Employees Promoted to DC 47 Local 2187 Represented Classes Get Bonus

Employees Promoted to DC 47 Local 2187 Represented Classes Get Bonus

It is with Great pleasure that I share with you the agreement to pay the Bonus for members who were in transition from DC 33 to DC 47. It has been paid!

In March 2104 with new leadership from DC 47 President Fred Wright, Local 2187 was able to ratify a Memorandum of Agreement and Local 2187 members received a $2000 bonus. We reached out to Labor Relations in October 2014, identifying a select group of our members who were in a precarious situation. They were in transition from DC 33 on probation to promote to DC47 and they were placed in a position of not being eligible for either bonus.

We were informed “technically “since the affected employees became DC 47 members after the ratification, they were not eligible for the bonus. However, after some negotiation, the City agreed to provide the affected members with the lump sum payment of $2000 (bonus). There were 38 Local 2187 members affected.

Members received their checks right before the holiday. This is the first time in the history of the DC 47 Local 2187 and the City of Philadelphia, that this type of agreement has been negotiated and approved.

Congratulations!

Happy Holiday Season!

In solidarity,
Jackie

Jacqueline Marshall,
DC47 Local 2187 President

Registration for Free Vocational ESL & English Literacy Classes

Registration for Free Vocational ESL & English Literacy Classes

Registration is open NOW for FREE Vocational ESL and English Literacy & Civics/Citizenship classes at our convenient Center City Philadelphia location (one block from City Hall). New classes start January 5th, 2015!

For interested applicants: contact Arlyn Freed at 215-568-2220, extension 5304, afreed@1199ctraining.org, or apply online at http://www.1199ctraining.org/esl.htm

Free ESL Literacy And Civics Classes: For Learners of English as a  Second Language

Two Programs available: Citizenship and Civics OR Vocational ESL
ALL Program Requirements:
• MUST take Entrance AND Exit Exams.
• Attend classes for 6 hours each week for a minimum of 50 hours.
**International students with F-1 Visas cannot attend these classes**

Program 1: English Literacy & Civics/Citizenship:
• Improve Reading & Writing Skills
• Study U.S. Government and History
• Increase Civic Participation
• Prepare for Naturalization Test and
• Interview — Become a U.S. Citizen!

EL Civics Class Schedule: 2014-2015
• Beginning: Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:00am–12:00pm
• Intermediate: Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:00am–12:00pm
• Intermediate: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5:30pm–8:30pm
• Advanced: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00am–12:00pm
• Advanced: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5:30pm–8:30pm

Program 2: *Vocational ESL:Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00am–12:00pm
• Improve Reading & Writing Skills
• Practice Interviews and Write a Resume
• Prepare for the U.S. Work Place
• Learn English Survival Skills
• Meet Your Employment Goals!
*Must be work-ready, 18 years or older, and a Pennsylvania resident

MedSupport to New Hospital Indemnity Transition Period Extended!

MedSupport to New Hospital Indemnity Transition Period Extended!

Beginning on January 9, 2015, AFSCME District Council 47 will no longer offer the current MedSupport Plan through Unum. Instead, members will be able to take advantage of Unum’s Hospital Indemnity Plan.

Unum’s Group Hospital Indemnity Insurance pays a benefit directly to you if you are admitted to a hospital or have outpatient surgery for a covered accident or sickness. Certain diagnostic procedures are also covered. It can provide funds for the out-of-pocket expenses your medical plan may not cover, such as co-insurance, co-pays, and deductibles.

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Climate Change: You Can Make A Difference!

Climate Change: You Can Make A Difference!

On September 21, 2014 over 400,000 people attended the Climate Change March in New York City. Attendees included all ages, backgrounds, and occupations. They were retirees, college students, babies in strollers, neighborhood activists, organic farmers, and unionized workers. Many of these union workers were AFSCME members that came from New York and Philadelphia, including AFSCME DC47.

The march in September showed a growing consensus that climate change concerns are serious problems, and that there are many different approaches to trying to fix these issues.

We have constructed a survey to help us decide, as a group, how we would like to tackle these climate change problems. This is where we need your help. We would like to know what you, DC47 members, think about climate change and IF you agree that it IS a concern, what actions you would like to take.

Please follow this link to our climate change survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8V2W2CW