Article on Union Talks with City and Pensions

Article on Union Talks with City and Pensions

Brothers and Sisters:
Pensions are the main item of contention mentioned in this article. As I mentioned to the reporter, DC 47 opposes the City’s effort to gets to agree to the salary cap negotiated with DC 33. We stand strong in this as it would adversely impact our members because of the greater average salary difference between DC 33 and DC 47.
We know that there will be attempts made to divide us internally, in order to weaken our resolve. I remain committed to our union and our unity in this process.
The union united will never be defeated!
– Pres. Fred Wright

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/kenney-administration-municipal-unions-go-head-to-head-over-pensions-20170615.html

DC 47 VP Ethelind Baylor Gets CLUW Award

DC 47 VP Ethelind Baylor Gets CLUW Award

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women presented their 2017 Rising Star Award to DC 47 VP Ethelind Baylor. DC 47’s Health & Safety Director Michelle Jamison presented the award to VP Baylor. She is seen in the photo along with CLUW Pres. Laura Wentz (right).

DC 47 Began Contact Talks with the City

DC 47 Began Contact Talks with the City

Sisters and Brothers of Locals 2186 & 2187:

On June 2, 2017, District Council 47 and the City of Philadelphia exchanged proposals for a new collective bargaining agreement. While both parties are expressing a willingness to achieve a tentative agreement for you to ratify, the amount of proposals from your leadership and the City will take time and effort to reconcile.

As a union, we are only as strong as our weakest link.  For us to be successful in these contract negotiations, all of us need to work together as a collective body. We cannot afford divisiveness or distractions within our union to prevent us from obtaining our goal. Members who attempt to undermine this process or leadership of District Council 47 only exacerbates an already difficult process.

It is my intent to keep you informed of the progress of our City negotiations, or lack thereof. Please follow me on Twitter or visit our website dc47union.org for up to date information. If you have any suggestions or concerns, please contact Vice President Ethelind Baylor or myself directly.

Our only objective is to serve the needs of our members.  We want to negotiate the best tentative agreement for you to consider, which will help you maintain the standard of living that you have become accustomed to and deserve.

New Apprenticeship Program for Brothers & Sisters

New Apprenticeship Program for Brothers & Sisters

An apprenticeship program for Direct Support Professionals has been created in Philadelphia involving DC 47 Local 1739, JEVS and SPIN. They are hiring graduates from the District 1199C healthcare training program. The Department of Behavioral Health of the City of Philadelphia joined them in helping to put the program in place and signing off on the curriculum. DC 47 Pres. Fred Wright was one of the people presented an award by District 1199 C for the new initiative. Local 1739’s Robert Wallington (standing next to Pres. Wright) was also there for the award presentation.

Retirement Plan Administrator Changes

Retirement Plan Administrator Changes

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

As many of you are aware, our transition to Nationwide from ICMA-RC as our 457 plan (deferred comp) administrator went live May 24, 2017.  You may have received a mailing with instructions on how to establish your new online account with Nationwide.  If not, you simply need to log on to:  http://www.philly457.com
the same website as before, and call 855.550.1777. This number is also listed immediately on the home page of the website.  The customer service representatives are very up to speed with our transition and will walk you step by step through the online registration process.  Once complete (2-3 minutes) you will once again have full access to your account and related investments.

One item to note is that any monies you had invested in ICMA-RC’s stable value fund will remain with ICMA-RC until November.  You still have full access to those dollars, but will need to log on to: http://www.icmarc.com/
using your old user name and password or simply call 800.669.7400 and speak with one of the representatives.

This is important to remember because when you first view your account with Nationwide your total value may look diminished due to the fact that any monies you have invested in the stable fund will not appear there.  They will, however, appear when you view your account with ICMA-RC using the instructions above.

Thanks for your patience during this transition.  Change is rarely a comfortable process, but once we are fully up and running in a week or two I believe the benefits will be apparent.

Carol G. Stukes-Baylor
Pension Representative – DC47

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

Please travel safely and enjoy the Memorial Day holiday. We honor the memory of those that have died for our freedoms.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Thanks Brothers & Sisters for Voting

Thanks Brothers & Sisters for Voting

Thank you to the PEOPLE Committee Members, Delegates, Members, Volunteer Canvassers, Phone Bankers, Coordinators, Office Staff, for Voting for our endorsed candidates.
I would like to highlight our WINS from the May 16, 2017 Primary Election:

City Wide Election Results

JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT
WOODRUFF, DWAYNE – DEMOCRATIC 122363 – 99.97 %

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
NICHOLS, CAROLYN H – DEMOCRATIC  101770 – 29.01 %
MOULTON, GEOFF – DEMOCRATIC 72051 – 20.54 %
MCLAUGHLIN, MARIA – DEMOCRATIC 101633 – 28.97 %

JUDGE OF THE COMMONWEALTH COURT
CEISLER, ELLEN – DEMOCRATIC 84334 – 42.92 %

JUDGE OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
TSAI, STELLA – DEMOCRATIC 63235 – 7.73 %
KRISTIANSSON, VIKKI – DEMOCRATIC 61993 – 7.57 %
COHEN, MARK B – DEMOCRATIC 36023 – 4.40 %
CANTY, DEBORAH – DEMOCRATIC 38813 – 4.74 %
SHAFFER, ZAC – DEMOCRATIC 39246 – 4.79 %

JUDGE OF THE MUNICIPAL COURT
BRUMBACH, MARISSA – DEMOCRATIC 77650 – 38.00 %

Thank you,
Ethelind Baylor
Vice President
AFSCME DC 47