This is the worst public health crisis in a century, and so many AFSCME everyday heroes are answering the call. Thank you for charging to the front lines like you always do, putting the health and safety of your communities first.
You’ve stepped up. Now it’s time for federal lawmakers to step up and give us the resources to do the job.
As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, AFSCME District Council 47 & DC47 Health & Welfare Fund offices will be closed until at least Friday, March 27, 2020.
During this time please contact your Local by either e-mail, phone, or other directions you receive from your Local.
Following the order of the local government officials, AFSCME District Council 47 will determine when the building will reopen.
Here are the winners of the City Contract Survey prizes:
$50 gift card winner: James Pollum- Water
$25 gift card winners:
- Cheree Holloway- Health
- John Combay- City Controller's
- Sharee Heaven- Planning Dev./Div. Housing & Community Dev.
- Shakinah Jones- DHS
- Michael Swiencki- Capital Dev. DOA
- Sebastian Rojas- WRB/Accounting
- Samara Jarosh- Health
- Maria Gans- FLP
- Oliver Ernst- DHS
- William Smith Jr.- Police-Chemistry
Good afternoon brothers and sisters,
Today is Wednesday, February 5th, and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the online survey for contract proposals. It was an incredible response: Over 30% of the 2187 members took the survey.
We have over 750 surveys and I can't thank you guys enough! You can still go online (2187 website) to complete the survey, however the deadline to be eligible to be randomly selected for 1 of the 11 prizes has since passed. We are going to post the names of those 11 winners over the next day or so. Just to let you know the prizes were: one $50 dollar VISA gift card and ten $25 dollar VISA gift cards.
I can't tell you how important this information is. The staff and I just met this morning to start drafting the proposals. Some of these ideas... you guys were really creative; I need to give you credit. Some of you have some great ideas that a lot of your co-workers also have. So, that information (contract proposals) is being drafted now. We are looking forward to having these contract proposals sent to the City within the next 2 weeks or so.
Just a reminder that the contract ends on June 30th, a little more than 4 months away. But our goal is to have a negotiations session with the City hopefully by the end of February or the beginning of March. Now I can't control the City, I'm just responsible for the Union's part; and we are doing our part.
I will keep you posted as the contract proposals and negotiations go on over these next few months. I wanted to thank you again for taking the time for completing the survey. It was a great job! Thank you very much and thank you for your continued support.
AFSCME 2187 President
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It’s time to make your voices be heard!
The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the City of Philadelphia expires June 30, 2020. In order to prepare for contract negotiations, I am requesting your assistance in drafting the union’s contract proposals. We have launched an electronic AFSCME 2187 contract survey which will help us to identify which issues members want placed in 2020 contract proposals with the City of Philadelphia.
Any member who completes the survey by January 23, 2020 will be entered in a random drawing to win 1 of 11 available gift card prizes!
Each member must provide their full name & personal e-mail address in the survey to confirm their membership and prize eligibility. Please do NOT use a City e-mail address and/or computer to complete the survey.
Access the survey below or by scanning the QR code to the left with your cellphone.
You can request a paper copy of this survey by sending an e-mail to: Bcoyle@dc47.org.
AFSCME 2187 President
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Please join parents, teachers, students, union members, and leaders, and community members to call on Gov. Wolf and state lawmakers to bring emergency funding to get the lead, asbestos, and toxic conditions out of our schools!
Please watch the message below from Local President Bob Coyle for union updates.
Video Text: Good afternoon Brothers and Sisters,
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 29th, and here it is nearly 8 months after the implementation of OnePhilly... and the problems continue. The Local still meets with the City on a regular basis to address these concerns. However, the Local leadership felt that more action was required. We recently authorized our attorneys to file a lawsuit against the City of Phila. I will keep you appraised of the progress of that lawsuit. However, if you are still experiencing problems related to OnePhilly, it's important that you send us your specific details as quickly as possible.
Next Friday, Nov. 8th, at 12pm (noon) there will be a special 2187 General Membership meeting here at the Union, at 1606 Walnut St. This is a one-agenda union meeting. The sole purpose of this meeting is to vote on the Election Committee's report on the recent 2187 Delegates election. Lunch will be served at 1130am.
On Saturday, Nov. 16th, there will be an all-day Steward Training here at the Union, 1606 Walnut St. A notice will be sent out shortly, detailing which classes will be covered.
The Local constitution requires a Steward Election in the Fall of an odd-numbered year; that process has already started. Several of you may have already received the nominating notices for Stewards and Alternate Stewards. The Local encourages you to complete that form. We like to have a Steward and Alternate in every shop in the City. So, if you don't have a Steward or Alternate, please consider nominating yourself. If you're not happy with your current Steward or Alternate, and you don't think they're doing their job, consider nominating yourself. The Local provides regular training for the Stewards; we don't just throw you to the wolves... besides you're only allowed to meet with the first level supervisors, so you can't cause that much trouble! The most important role of the Steward, is to keep their shop informed. That is always important, especially since our contract expires in 8 months. Shortly after the new year we will be sending out a contract survey for members to complete. Our contract demands are built off of those surveys, so please consider yourself if you would like to be an Alternate or Steward and help with this process.
And finally, a week from today, Tuesday, Nov. 5th is Election Day. The Local encourages every member to get out there and vote!
-Bob Coyle AFSCME 2187 President
Join Pennsylvania NOW members, NOW-endorsed candidates and elected officials, and other activists and supporters from around the state for our 2019 State Convention on Saturday October 19th from 10am to 3pm at The Workshop at BOK (1901 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148)! Meet us in Philadelphia where you’ll attend informative, relevant workshops, enjoy inspiring speakers, and vote for your new State Executive Committee! You’ll help PA NOW build a statewide Feminist Agenda geared for action. We’ll celebrate and strategize for a historically female 2020 election and we’ll mount our fight against the onslaught of attacks on women’s freedoms in our state legislatures.
Health & Welfare Fund participants:
Empower your wellness and have a chance to win prizes! Take a two (2) minute survey about Wellness program services to be entered to win 1 of 5, 60" smart TVs.
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Join the Philadelphia AFL-CIO when 2020 candidates for President of the United States participate in the first-ever Worker's Presidential Summitt in Philadelphia, PA. General admission to the event will be FREE to union members, workers seeking to join a union, and key community allies. For more information contact Daniel Bauder: firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-665-9800.
Feeling overwhelmed by life, depressed and stuck can prompt thoughts of suicide for some people. But the pain of depression can be treated and hope can be renewed. A Licensed Professional Counselor can help you with ways to cope and feel more in control of your life. It’s completely confidential and there’s no cost to you. In a crisis, help is available 24/7. Or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). Or call 911.
Labor Day Parade & Party Details for 2187 members:
To get your T-Shirts & wrist bands (required for admission to post-parade party at Penn's Landing), come to the strip mall located at Delaware & Washington Aves., between 8AM-9:30AM, on Monday, 9/2. You can park under the Interstate 95 bridges, behind the movie theater for free. Do not park in the strip mall parking lot, as you will be towed. Courtesy shuttles will be provided.
Staging area for the parade will be in the Sheet Metal Workers' Union Hall, located directly across the street from our meeting location. The program starts at 930AM, and the parade begins at 10AM.
Local 2187 will be group #30 out of 60 groups to march.
Check out these updates from the Philadelphia AFL-CIO. This issue features an article that recognizes the accomplishments of Local 2187 member Patricia Coyne!
12/17: "...policy decisions — including efforts to weaken UNIONS, the decay of the minimum wage, and monetary policy that prioritizes low inflation over full employment — are responsible for tilting the balance of power away from workers..."
Billionaires and corporate special interest groups are spending millions of dollars to launch attacks on your freedom to stand with your union.
If anyone has tried to convince you to drop your union, we want to know about it. Fill out the online form to tell us about any contact you've had from anti-union groups.
Welcome to the new members of our Local union leadership team! Check out the pictures of AFSCME 2187 members swearing in newly elected Local Officers, Delegates, & Trustees.
"Pennsylvania is surrounded by states that ALL have raised their minimum wage in recent years, while our Commonwealth has not seen a raise in more than a decade. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour."
Sign the AFL-CIO petition to help change this in PA TODAY!
In 2017, CEOs of S&P 500 Index companies received, on average, $13.93 million in total compensation, according to the AFL-CIO's analysis of available data. America's production and nonsupervisory workers earned only $38,613, on average, in 2017-- a CEO-to-worker pay ration of 361 to 1.
Sign the petition below.
"The Wage Gap that still exists in our country costs women workers millions of dollars throughout her lifetime. The labor movement exists as one of the largest grassroots movements for women's rights in history..."
Labor history is often missing from textbooks, but some schools are finding creative ways to teach economic justice.
"...black women in particular could be hurt by [Janus], as they are disproportionately represented in public sector jobs. They make up 17.7 percent of public-sector workers, or about 1.5 million workers."
Americans have always joined together—whether in parent teacher associations or local community organizations—to solve problems and make changes that improve their lives and their communities. Through unions, people join together to strive for improvements at the place where they spend a large portion of their waking hours: work...
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As Labor Day approaches, we honor the labor leaders and working people throughout history who have fought for labor protections and a voice on the job. In 2017, unions continue...