AFGE Local 2004

American Federation of Government Employees

  • Tax Cuts & Eliminate Pensions

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Monthly Meeting Alert

The meeting for the month of August has been canceled see below for the next meeting date.

Our next Monthly Meeting will be on Tuesday October 17th 2017

The meeting is held on the third Tuesday of every month.

stop by and get the latest union information at our annual meeting.

Time: 5:00PM- 6:00PM

Date of next meeting: October 17th, 2017

Location: Union Hall building 286


News & Updates

Local and National


AFGE Local 2004 is looking to fill 4th and 5th Vice President positions

 

The Rules:

 

  • Must be a member in good standing ( Dues paying for a minimum of a year)
  • Can only select one position 4th or 5th if you elect both positions you will not be considered for either position
  • Submit your interest in writing or by email ( In writing: Address is AFGE Local 2004 P.O. BOX 384, New Cumberland, PA 17070) by email: boutselis@dla.mil
  • Interest for the positions must be received by mail or email no later than November 15, 2017
  • Afge Local 2004 current eboard will vote on the canidates  that meet the criteria

 

 

AFGE Local 2004 Current E-board is listed below:

 

President: Robert Boutselis

Chief Steward: Randy Elliott

1st VP: Valarie Dickerson

2nd VP: Ryan Engle

3rd VP: Timothy Schaming

Chaplain: Maureen Taylor

Sgt of Arms: Willie D. Weedon

Secretary: Rhonda Green

President of USASAC: Dale Byers

 


Government Standard Magazine

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Two Pa. labor leaders reflect on the meaning of Labor Day | Opinion

With another Labor Day upon us, two of Pennsylvania’s most prominent labor leaders, Rick Bloomingdale of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, and David Fillman, of Council 13 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, are each reflecting on the meaning of the holiday.

The two submitted separate op-Eds to PennLive. In the interests of making sure both their voices are heard, we are excerpting their op-Eds below.

First up, David Fillman:

More than just the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day is a celebration of the American labor movement. The workers and their unions that power the labor movement are the reason we have paid holidays, vacation days, maternity leave, 40-hour work weeks, overtime pay and even weekends.

David Fillman (file)
David Fillman (file)

These things did not fall from the sky, and they certainly were not given to us by owners or management; they were earned through the unwavering solidarity of union members. Even non-unionized workers benefit from these achievements as unions have set the standard for everyone.

Unions provide a way for workers to band together to develop strength in numbers and level the playing field in what is an increasingly rigged economy; that is why unions have become the target of ultra-wealthy special interests and the politicians who carry out their agendas.

Here in Pennsylvania, legislators are constantly plotting ways to destabilize unions through nice-sounding, ill-intentioned policies like “Right-to-Work” and “Paycheck Protection.”

At the national level, President Donald Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, who will likely rule against working people next year in a case called Janus v. AFSCMEJanus is a court case backed by right-wing groups, again with nice-sounding names, like the National Right to Work Foundation and the Liberty Justice Center, which are dedicated to advancing the agenda of Corporate America by destroying everything the labor movement has fought for.

They mangle the meaning of freedom, and abuse words like “rights,” “protection,” and “liberty,” in order to deceive working people into acting against their own self-interests. All the while, the labor movement actually fights for the rights of workers, protection at the workplace and liberty to collectively bargain.

Freedom is not about union busting; freedom is about having the ability to earn a living, to provide for your loved ones, to be there for those loved ones and to be able to retire with dignity, all of which workers are empowered to do through unionizing.

Here’s Rick Bloomingdale:

Labor Day is a time to remember and honor the achievements of working people across America.

For our country and our Commonwealth, it’s been a long year.  Today, we see more opposition from corporate special interests than ever before. Our economy remains skewed in favor of corporations who ship jobs overseas and stash their profits offshore to avoid paying their fair share.

Indeed, the rules of our economy have been rigged by the rich and powerful.

Over the last 25 years worker productivity has increased, yet working people have not received a fair return for their work.  Economic inequality has risen, as good-paying, family supporting jobs have disappeared.  Trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have failed not only Pennsylvania’s workers, but workers all across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Rick Bloomingdale (file)
Rick Bloomingdale (file)

But working people are fighting back against greed and inequality by joining together.  While the labor movement’s preference is to eliminate unfair trade deals like NAFTA in their entirety, politicians in Washington have instead chosen the route of negotiation. As U.S. trade representatives enter the NAFTA renegotiation process, working people and their unions are standing up to rewrite the economic playbook and put workers on a level field.

Pennsylvanians lost more than 330,000 manufacturing jobs since January 1994, that’s more than one-third of industry jobs statewide. Wages have remained stagnant as the cost of living has continued to grow. Young workers see fewer opportunities to have a job with decent wages, good benefits, safe working conditions and a secure retirement than their predecessors.

It’s time for us to rewrite the economic rules in this country. And we can start by renegotiating a NAFTA that works for working people. Just as we worked together to stop the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal that would have delivered yet another blow to workers, we can demand that better protection for working people be the first priority as the United States, Canada and Mexico reconsider NAFTA.

Click here for the direct article link from Pennlive.


Re- Organization Updates

Please review the documents below for the latest updates on the reorg. pay changes.

PST-033 INFORMATION – Night Differential (ND) Entitlement

PST-034 INFORMATION – Sunday Premium Pay


Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair

Area veterans of all ages, active military and their families are urged to attend the Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair, a free, one-day event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill. Presented by OLP Events, the Veterans’ Expo will connect transitioning and retired military members with the benefits and resources available to them through local businesses and organizations. Exhibitors represented will include community service providers, healthcare professionals, VA benefits counselors, education/training providers and business start-up assistance, as well as businesses covering everything from home improvement, legal services, and finance to retirement living and insurance.  During the event’s opening ceremony, a deserving veteran will receive a Quilt of Valor created by Stitches of West Brandywine.  In addition, the Job Fair is an opportunity for veterans and transitioning military to meet face-to-face with employers to discuss available positions.  Job seekers can also visit the Resource Center for advice on resume writing and other helpful information for translating their military careers to civilian opportunities.  Sponsors include Disabled American Veterans, The Guide, Pennsylvania American Legion, Pennsylvania National Guard Outreach Office, Pennsylvania State Headquarters VFW, USAA, WHP580/Bob 94.9 FM and WHTM abc27.  For more information on the Veterans Expo & Job Fair, call (717) 285-1350 or visit www.veteransexpo.com.

 

 


 

 

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To Fund Tax Cuts for the Rich, Politicians Propose to Slash Pensions and Eliminate Pensions

Politicians are reaching into the pockets of public servants, including law enforcement officers, to help fund tax cuts for the wealthiest of all Americans.

The House Budget Committee July 19 approved the 2018 budget plan and sent the bill to the full House with three proposed cuts to federal employees’ pensions:

  1. Eliminate defined benefit contributions, or pensions, for ALL newly hired federal employees.
  2. Reduce government contributions into current federal employees’ pensions by requiring employees to contribute more.
  3. Eliminate supplemental payments to employees who retire before age 62, such as law enforcement agents and firefighters. (The supplement was created because many law enforcement officers, due to the physical demands of their jobs, have to retire early before they become eligible for Social Security, which is part of their retirement package. Click here to Read More
 originated from afge.org

 

IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time or sent to others using government equipment because it suggests action to be taken in support of or against the legislation. Do not use your government email address or government phone in contacting your Member of Congress.

Politicians Launch VA Privatization Blitz

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Study after study has shown that Veterans Affairs hospitals have consistently outperformed private hospitals, but that doesn’t stop politicians from trying to privatize the VA.

During the past few weeks, there have been a number of bills introduced in the Senate to privatize various parts of the Department of Veterans Affairs with the ultimate goal of sending most if not all veterans to for-profit private hospitals. They’re doing this even though veterans have said over and over again that they prefer to be treated at a VA hospital by VA staff – one-third of whom are veterans.

There are 49,000 vacancies at the VA, and the priority should be filling these positions. Coming up with temporary fixes will only create more problems for veterans and weaken the VA health care system. Many veterans who have gone to private hospitals have been slapped with enormous bills as the private hospitals bill them directly. Many veterans were also forced to pick up the tab when their private hospital doctors performed treatment that are outside the scope of the authorization.

Here are some of the bills that would open the floodgate of VA privatization and take away resources from the VA: Click here to Read More

 

Originated from AFGE.org

Budget Cuts Will Make Your Next Flight Less Safe

On Nov. 1, 2013, a gunman opened fire with a rifle near a checkpoint in Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles Airport, killing TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez. Two other TSA officers and a civilian were injured. According to multiple reports, the gunman put his target squarely on TSA officers.

Around the world, terrorists have attacked Click here to Read More

Source: AFGE National Website

7 Things Trump Wants to Privatize

The Trump administration wants to run the government like a business: all the profits go to those at the top, and the rest of us are left to fight over the scraps.

Less than five months into his presidency, Trump has taken serious steps to hand over major public assets to profit-hungry corporations. From the pro-business cabinet picks to the “Corporate Interests First” budget proposal, the administration makes it clear it wants to deconstruct government agencies, gut regulations that keep us safe from polluters and corporate greed, and sell off public goods for private profit.

The administration is so eager to sell off public assets thatClick here to Read More

Source: AFGE National Website