Short VIDEO with Brother Sedillo, and his fellow worker Adam Baca talking about why they ORGANIZE!

Sedillo works in tandem with his union brother, Adam Baca, to organize new members into their Local. Sedillo says raises are a huge concern and an organizing issue for Parks division workers who are among the lowest paid in the County. However, the career security and procedures protected by the union contract are just as important.

"We take pride in where we live and our work to create these beautiful parks," says Sedillo. "I remind the guys about the value that they represent to the County. We weld, carry irrigation licenses, operate and maintain the equipment. It's only through standing together as union members that we'll win those raises. In fact, by standing strong in the union, it allows our supervisors and directors to speak up and fight for us."

Watch Daniel and Adam's Short AFSCME Strong VIDEO HERE