Unions Are A Great Help To All Workers

Unions Are A Great Help To All Workers

The rigged economy disproportionately hurts women and people of color. But unions provide the most effective vehicle for women and people of color to gain their fair share of the wealth they create and to secure the freedoms and rights they deserve.
Those of us in the civil rights community and those of us in the labor movement know that civil rights and economic rights are inextricably linked. As Dr. King believed, one cannot be achieved without the other. That is why, in 1968, Dr. King came to the aid of striking Memphis sanitation workers who were protesting inhumane conditions that led to the gruesome death of two workers on the job. The striking workers were demanding that
their union be recognized.
Today, the labor movement and our allies continue to carry that legacy to stand up to bigotry, discrimination and inequality in the workplace and in our communities.
So called “right-to-work” laws originated in the Jim Crow south and were designed to keep black workers disenfranchised and less able to organize for power. Today, billionaire CEOs and right-wing politicians continue to rig the rules against people of color, using state legislatures and the U.S. court system to push through these so called “right-to work” laws that keep wages down for everyone, both union and non-union alike.

Just the facts:

° Union jobs have historically been and continue to be a path to the middle class for communities of color, who often face low wages in their professions. Black union members today earn 14.7% more and Latino union workers 21.8% more than their non-union counterparts. In some sectors the difference is even greater.
° Black women in unions earn an average of $21.90 an hour while non-union women earn $17.04. In addition, more than 72% of women in unions have health insurance, while less than 50% of non-union black women do. Source.
° When Latinos are members of a union, their median weekly income increases by more than 38% and, in some cases, are 41% more likely to have employer-provided health insurance.
° Because unions allow all workers to join together to negotiate with their employers for fair wages and benefits, the wage gap between women and men in unions is dramatically lower than in non-union workplaces – about 9 cents and shrinking. Meanwhile, most non-union women still earn 78 cents for every dollar a man makes.

Labor Day Celebration 2017

Labor Day Celebration 2017

Sisters and Brothers:

This year, more than ever, we need our union brothers and sisters, retirees, and union family members to come out and join other unions in celebration of Labor Day:

Date:       Monday, September 4, 2017

Location:   Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 19 Union Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. (at Washington Avenue)

Time:   8:30 a.m. meet with AFSCME District Council 47, at 9:15 a.m. is the Pre-Parade Kickoff Rally, and at 10 a.m. we march to Penns Landing for family fun activities. The event ends at 2 p.m.

This Labor Day and every day unions fight for real freedoms for working people:

  • The ability to retire with dignity
  • The time off to care for family
  • The chance to earn a decent living
  • The opportunity to see our children learning

 When working people have the freedom to join strong unions and negotiate a fair return for their work, they win the power and voice they need to level the economic and political playing field. We encourage you to join us. See you there!

In Solidarity,

Candido Silva, Jr., Organizer and PEOPLE Outreach Coordinator

DC 47 and City Negotiation Update

DC 47 and City Negotiation Update

Sisters and Brothers:

I wish to update you concerning the negotiations between the City and DC 47 and clarify an issue, in response to questions that have been raised by other members.
First of all, we will be asking for a contract extension, since we still do not have a contract and negotiations are currently at a standstill. Right now, the Union is still waiting for responses from the City for information we requested.
In terms of the process, I want to clarify that the leadership of Locals 2186 and 2187 requested several subcommittees be established, to discuss specific areas of the contract. This includes – pensions, health and welfare, policy and personnel matters. The City and DC 47 (including representatives from each local) have representatives that will meet and discuss these concerns, in order to try and come to an agreement on these areas. These subcommittees meet, discuss, and reach an agreement before we go back to the bargaining table, to discuss and try to reach an agreement on the entire contract.
We have agreed to dates for these subcommittees to meet and look forward to this aspect of the negotiations to begin next month.

AFSCME’s new Facebook groups

AFSCME’s new Facebook groups

You’re the expert. No one knows your job better than you. You know what it takes to get it done, how good it feels when you’ve done it right and how frustrating it can be when something stands in your way.

With AFSCME’s new Facebook groups, you can swap stories, talk shop, plan the next fight and savor the latest victory with members across the country…any time, any place.

By joining your fellow AFSCME members in one of the Facebook groups below, you’ll be front and center forthe most important conversations happening in your field.

Take a look at the current list of AFSCME’s groups. Be sure to press “Join Group/Like Page” after you click on a link below: