Happy New Year Brothers and Sisters. We accomplished many things in 2014 including the ratification of many of our contracts. Right now, we are still working on getting a new contract with the Philadelphia Housing Authority. We enrolled 300 new members in 2014 and hope to continue our efforts to grow our union in 2015. Let’s continue to pull together, to assist Brothers and Sisters in DC 47 and work in solidarity with other working men and women, to build the union movement in 2015.
Fred Wright, President DC 47
We have constructed a survey to help us decide, as a group, how we would like to tackle climate change problems. This is where we need your help. We would like to know what you, DC47 members, think about climate change and IF you agree that it IS a concern, what actions you would like to take.
DC 47 VP Vanessa Fields and Local 2187 Pres. Jaqueline Marshall stood in front of MCDonald’s with signs. They joined with several dozen protesters, including members of DC 47 that had marched in center city Philadelphia calling for increased wages for workers at McDonald’s and other businesses. They chanted, “McDonald’s come off it, you made enough profit and other spirited chants during their rally.
Alan Butkovitz announced he’s not running for Mayor in 2015. Anthony Williams and Lynne Abraham are set to announce on Wednesday. Former Mayor Ed Rendell is rumored to be contemplating a run. Doug Oliver, former PGW pr guy and press secretary for Mayor Michael Nutter, is exploring the possibility of running.
Jonathon Epps, a 15-year employee with the Department of Public Works expressed his pride for the work he does to keep the city safe and clean.
“The work I do keeps our community safe, prevents disease and limits the rodent population,” he said. “By coming to work every day, I know I am making a difference in my city. I call on City Council and the mayor to keep our public water public – we do a good job and we are committed to our neighborhoods and our city.”
District 1199C Pres. Henry Nicholas and DC 47 Pres. Fred Wright being interviewed by Trudy Haynes about the recent PA General Election, local politics and the union. The show is scheduled to air in December or January on PhillyCam (Public Access) television.
Our wages, benefits, working conditions, health and safety, and even whether we have jobs at all, are in the hands of officials who influence our future.
There is nothing more important than staying safe on the job. Our lives depend on it. That is why, as AFSCME members, we have access to some of the best workplace health and safety resources available.
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