AFSCME makes Bucks County Free Library happen

Posted on 04/15/2015 by Billy Kauffman

Public libraries provide community members of all ages a safe space to gather and learn, as well as provide employment opportunities. Tuesday was National Library Workers Day, and this whole week is National Library Week. Did you know more than 25,000 library workers are a part of AFSCME? Many of those workers are right here in Pennsylvania, and one of them is Mike Barba out of Local 1598.

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Happy National Employee Benefits Day!

Posted on 04/02/2015 by Billy Kauffman

April 2 marks National Employee Benefits Day; a day focused on exploring the ways your organization can help employees improve their overall well-being. As union members, we enjoy benefits that improve life at work for ourselves, and life at home for our families. Take this day to learn more about the benefits your employer offers, as well as ways to improve wellness at work.

Welcome West Manheim Township Employees

Posted on 04/01/2015 by Billy Kauffman

White and blue collar employees of West Manheim Township in York County voted 8-0 yesterday for representation with AFSCME District Council 89. This brings 10 new employees to AFSCME ranks!

AFSCME pulls Int'l Women's Conference out of Indiana

Posted on 03/31/2015 by Billy Kauffman

On March 26, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a disgusting bill into law that allows businesses to refuse service to customers simply because they are gay or lesbian. This law not only legalizes sexual discrimination, but it also legalizes religious discrimination, as it allows business owners to refuse to hire someone of a different religion than their own. Pence claims this is about protection of religious freedom, when it is does nothing but destroys freedom and completely goes against American values. This intolerable embarrassment of a law is a blatant assault on civil rights and basic decency. AFSCME has spent its entire existence fighting for equal rights, and was on the front lines of the civil rights movement. This union will not make a sizeable financial investment in Indiana for a conference that will be focused on empowering people, rather than tearing them down as this law will try to do. For these reasons, AFSCME is pulling its International Women’s Conference out of Indiana with plans to move it to another state with laws that value human rights. We stand with the ever-growing number of corporations and associations who are taking similar action this week, and demanding fairness for all in the state of Indiana.

Local 1314 sponsors Penn Hills scholarship

Posted on 03/25/2015 by Billy Kauffman

For the third consecutive year, AFSCME Local 1314, Penn Hills School District Employees, has sponsored a scholarship through the PTA. Local 1314 represents Penn Hills Crossing Guards, Penn Hills Food Services employees and the Penn Hills Plant Services division. Members of Local 1314 are proud to be a part of the post-secondary education of a Penn Hills student. If you are a parent of a Penn Hills student who is interested in this scholarship, contact The Penn Hills Council of PTA's Scholarship Chairperson Christine Polaski at

The mystery of Local 2138's charter

Posted on 03/24/2015 by Billy Kauffman

One cold and snowy February morning, mechanic at Juniata County PennDOT and member of AFSCME Local 2138 Dave Taylor discovered a document sitting on his workbench when he arrived for work at 4 a.m. Taylor was used to random items showing up like this as he is known to be somewhat of a historian and collector, and coworkers bring different things...

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Gov. Tom Wolf's budget address focuses on Pennsylvania's middle class.

Posted on 03/03/2015 by Jennifer George

Harrisburg, PA (March 3, 2015) - Today, Governor Tom Wolf proposed the most working class friendly Pennsylvania state budget in years. Wolf proved that “Fresh Start” was more than a campaign slogan.


AFSCME Council 13 is very pleased with Wolf’s proposals, and we also recognize there is a long road ahead in order for these things to be accomplished.  To view the full press release, please click read full article.

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