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 @info@DC47union.org and join me and AFSCME for the I AM 2018 events.
In Solidarity,
Ethelind Baylor, Vice President
City Contract Update

City Contract Update

Brothers and Sisters,

Contract talks between the City of Philadelphia and AFCME DC 47 representatives have continued weekly (generally more than once a week). The existing contract has continued to be extended.
We just received, within the past few weeks, information the Union requested from the City of Philadelphia concerning the economic impact of changes that the City wants to make regarding the defined pension plan. In consultation with your leadership, we have made several counterproposals regarding pensions, in an effort to reach a settlement.
Just as some of you have expressed, I am also frustrated by the City’s slow movement at the bargaining table. I believe this is in part because they are waiting to see the outcome of binding arbitration with the Philadelphia Firefighters Union.
I also believe it would be in our best interest to come to an agreement concerning this contract before the Mayor makes his budget address on March 1. I suggest that just as in the past, Brothers and Sisters begin calling out the City administration for not giving us a contract. In a recent interview on WURD (February 2nd), I began to do that and hope you will join me in taking this action right now.
I also want you to know that the new leadership of Local 810 has decided to engage the Willig, Williams & Davidson law firm, to represent them in contract talks. Council 47 has not been involved with them at the bargaining table.
Visit https://www.dc47union.org/ for more information. Follow us on Twitter @DC47 and “like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AFSCMEDC47/.

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

DC 47 City Negotiation Update

DC 47 City Negotiation Update

On Tuesday of this week, we presented the City of Philadelphia a response to their proposal to the Union concerning the pension plan. We have another negotiation meeting scheduled with the City on December 29th. We will be available for negotiations throughout the holidays. We continue to work to resolve our pension differences with the City.
In addition, our Health & Welfare subcommittee has been meeting and making some progress.
I believe that our economic package concerns probably will not be resolved until some agreement is reached regarding pensions.
Also, the City has changed lawyers and asked for a contract extension until February 15th.