Posted on 01/18/2017
AFSCME Council 13 and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will sign a three-year contract for state employees on Friday, January 27.
The contract was ratified by Council 13's State Policy Committee in August of 2016, and passed by Council 13 members by a ratio of 6:1.
The Master Agreement and Master Memorandum will be posted on afscme13.org as soon as possible in the days following the contract signing, so be sure to continue to monitor the website to be able to access those documents.
Posted on 12/15/2016
AFSCME Council 13's 2017 Women's Conference will take place March 10-12, in Pocono Manor, Pa. The registration deadline is Friday, February 24.
Click here for Conference Information
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Posted on 11/22/2016
More than 500 Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) employees who work at Unemployment Compensation Service Centers will receive layoff notices and work their last day on December 19, due to the State Senate’s inaction on House Bill 2375.
The call to inaction was led by State Senator and owner of Penn Waste Scott Wagner of York, Pa. Wagner proudly proclaimed that he “dug his foot in” to stop HB 2375 from reaching Governor Tom Wolf’s desk, going on to say “let them (the service centers) close down.”
And the Senate did just that by not passing the bill and simply heading home for the holidays. While they enjoy Christmas with their families, hundreds of L&I workers will not have the same luxury as their source of income has been swept out from under them with these closures.
Wagner’s disdain for state employees is nothing new. In an email blast regarding HB 2375, the Senator managed to take a shot at Council 13 members’ recently ratified contract with the Commonwealth, saying “Governor Wolf did not have a problem finding money this past August to give almost 30,000 state employees wage increases.”
Not only does Wagner allow state employees to be scapegoats for budgetary issues created by the legislature that he is a part of, but he goes on to use Wolf as a scapegoat for the call centers closing down, saying “Governor Wolf and his Budget Secretary know where to find money to continue to fund the call centers.”
Scott Wagner, and Senators like him, made the choice to close the call centers and layoff hundreds of people. Now that they have, Wagner is blaming his potential 2018 opponent for it. He was sure to remind folks through his email blast that “in 2018, taxpayers of Pennsylvania get to hold Governor Wolf accountable and elect him out of office.”
While Wagner capitalizes on this issue for his political ambitions, hundreds of families are trying to figure out what they are going to do for the holidays and new year.
Most of the employees affected by this are represented by SEIU, and others are represented by AFSCME. Regardless of who their union is, Council 13 stands with these workers and intends to do everything in our power to make this right. Council 13 members should watch their email inboxes closely for a call to action. We will never quit in the face of this, or any, injustice.
Posted on 11/09/2016
AFSCME Council 13 Executive Director issued the following statement to members on the results of the 2016 election:
“First, I want to thank all of the AFSCME volunteers for their countless hours of work toward electing pro-working family candidates in this election. We took some disheartening losses, but your work was extremely important and does not go unappreciated. That is why Secretary Clinton specifically mentioned unions in her concession speech, as Labor’s ground game (especially AFSCME’s) was impeccable. We more than held up our end of the deal, and no matter what happens, we were on the correct side of history.
We can take some solace in the fact that our endorsed candidates for Attorney General, Auditor General and Treasurer all won their races, and they are the employers of some AFSCME members in Pennsylvania.
That does not change the fact that we are now faced with a Donald Trump presidency, a Republican-controlled Congress and looming Supreme Court vacancies. All of those things present direct threats to our existence, but we cannot stand down, we must stand up.
We must focus on our core values of protecting workers’ rights and assuring safety in the workplace, livable wages, good benefits and adequate healthcare coverage. We must remember we have power in numbers and use that power to create positive change. We have overcome challenges before and will do so again, and I am with you every step of the way. Now, more than ever, we must Never Quit.”
Posted on 09/06/2016 by Jennifer George
Harrisburg, PA (September 6, 2016) - On August 3, Council 13’s State Policy Committee unanimously approved a three-year contract proposal. AFSCME Council 13 moved the vote to all of its 192 state locals. AFSCME members in Pennsylvania passed the three year contractual agreement 6-1. A local listing of the results will be included in the Summer 2016 Issue of the Council 13 Connection.
Under Senate Bill 644 passed on April 6, 2016, the contract will now go to the Commonwealth’s Independent Fiscal Office to conduct a cost analysis of the collective bargaining agreement.
“I am very pleased with how this contract ended up. I believe that it is a fair contract for the employees that provide vital services to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Council 13 Executive Director David Fillman.
“I would like to thank the Secretary of Administration, Sharon Minnich for the work she put into this contract.”
Posted on 09/06/2016
Your benefits are changing!
-You will have to choose a new medical plan for 2017.
-New health plans and benefit designs will be offered - you will have your choice of two PPOs or an HMO (offered in Pennsylvania) with different copays for medical services.
-PPO buy-up costs for those hired on or after August 1, 2003 are decreasing.
The Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF) will host meetings in September for you to learn more about the benefit changes, ask questions and speak one-on-one with PEBTF and medical plan representatives. All of the meetings will offer the same information so choose whichever date and location is convenient for you.
THERE WILL BE TWO MEETINGS AT EACH LOCATION:
11 a.m. to Noon and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 14 - Forum Auditorium, 500 Walnut St., Harrisburg, PA
- Thursday, September 22 - Doubletree Pittsburgh/Monroeville, 101 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA
- Tuesday, September 27 - Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St., Philadelphia, PA
- Wednesday, September 28 - The Woodlands Inn, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA
- Tuesday, October 18 - Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, PA
- Wednesday, October 19 - Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA
- Wednesday, October 19 - Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA
- Thursday, October 20 - Blair County Convention Center, One Convention Center Drive, Altoona, PA
- Friday, October 21 - Forum Auditorium, 500 Walnut St., Harrisburg, PA
- Monday, October 24 - Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel, 1741 Paper Mill Road, Wyomissing, PA
- Tuesday, October 25 - Norristown State Hospital, Bldg 33 Auditorium, 1001 Sterigere Street, Norristown, PA
- Wednesday, October 26 - Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Thursday, October 27 - Farm Show, Keystone Conf. Center, 2300 North Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA (Enter via Maclay St. Entrance)
- Friday, October 28 - Radisson Penn Harris, 1150 Camp Hill By-Pass, Camp Hill, PA
- Monday, October 31 - Selinsgrove Center, Central Building, 1000 Route 522, Selinsgrove, PA
- Tuesday, November 1 - Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, 100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA
- Wednesday, November 2 - The Woodlands Inn, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Subject to operational requirements, employees will be given two hours off from work plus necessary travel time to attend an Informational Meeting. Sign-in sheets will be available at each meeting.
Online Informational Meetings
If you cannot attend one of the Informational Meetings, you may participate in a live webinar - it will be the same presentation that you would hear at a meeting and you will be able to ask questions at the end.
-Thursday, September 15 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
-Thursday, September 29 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and will be limited to 500 participants.
1. Go to www.pebtf.org
2. Click on the 2016 Open Enrollment box to get started
The webinar will be recorded so you may view the presentation online at your convenience throughout the Open Enrollment period.
Your computer must be equipped with speakers to hear the audio.
Open enrollment is October 17-November 4, 2016. Watch your mail for a newsletter in early October. Detailed information about your benefit options will be included in the newsletter as well as in emails and on the PEBTF website. Open Enrollment Benefit Fairs will be held throughout the state - you will be able to attend a presentation and ask questions. You will have to make a decision for 2017 so take some time to review the important information.
AFSCME Council 13 has put together some of the questions that have been frequently asked at the above mentioned meetings. Click here to view them or contact the PEBTF at 717-561-4750 or 1-800-522-7279 or visit pebtf.org.