Labor Activist Training Classes Resume on Tuesday, September 19th

Labor Activist Training Classes Resume on Tuesday, September 19th

The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO will again host a year-long series of labor education workshops designed to better equip labor activists and leaders to meet the challenges facing today’s labor movement. Now in its third year, the Philadelphia Labor Activist Training is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO and the Labor School at Penn State. All local unions affiliated with the Philadelphia Council are eligible to send members to participate, as well as invited community allies. 
The curriculum consists of four comprehensive, non-credit courses designed to develop critical thinking skills and to increase capacity for building power. Instructors include faculty from Penn State’s Labor School, labor leaders, and community experts. Using a multi-union setting, the courses encourage participation and networking with other activists. Each course includes ten hours of classroom time over fours weeks. Participants should commit to attending all four sessions of each course. Each 4-week course costs $60. Participants who complete all four courses will graduate with a Certificate in Labor Studies from Penn State. 
Space is limited to 30 students — online registration is open now for Course 1 — Unions for the 21st Century: What Every Activist Should Know.

Register online to insure your spot in this course. Questions? Call Nick at the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, 215-665-9800, or email Valerie Braman, Penn State University Labor Education Coordinator, at vmb7@psu.edu.

Unions For the 21st Century: What Every Activist Should Know
Course Dates:
Tuesday September 19, Tuesday September 26, Tuesday October 3, Tuesday October 10
Course Time & Location:
All sessions run from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Philadelphia Council, AFL-CIO
Course Description:
Since being first organized over 200 years ago, U.S. unions have been a necessary and important part of our democratic society. To remain relevant, however, unions have to adapt to a changing world and a changing workplace. Union leaders and activists need to understand the changing workforce, the changing economy, the needs and concerns of young workers, and how to actively support the development of upcoming leaders. This course will focus on the challenges faced by today’s unions and on what union leaders and union activists need to know to effectively address these challenges.

◦ Week One (9/19): How We Got Here & Current Challenges
◦ Week Two (9/26): Common Sense Economics
◦ Week Three (10/5): Engaging Young Workers
◦ Week Four (10/10): Developing Union Leaders

Register now for Unions For the 21st Century: What Every Activist Should Know!

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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

AFSCME Family Scholarship

AFSCME Family Scholarship

Knowledge Is Power

Looking for financial support for college? Each year the AFSCME Family Scholarship Program provides $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors that will be renewed for $2,000 each year for a maximum of four years, provided the student remains enrolled in a full-time course of study. The scholarship may be used for any field of study.

Are You Eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

Be a graduating high school senior whose parent, legal guardian or financially responsible grandparent is a full dues-paying AFSCME member; At the time the scholarship is awarded, be enrolled in a full-time degree program either at an accredited four-year institution or at a two-year institution that will transfer credits to a four-year institution; and Have taken the SAT or the ACT.

How to Apply

To apply, you must meet all eligibility requirements as identified above. Make sure your complete application, with all support documentation (essay, transcripts, letters of recommendations, SAT or ACT scores, proof of AFSCME membership, etc.), is mailed together in one envelope, POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 31, to:

AFSCME Family Scholarship Program Attention: AFSCME Advantage 1625 L Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20036 Download the application now.

If you have any questions, please call us at (202) 429-5080.

We Oppose Charlottesville Racist Acts

We Oppose Charlottesville Racist Acts

First of all, our prayers go out to those that were injured today in Charlottesville, Virginia and to the family of the person killed there.

The cowardly act  in Charlottesville that left one person dead and 19 injured is reprehensible and indicative of the worst in our society. White supremacist organizers of the planned noontime rally were the backdrop and the foundation for what happened there today.

While they claim concern for the removal of a confederate statue was the impetus for their rally, the right wing has a long history of divisive and racist acts that would attempt to take our nation in an apartheid-like direction. Catch phrases reported by local Charlottesville media from the Ku Klux Klan’s David Duke as ‘the first step toward taking America back’ are pretty clear statements  about removing 20th century gains made by people of color, gays, women and others in our nation.

The divisive rhetoric and policies of our current President and unreported experiences of many people of color, victimized by racist acts since the election, help give these thugs a sense that they can now openly organize and attack progressive forces.

Those of us that see the importance of unifying our nation, so that we will continue to be a beacon of hope and a light of liberty for the world, know that we have to speak out when we see injustice like this occurring. However, it is not enough to just raise our voices, we must continue to organize and show by example we embrace the idea of the ‘beloved community’ that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described, lead the movement to try and realize and for which he ultimately gave his life.

We know that the purveyors of white supremacy will not stop because one event was cancelled and we hear they have pledged to continue their struggle.

Brothers and Sisters in organized labor have long been in the fight against those that would try to roll back the clock in America, to a time when labor was exploited and rights were nonexistent.

We believe in a phase popularized in a song during the civil right movement, “we shall not be moved.”

And so our struggle for jobs, peace and freedom continues and we believe that love and unity are the keys to our success as a nation. We stand with those that stand for these values and pray that more will come to see this light.