About Us

A truly democratic union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is run by its members. Every member has a vote in the election of local union officers and board members. Each local has its own constitution and members vote at meetings to determine policy, activities and local dues structure. Members also vote on contract approval or rejection. These rights are guaranteed by the International Union Constitution and the Bill of Rights for Members. Nationwide, AFSCME is 1.6 million strong – the fastest-growing and most progressive union in the country.

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Executive Director David Fillman leading the Council 13 members during a rally at the PA state capitol after paychecks were withheld during a record 101-day budget impasse in 2009. Council 13 was ultimately victorious when the PA Supreme Court ruled payless paydays were illegal.

Council 13 of AFSCME was established in 1971 to improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for public and private non-profit Pennsylvania employees – those who protect and serve the citizens of the commonwealth. Our members are employed at the state, county, township, borough, and city level, and in health care and social service facilities throughout Pennsylvania.

AFSCME members take care of the sick and needy, maintain our roads, light our homes, provide safe drinking water; administer government claims and keep our communities safe. We educate, nurture and prepare future leaders and much, much more.

AFSCME members have won strong contracts, competitive wage increases, job security, fair grievance procedures, comprehensive health insurance, a strong voice with management, worker-friendly legislation, important court rulings and dignity in the work place.