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!
Brothers and Sisters:
I want to share with you some new information about the Health & Welfare Fund. Recently, the Health & Welfare Committee voted to change the amount of funds allocated to pay management fees. These funds include those that go to District Council 47 for my salary. The committee voted to change the allocation from 25 percent to 10 percent, saying that I did not spend enough of my time on Health & Welfare concerns. I presented information showing I spent the same amount of time as my predecessor, however, that did not dissuade the committee from taking that action.
I believe that this is the first time the Health & Welfare Committee has taken this specific action.
Just wanted you to know what’s going on in your union.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unions For the 21st Century: What Every Activist Should Know
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
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!