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New AFSCME campaign will grow the union by 50,000 members before the 2014 Convention in July. Read more >>>

Last month’s employment figures are in, and things don’t look good. Read more >>>

by Olivia Sandbothe

Low-wage workers in certain federally funded jobs will see a much-needed pay increase, thanks to President Obama.

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Thousands Storm Capitol Against Paycheck Deception Efforts

1/28: A press conference turned into a rally today when busloads of angry workers showed up at the capitol to speak up against HB1507 and SB1034. Corrections Officer Bill Jones, L1738 Lancaster Co. Prison, spoke at the event. "I'm the guy that keeps violent offenders away from you and your kids," he said. "And I'm the guy this legislation is attacking." Backed by anti-worker 1% groups who hope to make PA a Right to Work for Less state, the bills would strip union rights by prohibiting negotiated voluntary payroll deductions. This legislation would only apply to nurses, teachers, corrections officers and other public service workers, but would NOT apply to insurance companies, big banks or financial companies. Workers also visited their representatives to ask them to vote NO on these bills. Hundreds of workers were left in the cold when capitol police blocked entrance due to a filled rotunda. Slideshow Exec. Dir. Fillman op-ed Press Release

 

2014 AFSCME Council 13 Scholarship Application

AFSCME Council 13 2014 Scholarship Guidelines and Application for Members Only is now available online. Submissions accepted March 1 - June 1, 2014. Hard copy application will be featured in the Winter 2013 Council 13 Connection.

Help Save LCB Jobs!!

2/20: Gov. Corbett's proposal to privatize the Wine and Spirit stores will have serious negative social consequences for all communities in Pennsylvania and cause the loss of 5,000 middle class, union jobs. Learn what you can do to oppose the Governor’s push for privatization. Member Engagement Toolkit

PA Lottery Privatization

12/13: In a letter to Dept. of Revenue Sec. Meuser, State Treas. Rob McCord asks for a "transparent and competitive process...built on solid legal ground."   Press release on official launch of protectourlottery.org.  Download lottery retailer flyers here.

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