Posted on 08/28/2015 by William Kauffman
The focus of this year's District Council conferences is the AFSCME Strong campaign, which is an effort to engage all AFSCME members and sign Fair Share fee payers up to be members. Another very important component of AFSCME Strong is signing members up to contribute to Council 13's Political And Legislative (PAL) fund. At the first two of eight District Council Leadership Conferences, hosted by 90 and 88, all attendees were PAL contributors by the end of the conference. District Council 90 and 88 have set a strong precedent as the next six conferences approach. This is what AFSCME Strong is all about. Let's keep up the good work, brothers and sisters!
Posted on 08/26/2015 by William Kauffman
Everyone at AFSCME Council 13 expresses their deepest condolences to the family of the late Donald Cutler. Cutler served as Assistant to the Executive Director at Council 13, and remained highly active in the union and the broader labor movement after his retirement in 1987. Cutler was born in Philadelphia, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He studied Industrial Relations at St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia before his time with AFSCME, and was appointed by Governor Richard Thornburg to serve on Pennsylvania’s first Health Care Cost Containment Council in 1986. Cutler is pre-deceased by his wife Selma, brother Al (Eli) and sister Clair. He is survived by his sons Alan (Amy) and Jerry, and grandchildren Jill, Rachel, Danny, Justin and Samantha. Cutler devoted much of his life to bettering the lives of working people. His contributions to AFSCME are vast and will never be forgotten.
Posted on 08/21/2015 by William Kauffman
Every year, the Little League Baseball World Series culminates in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 16 teams consisting of young players from all over the world gather for this international event, which is made possible by sponsors and volunteers. Among those volunteers are AFSCME members Jimmy Dellomo, Jim O’Brien and Walter Simpson. Dellomo and O’Brien are out of Local 2674, Williamsport City and South Williamsport Borough, and Simpson is out of Local 2247, State Supervisory District 10. Dellomo, O’Brien and Simpson take vacation time every year in order to be able to volunteer at the remarkable Little League World Series Complex in South Williamsport. All the fields and facilities are pristine and ready to play ball thanks to the non-stop efforts of volunteers like these AFSCME members.
Posted on 08/17/2015 by William Kauffman
80 AFSCME members out of District Council 90 took part in a leadership conference this past weekend to learn what it means to be AFSCME Strong. The AFSCME Strong campaign is a plan to engage with all AFSCME members and gauge their commitment to the union. That means all 65,000 members in Pennsylvania must be engaged, and this conference was a step toward that goal. At its core, AFSCME Strong is about giving members the knowledge and skills they need to grow the union as Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a Supreme Court case that threatens the legality of the long-standing Fair Share fee, looms in the near future. Participants in District Council 90’s conference learned strategies for getting Fair Share fee payers to sign up for full membership, as well as ways to get current members more active in their local union. PAL contributions were also emphasized, as supporting pro-worker candidates is more important than ever with continued attacks from the Pennsylvania legislature.
Posted on 08/12/2015 by William Kauffman
Council 13 Executive Director David Fillman, PA Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich, as well as rank-and-file and first-level supervisor AFSCME negotiators signed the previously ratified one-year contract for the Master Agreement and Master Memorandum with the Commonwealth. Key provisions of the agreement include no change to employee contributions to their health care, and a step increase for employees with at least one year of continuous service as of January 2016. As well as signing off on the one-year contract, negotiators from Council 13 and the Commonwealth sat down to begin the process of negotiating the next agreement, which is expected to be a more long-term deal. Council 13 submitted its proposals as required by law, and is now waiting for a future round of negotiations with the Commonwealth. Continue to monitor afscme13.org for all updates regarding negotiations.
Posted on 08/06/2015 by William Kauffman
39,000 IBEW and CWA union members all along the East Coast are working without a contract as Verizon continues to refuse to engage in the collective bargaining process. The last contract expired on August 1, and workers are now fighting for a fair agreement with the multi-billion dollar company. Despite huge profits, Verizon is still insisting on slashing job security, health care and retirement security.
Sign this petition to show your solidarity with Verizon workers! Let Verizon executive vice president and chief administrative officer Marc Reed know that we are watching and will always have our union brothers and sisters' backs!
Posted on 07/31/2015 by William Kauffman
Have you ever spent a weekend hiking, camping or just driving around Pennsylvania’s state forest land? Have you ever been impressed by the well-maintained roads, facilities and beautiful scenery? Have you ever considered all the hard work that goes into keeping these areas safe and fun for the public? The reason Pennsylvanians are able to enjoy the abundant forests and woodlands in the state are because of the dedicated employees of the Game Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), both of which have AFSCME members in their ranks. Edward Wileman, Maintenance Supervisor in the Tuscarora Forestry Bureau and member of AFSCME Local 2245, is one of those people, along with Equipment Operator and member of AFSCME Local 2137, Bryan Sonnenberg.