Workers’ Bill of Rights

At the 2017 AFL-CIO Convention, the delegates passed a resolution calling for the creation of a Workers’ Bill of Rights. Speaking in support of the resolution, President Richard L. Trumka said:

Sisters and brothers, working people need a bill of rights.

A collective bargaining agreement for America.

This will serve as a platform for our members to rally around. It will give prospective members a clear statement of our values. And it will provide political candidates and elected officials with a litmus test for our support.

We simply refuse to accept the reality of struggling to make ends meet in the richest country in the world at its richest point in history. And so we demand rights that ensure we are able, through our work, to lead better lives.

 

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Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Awards Pres. Wright

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Awards Pres. Wright

The Philadelphia Coalition of Black Trade Unionists presented Trailblazer Awards to DC 47 Pres. Fred Wright and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker. CBTU Pres. Ryan Boyer (3rd from left) presented the awards. State Sen. Sharif Street (3rd from right) was also on hand. State Rep. Stephen Kinsey (standing next to Pres. Wright in photo below)  congratulated Pres. Wright on receiving the award.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Hospitality Workers and Supporters Fast at Northeast Corner of City Hall. Hospitality Worker Speak out with words, song and prayer. Livestream from Memphis, Tennessee 50th anniversary commemoration. Playing of Martin Luther King Jr. Speeches. Hotel Bed making demonstration
12:00 PM – Bible study and prayer with Reverend Alyn Waller of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church | Arch St. United Methodist Church (55 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107)
 
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Hospitality Workers and Supporters Fast at Northeast Corner of City Hall. Hospitality Worker Speak out with words, song and prayer. Livestream from Memphis, Tennessee 50th anniversary commemoration. Playing of Martin Luther King Jr. Speeches. Hotel Bed making demonstration
5:00 PM – Mass prayer vigil with all faith, community, and labor supporters | NE corner of City Hall (1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102)
 
6:01 PM – Moment of Silence and Playing of “To the Mountaintop” Speech
7:00 PM – Break the fast at Arch St. United Methodist Church (55 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107)
 
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!