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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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: email@example.com 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!
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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.
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