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.

AFSCME members make the Pennsylvania Farm Show happen

Posted on 01/14/2015 by Billy Kauffman

Pennsylvania is host to the nation’s largest indoor agriculture exposition; known simply as The Farm Show. The week-long annual event features nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits.


2015 is the year of the 99th annual Farm Show, and the events are in full swing. What many of the approximately 500,000 people who visit the attraction don’t realize is all of the hard work done behind the scenes to make the Farm Show happen; much of which is done by AFSCME members.

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Vote NO to Privatizing the PA Wine and Spirit Stores

Posted on 01/13/2015 by Jennifer George


The privateers are at it again, this time after our publicly owned PA Wine and Spirit stores and we must respond. Please click the link below, the poll will be on the upper right side.


Vote NO to save 5000 jobs and protect $550 million in revenues. Please vote and share with your friends and lists and post on your sites and pages.

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AFSCME Council 13 AFSCME Council 13 31 January 2015, 09:08
7"-8" of snow predicted. Wind chills below zero. In 20 days, Phillies pitchers and catchers report for spring training.
AFSCME Council 13 AFSCME Council 13 30 January 2015, 15:58
RT @DaveFillman: Lee Saunders, "We have had to fight Governors, and Legislators...and now we have to fight the U.S. Supreme Court."