Council 13 members ratify new collective bargaining agreement

Members of AFSCME Council 13 voted in favor of a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

A tentative agreement was reached on July 11, after months of negotiations between union representatives and Commonwealth officials. Council 13’s State Policy Committee unanimously approved the agreement on July 18. Ratification voting took place in local union meetings over the course of the two weeks that followed.

The contract, which will expire on June 30, 2027, includes a total of 20.25 percent of wage increases over the four years between general pay increases and step increments. Compounded over the four years, represented employees’ current salary would increase by 22.1 percent. This represents a historic achievement for AFSCME members in Pennsylvania.

While the contract includes a 0.5 percent increase in employee healthcare contributions, the employer will contribute 28 percent more. The contract also includes provisions for increased meal allowances, expanded vacation buyback, improved overtime policy, improved health and safety measures, and more.

Executive Director David Henderson issued the following statement:

“I want to thank everyone who took part in this process to bring home such a great deal for the AFSCME members who keep this Commonwealth running, especially the rank-and-file members who traveled to Harrisburg for countless negotiating sessions, which were quite challenging at times, but they always held the line and kept their eye on what’s best for their sisters and brothers around the state.”

Full voting results can be found on MemberLink.

Past negotiation updates can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Member Resource Center at 1-800-5-AFSCME.

AFSCME Council 13’s State Policy Committee, consisting of Local Union Presidents, on July 18, 2023.