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
I AM 2018

I AM 2018

Brothers and Sisters,

On February 1, we wish to remember Echol Cole and Robert Walker, the sanitation workers who were crushed to death on February 1, 1968 in the compactor of a malfunctioning, obsolete truck, in which they had sought shelter from a downpour. They were 36 and 30 years old, respectively, trying to raise a family on the minimum wages paid by the city. Their deaths sparked the walkout of 1,300 fellow sanitation workers. These workers were supported by AFSCME members from across the country, the Poor People’s Campaign and by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Please join us for this It is our hope to have a large crowd there, so please feel free to disseminate far and wide to your networks.
DC 47 Negotiations Update

DC 47 Negotiations Update

Our negotiating team met with representatives from the City during the last week in December, 2017, to discuss pension concerns. The City is going back to research and respond to another question we posed about pensions. We have set three different dates to meet again – January 8, 16 and 22.

We are also involved in negotiations with the American Friends Service Committee. The main issues with them are economic. The AFSC said they do not have money to cover pay increases. DC 47 has requested to look at their financial records. So far, they have not given us access to them. We are scheduled to meet with them again on January 11 and 12.

Happy New Year and we will continue to struggle in 2018.

Fred Wright
Pres. DC 47

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