DC 47 Members Testified About Libraries at Budget Hearing

DC 47 Members Testified About Libraries at Budget Hearing

Tim Horras is a member of Local 2187. He testified that his library branch in Kensington was closed for a few weeks due to a mosquito infestation. Tim said they also lack the proper amount of materials needed at his library and others, and that materials in the libraries are below the state mandated levels. He said  an appropriation of $7.1 million is needed to just meet the mandated materials needed in Philly libraries. Tim and other members of the union are calling on City Council members to provide more funding for the public libraries.

Local 2187 members Alexis Ahiagabe and Mary Marques joined Tim at the table, also testifying in City Council.

DC 47 PEOPLE Committee 2019 Candidate Interviews

DC 47 PEOPLE Committee 2019 Candidate Interviews

DC 47 members and delegates come on out and hear from the candidates for a variety of offices in the upcoming May Primary Election.

All sessions will be held on the 3rd floor at 1606 Walnut Street.

March 7  – 5:30p to 8p Sheriff candidates

March 12 – 5:30p to 7:30p Mayoral candidates individual interviews

March 14 – 5p to 8p – City Commissioners

March 16 – 9a to 12 and 1p to 4p – Judicial candidates

Countdown to Possible Shutdown

Countdown to Possible Shutdown

On January 25th Congress passed and the President signed a bill to end the government shutdown through February 15, giving Congress three more weeks to reach a deal on border security.  Bipartisan congressional opposition to the President’s demand for a physical border wall remains constant. Yet, despite signs of bipartisan progress in House and Senate negotiations on viable alternatives, President Trump has deemed these talks “a waste of time.”   

As a possible  alternative to a shutdown, the President now suggests the most extreme and constitutionally dubious step of declaring a “national emergency” at the southern border, allowing him to bypass the need for congressional approval to reallocate funds for his wall.  This unprecedented approach also faces strong congressional opposition, as well as serious legal challenges.  There is little doubt that a new government shutdown within the next two weeks remains a very real and serious threat.

Working with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), we have launched a new countdown website called www.shutdownticker.com where members and the public can contact members of Congress and tell them they do not want another government shutdown. I encourage you to share this website with your members, as well as the sharable social media graphics on the site.

If you have any questions about the potential shutdown, please do not hesitate to contact Scott Frey at sfrey@afscme.org. If you have questions about the website or social media campaign, please contact Blaine Rummel at brummel@afscme.org.

Lee A. Saunders, President, AFSCME

PA Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Bill

State Senator John DiSanto will soon reintroduce SB113, legislation to strengthen the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act to require the forfeiture of pension benefits for public employees that are convicted or plead guilty or no contest to any job-related felony offense. 

This legislation closes a loophole that allowed convicted former state Sen. Robert Mellow to have his $245,000 a year pension restored despite a guilty plea and serving prison time on federal conspiracy charges–which currently is regarded as a non-pension forfeiture crime. This is just one of many examples of public officials betraying the citizens and forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab.