City Contract Negotiation Update

City Contract Negotiation Update

The negotiations between District Council 47 and the City of Philadelphia are moving very slowly. The City’s negotiation team has postponed the last three (3) scheduled negotiating sessions. The City is clearly dragging its feet and it is not clear when they really plan to bargain in good faith.
As you know, Mayor Jim Kenney has submitted a budget proposal to City Council and budget hearings are scheduled to begin next week. City Council is also reviewing legislation that would change the pension plan for non-represented employees of the City of Philadelphia. We expect that change would be similar to the same pension plan that the City reached with District Council 33. One main stumbling block in our negotiations is that issue, and the difference between the cap given to DC 33 members and the one that we need for District Council 47.
Our salaries are on average higher than that of DC33 and therefore we need a different deal than the one they obtained from the City.
Once again, I am asking for your continued support to help move this process forward. Your calls to Mayor Kenney and your City Council member helps our cause and lets them know we have a sense of urgency to get us a fair contract. I have been reaching out to City Council to press our case. I am also contacting local media, to let the public know we need a contract!

Philadelphia Government Snowstorm Update for Thursday

Philadelphia Government Snowstorm Update for Thursday

Managing Director DiBerardinis will lift the City’s Snow Emergency at 6:00AM on Thursday, March 22, in time for the morning commute.

All City of Philadelphia municipal government offices will open during normal business hours on Thursday, March 22. Supervisors are urged to give workers flexibility in their arrival time. The Courts of the First Judicial District will also be opened on a two-hour delay. Jurors should report for Jury Service at 10:15 AM.

SEPTA
SETPA plans to resume normal weekday service on all modes starting Thursday, March 22. Expect some delays, bus route detours, suspensions and rail trip cancellations. Customers are urged to check for updates before starting their commutes. The latest service details can be found at www.septa.org.

The Philly 311 Call Center will reopen at 8:00 AM. For all non-emergency tree calls and for updates regarding snowplowing and salting operations, citizens should call 311, not 911. Non-emergency calls to 911 hamper the dispatchers’ ability to focus on immediate life-threatening emergencies.

Closures and Cancellations
Wednesday’s trash collections were suspended. No decision has been made on Thursday’s collection due to the entire Streets Sanitation supporting overnight snow removal operations.

School District of Philadelphia schools and Philadelphia Archdiocese Schools will open tomorrow, Thursday, March 22 on a two-hour delay.

Philadelphia International Airport plans to resume normal operations Thursday, March 22. However, there are numerous delays and cancelations, so travelers should check with their airline, or go to PHL.org, or call 1-800-PHL-GATE.

Councilwoman Gym Supports AFSCME Against Janus

Councilwoman Gym Supports AFSCME Against Janus

Councilwoman Helen Gym and DC 47 VP Ethelind Baylor

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City Council members Gym, Squilla, Parker, Reynolds Brown, Henon and Green co-signed this resolution

RESOLUTION

Affirming the strong support of the City of Philadelphia for public sector workers whose rights and freedoms are threatened as the Supreme Court considers Janus v. AFSCME, and recognizing the important role unions play in raising standards for all workers.

WHEREAS, It is our belief that all families should have the means to thrive in safe and healthy communities; and

WHEREAS, The working people who make the City of Philadelphia run must have stable, well-paying jobs that can support families; and

WHEREAS, Over the last forty years, working people have become more productive than ever, yet wages have declined and CEOs continue to earn more than ever before: 347 times more than the average person; and

WHEREAS, Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, where he marched and rallied in support of city sanitation workers on strike to demand their dignity, their humanity, and their union be recognized; and

WHEREAS, Those Memphis sanitation workers, who Philadelphia City Council honored in Resolution No. 180088, carried signs proclaiming “I AM A MAN” and struggled for basic freedoms: the freedom from discrimination, the freedom from degrading work conditions, the freedom to come together in strong unions to improve their place of work. To do justice to their commitment and tenacity, we must continue to do justice to all public sector workers, and especially those who are people of color; and

WHEREAS, Today, as economic inequality has grown and the ability for workers to organize has come increasingly threatened, workers across the City of Philadelphia and the country struggle for those same basic freedoms and a high quality of life for their families; and
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WHEREAS, Being able to participate in unions gives all of us – particularly women and people of color – a powerful voice in speaking up for ourselves, our families, and our communities, and ensures that each worker in the City of Philadelphia is treated with dignity, respect, and appreciation; and

WHEREAS, Those who have harnessed the power of collective action have won major victories like the 40-hour work week, overtime pay, and health and safety standards, as well as advanced policies especially important to women like paid leave, earned sick time, and reducing the gender pay gap; and

WHEREAS, When people can negotiate together for strong contracts, higher wages, and safer, dignified working conditions, all of us benefit, our communities are stronger, and our entire economy is made more fair; and

WHEREAS, As the US Supreme Court considers the case Janus v. AFSCME, which may decide whether those who work for the good of the public – such as nurses, teachers and firefighters – would be denied the freedom to unify and fight for equity, the City of Philadelphia must uphold its protection of the workers that run our City; and

WHEREAS, An unfavorable decision in this case would undermine the freedom for millions of working people, especially women and communities of color, to fight for high wages and meaningful protections; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, THAT THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, Affirms the
commitment of the City of Philadelphia to supporting public sector workers whose rights and freedoms are threatened as the Supreme Court considers Janus v. AFSCME, and recognizes the important role unions play in raising standards for all workers.

 

Sexual Harassment Training For City Employees

Philadelphia City Council passed Bill 171109 and Resolution 171134 which will amend the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter with a provision of mandatory annual sexual harassment training for all City officers and employees.  Introduced on December 14, 2017 by Councilwoman Reynolds Brown in partnership with the ‘Women of City Council’, the new Bill will require mandatory annual training for all exempt, non-exempt, civil service, City officers and employees regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. The administration may conclude for certain employees and departments that non-annual training is most appropriate and effective for the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. In these circumstances, sexual harassment training must be offered to those employees and departments at least once every three years.

“This legislation is a significant step in the right direction to ensure that the City of Philadelphia is fostering a workplace environment free of sexual harassment,” Councilwoman Reynolds Brown said.

“All employees deserve to work in an environment that works against gender stereotypes, empowers bystanders, encourages civility, requires serious training, promotes women, encourages reporting, and implements proportional consequences for negative behaviors and offenses.”