Local 810 Contract Update

Local 810 Contract Update

Greetings Local 810 Members. I would like to take this opportunity to update you on our contract negotiations with the City of Philadelphia.

Local 810’s current contract expired on 6/30/2017. As most of you were aware, Local 810 was under a 1-year contract term (7/01/2016 – 6/30/2017), which resulted in a 3% wage increase with no give backs on health benefits or pensions. This deal was successfully negotiated and ratified on 8/31/2016 and was retro back to 7/1/2016.

This go around things are going a little slower. At our initial meeting on 5/5/2017, Local 810 submitted the following proposal: A 3-year term contract of 4%, 4%, 4%, position step increases, and a $2,000 signing bonus. To date, the City has still not entered a counter proposal.

The City is using the District Council 33 contract as the set pattern for other City contracts, including Local 810.The City’s main emphasis has been on increased pension contributions from its City Employees via a tiered pension plan table, based on salary levels, as well as a Stacked Hybrid Plan for new hires.
CITY TIER PLAN                                        # LOCAL 810 MEMBERS
$45,000 & below: 0%                                                  42
$45,001-$55,000: +0.50%                                           139
$55,001-$75,000: +1.50%                                           288
$75,001-$100,000: +2.75%                                         4
The City agreed to meet on 9/29/2017. At this meeting, the City reinforced their position on the tiered pension plan. Local 810 recognizes the importance of pension reform but it must be fair and equitable for all Local 810 members. Local 810 stressed to the City our differences on this plan and the need to consider other proposals. An October date to meet again is anticipated.

Local 810 has been working with our DC 47 Pension Representative to examine this tiered plan and its potential impact on the membership. Local 810 recognizes the importance of the need, to you, the members, of maintaining and preserving the Defined Pension Plan. Although the City is taking a firm position on pension reform, Local 810 also realizes the fact that our membership has in no way contributed to the deficiencies facing the pension fund. That is why we are going to push back on this issue going forward in negotiations.
Health & Welfare – Local 810 realizes your health benefits are important to you and your family. As a Health & Welfare Trustee, I continue to work hard for the Union during these contract negotiations, in order to get you the best rates and service you deserve.

Local 810’s negotiating team, led by DC 47 President Fred Wright, Legal Counsel Jonathan Walters, Local 810 President Jim McGee and Local 810 Vice President Matt Shellenberger want to negotiate the best tentative agreement for you to consider.

We are, and have been, ready to negotiate with the City. Local 810 remains committed to reaching a fair contract. We cannot afford divisiveness or distractions in our Local because this will only exacerbate an already challenging process. Let’s work together to achieve our common goal. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Vice President Matt Shellenberger or myself directly. Thank you.

In Solidarity,

James McGee
AFSCME District Council 47
Local 810 – President
1606 Walnut St, 4th Fl
Phila Pa 19103
Ofc# 215-893-3754
Cell# 215-939-4398

Contract Negotiation Update

Contract Negotiation Update

Brothers and Sisters:

The District Council 47 Local 2186 and Local 2187 subcommittees have been meeting with the City’s representatives. Upon completion of their work, the larger group will gather to discuss Locals 2186 and 2187 economic issues in the contract.
Local 810 does not have subcommittee meetings and is ready to negotiate right now.
I do not believe the City of Philadelphia is ready to sit down and negotiate all of our contract terms right now. I think that’s in part because they still have not reached a settlement with the firefighters.
In the past few days, issues related to our contract and those of the police and firefighters have been discussed in the local press. The position articulated by some City folks is, they need agreements with workers that will enable them to get the money needed to get closer to fully funding the pensions.
I continue to stress the importance of a fair contract, and I am committed to not just doing what the City has been proposing, i.e. a hybrid plan with a salary cap of $50,000. This was the deal reached with District Council 33. That does not work for us!
We want to bargain in good faith ASAP, and do not want you to have to wait five years, as you did in the past, for a new contract. As we have been doing, we continue with a contract extension for now.
We will continue to struggle with the City, and if we stand together we will win!

Your Brother,
Fred Wright,

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!