Working People’s Day of Action

Working People’s Day of Action

In advance of the Supreme Court’s  hearing of Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31, challenging public sector unions’ right to collect fees from their members, union members and supporters rallied in center city Philadelphia.

Congressman Dwight Evans, AFSCME District 1199C Pres. Henry Nicholas, PFT Pres. Jerry Jordan, Councilwoman Helen Gym and AFSCME District Council 47 Pres. Fred Wright were there.

Working People’s Day of Action

Working People’s Day of Action

 AFSCME’s I AM 2018 initiative is about drawing inspiration from the heroes of Memphis and many others who died for our rights to have sick days/vacation days, fair wages, voting rights, equality on the job, women’s rights, and the right to unionize.  We are connecting their struggle then to today’s challenges.  I AM 2018 isn’t just a reflection of the past; it’s a call to action for the future. An urgent call as the time is now to fight poverty and prejudice, advance the freedom of all working people and remind America that there can be no racial justice without economic justice and no economic justice without racial justice.
It is our turn to fight. We value our freedom: the freedom to vote, the freedom to negotiate a fair return on our work, the freedom to have work-life balance. There are rich and powerful people who are attempting to annihilate the civil rights and labor laws that many have paid the ultimate price with their life. We must protect our freedom to join together as a union. Standing together, we can fight for our freedom to prosper. Join us on February 24, 2018, @ Thomas Paine Plaza 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102 from 10:00 am – 12 noon.
This is who we are. This is where we come from. This is why our fight matters right now.  So sign up and join me and AFSCME for the I AM 2018 events.
In Solidarity,
Ethelind Baylor, Vice President
Volunteer Member Organizers

Volunteer Member Organizers

DC 47 Brothers and Sisters received their training certificates and met recently to discuss outreach efforts to DC 47 union members. Contact Candido Silva at 215-893-3756 or

Become an Organizer

Decent health care. Better pay and benefits. Dignity and a voice. There are plenty of reasons to join a union today. But many people don’t have a union where they work. That’s why we have to join together and find power through organizing.

AFSCME organizers are committed to helping workers gain power on the job. Explore this section of the site to see if you have what it takes and to learn about a job as an AFSCME organizer.

 What it Takes

Organizing isn’t easy. It takes guts to stand up for our rights on the job. It takes lots of one-on-one conversations at work and at home to build our organization. It takes talented and committed organizers who know the ropes and are willing to work hard.

But it’s also rewarding. When we stick together, have faith and overcome fear, we are an inspiration to our families and our communities.

When we win — and there’s no feeling like it — we make the world a better place for all.

What it takes:

  • A commitment to social and economic justice and grassroots organizing
  • Leadership experience
  • An ability to empathize with workers and move others to action
  • A desire and willingness to travel extensively
  • A desire to work long hours, nights and weekends in order to achieve campaign goals
  • A valid driver’s license

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