ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 was founded in October 1987 and affiliated with AFSCME International in June 1989 to represent rank and file workers in all departments of state government. To maximize participation in Union activities, we have organized our GGU members into 19 chapters (by geographical location). Each chapter has its own chapter officers, stewards, and bylaws. Additionally, ASEA has added another chapter which consists of Municipal Employees in the City of Sitka, Alaska.
ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 has three statewide officers (President, Secretary, and Treasurer) who are elected to three-year terms and serve on the ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 Statewide Executive Board. Other Board Members include representatives from five geographic regions [Northern (Fairbanks area), Central (Anchorage area), Southeast (Juneau area), Rural, and Bush]; representatives from the membership’s main occupational groups (Technical, Professional, Administrative Support, and Class I) and a Municipal Representative. They are elected to staggered, three-year terms and meet at least quarterly to review reports from officers and staff, to establish policy and to implement programs and convention resolutions.
ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 is staffed through offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau with Business Agents at each location working directly with stewards and members concerning job-related problems and grievances. The Union’s headquarters in Anchorage houses financial, statistical, and information/public relations offices. The Business Manager leads the staff and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Union.
ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 is affiliated with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which in turn is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). AFSCME is the largest union of public employees and health care workers, representing more than 1.6 million men and women throughout the U.S. and its territories. Through this affiliation, our Union receives financial, legal, and other assistance. ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 is required to adhere to AFSCME’s constitutional standards for democracy, but otherwise conducts its business affairs autonomously.