About Local 800

We are AFSCME Local 800

(scroll down to see names and photos of Local 800 officers, and a full listing of Executive board memebers)

We represent 500 members in nine different social service and Jewish communal agencies, doing work as everything from Social Workers to Fundraisers, from Museum Tour Guides and Executive Assistants to Teachers and IT Specialists, from Drivers to Program Managers, and a diverse array of dozens of other valuable jobs serving the community.

We are part of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. (Started as a union for public employees, AFSCME has grown to include employees at non-profit organizations.)  See the AFSCME Member Benefits page for resources and benefits available to you as an AFSCME member. 

The highest body of Local 800 is the General Membership.  The membership votes on the union's annual budget, the financial reports, and constitutional amendments. Every two years, the General Membership as a whole elects Executive Board officers, and within each agency members vote to elect their agency representatives.  All Executive Board members serve as volunteers.  All union members are welcome to attend Executive Board meetings.  They are generally held on the third Thursday of the month at the Jewish Federation Building, 6505 Wilshire in Los Angeles.  (Please see the Calendar for the date of the next meeting.)

Agency members also elect their contract bargaining team when it is time for contract negotiations, and vote to ratify (or not) the terms of the collective bargaining agreement reached between the team and management.

Charlie Orlowski, an Accountant at JVS SoCal, is currently President of the union.  He can be reached by phone at 323-761-8888 ex. 8869 and via e-mail at [email protected].

Our professional union representative is Gary GuthmanIf you have questions about the union or what is happening on your job, you may reach Gary at [email protected] or 213-248-0381.

Remember: you have the right to Union representation in any disciplinary meeting with management. See our explanation of your Weingarten Rights, here.

AFSCME Local 800 is a union of, by, and for its members. All union members are welcome to attend Executive Board meetings: to meet the E-Board members; to see what goes on at the meetings; and to ask questions and give input. See the Calendar for the date of the next E-Board meeting.

Executive Board

We currently have vacancies, so please consider becoming involved.

(For mini-bios of the officers plus our professional rep, click on the person's name, below.)

Executive Board

Vice President
Corresponding Secretary
Chief Shop Steward
Recording Secretary
Jewish Federation, Professionals, Rep
Jewish Community Foundation Rep
Westside JCC Rep
JVS SoCal, GAIN program, Rep
JVS SoCal, GAIN program, Rep
AFSCME Professional Representative
Museum of Tolerance Rep