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Vote Tuesday, November 8th

Vote Tuesday, November 8th

Most voters in Pennsylvania go to a polling place near where they live to cast their ballots.  Here are links to Pennsylvania’s  Polling Place Search tool to help you locate a polling place for Election day. Begin by typing the county of residence and city in the dropdown menus  Then enter the street name, the …

DSP Crisis Continues

DSP Crisis Continues

Worse Than Usual: Providers Weigh In on the DSP Staffing Crisis And What They’re Doing To Solve It SETworks latest survey reveals how the conversation around the DSP staffing crisis is evolving more than a year into the pandemic. A while back, we wrote about the DSP staffing crisis and what organizations can do to become …

March is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month.  Throughout this Month we will bring you the stories of women who are moving the labor movement forward.  Meet Sanchioni Butler, a union organizer in Mississippi who is part of the effort to organize more southern women at Nissan. Her story is captured in the And Still I Rise project, …

Direct Support Worker Crisis

Direct Support Worker Crisis

The Arc, the nation’s largest community-based advocacy organization for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is calling on Congress to develop policies that enable IDD persons to live their fullest lives and to provide adequate funding for home-based programs that make it possible: A well-trained, fairly compensated, and respected direct support professional (DSP) workforce is …

A Salute to Bill Lucy

A Salute to Bill Lucy

Bill Lucy,  an AFSCME member since 1956 and founder of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU).   Lucy became president of the Public Services International Union in 1994, the first African American to hold the position.  A year later he was appointed to the AFL-CIO executive council.  Lucy was with Martin Luther King through the …

Important Voter Information

Important Voter Information

The next election season is practically here! Key dates to remember are: October 18 – Voter Registration Deadline October 26 – Mail-in Ballot Application Deadline November 2 – Election Day Apply for a mail-in ballot by 5pm on October 26, 2021, with a valid PA driver’s license or photo ID. You can also apply at …

AFSCME LOCAL 1739 UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2021

AFSCME LOCAL 1739 UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2021

Negotiation & Covid Impacts   JFCS AFSCME Local 1739 reached a tentative agreement with Jewish Family and Children’s Service on Wednesday, August 24th. The tentative agreement will be distributed to the JFCS membership for their ratification after the Labor Day weekend. SPIN COVID MODIFICATION On Thursday, August 25th, the union membership of Special People in …