AFSCME and NHS sign new three-year agreement

Posted on 02/04/2015 by Billy Kauffman

This morning, Executive Director Dave Fillman and Assistant to the Executive Director Darrin Spann, along with the AFSCME and Management negotiation teams, signed AFSCME Council 13's three-year agreement with Northwestern Human Services (NHS); the largest non-state employer under contract with AFSCME Council 13. The new contract included advancements in the health care system and was overwhelmingly ratified by the membership. AFSCME and NHS enjoy a healthy labor-management relationship, and this new agreement reflects that.

State Agreement negotiations just around the corner

Posted on 02/02/2015 by Billy Kauffman

Since Governor Wolf’s inauguration less than two weeks ago, we have been in contact with the new administration regarding the upcoming contract negotiations.


The governor's first priority was putting in place his cabinet secretaries. The Secretary of Administration is Sharon Minnich. He has also started the bidding process to select labor counsel, whom would oversee our negotiations for the governor and Secretary Minnich.


Once this process is complete, we will commence negotiations for the new State Agreement. Please continue to check as we will post further information as soon as possible.

Local 2952 gives back

Posted on 01/22/2015 by Billy Kauffman

As part of the AFSCME Gives Back program, Local 2952 donated $500 to Penn Lincoln Elementary School to help the school's behavioral program. This is the second annual donation to the school on the part of Local 2952. Great job, sisters and brothers.

In the photo (left to right): Local 2952 Vice President Joe Eckels, Local 2952 President Gary Orner, Penn Lincoln Elementary School Principal Catherine Keefe and school secretary Janice Calvin.

Rick Smith's Labor History in 2 minutes

Posted on 01/16/2015 by Billy Kauffman

We recently talked with our friend and union advocate Rick Smith, host of the Rick Smith Show, about the work AFSCME members do at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Check out his website where today's episode will be posted, and check out past episodes. Rick is a refreshing voice of truth and reason for the labor movement.

We also encourage you to listen to today's and past editions of "Labor History in 2:00," a fascinating look at the history of the labor movement that too often goes overlooked.

Thank you, Rick, for all your support and efforts to educate people on the importance of unions in Pennsylvania, the United States and beyond.

Study finds union members more happy than non-union workers

Posted on 01/15/2015 by Billy Kauffman

An op-ed recently published by the New York Times found that while union membership has declined in the United States, the 11.2 percent of the work force who are still fortunate enough to be in a union are more happy than their non-union counterparts.

The report, which studied unions in 14 different nations, found that "union members are more satisfied with their lives than those who are not members and that the substantive effect of union membership on life satisfaction is large and rivals other common predictors of quality of life."

AFSCME put together a fun video celebrating what union members already know, life is better when you're union.

Spread the happiness by retweeting this story on Twitter and sharing it with your Facebook friends.

Labor Mediators Needed

Posted on 01/15/2015 by Jennifer George

The Bureau of Mediation is looking for qualified applicants as Labor Mediators.  The Civil Service Bureau will be conducting testing in May 2015 for all open positions. 


It's in the best interest of all of us, advocates and mediators alike, that we have qualified candidates to fill the open labor mediator positions. 


If you are aware of any qualified individuals interested in taking the test, please encourage them to do so.


The test will be open for registration on the Civil service website ( from March 4, 2015 through April 11, 2015.


Testing will take place the week of May 18, 2015.

2015 AFSCME Council 13 Women's Conference

Posted on 01/14/2015 by Jennifer George

AFSCME Council 13's 2015 Women's Conference will be held on March 6-8, 2015 at the Lancaster Marriott Penn Square, 25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.  The conference is themed women warriors.  Early bird registration cut-off is January 10, 2015 and final registration cut-off is February 10, 2015.  Click here for more information about the conference.

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