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Workers' Forum to Air on PCN TV Tonight
3/3: PA AFL-CIO's Workers' Forum against paycheck deception legislation will be aired tonight on PCN TV 8:30pm - 9:30pm. The forum was taped at AFSCME's Conference Center on February 25 featuring discussion and Q&A on recent anti-worker legislation (HB 1507 /SB 1034). Council 13 member, Bill Jones L1738 Lancaster Co. Prison, served as a panel member for the forum.
Council 13 42nd Annual Convention Announced - Make Hotel Reservations Here
2/27: The Call to the 42nd Annual Convention of AFSCME Council 13 was sent to Local Union Presidents this week. The convention will once again be held at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, Hershey, PA on Friday April 25 - Sunday April 27. Make hotel reservations here.
Workers' Forum Scheduled on PA RTW Bills
2/20: PA AFL-CIO is hosting a Workers' Forum on Tuesday, February 25 at the AFSCME Conference Center. Doors open at 6:30pm and the program will begin at 7:00pm-8pm. A panel of 6 workers will discuss the importance of defeating extreme right-to-work (for less) legislation (HB1507 / SB1034). Q&A will follow. PCN TV will be taping the event. RSVP - limited seating.
Corbett 2014-15 Budget Address
2/4: Gov. Corbett's 2014-15 budget address today gave little detail but lots of self-praise for his 'accomplishments'. Once again, the governor called for outsourcing PA wine and spirits shops, which would mean giving up millions in annual revenue and the loss of 5,000 PA jobs. He also called for additional pension reform claiming those who disagree are 'misinformed or in denial'. "Modernizing our LCB is the way to go to keep those revenues coming in," Exec. Dir. Fillman told reporters. "And Act 120 is taking care of any potential pension problem. We've heard all this before. Where are the details?" CLEAR Press Release
Watch Dues Ded/RTW Press Conf Footage
1/31: For those who missed the press conf turned rally Tuesday - or for those who wish to re-visit this mass mobilization of labor - here are links to both the entire roster of speakers and a separate link to our own AFSCME Council 13 Corrections Officer, Bill Jones, from Local 1738 Lancaster County Prison, who spoke at the event.
Thousands Storm Capitol Against Paycheck Deception Efforts
1/28: A press conference turned into a rally today when busloads of angry workers showed up at the capitol to speak up against HB1507 and SB1034. Corrections Officer Bill Jones, L1738 Lancaster Co. Prison, spoke at the event. "I'm the guy that keeps violent offenders away from you and your kids," he said. "And I'm the guy this legislation is attacking." Backed by anti-worker 1% groups who hope to make PA a Right to Work for Less state, the bills would strip union rights by prohibiting negotiated voluntary payroll deductions. This legislation would only apply to nurses, teachers, corrections officers and other public service workers, but would NOT apply to insurance companies, big banks or financial companies. Workers also visited their representatives to ask them to vote NO on these bills. Hundreds of workers were left in the cold when capitol police blocked entrance due to a filled rotunda. Slideshow Exec. Dir. Fillman op-ed Press Release Contact/visit your legislator. Join E-Activist for legislative alerts.
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