AFSCME Council 13 ratifies 3-year contract with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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.”




UPDATED: Informational meetings about 2017 PEBTF benefit changes

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.

Informational Meetings

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.

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.

To register:

1. Go to

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

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

AFSCME Council 13 announces 32nd Biennial Non-State Education Conference

Posted on 09/02/2016

AFSCME Council 13 announces its 32nd Biennial Non-State Education Conference from September 30 to October 2. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront.  Final registration cut-off is September 15.

Click here for Conference Information

Click here for Registration Form

Click here for Reimbursement Form

Click here for Conference Agenda


PennDOT employee, AFSCME member loses life on the job

Posted on 08/12/2016

Just as the vital services that Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) workers provide Pennsylvanians everyday often go unnoticed and under-appreciated, the same goes for the risk those workers face doing their jobs.

AFSCME Council 13 is deeply saddened to report that eight-year PennDOT employee and AFSCME Local 2604 (Tech. Services – District 3) member Harold “Don” Whipple passed away at the age of 33 after being critically injured in a traffic crash on August 3.

There will be a benefit ride on Sunday, August 14, to raise money for Don’s family as well for the family of Andy Puhlick who was injured in the crash. We encourage anyone to contribute what they can to help the families get through a very difficult time. Click here to see the flier for the benefit ride. 

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UPDATE: Tentative agreement and changes to health benefits

Posted on 08/11/2016

There has been a massive online response to the news that AFSCME Council 13 reached a tentative agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the agreement was approved by Council 13’s Statewide Policy Committee. The next step is for the tentative agreement to go to Local Unions for the members to vote on.

Council 13 has purposely not released much information about the details of the tentative agreement to the general public so members can see it first. The intention is for the detailed information to get to the membership through their Local leadership.

While Council 13 has held the information closely, details about the tentative agreement have spilled out, causing some confusion and misinformation to get out there.

Here are a few things AFSCME Council 13 members need to know regarding this issue:

  • If you have any questions about the tentative agreement, reach out to your Local leadership; they should have the correct information. If that does not work for you, contact your District Council office and speak with your Staff Representative. You can find your District Council here.
  • There are changes to health benefits coming, but these changes are not part of the tentative agreement and are not being voted on. These are changes made by the Pennsylvania Employee Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF) Trustees that had to occur no matter what happened with contract negotiations.
  • On 1/1/17, everyone (except legislators) from the governor on down, including SEIU, UFCW, PSCOA and 20 other unions, will see the exact same health care changes as us. These changes are an attempt to stop the PEBTF from ending up with a $160 million deficit. This is all part of an effort to maintain the fund’s reserves due to escalating costs, especially in Specialty Drug. If the fund gets to an excess of 4.5 months of reserve, we can attempt to roll back the higher deductibles.
  • Just like with the details of the tentative agreement, we are trying to allow our members to get the details of the changes to health benefits before it gets to the general public, which is why we are not including many details here. Reach out to your Local leadership or Staff Representative for more details about the changes to health benefits.
  • Again, the changes to health benefits ARE NOT part of the tentative agreement and ARE NOT a contractual matter to be voted on

AFSCME Council 13 reaches tentative 3-year agreement with Commonwealth

Posted on 08/03/2016

Harrisburg, PA (August 3, 2016) – Following many negotiation sessions in the past months, Council 13’s State Policy Committee unanimously approved a three-year tentative agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. AFSCME members in Pennsylvania will be voting on the ratification of the proposed state contract over the course of the next month.

AFSCME Council 13 will not release any details of the tentative agreement until our members have been notified.

“I am pleased with the outcome given the current climate in Harrisburg,” said Council 13 Executive Director David Fillman.

“Our members are cognizant of the challenges in the state budget, as well as the costs to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania, but I feel this is a fair proposal for all given the work our members do to make this Commonwealth happen.”

AFSCME Council 13 is the largest public employee union in Pennsylvania representing the most Commonwealth employees, totaling more than 40,000. Full results will be posted on once all local unions have voted.

Organizing Victory!

Posted on 07/28/2016

The professional counselors at the Lancaster County Prison voted by a count of 10-0 on both to join AFSCME, and to be included in the non-professional bargaining unit with the corrections officers AFSCME currently represents. This brings 12 workers to AFSCME ranks. Congratulations and welcome to the AFSCME family!




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