PA AFL-CIO's Workers' Forum against paycheck deception legislation will air tonight on PCN TV 8:30pm - 9:30pm.
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 April 25 - April 27. Make hotel reservations here.
PA AFL-CIO is hosting a Workers' Forum Feb. 25 at the AFSCME Conference Center. 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.
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
C13 Exec. Dir. David Fillman will be the interview guest tomorrow morning (Friday, Jan 31) between 9am - 10 am on WITF Smart Talk radio. Fillman will discuss recent anti-worker legislation HB1507 and SB1034. Listen live here
C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman testified today at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on potential impacts of expansion of the PA Lottery to include terminal games such as keno - and how to better utilize programs already in place. Prompted by questioning from Committee Chairs Sen. Mike Brubaker and Sen. John Blake, Fillman made it clear that Council 13 opposes outsourcing - not expansion. He suggested the committee revisit Council 13's counter proposal presented at lottery outsourcing hearings held last year. "Our lottery is already equipped with the tools needed to expand gaming, but the best asset we have is our employees," he said. Full testimony
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.
Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley, decided that the state could not prove why the Voter ID Law was necessary. "Voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election; the Voter ID Law does not further this goal," McGinley wrote in his 103-page ruling. C13 has been monitoring this law for its efforts in suppressing the right to vote.
With HB1507 and SB1034 the nationwide CEO, ALEC and Koch Bros. effort to destroy unions state by state has come to PA. Their first plan of attack is to make it illegal for union dues and voluntary political contributions to be deducted from paychecks. It is a quiet, rushed attack to begin Right to Work (for Less) and these bills could be voted on as early as FEBRUARY! This is yet another attack on workers that will tie us up in courtrooms and distract voters from real issues like jobs and education. Join the fight to keep your rights, your voice, your union. Join the Press Conference at the Capitol Rotunda Tues. Jan. 28. Join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Contact/visit your legislator. Join E-Activist for legislative alerts. Op-ed from PA AFL-CIO Pres. Rick Bloomingdale.
Gov. Corbett announced he will not seek another extension with lone bidder Camelot Global in attempts to outsource management of the PA Lottery. "This is great news," said C13 Exec. Dir. David Fillman. "Many Pennsylvania jobs were saved through our persistence and diligence in stopping this outsourcing effort." See more from Fillman interview here. AFSCME Council 13 has been battling to prevent outsourcing of the lottery for over a year.
AFSCME C13 2014 Scholarship Guidelines and Application for Members Only now available. Submissions accepted March 1 - June 1, 2014. Hard copy application in Winter 2013 Council 13 Connection.
On 11/15 Carla Insinga C13 Ed Dir, was elected to serve as a Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) Vice-Pres at the 17th Biennial CLUW Convention in Reno, NV. 500 delegates, including delegates from C13, took part in the 4 day conference focusing on "Moving the Working Women's Agenda Forward".
January 31, 2014 is the last day to obtain a wellness screening at an onsite event. January 1, 2014 is the last day to have a wellness screening performed by your doctor. It's easy to register online. State employees must successfully complete a wellness screening as one of the requirements to earn the Get Healthy 3% contribution waiver beginning July 1, 2014. Without the waiver employees will be required to pay the full 5% of annual gross base salary for health care benefits - with the waiver employees will only pay 2%. Register today!
OnThurs. (Nov. 21) at 7:30 p.m., CWA Pres. Larry Cohen and AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders will host a tele-town hall conference call. All members are encouraged to participate! This will be a candid discussion on the challenges that face workers, retirees and the future of the labor movement. Click here to register for the call.
Right-to-Know request for SERS members and home addresses sent out by the Office of Administration to employees under the governor's jurisdiction. As with other requests, employees can individually request this personal information not to be made public. The commonwealth has stated that it will release home addresses for SERS members unless you file a request for an exception. More Information. Exemption Form.
Council 13's Statewide Steering Committee unanimously endorsed State Treasurer Rob McCord for governor in the 2014 primary. Press Release
C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman will be appearing live on PCN Call-In Program on Nov. 4 to discuss state pensions. Also on the panel will be Commonwealthy Foundation's Rick Dreyfuss. The show begins at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Call with comments or questions during the show at 1-877-726-5001.
Yesterday the 10th Lottery privatization extension expired and last night Gov. Corbett and Britain's Camelot Global Services announced an 11th extension to the contract, now taking it to December 31, 2013. C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman said, "For the last year, the Attorney General, Treasurer and Auditor General, along with scores of legislators, have indicated their lack of support to hand over our lottery to a private, foreign company. We will continue to fight to stop this give away of a valuable Pennsylvania asset."
C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman was a guest speaker on Scanton's ECTV's new program 'Standard of Living'. Fillman's 1/2 hour segment was entirely on pensions. Airing tonight at 10pm. For future air dates please visit ECTV's website.
AFSCME members joined Cease & Desist events taking place throughout the state demanding an end to the Republican shutdown of the federal government. Union representatives, military veterans and other groups spoke out against the unjust and immoral shutdown of services and paychecks for PA working families.
C13 members attended the 20th annual PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) awards luncheon in Harrisburg. C13 has sponsored this event since the first PBCC conference in 1993.
Gloria Criscione passed away on Oct.14 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Erie. Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo Criscione, a former Director of .DC85. She worked for the City of Erie for over 50 years as a Deputy City Clerk and member of L.2206, worked on the City's pension board and helped negotiate many AFSCME contracts. Gloria's daughter, Dana Larson, is a support staff employee at DC85. Obituary
Cease & Desist events taking place all across PA Oct 15 in response to Republican shutdown of the government and the economy. It's time to tell our GOP Representatives to end the political shutdown, pay the government's bills, do their job and let 800,000 people get back to work. Download event kits here. Find an event in your area here. Harrisburg: Sen. Toomey event details.
The 2013 State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) annual campaign for 2013 is going on now through early November. The campaign gives employees the opportunity to donate to any of hundreds of local charities by signing up for payroll deduction or contributing via check or money order. Watch a SECA video message from C13 Exec. Dir. David Fillman and SEIU Local 668 Pres. .
On 9/30 Atty Gen Kathleen Kane spoke with retirees at the 34th Annual RPEP Convention in Grantville, PA. Kane warned retirees about scam callers and provided hand-outs on available resources which include a new Attorney General website and Help Center/website information regarding the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace rollout under "ObamaCare" which goes into effect Oct 1 for those who are uninsured or who buy their own coverage .
C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman Lottery op-ed
Labor Day 2013
Join in local Labor Day picnics, parades and other labor celebrations and events and watch for our new 'community service' TV spot now being broadcast in 17 counties on CBS21 (Harrisburg) and ABC-JET 24 (Erie) as part of our annual MDA Labor Day telethon sponsorship.
For an unbelievable TENTH time, Gov. Corbett has again extended the lottery outsourcing deadline with lone bidder, Camelot - this time to October 29, 2013. The previous extension was set to expire on Friday.
new Council 13 TV spot will air this weekend in the Harrisburg area on CBS 21 and through August during Phillies and Steelers games! The spot will also air on CBS 21 - and in the Erie viewing area on ABC JET 24 - the week before Labor Day through Labor Day weekend.
C13 is a proud sponsor of the PA AFL-CIO Working Families Trap Shoot Competitions 2013. 2012 Trap Shoots
The Right to Know (RTK) request filed in June by Simon Campbell - requesting PAL and union dues information - was denied by the Commonwealth and appealed by Campbell. AFSCME and other labor unions immediately became involved in the appeal on behalf of our members. On the eve of an appeal decision from the Office of Open Records Campbell withdrew his appeal. He has now filed a new RTK request asking for the names of all Commonwealth employees who are fair share fee payers. This latest RTK has also been DENIED, and he has appealed. AFSCME is reviewing its legal options and if feasible, will once again seek to participate in the appeal to oppose the RTK.
PEBTF has added the ‘Know Your Numbers' wellness screenings to improve the Get Healthy Program. These wellness screenings include a non-fasting blood test, height and weight check and blood pressure check. All screening results are confidential. more information and registration
The PLCB brought in an all-time high of $2.17 billion in revenue for the 2012-13 fiscal year; an increase of $93 million or 4.5 percent over the last fiscal year. This comes after Gov. Corbett's failed attempts to privatize the state-owned Wine & Spirits stores during the last legislative session. Despite these record numbers, Corbett and some members of the legislature still plan to try again to privatize the Wine & Spirits stores this fall at the cost of 5,000 union jobs.
On 8/2, employees of PA Dialysis Center and Reading Dialysis Center of Berks Co. voted for representation by AFSCME DC88. The unit consists of Techs, Adm. Assts., Ward Clerks, CCHT, CHT, Bio-med Techs and Set-up Techs. This brings 43 new employees to AFSCME ranks. See some of our proud new members from PA Dialysis
2013 AFSCME National Women's Conference in Denver September 20-22.
Ignoring record lottery sales and profits for the past 2 years - and ignoring the will of the people in poll after poll - this weekend Gov. Corbett worked out yet ANOTHER lottery privatizing extension with lone British bidder, Camelot to August 30.
C13 received a Thank You letter from MDA for our Lock-Up at this year's C13 Convention.
The PA Lottery reported record sales and profits for 2012-13 even as Gov. Corbett continues attempts to sell the highly successful lottery to a private British firm. The Lottery's sales increased 6 percent to $3.7 billion with modest profit gains of about $6.5 million.
C13 received a Thank You note from PA's MDA Goodwill Ambassador, Anastasia Corp. Anastasia spoke at C 13's 41st Annual Convention in April. Read her note
The PA Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC) will be holding a rally against Pennsylvania's Voter ID law July 11 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Capitol Rotunda to generate awareness for the upcoming Voter ID court case beginning July 15.
The $28.37 billion Pennsylvania state budget passed the night before the June 30 deadline. None of Gov. Corbett's agenda to alter pension plans, privatize wine & spirits stores or sell off the Pennsylvania Lottery happened. This is a battle won for Council 13 and our members, but the war on workers is not over. The fight against the privatization of our state stores will re-ignite in fall, and this governor continues to try and make his deal to sell the lottery legal for the 8th time.
29 C13 leaders took part in the Biennial Leadership Institute at The Maritime Institute on June 24-28. Slideshow
On the back of the Camelot deadline, Gov. Corbett is once again attempting to push for privatization of the PA Lottery. Both the Associated Press and Capitolwire are reporting that Corbett is behind a major push to amend the Fiscal Code Law thereby giving Governor free reign to turn over the PA Lottery to British owned Camelot. The legislative session ends June 30th, read the press release to find out how to stop it.
C13 Exec. Dir. Dave Fillman was a guest on PCN Call-In Program on June 19 to discuss Gov. Corbett's proposed budget and issues such as pensions and privatization. Watch here
"Retirement Gamble" watch party 6/17 at 6 p.m. at AFSCME Conference Center.
On June 13, LPNs of The Manor at St. Luke's Village and The Pavillion at St. Luke's Village of Luzerne County voted 26-12 for representation by AFSCME DC87. This brings 43 new employees to AFSCME ranks.
Once again, C13 is a proud sponsor of CBS21's MDA Inspirations. Two TV spots will begin to air tomorrow on CBS21 in the Harrisburg area to kick off the 2013 MDA Labor Day campaign. Council 13 Pres. Todd Singer is featured in both spots. Watch both TV spots here.
Kevin Simpson, son of C13 member Darlene Simpson, L1975 DC 85, is a recipient of AFSCME’s 2013 Family Scholarship. Scholarship information Kevin's essay
C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman, along with PSEA VP W. Gerard Oleksiak, testified this morning before the Senate Finance Committee on "Comprehensive Pension Reform". Fillman testimony All testimony
C13 is aware that a Right To Know (RTK) was filed with the Governor's Office of Administration (OA) regarding PAL contributions and union dues of state employees. RTK was DENIED by the OA and has been appealed. Our attorneys, as well as the OA, are working on a defense of the appeal on behalf of all AFSCME members and state employees.
AFSCME International third Next Wave Conference July 12-14 in Detroit. More Information/Registration
White and blue collar employees of the Harmony Area School Dist. of Indiana Co.voted 17-3 on 5/22 for representation by AFSCME DC83. 23 new employees to C13 ranks.
Polls open 7am - 8pm 5/21 for the PA Primary. Poll workers will ask for ID, but YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO SHOW ID TO VOTE unless you are a first-time voter. Any problems at the poll contact 1-866-687-8683. Poll locations. For information on worker-friendly candidates contact your District Council.
The latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll of PA voters found privatizing the state lottery to be the lowest priority among voters. The poll also showed a drastic decrease in support for privatizing the state liquor stores. Council 13 Press Release. In a recent story out of Illinois the company hired to run their lottery is coming up short of promised revenue goals again this year to the tune of about $180 million.
2013 DCNR Employee Recognition Awards
C13 received a note of thanks from L1733 AFSCME in Memphis, TN for our contributions towards re-building the Local 1733 Union Hall. "Your charitable donation will now allow us to repair much-needed areas of our historic building that will directly benefit our membership and community," said Local 1733 Exec. Dir. Chad Johnson.
447 delegates representing 227 locals attended Council 13's 41st Convention in Hershey on April 26-28. Exec. Dir. .Fillman was re-elected unopposed for a 4th 3-year term and Pres. Todd Singer was also re-elected unopposed. To celebrate C13's 40th anniversary, a '70s 'Studio 13' reception was held Friday night. Speakers at Saturday's General Session included UFCW Local 1776 Pres. Wendell Young IV; MDA Goodwill Ambassador Anastasia Corp; AFSCME Intl Next Wave Co-Chair Dave Levine; Auditor General Eugene DePasquale; AFSCME Intl Pres. Lee Saunders; and C13 Exec. Dir. David Fillman. 16 resolutions were passed. An MDA Lock-Up fundraiser held during the week-end brought in $4,425 for MDA.
Wendell Young IV, Pres. UFCW 1776, will be interviewed on KDKA radio 4/27 regarding attempts to privatize the PA Liquor Control Board . Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-38) will also be on the panel. Proponents of the privatization were invited, but declined to attend. Listen on www.KDKA.com; call in # 866-391-1020; email questions at instantaccess@KDKAradio.com. This latest privatization scheme would cut 5,000 PA jobs - 500 AFSCME represented.
The PLRB ruled that under state law officials at Pleasant Ridge Manor (Erie County) must negotiate any pension changes with the nursing homes' employees. In addition to the ULPC with the PLRB, AFSCME had filed an injunction in Erie Co. Court on 12/29/11 to stop the county's unilateral implementation of a new defined contribution pension plan. AFSCME represents about 350 employees at the 2 Pleasant Ridge nursing homes.
With nearly $3 million already spent on private consultants, a Patriot-News editorial details why this venture needs to stop - now.
April 16 is National Library Workers Day. AFSCME represents over 25,000 librarians and library workers, making us the largest union of library employees. Official Website
Maintenance Mechanics I's, II's, and III's of the Housing Authority of Indiana County voted 4-2 on 3/21 for representation by AFSCME DC83. This brings 6 new employees to C13 ranks.
AFSCME/UNA 14th National Nurse Congress
Lockard Voted DC86 Director
With 445 attendees, C13’s 19th biennial Women’s Conference held 3/8-10 at Lancaster Convention Center was the highest turnout for any educational conference in C13’s history! Nearly $7,000 was raised for the C13 Scholarship Program. C13’s Next Wave Committee facilitated AFSCME’s first-ever Teen Program with 9 C13 teens taking part in leadership workshops. slideshow
Bonnie Marpoe, former C13 President - and first female C13 President - passed away 3/4. Bonnie was a leader of her union for over 30 years. She was also the past president of L2245. She retired in 2007. Obituary
The call for C13's 41st Annual Convention has been released. Convention will be held 4/26- 28 at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center.
Gov. Corbett's proposal to privatize the Wine and Spirit stores will have serious negative social consequences for PA and cause the loss of 5,000 jobs. Learn what you can do to oppose the Governor’s push for privatization. Member Engagement Toolkit
C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman will be a guest on PCN Call-In Program at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Gov. Corbett's proposed budget including pensions, public education and privatizing. Also on the panel will be PA AFL-CIO Pres. Rick Bloomingdale. Call in with questions/comments at 1-877-726-5001.
Atty Gen Kathleen Kane rejected the privatization of PA Lottery management. Kane said it was an unlawful extension of executive authority and that the development of electronic based games is not authorized by the State Lottery Act. “Attorney General Kane made the right call,” said C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman. “We’ve maintained all along that this is an illegal contract. It’s time to move on and get to the business of making one of the nation’s best lotteries even better.” Council 13 Press Release Senate Democrats Reaction
New Castle YDC is set to close tomorrow with more than 150 jobs at stake. 900 more job cuts (including unfilled vacancies), additional facility closings and contracting out expected as a result of the governor's proposed 2013-14 budget. Affected agencies mentioned in the 1,081-page budget proposal includes cuts in General Services; closure of SCI Cresson & SCI Greensburg; and privatization of wine & spirits stores which would mean a total loss of an additional 5,000 employees - 400 AFSCME represented. C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman said, "We will do everything we can to place everyone affected by the cuts." He also encouraged all members and their families to contact the governor and their legislators to not balance the budget - AGAIN - on the backs of public employees.
Corbett's 2013-2014 state budget address was big on political ideology and short on details. Pensions were attacked as expected. "The proposed 401(k) type system will do nothing but kick the can down the road," C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman told the press after the address. "Act 120 costs less than a 401(k) type plan. We need to give it time to work," he added. Press Release
Gov. Corbett will unveil his 2013-14 state budget proposal at 11:30 a.m. on 2/5 at the capitol. Info will be available online at www.pa.gov around that time. The address will be live-streamed and PCN will also carry the address live.
A public Aging and Older Adult Services Committee Informational Meeting on lottery privatization took place today where C13 Grievance and Arbitration Dir. Kristie Wolf-Maloney and Subcontracting Compliance Mgr Michael Fedor gave oral testimony and answered questions. Like AFSCME, many committee members were concerned about bonuses and expenses for the winning bidder, Camelot, resulting in less money for senior programs. Many also expressed concerns about Camelot targeting younger players or doubling the cost of lottery tickets like they've done in the U.K.
A public hearing before the Senate Finance Committee took place today at the capitol on the 'potential privatization and future of the PA Lottery'. C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman gave oral testimony not only pointing out why the state should NOT move forward with this deal, but explaining the contractual process and the lack of protocol in this case. Press Release. More.
Tomorrow's Senate Committee Hearing on the privatization of the PA Lottery will air live on PCN TV beginning at 10a.m. C13 Fillman will be giving oral testimony on behalf of C13. Speaker Agenda
Gov. Corbett came to an agreement tonight with Camelot, the lone foreign company anxious to take over the PA Lottery. Council 13 Press Release. "This is very disappointing, but we're not finished with this fight," said C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman. "We will be proceeding with our lawsuit, unfair labor practice charge and grievance."
Women's Conference 3/8-10 at Lancaster County Convention Center. registration cut-off 2/14. Registration Form. Hotel Reservations. C13 Ed Dept. at 1-800-523-7263.
At noon today C13 presented an in-depth Counter Proposal, as well as an Executive Summary and Appendices, to the Commonwealth that will not only save current lottery jobs, but will continue to build revenue for senior programs without giving profits to the sole foreign bidder hoping to take over the Lottery. The Commonwealth has 10 working days to respond (1/23) and C13 has asked for a 2nd meet & discuss. Without an expected extension, the privatization bid will expire on 1/10. A public hearing is scheduled for 1/14 at the capitol. Press Release
Wendell W. Young III, president emeritus of UFCW Local 1776 passed away last night after a long illness. He spent more than 4 decades as UFCW President and saved thousands of union jobs throughout his labor career. "He brought respect, foresight and a sense of humor to all of us in Labor," said C13 Exec. Dir. David Fillman.
Dec. 31 deadline for PA Lottery sale to sole bidder, Camelot Global Services, has been extended to 1/10/13. A Senate Finance Committee hearing has been scheduled for 1/14/13.
In the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-36), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is calling for more information regarding Gov. Corbett's fast-tracked plans to privatize the PA Lottery. In the article C13 Exec. Dir. David Fillman agreed. "We can show what we've done in the past. Camelot can only make predictions about the future," he said.
York Housing Authority white collar employees voted 13-11 for representation with DC89 on December 19. This brings 26 new employees to C13 ranks.
Commonwealth has granted extension for C13's counter-proposal on outsourcing the PA Lottery. The due date, previously Dec. 24, has been extended to Jan. 8, 2013. "Since receiving the notification to sub-contract, Council 13 has been working diligently on a counter-proposal," said C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman. "We're glad to see this process slow down so we can present all of our concerns and alternatives to selling such a valuable asset for PA taxpayers and seniors."
House Democratic Caucus developed Help Save the PA Lottery page to let Gov. Corbett know a rush to outsource the PA Lottery to lone bidder without legislative and public input is 'dangerous and irresponsible' for PA and our seniors. Email or call 717-787-2500 and KEEP being heard before it's too late!
C13, along with 7 Democrat lawmakers, 4 lottery employees and 2 seniors, filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court to prevent Corbett administration from privatizing management of the PA Lottery. The suit alleges that the Lottery Act of 1971 does NOT give the governor the right to privatize the lottery without legislative approval, and that any expansion to include Keno and online ticket sales is not provided for in the law and must also be approved by the legislature. In addition, C13 has filed a grievance asking for an extension to allow time for a counter-proposal to keep management of the lottery in-house.Press Release
C13 2013 Scholarship Application for Members Only is now available online. Submissions accepted 3/1 - 6/ 1, 2013. Hard copy application in the Winter 2012 Council 13 Connection.
In a letter to Dept. of Revenue Sec. Meuser, State Treas. McCord asks for a "transparent and competitive process...built on solid legal ground." Press release on official launch of protectourlottery.com. Download lottery retailer flyers
Call 888-988-5190 NOW - tell Congress: Don't throw working families over the "cliff". Flyer with more info and sample script.
On 12/4 a digital billboard went up near the Harrisburg capitol exit to get our message out to all commuters in and out of downtown Harrisburg. 2 other messages rotate in the board's cycle saying, "Save Our PA Lottery" and "Save PA Seniors".
In 12/3 Press Release Dem. Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny called out Gov. Corbett for secrecy with 'corporate giveaway' of the PA Lottery. 3 things you can do TODAY to help save our successful state-run lottery. (1) Join protectourlottery.com coalition (2) email C13 with questions, comments, suggestions at email@example.com (3) call Gov. Corbett at 717-787-2500 and express your opposition to this privatization scheme!
Corbett administration has revealed a United Kingdom company could take over PA Lottery by Dec. 31. C13 is continuing to fight this. Art. 43 meet and discuss with Lottery division will take place, and legalities of privatizing are being reviewed. Fillman Op-Ed Legislators Ask, Why Tinker with Success?
C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman will be interviewed on PCN TV tonight at 8:00 pm on the plan to privatize the state lottery. State pensions will be the secondary topic.
Click here to join the Protect Our Lottery coalition and find out how you can help.
PA Lottery system is next on the chopping block.for Corbett privatization. 170 lottery employees are represented by C13.
Retired C13 Ed Dir. Virginia Schaefer passed away Nov.10. Virginia gained nationwide recognition as a guest Labor Instructor, especially for her powerful monologue portrayals of Mother Jones and Susan B. Anthony. Obituary
On 11/2 Human Service Workers of Person Directed Supports, Inc. in DC88 Lehigh Valley voted 31-27 for representation with AFSCME. This hard-fought victory adds 72 new workers to C13 ranks. Congratulations and welcome to the AFSCME family!
AFSCME endorsed incumbents Pres. Barack Obama and Vice-Pres. Joe Biden; U.S. Sen. Bob Casey; and Treas. Rob McCord were all reelected last night. AFSCME endorsed candidates Kathleen Kane - Attorney General and Eugene DePasquale - Auditor General were also victorious, along with gains in the U.S. and PA Senate. "I am extremely proud of the AFSCME volunteers who made thousands of phone calls and door knocks to make this happen," said C13 Exec. Dir. David Fillman. Check District races here.
Polls will be open 7am to 8pm tomorrow. You will be asked for ID, but YOU DO NOT NEED PHOTO ID TO VOTE IN THIS ELECTION unless you are a first-time voter! AFSCME has endorsed worker friendly candidates . If asked to use a Provisional Ballot, or have any other problems at your polling area, call the Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683). Once in line to vote, you cannot be turned away! Find your polling place.
Deadline for absentee ballot requests extended until October 31 at 5:00pm for county offices closed for one day; or November 1 for county offices closed for 2 or more days. The deadline for submission of the absentee ballots HAS NOT CHANGED - ballots must be received by the County Board of Elections by November 2 at 5:00pm. PA Voter Hotline 855-834-VOTE. Exceptions for Allegheny County. More.
State Offices under Gov's jurisdiction closed today AND TOMORROW for 'non-essential' employees. updates and shelter info on Twitter at #SandyCenPA and online at www.readypa.org and abc27. Closing updates.
Nearly 200 delegates gathered in Pittsburgh for the 30th annual Non-State Ed Conf. Oct. 12-14. Slideshow 30th Anniversary Video
Union leaders and pension experts took part in some pension myth-busting during a PA AFL-CIO Forum held at AFSCME's Conference Center last night. More.
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson has ruled PA voters will not be required to show ID to vote. Read the entire order here. "This is a major victory for working families, seniors, students and veterans," said C13 Exec. Fillman. "Now we can get down to the real work of getting candidates elected who have the best interest of all Americans in mind."
PA AFL-CIO will be hosting a forum on Pensions and Retirement Security for Pennsylvania's Workers on 10/10 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at C13 Conference Center. Speakers will include C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman, PA AFL-CIO Pres. Bloomingdale and more. Audience questions/comments welcome. PCN TV will cover the event.
PA Supreme Court voted 4-2 to issue an anonymous order telling Commonwealth Court Judge Simpson he has until 10/2 to repeat or reassess his "predictive judgment" from August. Simpson is now left to officiate his own earlier decision as to whether the state can produce and distribute sufficient ID in time. "We've said all along that in addition to being a solution looking for a problem, the rush to get this through is purely political and a real hardship for folks without ID showing an expiration date," said C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman. "At the very least, an endeavor of this magnitude - on a fundamental right so important - should be phased in over time rather than rushed through before a major presidential election." More
On 9/6 Registered Nurses of Select Specialty Hospital in Erie voted 23-13 for representation with AFSCME DC85. 36 of 38 cast their ballots. This victory adds 38 new workers to Council 13 ranks. Congratulations and welcome to the AFSCME family!
Labor Day 2012
C13 wishes all members a safe and happy Labor Day holiday. Watch your brothers and sisters during the MDA Show of Strength on 9/2 from 8pm-11pm . This year C13 sponsorships are in Philly/DE WPHL17 and Hbg/South Central CBS21 WHP.
PA State Supreme Court will hear an expedited appeal of a Commonwealth Court ruling upholding PA Voter ID law on 9/13 (Corbett administration had hoped for an October hearing). If the Supreme Court does not overturn the ruling, voters will need to meet specific voter ID requirements in order to vote on 11/6. More info 1-877-868-3772; 1-866-OUR-VOTE; www.votespa.com.
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson upheld the PA Voter ID law. “Petitioners’ counsel did an excellent job of “putting a face” to those burdened by the voter ID requirement,” he said, but ruled the law was not ‘unconstitutional’. An appeal will be filed to PA Supreme Court. Only a majority vote can overturn a decision and the current PA Supreme Court has only 6 justices (3-D/3-R). "Today is a sad day for all PA voters," said C13 Exec. Dir. David Fillman. "Our opponents in this blatant attempt to steal a presidential election feel voting is not a fundamental right. I couldn’t disagree more." Fillman called for including vigorous Voter ID education to all ‘get out the vote’ efforts. "Many long-time voters will show up at the polls unaware of this unwarranted mandate," he said.
In submitted written testimony in today's joint public hearing on state pension reform C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman explained why the current defined benefit (DB) plan is most cost effective. Due to alleged 'time restraints' Fillman was not invited to give oral testimony (nor was any other labor leader); however, anti-union, anti-public employee, anti-government representatives were there in force to enter oral testimony into the record. SERS Pension Benefits Breakdown (Flyer/Handout) Fillman will discuss PA pension issues 10pm tonight on the Rick Smith Radio Show.
July 24 Rally at Capitol to Fight Voter Suppression Video
Pharmacy benefit change in effect July 1. Members can use any retail pharmacy in the new CVS Caremark network, including Rite Aide and many others. Check here to find a list of pharmacies included in the network, as well as FAQ's and more.
Rally 1 p.m. 7/24 in opposition to Voter ID law! Flyer
Annette Davenport, L1224 appeared on the Dr. Oz show in a segment called "Weight Loss Rules to Break." Dr. Oz Pt. 1 Dr. Oz Pt. 2 Annette's Letter
C13's Organizers and Next Wave Committee collected $5,061 and 446 books in support of the USO's United Through Reading's Military Program at our C13 Convention this year. Thank you letters from the USO
Corbett Budget breakdown here
CLEAR statement on Corbett budget
Over 5,000 delegates, alternates and guests came together in LA 6/18-6/22 for AFSCME's 40th International Convention. C13 Exec. Dir. David Fillman and DC89 Dir. Michael Fox will serve another 4 years as PA IVP's after uncontested PA delegate election. After 31 years as AFSCME Pres. retiring Gerald W. McEntee had the final honor of swearing in President and Sec./Treas. Lee Saunders and Laura Reyes who were elected by delegates on 6/21. Slideshow
Kent Courtney L2456 performed 6/16-17 at Eckley Miners' Village Patch Town Days. More
On June 5 Albion Borough (Erie County) employees voted 7-4 to join AFSCME Council 13. This victory adds 11 new employees to AFSCME ranks. Congratulations and welcome to the AFSCME family!
Council 13 is now on Facebook! Be sure to 'Like' our page to follow our events and keep up-to-date on important news. Also, 'Share' our page with your friends to spread the word!
C13 Exec. Dir. Dave Fillman was live on PCN Call-In Program to discuss the state budget on 6/7.
C13 new TV spot airs Sun. mornings at 11:30 on CBS21's Face the State in the Harrisburg area. Also to be featured during MDA Labor Day sponsorship in other parts of PA. Spot debuted at the C13 annual convention.
C13 officially notified by the Gov's Office and Dept. of Corrections that the Correctional Medical Services WILL NOT be privatized. This issue is now moot and all services will continue to be performed by C13 members. Viral misinformation should accordingly be ignored by our membership.
On 5/3 20 DCNR members were honored for job achievements at the 7th annual DCNR 2012 Employee Recognition Program. More
On 4/27-29 467 delegates representing 239 locals took part in C13's 40th Annual Convention in Hershey. Slideshow Video Montage Tribute to Pres. McEntee Video
Monroe Co. Court Related employees voted 33-27 to join C13. Employees include Sheriff Deputies, Clerk of Courts, Public Defender, District Att., Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds, and Victim Witness and Prothonotary workers. This victory adds 68 new employees to AFSCME ranks.
Fillman Letter to the Editor in Philadelphia Inquirer: 'No Reason to Privatize Lottery'.
Get out and vote April 24. PHOTO ID IS NOT NECESSARY TO VOTE IN THE PA PRIMARY. Polls open 7:00 am - 8:00 pm. Questions about candidates? Contact District Council.
CLEAR hosting PA tax day events as part of a statewide campaign to close Delaware loopholes & stop corporate tax cuts. Press Release & List of Events
40th PA AFL-CIO Convention
C13 endorsed Congressman Mark Critz in race for 12th Congressional District seat. Press Release.
2011-2015 Master Memorandum now on this site. The Master Agreement was posted on 3/21.
C13 Steering Committee unanimously endorsed for primary Rob McCord for Treasurer; Patrick Murphy for Attorney General; and Eugene DePasquale for Auditor General. The committee also unanimously endorsed Sen. Bob Casey for U.S. Senator for PA in the Nov general election. Press Release.
LUTI (Local Union Training Instructor) Program 2012
C13's 40th Annual Convention will take place 4/27-29 at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. Hotel reservations can be made online here or by calling 1-800-437-7439. .
On Feb 13 at 7:00pm C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman will be a panel guest on the PCN LIVE Call-In Program to discuss Gov. Corbett's state budget proposal. Call in #1-877-726-5001.
Gov. Corbett's budget address presented. C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman said, “The governor described his budget as lean and demanding. It is demanding on the middle class and taxpayers. The corporations are getting a tax break and all of the demands are on school students and families paying for college. It's safe to say the PA CLEAR Coalition study outlining $2.3 billion in added revenue and savings was not on the governor's agenda.” More
CLEAR Coalition press conf released "A Better Way for Pennsylvania: Restoring Pennsylvania's Fiscal Health Through Fairness, Efficiency and Innovation."
C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman was nominated for re-appointment to the SERS Board by Gov. Corbett. The Senate vote was 50-0 for re-appointment to another 4 year term.
C13 Negotiating Com. and Commonwealth sign final contract language for the 2011-2015 Master Agreement and Master Memorandum.
As the result of a Joint Request for Certification between DC88 and C13's Organizing Department, an agreement was reached with Morrisville Borough (Bucks County) to bring Morrisville Library Assistants into Council 13, Local 1598. This will add 6 new employees to AFSCME ranks.
C13's 2012 Scholarship Guidelines and Application Applications will be accepted starting 3/1 - 6/1.
Signing of the 2011-2015 state contract will take place January 27. The signed contract will then be posted on this web site; however, it will take a few weeks for the contract books to be printed and distributed.
Fillman Op-ed on budget fixes
C13 anticipates final language changes to be completed sometime in January 2012. The signing of the 2011-2015 state contract by all negotiators will be scheduled shortly afterwards. We appreciate your patience as we make certain that language throughout the entire contract is exactly what was voted on by the membership. Once signed, the full agreement will be available on this site.
Starting 12/12-1/8/12 C13 will broadcast a holiday message. C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman will also be featured in a TV holiday message airing in central PA on CBS21 and CW15 12/19 - 1/1/12 thanking members and their families for pulling together this year in the fight for workers.
2011 Non-State Conference
National Day of Action Nov. 17 Find Day of Action events in your area.
Victory in Ohio - SB5 repealed by voters!
Pres. McEntee Will Not Seek Re-election in 2012
Vote Nov. 8 - AFSCME-endorsed candidates.
On October 11 two units from Benton Area School District (Columbia County) voted to join AFSCME Council 13. Cafeteria workers & custodian/maintenance workers voted 11 - 2; paraprofessionals, secretaries, nurse's assistant, tech support voted 13 - 5. This victory adds 36 new employees to AFSCME ranks.
900 AFSCME women, including 43 C13 delegates, attended the AFSCME Women's Conference in Milwaukee, WIS last week. Slideshow.
PSECU Rally 9/30, 11:00am-1:00pm on Cameron St and HACC Dr to demand YOUR money banked at PSECU be spent on local, UNION labor!
Call PSECU Pres. & CEO Greg Smith at 717-777-2300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - let him know that as a PSECU member, you want your money used to support local union labor for their new headquarters!
C13's 29th Non-State Education Conference will be held on 11/18-20 at the Lancaster County Convention Center. Contact Education Dept.1-800-523-7263.
Major flooding in PA. To help with relief efforts, email@example.com. For help United Way of Capital Region or York-Adams American Red Cross or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Labor Day events & MDA Labor Day Telethon in Moosic (Lackawanna Co.) and Harrisburg
Tim Hodge, L2245 State Supv. Dist. 8, was featured in the Bedford Gazette for his recent portrayal of Maj. Martin Delany.
Labor Day message/links from Pres. McEntee and Sec./Treas. Saunders.
C13's Statewide Steering Committee endorsed candidates: Judge David Wecht (Superior Court Candidate); Kathryn Boockvar (Commonwealth Court Candidate); and Justice J. Michael Eakin (Supreme Court Retention).
DC 87 / DC 88 leadership conference scheduled for this weekend CANCELLED due to extreme weather conditions hitting the east coast. For more information contact your District Council.
L2163 Member Michael Dillman killed on the job Obituary
Susquehanna Univ. student, Lindsay Swartz, came to C13 for an internship and left with a "different outlook on the union movement." See her 'thank you'
Show solidarity with CWA and IBEW Verizon workers. Click here to find local picket lines, download leaflets, and more. Sign our petition telling Verizon's CEO to stop the attack on the middle class.
L317 Member Larry Fisher killed on the job Obituary
30 C13 leaders took part in the biennial Leadership Institute at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD on 7/31 - 8/5. 2011 Leadership Institute
Changes for the 2011-2015 state contract and the new wage summary. C13 is preparing the final agreement for signature. Once signed, the full agreement will be available on this site. (posted 8/3/11)
AFSCME Women's Conference Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2011.
Jean Thompson, L2582, Fayette Co., featured in Herald-Standard "Top 20 to Watch" for making a positive impact in the community. Watch her story.
L1598 Pres. and C13 VP Linda Vuono spoke out on behalf of members at a Bucks Co. Commissioners meeting this week. Fox 29 News and The Intelligencer newspaper. Commissioners came up with a "power curtailment program" and cut off air conditioning on the hottest days of the year. have since agreed to hold off
New 4-year Master Agreement and Master Memorandum ratified by a 4:1 margin. Total votes for Master Agreement (Rank & File): 8,717 YES and 2071 NO. Total votes for Master Memorandum (First Level): 295 YES and 49 NO. Click here for a full listing of votes by District Council/Local Union.
National AFL-CIO NEXT UP Young Workers Summit in Minneapolis Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2011.
The new 4-year state contract ratified by a 4-1 margin. Voting results from every local will be published on this site and in the Council 13 Connection in the near future.
Berks Co. employee, Kyle D. Pagerly, gunned down in the line of duty June 29
Gov. Corbett signed the $27.149 billion state budget. full of devastating cuts with public education being slashed by nearly $1 billion and deep cuts to critical services. With the budget being passed before the 7/1 deadline, state government will continue to operate. CLEAR Coalition Press Release.
C13 Locals are conducting ratification meetings on the new tentative state contract. Check with your Local officers, check your union bulletin boards and Local websites and/or check with your District Council for election dates and times at your worksite. All voting should be completed by July 15.
C13's Policy Committee voted 'yes' to the tentative state agreement reached by C13 negotiators and Gov's Office reps. The First Level policy committee approved the agreement Friday. Locals will be posting notices of ratification meetings. All votes are expected to be in by 7/15.
On 6/20, 72 Mid-Atlantic Youth Services, Western PA Childcare, employees voted 67 to 5 to join C13 adding a total of 97 employees to the AFSCME ranks. The unit is located in Butler Co. and includes Youth Service Specialists, Clinical Assistants, Work Readiness Coordinator, Community Serv. Coordinator & Clerical staff.
Erroneous newspaper reports are claiming details of the tentative state contract will be released by the Governor's Office. This is not true. The details of the tentative agreement will be forthcoming from AFSCME following the Policy Committee approval tomorrow. Details will be handed out and discussed at your Local's ratification meeting.
Tentative State Contract Agreement
Jack Jellison Obituary
State negotiations started early this morning and will continue through Wednesday. Negotiations will resume tomorrow at noon.
In a state budget briefing conference call last night, C13 Exec. Dir. and CLEAR Chair David R. Fillman urged union activists and their families to get involved in the fight for a fair state budget. Check clearforpa.org for a Budget Tool Kit, upcoming events, to find your state rep and ways to join the fight. Talking points and sample text .
On 6/3-5 C13 Next Wave Conference C13 Next Wave Video: "Past, Present, and Future" . Town Hall Meeting results. Town Hall Polling results.
Negotiations continued on 6/1 & 6/2 in Harrisburg. Negotiations resume 6/7 (FL); 6/20, 21 and 22 (R&F).
Northampton Co. voters overwhelming voted Yes! on a ballot initiative to prevent the sale of Gracedale Nursing Home for 5 years. 3:1 margin victory with 75% of the votes.
On 5/11 five Council 13 members were first responders in an accident in West Deer Twp.
On 5/5 14 C13 members working for DCNR were honored for outstanding achievements on the job.
Thousands Rally for Responsible Budget on May 3
Join with C13 and other union members and leaders from the CLEAR Coalition on 5/3 1 - 2pm at Harrisburg State Capitol for a Rally for a Responsible Budget.
C13's first Next Wave Conference scheduled for June 3-5, 2011 in Hershey. Room reservations. Cut off date May 12. contact C13 Ed Dept. at 1-800-523-7263.
April 28 Workers Memorial Day Flyer. Poster.
On 4/12 Commonwealth Court blocked an appeal by Northampton Co. Executives and the sale of Gracedale Nursing Home will now be on a May 17 ballot for voters to decide. Local 1435 Gracedale Nursing Home (Northampton Co.) worked with Northampton Co. voters to gather over 23,000 signatures on petitions to postpone the sale of the facility.
C13 39th Annual Convention Held April 1-3 PA Guys video
C13's biennial Leadership Institute will take place July 31-August 5 at the National Labor College, Silver Spring, MD. Application deadline: May 27, 2011.
State negotiations will continue April 22. Contact District Councils and Local Union negotiators for updates.
National Library Workers Week next week with April 12 as National Library Workers Day. Order free bookmarks here and network with other AFSCME library workers here.
On 4/4/68, Dr.MLK, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with AFSCME sanitation. Join a We Are One event in your area on 4/4/11, and stand in solidarity against today's right-wing corporate politicians trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for. Flier. Download rally posters. We Are One website.
2nd day of state negotiations - and the first day with the new Corbett negotiating team. Details of negotiating sessions will not be available on this public site. Members - please contact your Locals and District Councils for details.
On 3/15 PA Gaming Control Board's Clerical Unit and IT Unit voted 17-4 to be represented by C13. The statewide unit total is 41 employees.
C13's 18th Women's Conference held 3/ 11-13 in Hershey, PA. $8,000 raised for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman speech text - Slideshow
Fillman Testifies at Senate Gov. Streamlining Hearing Read testimony
C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman debates Right to Work supporter Rep. Metcalfe on PCN Call In show 3/15/11 at 7pm. call in to the show with questions or comments toll free at 1-877-726-5001.
CLEAR Coalition budget rally May 3rd from 1pm - 2pm at Harrisburg State Capitol. Bus reservations deadline April 19 . Download flyer. CLEAR response to Gov. Corbett's budget address.
Gov. Corbett's $27.3 billion budget is full of cuts and empty of revenues. $550 million cut in basic ed funding, $650 million cut in higher ed and SSHE funding cut 50%! In upcoming state contract negotiations he said he would be looking for rollbacks, freezes and increased contribution to healthcare benefits. 1500 proposed state layoffs will include 1,000 vacant positions.
C13 Exec. Dir. and CLEAR Chair David Fillman submitted an editorial regarding the budget published in Harrisburg Patriot News.
C13 members and staff joined with over 20,000 people for a rally in Columbus, OH, as the legislature began hearings on Kasich’s anti-worker SB 5 bill. Watch DC83 Dir. Mickey Sgro being interviewed from the rally.
As we stand with our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin Gov. Corbett will be presenting his budget address on 3/8 at 11:00am. C13 has set up a special e-mail through our e-Activist program to easily contact the gov. with concerns.
AFSCME Wisconsin Workers' Rights Emergency Response Fund
PA AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Bloomingdale and Sec.-Treas. Frank Snyder are asking all union members to wear red on Tues., February 22nd as a sign of Unity with the hardworking people of WI, OH, and other states under political attack.
WI Gov. Scott Walker has introduced radical legislation that would deny nearly 200,000 union members their full collective bargaining rights. Join us in the fight for workers' rights.
As Gov. Corbett is developing his 2011 budget proposal to be presented on 3/8, encourage him NOT to balance the budget on the backs of PA. C13 has set up a special e-mail through our e-Activist program to easily contact the Gov. with your concerns.
'Proud to Serve' video request extended to 2/18
C13's Negotiating Committee presented proposals to the previous Rendell administration during the first negotiating session on 8/15/10. We did not hear back from that administration. As soon as C13 receives any further information and/or upcoming negotiating session dates from the new Corbett administration, we will get that information to the Negotiating Committees. Updates will be provided at your Local meetings.
"Proud to Serve" video requests from members to help stop the lies.
C13's 39th Annual Convention will take place April 1-3 at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center.
Get the facts on privatizing wine and spirit shopes and compose your own letter-to-the-editor.
AFL-CIO MLK Jr. Holiday Event
C13 2011 Scholarship Guidelines and Application for 2011. Applications will be accepted at C13 3/1 - 6/1.
C13's membership voted to extend temporary reductions in Commonwealth contributions to the PEBTF through June 2011. Breakdown of voting results per District Council/Local.
C13 Women's Conf. will be March 11-13 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. Auction will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Contact C13's Education Dept. for more information.
Petition Drive to Save Gracedale Nursing Home
C13 Donates to 'hungry & homeless for the holidays'
C13 statewide radio holiday message running 12/20/10 - 1/28/11 - click here for station in your area. C13 also contributed a holiday "Caring Tree" .
AFSCME launches nationwide campaign to Stop the Lies
Former DC87 Dir. Frank Schubert passed away on 11/25/10. Also see In Memoriam page on this site.
On 11/18, 41 Wayne County employees in the Court Related and Court Appointed units voted to join AFSCME Council 13. The Court Related vote was 11-10, adding a total of 23 employees; and the Court Appointed vote was 11-6, adding a total of 18 employees. The units consist of employees in row offices, judges offices, probation offices and other court related offices and includes court reporters, clerks, bookkeepers, administrative assistants, intake interviewers, criers, and other nonprofessional employees.
State employees whose paychecks were held hostage during payless paydays in July 2009 will now be receiving interest payments for days they were denied payment. In an award dated Nov. 13
Brother Gary M. Chapin L2643 Crawford Co. Correctional Facility died Nov. 15 as a result of injuries sustained from an inmate attack while on duty as a Corrections Officer. The family suggests memorials be made to the Conneaut Lake Ag 4-H Club, c/o PO Box 467, Conneaut Lake, PA 16316, to place a bench at Brother Chapin's favorite spot at the Crawford County Fairgrounds. Obituary
On Nov. 15 the House voted 165-31 to pass amended HB2497 which Gov. Rendell will sign into law. For new state employees the bill will reduce the accrual rate of pensions from 2.5% of salary per year worked to 2% of salary per year worked, unless an employee chooses to contribute more to maintain the 2.5%. New state employees will have to work 10 yrs, as opposed to the current 5 yrs, to be vested. And the retirement age for new employees will rise to 65 or any age with 35 years service. The new Bill also eliminates Option 4 (lump sum payout) upon retirement. NOTE: THESE CHANGES WILL BE FOR NEW STATE EMPLOYEES HIRED AFTER JAN. 1, 2011. PENSIONS FOR CURRENT STATE EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.
new C13 TV spot being aired on CBS21 during “Face the State” Sun. morning at 11:00.
On 11/12 Allegheny Co. employees of The Cedars of Monroeville Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facility voted 34-9 to be represented by C13. The unit total is 55 and includes all full-time and regular part-time nonprofessional employees including LPN's, certified nurses aides, resident care assistants, housekeeping employees, maintenance employees, activities employees and office clerical employees.
In one the hardest fought midterms in years PA races for Governor and U.S. Senate were finally called hours after the polls closed for Tom Corbett (R-Governor) and Pat Toomey (R-Senate). Results in your district/county.
AFL-CIO Sec-Treas Shuler Makes Unscheduled Trip to Harrisburg phone banks for their outstanding contribution to labor's member-to-member education and mobilization political program.
"I can't emphasize how much is at stake in this election," said C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman. Contact your District Council to get involved in a GOTV campaign in your area! VOTE Nov. 2!
Final gubernatorial debate tonight at 7pm. View the debate live on WPVI-TV in Philadelphia area or watch live stream at www.6abc.com. Debate will air statewide at 8:30pm on PCN.
2nd gubernatorial debate tonight at 7pm. Watch on PCN or on a local station in your area.
2010 PA Breast Cancer Coaltion event
On Oct. 2, C13 members joined thousands of AFSCME members in Washington, DC, to deliver a message of change. The One Nation rally brought together union members, social activists, and human and civil rights leaders committed to good jobs, equal justice, and quality public education for all. Slideshow.
C13 has endorsed Dan Onorato for governor, Scott Conklin for lieutenant governor, and Joe Sestak for U.S. Senate. Contact your District Council to get involved in phone banks, labor walks and rallies in your area.
On 9/9 Montgomery Co. Court Related Nonprofessional employees voted 139-57 to be represented by AFSCME Council 13. The unit total is 245 and includes Accounting Techs; Adm. Assts.; Investigators; Deputy Sheriff; Paralegal; Office Support and more.
C13 will be sending 2 buses to the One Nation March from the C13 conference center at 7am. Contact your District Council asap if you would like to join us on one of the buses!
Labor Day 2010 slideshow
C13 members taking phone pledges for the Labor Day MDA telethon Sept. 6 from 7am-9am on CBS 21/CW 15 in the Harrisburg area and on WPXI and PCNC in the Pittsburgh area. Council 13's Labor Day TV spot is also being broadcast this week through Labor Day.
Hear short daily updates on labor issues by clicking the new WIN button on homepage.
2010 Non State Conference
thank you letter from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs
first day of state contract negotiations.
AFSCME 2011 Family Scholarship Program
On 8/10 York Housing Authority employees (York Co.) voted 15 to 13 to be represented by C13 bringing 28 new members to our ranks.
On July 25-30, C13 Women Attend 35th Annual Northeast Regional Summer School
House voted 247-161 to save hundreds of thousands of jobs with $26 billion in investment for state and local governments and school districts. All 7 of PA's Republican representatives voted 'no'; all 12 Democrat representatives voted 'yes'. Statement from AFSCME Pres. McEntee.
Final House vote on FMAP scheduled for Tuesday morning, Please call your representatives and urge them to pass this vital legislation to save jobs!
Senate Republican obstructionism blocked with 61-38 vote to end the GOP filibuster against the Jobs Bill. All Democratic Senators voted for the bill; all Republican Senators, with the exception of Sens. Snowe and Collins, voted to essentially fire thousands of our members. Pres. McEntee credited mobilized AFSCME members for the victory. C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman said, "Even though Pennsylvania Senators were on board with this, our members' onslaught of calls sent a clear message to Washington. Saving jobs and moving our economy is what will get our votes in November."
FMAP pulled from the Senate floor yesterday, citing a report that they were $5 billion short in paying for the bill. A reworked bill could be voted on as early as Wednesday. C13 will continue to monitor the progress of this vital state assistance. Thousands of calls are coming into Congress from AFSCME members -- keep the heat on!
C13 donated clothing items and a Wii entertainment system with 4 remotes to Coatesville VA Med Center. Items were purchased with proceeds from raffles held at Charlie's table during C13 conventions and ed conferences. C13 Donates to VA Med Center.
On 8/2 the Senate is scheduled to vote a FINAL TIME on FMAP and the education jobs fund. Please contact Senator Arlen Specter, (202) 224-4254, and Senator Bob Casey, (202) 224-6324, and ask for their affirmative vote on this legislation which will keep Pennsylvanians working. Ask your family and friends to make the calls, too. A failure to pass this bill could impact as many as 20,000 state, county and municipal employee jobs!
Saturday 7/24 The Rick Smith Show will broadcast a media event surrounding the recent budget from Noon-2pm at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore
statewide steering committee meeting endorses Onorato/Conklin & Sestak Press Release
Per the Master Agreement, Council 13 received the required 30-day notice of upcoming lay-offs from the Governor's Office yesterday. No specific time frame or amount of layoffs was provided. C13 will keep members informed once more information is known.
Gov. Rendell signed $28 billion 2010-11 state budget. Big corporations, big tobacco and big oil won again with no tax on cigars and smokeless tobacco and 70% of big corporations will still pay no income tax. Up to 1,000 state employee layoffs could take place. Marcellus Shale severance tax to be implemented 10/1/10. The budget also relies heavily on $850 million in extended federal funds not yet approved by Congress.
39th AFSCME Intl Convention in Boston MA
Tentative state budget. July 8 CLEAR Coalition rally will NOT take place.
Amid threats of 1,000 furloughs while big business keeps big tax breaks, the CLEAR Coalition has scheduled a rally to save jobs and demand a fair state budget. The rally will ake place at the capitol on July 8 at noon. Contact your District Council to attend - buses will be available. CLEAR will also be holding a press conference on Tuesday June 29 at 1pm at the capitol rotunda.
The House could vote as early as Tues. on pension plan legislation designed to lower future pension costs. The changes would affect ONLY school and state employees hired on or after Jan. 1, 2011. "We're keeping a close watch on any legislation proposed to keep costs down in the future," said C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman. "By State Constitution, absolutely no changes can go into effect for current state employees, retirees, or state employees hired through December 31, 2010."
PEBTF Announces change in PPO Provider
Coalition for Labor Engagement and Accountable Revenue (CLEAR) launches new radio ad.
House Democrat leaders working on revised budget revenue bill with modified revenue enhancements. The bill is to include an increase in cigarette taxes and natural gas extraction tax. Legislators return to Hbg June 7.
After employees voted 245 to 112, 514 1st level supervisors from all over PA will now be represented by AFSCME in the B5 bargaining unit. The majority of the employees are Senior Civil Engineers out of PennDOT and DEP. Congratulations and welcome to the AFSCME family!
PA labor unions kick off CLEAR Coalition's fight for fair state budget . More...
Coalition for Labor Engagement and Accountable Revenue (CLEAR) to hold press conference May 24
C13 Members Honored by DCNR
C13's Statewide Political Steering Committee endorses Sen. Arlen Specter for US Senate and Jonathon Saidel for Lt. Governor in the Democratic Primary.
38th annual C13 convention held April 23-25 in Hershey,
NOW is the time for action. Click the e-Activist Network icon to keep informed and active in the fight for a timely, fair budget. With just a 'couple clicks' state AND non-state jobs can be saved! Urge your friends and family to click, too!!
Fillman and Singer Re-Elected View entire slate,
SECA Loaned Labor Leaders Honored
AFSCME fact sheet on the new health care legislation.
C13's LUTI program March 28-April 2
AFSCME 39th International Convention will be held June 27 - July 2 in Boston, MA. room reservations handled by C13
Sen. Jake Corman in Pgh Post Gazette says state employee layoffs could be necessary to balance the budget. Contact his office at 717-787-1377 and let him know state employee layoffs are not an option!
House Bill 9 which amends the PA Conservation Corps Act to provide Conservation Corps Supervisors state benefits, passed the House by a vote of 142-54. Passage of the Bill would bring 54 Corps Crewleaders into the AFSCME family with full benefits, and the option of membership in the State Employees' Retirement System (SERS).
Do your part to help PA and public services - return your US census!
C13 Exec Dir Fillman testifies on pensions
Tom Tosti Appointed DC88 Director
Final push for health care reform. Call your U.S. representative NOW toll free at 877-442-6801. List of representatives and sample script.
C13 Members Join Ritz Rally in DC
PEBTF Joins Physician Reward and Recognition Program
Ntl Call In Day for jobs and services
L1952 plow operators help rescue baby
“Digging Out." AFSCME video promoting public service jobs
Ntl Call In Day for jobs bill and health care reform postponed due to inclement weather and subsequent government closings in D.C. To be re-scheduled.
PEBTF changes effective 2/1/10).
AFSCME Intl donated $25,000 to the Solidarity Center's Earthquake Relief for Haitian Workers fund. To donate, go to AFL-CIO Solidarity Center click “donate now" and type “AFSCME” for union affiliation.
Jean Thompson, L2582 Fayette Co. Clericals 'letter to the editor' and L2582 food donation
Ntl Call-In for Health Care Reform 1/13/10
2010 AFSCME C13 Member-Only Scholarship Guidelines and Application for C13 members, their children and grandchildren.
Gov. Rendell signed the gambling reform and table games legalization bill avoiding $250 million in cuts. Those cuts would have included nearly 1,000 jobs.
House votes 103-89 to adopt gambling reform and table games legalization bill. Senate approved the bill yesterday. Gov. Rendell will sign. This legislation will avoid further layoffs threatened by the gov. (posted 1/6/10) no link
AFSCME C13 Defeats "Payless Paydays" in PA Supreme Court AFSCME (with SEIU L668 and FOSCEP L2382), had appealed a 2008 Commonwealth Court decision arguing that the federal FLSA trumped state constitution language and PA Supreme Court agreed. The ruling stated timely payment of wages is required by federal law.
Exec. Dir. Fillman on the Rick Smith Radio Show on recent PA Supreme Court victory.
Happy Holidays from C13 TV spot Statewide radio message 1/4/-1/15/10.
Gov. Rendell threatens 1,000 additional layoffs if the table game legalization bill is not approved by Jan 8. Send a form letter to your State Sen. and State Rep
Call your Rep/Sen to resolve revenue shortfall and avoid layoffs
New Tax Credits for 2010 and downloadable free outreach posters, flyers and fact sheets.
Q&A on health care bill
Q&A health care conference calls conducted Dec. 1; Dec. 2, and Dec. 3. on health care reform
Ttotal furlough 173 AFSCME-represented state employees -- 35 less than original 208. Rapid Response meetings scheduled for the week of Nov 30th.
AFSCME receives letter closing Dept. of Lbr investigation regarding payless paydays.
202 delegates took part in C13's 27th annual non-state conference in November.
319 state furloughs announced by Gov. Office. 208 of these furloughs are AFSCME represented employees. AFSCME was able to once again secure agreement that furloughed employees will receive 2 weeks of paid leave, moving the actual date of furlough to December 4th. Affected agencies are DEP; PHMC; DPW; Exec. Offices; DCNR; DMVA; AGRI; Insurance; PHRC and DCED. 60% of the employees furloughed in August have been placed in either permanent or temporary positions. AFSCME will continue to monitor the contractual placement and recall process, and will continue to work with the commonwealth in attempts to get all furloughed employees back to work.
On 11/12 Schuylkill Valley School District (Berks Co.) employees voted 19 to 17 to be represented by AFSCME C13. Employees include Custodians/Maintenance; Custodians/Groundskeeper; Custodians/Courier and Food Service employees. This victory brings 42 new members to our ranks. Congratulations and welcome to AFSCME!
Did your representative vote 'yes' on HR3962? If so, call 1-888-460-0813 today and say, "Thank you!"
Introduction of Affordable Health Care for America Act, AFSCME has announced the call-in line for Nov. 5 is active NOW! Call 1-888-460-0813 today -- and every day through Nov. 5 -- and urge congress to pass this bill!
2nd National Call-In Day for Health Care Reform
No word from the governor's office yet regarding more state furloughs. AFSCME cannot control the governor's decision to furlough, but we can and do monitor the process to ensure contract provisions as they relate to seniority, placement and recall-rights are strictly enforced. 293 employees were furloughed in August and as of this week, 60% of those employees have been placed.
Health Care Reform - Day of Action #1
Senate Finance Committee votes against public option by just 3 votes'
9/30: The U.S. Dept. of Labor has advised C13 that since employees have been paid, it has closed its investigation and will not pursue litigation against the Commonwealth. Thanks to everyone who took the time to call the Dept. of Labor on this issue.
On 9/16/09, the PA Supreme Court heard AFSCME's appeal challenging the Commonwealth's intention to furlough 25,000 employees in 2008 as a result of the budget impasse. Hearing details, background and update on member complaints to U.S. Dept. of Labor.
2009 AFL-CIO convention
Gov. Rendell announced on 9/18 that a tentative budget agreement had been reached.
(posted 9/21/09) No Link
C13 Volunteers at MDA Labor Day Telethon
C13’s Labor Day TV spot will be featured on WHP-CBS21 during the MDA Labor Day Telethon this entire holiday weekend.
'09 Leadership Institute
Juniata Co. Locust Grove Nursing Home employees, including Certified Nursing Assts, Restorative Aides, Maintenance employees, Activity Aides, and Dietary Aides, voted 36 to 3 to be represented by AFSCME.
Amended HB1663 passes by a vote of 114-75. Gov. has already signed the bill allowing Gaming Board employees to continue to receive paychecks!
(posted 8/19/09) no link
Bills 1419 through 1425 passed and signed by the governor on Wednesday, August 12. 1,800 state workers from independent agencies will now be paid.
(posted 8/14/09) no link
Pay will go out to roughly half the executive and judicial branch employees today and to the other half Monday. "Thank you to all of our members in the Treas. Dept. who expedited this procedure," said C13 Exec. Dir. Fillman.
(posted 8/7/09) no link
Treas. McCord announces that employees who should have been paid on 7-24 but received only 2 days pay will receive the 8 days missed, along with their regularly scheduled pay on 8-7-09. Employees who should have been paid on 7-17 but received only 7 days pay will receive the 3 missed days, along with the 10 days they missed on 7-31-09, on 8-10. All other pays on schedule.
(posted 8/6/09) No link
Gov. signs 'blue-line' SB850 legislation to allow state workers to be paid. SB850 is not a legitimate budget and does not enable payment to all state employees.
AFSCME Family Scholarship Program Announced.
If you have been notified by PEBTF that you have lost your Get Healthy contribution waiver and wish to appeal, follow 1 of these appeal procedures within 30 days from the date of your notification letter.
C13’s Labor Day TV spot has been revised. The spot will be televised on WHP-CBS21 during the MDA telethon in the Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry and York counties. (View our non-holiday version here which is in rotation now.)
Day after rally Gov. Rendell says he will sign 'blue line' SB850 to allow state workers to be paid.
(posted 7/29) No link
over 2,000 voices storm capitol on 7/28 to protest 'payless paydays'
A recorded message is now telling Us Dept of Labor callers that "the US Dept. of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has initiated an investigation of the Commonwealth to ensure that your rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are protected. There is no need for you to file an individual complaint. All affected employees will be covered by our investigation into this matter." If the investigation reveals a violation of the FLSA, it could instruct the Commonwealth to pay state workers and/or file a suit against the Commonwealth. As we advised, due to a U.S. Supreme Court case, state employees cannot sue the state for liquidated damages for FLSA violations. The U.S. Dept. of Labor can, however, request damages, as well as injunctive relief. While we do not yet know what the Dept. of Labor will do following their investigation, we will advise you of developments as we learn of them.
(posted 7/21/09) No Link
Erroneous letter sent from PSECU. This letter is not accurate. Employees advancing the budget impasse loan are not advancing funds from their PSL account and are not required to make their first payment until 90 days after the budget is signed.
(posted 7/20/09) No Link
A message from your Executive Director. (Includes statewide Day of Action rally slideshows and Class Action grievances)
file a complaint through U.S. Dept. of Labor once a full paycheck is not received.
Making orange armbands to wear every day they continue to be held hostage, not just in the universal sign of protest, but to show that all the unions, all the workers, and all the people are 'tied together' in one just cause. Rally Resources
Special provisions have been made to ensure employees with existing FCAP balances as of their July 17 or July 24 pay date, and whose pay is impacted by the impasse, are reimbursed for eligible expenses since the balances represent deductions from pay for days worked in the prior fiscal year. To be reimbursed, submit a Family Care Account Reimbursement Form (STD-449) along with copies of bills or receipts to your agency human resource office. Questions can be directed your human resource office. (no link)
Legislators continue to be 'paid'
Frequently Asked Questions regarding the impasse. FAQ on Commonwealth's website,
special rates and flexibilities with state-based financial institutions.
"A Message From Your Consumer' cards to print
"When the Paycheck Stops" brochures unemploymentlifeline.com
How you can help prevent Payless Paydays
Payless Paydays - what does this mean and what is AFSCME doing about it?
Town Hall Health Care For All Meetings took place immediately following the rally in DC.
VIP MDA night held June 17.Our Labor Day TV ad is getting an update. CBS 21 website. On Labor Day 2 hours of the telethon (7am - 9am) have been blocked for AFSCME members to 'man the phones' at the Penn Radisson in Harrisburg. Please contact us to volunteer and be on TV!
FAQ Mandatory Overtime Law Act 102
rally in support of health care reform
Scotland School Rally
The Gaming Control Board Professional unit voted 57 to 47 to be represented by AFSCME. With this victory, we add 126 new bargaining unit members to AFSCME's ranks! Congratulations and welcome to the AFSCME family!
(posted 5/19/09) No Link
37th annual C13 Convention held April 24-26.
Gov. Rendell's letter to all Commonwealth employees with frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding procedures for any potential budget impasse and payless paydays.
DCNR Employee Recognition
Delling Receives Governor's Award for Excellence
Domestic Partner Health Care
SSSD Rally at Capitol
C13 Gets Thank You Letter from PCADV
The agreement to avoid rolling furloughs for state employees passed by a 4 to 1 margin for both the Master Agreement and Master Memorandum. Full results from each local will be listed in the May/June PEP
(posted 4/27/09) No link
Organizing update: Carbon County court appointed, professional employees, DC87; and Perkasie Borough, DC88 voted to become part of the AFSCME family. Decert attempt of blue-collar Lower Dauphin School District employees, Dauphin Co., L1086, DC90 was blocked.
(posted 4/14/09) no link
Annual SECA Campaign Recognition
PennDOT work zone awareness campaign
30 and Out Retirement -- The State Employee Retirement System (SERS) is dealing with the current stock market crisis, and although SERS is in good shape, a surge of members retiring at this time with an earlier retirement date would not be financially prudent. Option #4 in SERS, which would provide a lump sum bonus, would strain SERS' budget. In addition unused sick and vacation leave payouts would drain the general fund which is already $2.5 billion in debt. The current "early out" bills are not likely to pass, but these options will be revisited by AFSCME as the market improves.
Agreement Reached to avoid rolling furloughs
Henderson New DC85 Director
Fillman interview on PCN video
Lewisburg School District votes to join AFSCME
(posted 3/27) no link
2009 Women's Conference slideshow
Next Wave Conference Reservations
'09 Workers' Comp Conference
09-10 Budget Address and union Press Conference
2/4: Gov. Rendell's 2009-10 budget address takes place.
Exec. Dir. Fillman; SEIU Local 668 Pres. Jellison; and UFCW Local 1776 Legislation and Political Action Director Meyerson held Press Conference following the address
Rendell Goes For Furlough Jugular
Fillman Responds to Furlough Threats
Step increase for January, 2009 WILL go into effect the first full pay period in January, with pay date of January 30 or February 6, depending on employee's pay schedule
(posted 1/9/09) No Link
Ntl Campaign for Economic Relief
Wyomissing School District, Berks Co., support staff voted 76 to 19 for AFSCME representation. WELCOME!
(posted 12/19/08) no link
Holiday radio message
C13 Parade of Trees
C13 Sisters Honored by CLUW slideshow
Special message from Exec. Dir. Fillman and Campaign highlights
State Hiring Freeze Meeting
McCain Bashes Unions in Hershey, PA
(posted 10/28/08) VIDEO
Limited Mandatory OT for Health Care Workers
Non-State Conference Sldeshow
AFSCME's Statewide Steering Committee meets
Luzerne Co. Donates to Troops
Effective 9/11/08 smoking ban in the workplace
Obama and supporters speak about unions
(posted 9/9/08) VIDEO
Working Families' Town Hall meeting
McCain and Romney Union Attacks
(posted 9/5) VIDEO
2008 Non-State Advisory Committee Members
Labor Day TV spot thru 9/14
(posted 8/25/08) VIDEO
Exec. Dir. Fillman is Labor Leader of the Week
(posted 8/25/08) VIDEO
Commonwealth Court has ruled that state employees cannot be paid during a budget impasse. AFSCME will appeal. (posted 8/08) no link.
38th AFSCME Intl Convention
Next Wave Focus Group
C13's Next Wave Launched
Arguments Heard as Budget Talks Continue
AFSCME Endorses Obama
Statements from Fillman and Fox
OVH Soldiers&Sailors letter of thanks
presentation event (posted 6/9/08)
Letter to Gov. Rendell re: budget impasse furlough
Full testimony on Sen. Bill 1122. Photos
McEntee Congratulates Barack Obama
C13's 36th convention photos Videos
Members Receive Gov. Awards for Excellence
Operation Veterans Hope SE Vet Center
"2-star" letter of thanks
Workers Memorial Day Materials
Fillman's DC testimony against fee-for-service Medicare plans (posted 1/30/08)
Wanda Weaver 1920 - 2008
Fillman Press Release protesting Retiree Health Care Changes
Fillman Testifies Against Prison Privatization
AFSCME TV Spot.
Thank-You letter from PCADV.
Photos from C13 TV Shoot
Press Release granting compensation for 1-day furlough..
AFSCME's_letter to Gov. Rendell Requesting Adm. Leave - Budget Impasse
AFSCME/PSSU Lawsuit - Budget Impasse.
Press Release Supporting House Bill 1717
Press Release on Budget Impasse.