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
Good evening brothers & sisters,
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 14th, and I hope that you all had a happy healthy holiday season. Did anyone see that tall, fat frog dancing with the 5th place Avalon String Band at the Mummer's Parade a couple of weeks ago? That was me. My 41st parade; it was fun. However, back to the reason for the video. By now most of you have received the letter that I mailed out last week about the Contract Survey. It is important for you to take the time to complete that survey, because that is the information that we are going to use to draft the contract proposals from for up-coming negotiations. We've had a great response so far: 400 people; nearly 20% of the membership have completed the survey. However, we are looking for more. Listen, I can't bring 2300 people to the contract negotiations, however you all can be a part of it by taking the time to complete the survey. As an added incentive, we are going to have a random drawing for all of those that complete the survey by next Thursday, Jan. 23rd. We will give away ten (10) $20 dollar VISA gift cards, and one (1) $50 dollar VISA gift card. Winners will be posted on our website the next day on Jan. 24th. Please take this opportunity to get involved in the union. Let's hear your voice. Remember that what is important to you, may be different than what is important to your co-worker. It is important that I hear from all of you, so fill-out the survey as quickly as possible. Thank you for your continued support and I will be talking to you again, most likely in a week or so. Thanks!
AFSCME 2187 President
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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.
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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.
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