District Council 33


New radio ads!

District Council 33 currently has three radio ads running all across Philadelphia. Click here to listen to them!


In far too many parts of the country, right-wing extremists are succeeding in their attempts to keep Americans away from the polls.

That’s why the members and retirees of AFSCME plan to knock on more doors, make more phone calls and turn out more votes than ever before in a mid-term election.


We've recently launched the #TurnOutForWhat campaign on Twitter and Tumblr. People across the country are sharing why they're turning out to the polls on Nov. 4.


"We're still very much in the fight for a better tomorrow and now is not the time to give up. I want to be able to tell future generations that I did my best to protect their basic right to vote."


Senator Warren has a message for AFSCME members. While Senator Warren is not on a ballot this November, she reminds us why it’s so important that we get out to vote this fall.


We will never forget.


It is way past time Congress understood that women's issues are not an afterthought but are of critical importance to the economic health and well-being of our nation.


We asked AFSCME members to share their talent on stage at the 41st International Convention and the results were amazing.


Read between the lines, because Charles Koch's toxic vision for our country is still evident.


Rep. Paul Ryan keeps trotting out the same old plans to shred the U.S. safety net but calls it something else. His most recent scheme to cut anti-poverty programs comes with buzzwords like “innovation” and “flexibility,” but it’s the same tired ideas.


Opponents of labor unions were rubbing their hands gleefully earlier this summer when the Supreme Court ruled that home care workers didn't have to pay "fair share" fees. But our union is a testament to the power of collective action.


Watch AFSCME member Maricruz Manzanarez's powerful story on why we need immigration reform.


In a rousing keynote address at AFSCME's 41st International Convention in Chicago, Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes told the assembled delegates that unions do make a difference. Click through to watch the video highlights.


We kicked off the 41st International Convention in Chicago with some big news: our union is 92,155 members stronger today than it was just a few months ago. Watch highlights of Pres. Saunders' speech by clicking through.


The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that home care and child care providers members were not required to pay fair share dues.


Home care and child care workers will continue to stand up for quality care in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn.


EMTs and paramedics suffer three times as many workplace injuries as the national average.


PayWatch Raises Awareness about Income Inequality Read more >>>

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

City Council President Darrell Clarke and ten members of City Council joined DC 33 President Pete Matthews and Gas Workers Local 686 President Keith Holmes for a press conference immediately following Mayor Nutter’s budget address last week and reaffirmed City Council’s support for a fair contract for District Council 33 and City Council's concerns about the mayor’s proposal to privatize the Gas Works. Read more >>>

All 16 members of City Council today signed an open letter to Mayor Nutter, urging him to end his five-year standoff with the city's municipal unions.

In particular, the Council members urged the mayor to soften his position on furlough days. Nutter wants the right to furlough workers up to 15 days per year during economic downturns.

Click the heading above to read the full text of the letter.

President Matthews on WURD radio

President Pete Matthews was recently a guest on two WURD Radio (900AM) shows, talking about contract negotiations with the City. Click here to listen to the interviews.

DC 33 members praised on CBS 3

News story follows a brief commercial from the CBS 3 website. Look for the DC 33 sweatshirt on the back of a member's chair around 1:38!


Welcome to the new website for AFSCME District Council 33. We hope you will visit this website on a regular basis, to get updates on activities at the District Council.

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Check out the "Calendar" tab (on the left) for information on upcoming events all around District Council 33. For more details about any of the listed events, click on the title of the event. If you have an event you would like listed in this DC 33 Calendar, please send us an email (see the contact page).

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There is a lot going on right now, so if you want to keep up to date, you should "like" the DC 33 Facebook page and you will receive all the latest news. Click on the Facebook logo on the right to "like" us now!

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

District Council 33 President Pete Matthews sent a letter and fact sheet to members of City Council, State Representatives, State Senators, members of Congress, US Senator Bob Casey, and other statewide candidates to let them know that DC 33's contract dispute with Democratic Mayor Mike Nutter could cause turnout problems in the November General Election.  To read and download copies of the letters and fact sheet, click here: Read more >>>

Click the headline above (or "Read More") to get information about the changes to DC 33 Dental Benefits. Read more >>>

Click the headline above (or "Read More") to get information about the changes to DC 33 Health Care Benefits. Read more >>>

District Council 33 President Pete Matthews has submitted an OpEd to both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News. The Inquirer has refused to publish the piece without substantial cuts and the Daily News has not even responded. To read and download the OpEd, click here: Read more >>>

Mayor Nutter: Keep Your Promises!

In 2008, when he wanted our Union's support, Mayor Michael Nutter promised DC 33 members a fair contract. Since that time, our Union has helped the City save $415 million - but we STILL don't have a fair contract. Check out our TV ad calling on Mayor Nutter to give us a FAIR CONTRACT!

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