Support AFSCME Against Janus

Support AFSCME Against Janus

The United States Supreme Court will rule very soon in a case that could affect your union-negotiated job security, pay and benefits. The case is Janusv. AFSCME Council 31, and you need to know the facts:

  1. Billionaires brought the case. The same 1-percenters who have been rigging the system against working people are now pouring millions more into buying a ruling that will hurt all of us.
  2. They want to bust unions. They know that unions like ours must represent every worker equally, even if some choose not to join as members. They want the Court to say that workers who receive all the benefits of a union contract and union representation no longer have to chip in to cover the costs. And that can hurt the strength of our union.
  3. They want to sap our power. They know the power of a union comes from our strength in numbers. Corporate bigwigs have the power of money, but we have the power of people. That’s why they plan to spend $80 million to convince people like you to quit your union.
  4. They want to divide us. The more people who stick together in our union, the more power we have to negotiate good pay, benefits and job security. If people quit, that power goes away.
  5. You can defend yourself! You can do one simple thing, right now, to prevent their attacks from hurting the job security and union-negotiated benefits you count on. Let us know you’ll never quit your union by signing the pledge today.

 

Support AFSCME PEOPLE

 

Thomas,

We reached out earlier this month asking for your thoughts on Social Security and Medicare — and thousands of you responded to our survey!

Here’s what we learned from your responses:

  • 88% of you feel we should be strengthening our commitment to retirees rather than undermining it. We couldn’t agree more!
  • 75% of you said that attacks from politicians in Washington are the biggest threat to Social Security and Medicare.
  • 59% identified supporting politicians who defend these programs as the way in which they would participate to protect retirement security.

We asked. You answered. Now, we’re following your lead and taking action.

AFSCME’s PEOPLE program is working every day to bolster politicians who defend our retirement security, supporting pro-retiree champions at municipal, state, and federal levels.

At the same time, we’re calling out the anti-retiree politicians who are launching attacks on Social Security and Medicare and targeting our pension funds.

Giving your input was just the first step in this critical fight to protect our retirement benefits. Contribute today to make sure AFSCME PEOPLE has the funds it needs to protect our Social Security and Medicare!

Thank you,

The AFSCME Retirees Team

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Awards Pres. Wright

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Awards Pres. Wright

The Philadelphia Coalition of Black Trade Unionists presented Trailblazer Awards to DC 47 Pres. Fred Wright and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker. CBTU Pres. Ryan Boyer (3rd from left) presented the awards. State Sen. Sharif Street (3rd from right) was also on hand. State Rep. Stephen Kinsey (standing next to Pres. Wright in photo below)  congratulated Pres. Wright on receiving the award.

Councilwoman Gym Supports AFSCME Against Janus

Councilwoman Gym Supports AFSCME Against Janus

Councilwoman Helen Gym and DC 47 VP Ethelind Baylor

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City Council members Gym, Squilla, Parker, Reynolds Brown, Henon and Green co-signed this resolution

RESOLUTION

Affirming the strong support of the City of Philadelphia for public sector workers whose rights and freedoms are threatened as the Supreme Court considers Janus v. AFSCME, and recognizing the important role unions play in raising standards for all workers.

WHEREAS, It is our belief that all families should have the means to thrive in safe and healthy communities; and

WHEREAS, The working people who make the City of Philadelphia run must have stable, well-paying jobs that can support families; and

WHEREAS, Over the last forty years, working people have become more productive than ever, yet wages have declined and CEOs continue to earn more than ever before: 347 times more than the average person; and

WHEREAS, Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, where he marched and rallied in support of city sanitation workers on strike to demand their dignity, their humanity, and their union be recognized; and

WHEREAS, Those Memphis sanitation workers, who Philadelphia City Council honored in Resolution No. 180088, carried signs proclaiming “I AM A MAN” and struggled for basic freedoms: the freedom from discrimination, the freedom from degrading work conditions, the freedom to come together in strong unions to improve their place of work. To do justice to their commitment and tenacity, we must continue to do justice to all public sector workers, and especially those who are people of color; and

WHEREAS, Today, as economic inequality has grown and the ability for workers to organize has come increasingly threatened, workers across the City of Philadelphia and the country struggle for those same basic freedoms and a high quality of life for their families; and
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WHEREAS, Being able to participate in unions gives all of us – particularly women and people of color – a powerful voice in speaking up for ourselves, our families, and our communities, and ensures that each worker in the City of Philadelphia is treated with dignity, respect, and appreciation; and

WHEREAS, Those who have harnessed the power of collective action have won major victories like the 40-hour work week, overtime pay, and health and safety standards, as well as advanced policies especially important to women like paid leave, earned sick time, and reducing the gender pay gap; and

WHEREAS, When people can negotiate together for strong contracts, higher wages, and safer, dignified working conditions, all of us benefit, our communities are stronger, and our entire economy is made more fair; and

WHEREAS, As the US Supreme Court considers the case Janus v. AFSCME, which may decide whether those who work for the good of the public – such as nurses, teachers and firefighters – would be denied the freedom to unify and fight for equity, the City of Philadelphia must uphold its protection of the workers that run our City; and

WHEREAS, An unfavorable decision in this case would undermine the freedom for millions of working people, especially women and communities of color, to fight for high wages and meaningful protections; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, THAT THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, Affirms the
commitment of the City of Philadelphia to supporting public sector workers whose rights and freedoms are threatened as the Supreme Court considers Janus v. AFSCME, and recognizes the important role unions play in raising standards for all workers.