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

Philly Municipal Offices Open on Monday, March 4th

Philly Municipal Offices Open on Monday, March 4th

A winter weather system is expected to bring snow to Philadelphia and surrounding counties overnight. The National Weather Service Mount Holly forecasts the storm to be over before Monday mornings rush hour. Philadelphia Streets Department is prepared to work overnight to clear roads, therefore City offices will be open on Monday, March 4, 2019.
Due to the winter storm, SEPTA Regional Rail Trains will operate on a modified schedule. Please visit the Winter Storm Service Plan for service information. SEPTA riders should check TrainView regularly for updates or additional service information throughout the day.

For information on bus detours and other modes of SEPTA transit, please visit https://www.septa.org/realtime/status/system-status.shtml.

In preparation for the storm, the Philadelphia Streets Department mobilized at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. 100 pieces of equipment are actively treating the streets with over 30,000 tons of salt available. This event is planned to be a salting and plowing operation of primary and secondary roads, bridge decks and streets in areas of high air elevations. Crews will remain on-duty overnight to monitor roadways and respond to problem locations and emergencies.

The wintry mix is expected to impact Monday’s morning commute. Motorists are asked to allow extra time and maintain safe driving distances to allow for sudden stopping. Snow, sleet and rain can cause other hazardous conditions such as down trees and wires impacting traffic conditions.

Trash and recycling collections are on a regular schedule. Sanitation crews will be working throughout the snow event; however, delays are expected as trucks navigate through the inclement weather.

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