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AFSCME Brothers and Sisters –

First, let us thank you for the work you perform day-in and day-out, and for your dedication to public service and to the citizens of Pennsylvania. It takes a special type of person to be able to perform this type of work, and for that AFSCME, and I, commend you and thank you.

As you may (or may not) be aware, there is a drive by a group of your coworkers to remove AFSCME as your exclusive representative for collective bargaining purposes. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 92 Labor Services recently filed petitions with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board to raid the Inspection, Investigation & Safety (II&S) Bargaining Units and go to a vote to decide: 1. Keep AFSCME as your bargaining representative; 2. Leave AFSCME and go to FOP; or 3. Have no Union representation.

Your current position with the Commonwealth is part of an II&S bargaining unit, as it was originally organized by AFSCME Council 13 over 50 years ago. In a few weeks, you will receive a ballot in the mail and have a very important decision to make that will affect your Union representation.

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is an association that protects and promotes the police and sworn law enforcement officers across this nation. Sworn Law enforcement officers are among the front lines of public service and AFSCME commends them for the work they do day in and day out, and the impact they have on our communities.

AFSCME Council 13 has a proud and accomplished history of representing public sector and front-line workers such as yourself in Pennsylvania and every other state across the nation. We stand by those accomplishments, as we are firm in our mission and conviction that all workers deserve dignity and respect in their workplace, no matter the industry, sector, or occupation.

Though we are proud of our history and accomplishments at Council 13, we are not ignorant to the fact that we can do better. Our organization is a democratic institution that is shaped by our membership. New leadership, as elected by AFSCME members, brings with it an assessment of what we do well and what we admittedly need to adjust, advance, or change.

FOP Lodge 92 has launched a campaign based upon misleading information in an attempted raid of YOUR AFSCME bargaining unit. At AFSCME Council 13, we do not claim to be perfect, but we have – and always will be – straight with you. The right to collectively bargain does not mean the union will always be successful in every battle – but it is a right which we hold sacred that gives you the ability to fight, to have a voice, and to have a seat at the table. There will be wins and losses. One thing I, and AFSCME, will not do, is make promises we cannot keep.

There are real questions that you should be asking that at the very least reveal the need for further investigation. It is without question that there are uncertainties involved.

In the coming weeks leading up to the election, we ask you to not take this decision lightly. There are real consequences to the outcome of this election. There is absolute truth to the idea of “Strength in Numbers” at the bargaining table.

AFSCME members have and always will run this Union. Your voices can and will be heard, and the changes you demand are currently at your fingertips. Workers joining together and demanding better working conditions is always a noble venture and is the heart and soul of this great union.

We will be reaching out to you, and we ask you to join us and take the time to ask any questions and address any concerns you may have. Our genuine hope is that you will be armed with unprejudiced facts and information that will allow you to make an educated and objective decision when you place your ballot in the mail.

As always, please reach out to out Member Resource Center with any questions, thoughts, concerns, or requests by calling 1-800-5-AFSCME (237263) or emailing us at [email protected]. There are trained professional Staff Representatives ready to speak with you regarding any work- or union-related matter.

In Solidarity,

David Henderson
Executive Director, AFSCME Council 13

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