One-Year Commonwealth Contract Ratified by AFSCME Council 13 Members

Posted on 05/18/2015 by Jennifer George

A one-year contract for the Master Agreement and Master Memorandum has been ratified by the members of AFSCME Council 13. The agreement was voted out of the policy committee in April and proceeded to the locals for voting. The results are overwhelmingly in favor of the contract extension with more than 85% voting 'yes.' The full voting results will be posted in the next edition of the Council 13 Connection.


The contract extension will expire in June 2016.  Key provisions of the contracts include:

  • No change to employee contributions toward their health care;
  • A step increase for employees with at least one year of continuous service as of January 2016.

PA Senate Republicans pass yet another attack on Collective Bargaining

Posted on 05/07/2015 by William Kauffman

Harrisburg, PA (May 7, 2015) – Senate Bills 644 and 645 both passed on party lines with a vote of 29-19. SB 644 would force the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) to provide a cost analysis of all proposed Collective Bargaining Agreements for the current year and five years out. SB 645 would mandate that all proposed Collective Bargaining Agreements be posted on the Internet for at least two weeks prior to signing, and stay posted for 30 days after signing. Council 13 opposes these bills, and views them as new editions in the series of attacks on public employees that have come from the Pennsylvania Legislature.

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AFSCME makes Lancaster County Prison happen

Posted on 05/07/2015 by William Kauffman

There is a common consensus that Correctional Officers have one of the toughest jobs in the world. Working with inmates has its fair share of risks. Correctional Officers are hit, kicked, spit on, have urine and feces thrown at them and always have to beware of weapon and drug smuggling, as well as the task of dealing with inmates’ emotional problems and mental health issues.

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AFSCME Council 13 and the Commonwealth will come to a 1-year contractual agreement within the next couple weeks

Posted on 05/05/2015 by William Kauffman

Harrisburg, PA (May 5, 2015) - Following negotiations last month, AFSCME members in Pennsylvania are currently in the process of voting on the ratification of the proposed state contract. On April 17, Council 13’s State Policy Committee unanimously approved the proposal. The vote now goes to local unions throughout the state. So far, it appears members are ratifying by a substantial margin in favor.

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Happy National School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day!

Posted on 05/04/2015 by William Kauffman

Council 13 would like to commend all the school bus drivers out there who deliver our children to and from school safely everyday. Your hard work and dedication is essential to the education system. In honor of National School Bus Safety Week and School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day, we thank you!

AFSCME member runs in Pittsburgh Marathon

Posted on 05/04/2015 by Alan Peters

Brian Caskey, an employee of the Penn Hills School District and a member of AFSCME Local 1314, ran in the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 3, 2015, and completed his 33rd marathon distance race. He finished the 26.2 mile race in 2:59:06, which placed him 84th overall and 12th in the 30-39 age group. This year’s Pittsburgh Marathon drew 23,238 runners.

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43rd Annual Convention

Posted on 04/27/2015 by William Kauffman

418 Delegates attended the 43rd Annual AFSCME Council 13 Convention on April 24-26 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. General Session speakers included PA AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale, AFSCME Wisconsin Council 40 Executive Director Rick Badger, Secretary of the PA Planning & Policy Committee John Hanger, AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes, Secretary of the PA Department of Labor & Industry Kathy Manderino and AFSCME Council 13 Executive Director David Fillman.

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