31st Biennial Non-State Education Conference

Posted on 07/28/2014 by William Kauffman

AFSCME Council 13 announces its 31st Biennial Non-State Education Conference from September 19 to September 21. The conference will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg. Final registration cut-off is August 31. Members can make reservations online here OR call the hotel at 717-233-6000 or 1-800-HILTONS and ask to make a reservation for the "AFSCME Non-State" Conference.

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APWU Rallies to Promote Boycott Against Staples

Posted on 07/25/2014 by William Kauffman

More than 1,000 postal workers and allies gathered in downtown Chicago on Tuesday to promote a boycott against Staples as part of the American Postal Workers Union's (APWU) "Stop Staples" campaign. This rally is a part of the effort to stop what appears to be privatization-in-disguise of the United States Postal Service. AFSCME International as well as Council 13's Executive Board have both endorsed this effort along with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

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Corbett Signs Bare Bones Budget

Posted on 07/10/2014 by William Kauffman

Governor Tom Corbett announced that he has signed the Pennsylvania budget and fiscal code. While this is a bare bones budget, we have fought back the privatization of liquor stores, pension reform and paycheck protection, for now. State employees will continue to be paid.

Corbett also announced that he line-item vetoed $65 million from lawmakers' budget and $7.2 million from projects designated by the Legislature. He then went on to urge lawmakers to address pension reform again.

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Gallagher Appointed Director of AFSCME District Council 87

Posted on 06/13/2014 by Jennifer George

At a board meeting on Thursday, June 13, the executive board of District Council 87 of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, voted unanimously to appoint Kerri Gallagher to the position of Director effective immediately. 


"Kerri’s dedication and experience with AFSCME will help to keep Council 87 moving in the right direction", said David Fillman, Executive Director of Council 13.

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AFSCME Council 13 Endorses Wolf for Governor

Posted on 06/11/2014 by Jennifer George

AFSCME Council 13 has announced its endorsement of Democratic candidate for Governor and previous Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Tom Wolf.  After holding a meeting with Council 13’s Statewide Steering Committee, a panel of Council 13 members who vote on the endorsement of state candidates, voted unanimously to endorse Wolf.

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Exec. Director Fillman On PCN Call-In Program

Posted on 06/03/2014 by Jennifer George

C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman was a guest on the PCN Call-In Program, discussing the 2013/2014 PA Budget.  Also on the panel was Gene Barr, President & CEO of the PA Chamber of Business and Industry.  Click here to view the broadcast.

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In Memoriam of Randy Rush

Posted on 05/27/2014 by Jennifer George

Retired Council 13 President, Randy Rush, passed away on May 25, 2014. Brother Rush was a long standing member of AFSCME Council 13. He served as President of Local 1955 and Local 2059. He also sat on the Executive Board of District Council 84. In February of 1993 he was elected to the Council 13 Executive Board, later becoming the Executive Board President. Randy retired in 2004.  Obituary


"Randy presided over the Council 13 Executive Board during the transition in 2002 from Ed Keller to myself, as Executive Director of Council 13," said Dave Fillman, "and Randy was supportive of my appointment from the very beginning. He was AFSCME through and through, and will be missed by all."

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