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September 18, 2019

CALL TO ACTION: Rally to Save Our Centers

Join us on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., on the Pennsylvania State Capitol steps in Harrisburg, as we rally to save Polk and White Haven State Centers. The rally will...

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September 5, 2019

Organized labor to host statewide press events on public sector OSHA

On Wednesday, September 11, labor leaders and elected officials will hold press events in cities across Pennsylvania to advocate for the passage of House Bill 1082, also known as the Jake Schwab...

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September 3, 2019

Hundreds rally in Franklin to save Polk Center

A sea of red flooded the Venango County Courthouse on Labor Day as community members, elected officials, Polk Center employees and family of Polk residents expressed their outrage over the closure of...

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August 28, 2019

AFSCME Council 13, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania sign four-year state employee contract

AFSCME Council 13 and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania signed the new state employee contract on August 28, 2019, finalizing the four-year agreement. Council 13 Executive Director David Fillman and Pennsylvania Secretary of...

Rally to save Polk Center planned for Labor Day

August 26, 2019

Rally to save Polk Center planned for Labor Day

WHAT: Rally to save Polk State Center. WHO: All are welcome! This decision affects countless lives in the community and beyond. We need as many people as possible to come out and...

Save Our Centers: Download flyers for DHS hearings on closure of Polk, White Haven Center

August 19, 2019

Save Our Centers: Download flyers for DHS hearings on closure of Polk, White Haven Center

On August 14, 2019, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced the closure of Polk State Center and White Haven State Center. These centers are the homes of hundreds of residents...

AFSCME Council 13 opposes DHS decision to close two state centers

August 14, 2019

AFSCME Council 13 opposes DHS decision to close two state centers

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced plans to close Polk State Center in Venango County and White Haven State Center in Luzerne County over the course of three years....

Lawmakers must address parolee issue with input from employees

August 8, 2019

Lawmakers must address parolee issue with input from employees

Harrisburg, PA (August 8, 2019) – AFSCME Council 13 is proud to represent those working to keep our communities safe in Pennsylvania’s correctional system, including correctional officers, probation officers and parole agents....

Trustmark Voluntary Insurance deduction to be doubled, refunded due to error

July 31, 2019

Trustmark Voluntary Insurance deduction to be doubled, refunded due to error

The following statement was released by Trustmark. To summarize, an error occurred that will cause a double deduction to be taken from participating employees’ paychecks on the August 2 pay date, which...

Pay raises for commonwealth employees to be retroacted upon IFO approval

July 26, 2019

Pay raises for commonwealth employees to be retroacted upon IFO approval

Many Commonwealth of Pennsylvania employees have reached out to AFSCME Council 13 concerning the three percent general pay increase that is scheduled to go into effect for July 2019. Employees will receive...