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.

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.
5 th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast

5 th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (left) held her annual breakfast at District Council 47 and presented the 2018 Outstanding Labor Awards to:

Hillary Linardopoulos, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Legislative Representative (4th from left)

Chris Woods, District 1199C NUHHCE AFSCME, Executive Vice Pres. (3rd from left)