[By Daisha Benjamin on Wednesday, October 5 - 7:22pm] 

The contributions of public service workers can often go unnoticed by their employers. However, on Oct. 1, the City of San Diego held an event to honor the hard-working employees that keep the City going.

The last two years have been full of challenges.

But under the leadership of the Biden administration and this Congress, we are turning a corner. There have been unprecedented investments in public services and public service jobs. Millions will see the price of life-saving prescription drugs come down. Millions more will receive relief from unfair student debt. And the wealthy are finally starting to pay their fair share.

To be sure, there is more work to be done. But if we continue this progress, we will have many more reasons to be optimistic about the future.

Faced with the management’s refusal to remedy unfair labor practices and address workers’ major priorities during contract negotiations, AFSCME Local 397 (District Council 47) – the Philadelphia Museum of Art Union (PMAU) – began a museum-wide strike Monday.

     This week, AFSCME Local 127 visited its bargaining unit members in the Parks & Recreation and Environmental Services Departments. Specifically, Local 127 set up shop at Rose Canyon, Montgomery-Waller Community Park, the Landfill, and Miramar. At each worksite, Local 127 provided its members with shirts, food, and Bargaining Surveys. Additionally, Local 127 passed out membership cards and New Employee Orientation flyers to its non-members and to those still undecided about whether to join it.

AFSCME is committed to helping you get the student debt relief you deserve.

Thanks to the Biden administration, millions of public service workers, including AFSCME members, are eligible for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program or (PSLF). And even more public service workers are eligible under a temporary waiver that expires Oct. 31, 2022. 

“7% PENALTY” for Local 127 Members

[by Hannah Weinstein]

Who Have Joined SDCERS Who Is Eligible?

• If you are represented by Local 127 and were hired between July 20, 2012 and July 9, 2021, you were unlawfully put into the SPSP-H retirement plan.

• In the past six months, you received communications from the City about joining the City’s defined benefits retirement plan, SDCERS.

[originally published bDaisha Benjamin on September 15, 2022] 

Members of AFSCME Local 127 have ratified a 3-year contract with the City of Coronado. More than 90% voted in favor of ratifying the tentative agreement.

     AFSCME Local 127 has been active recently. In the past week, Local 127 attended the SDICLC Golf Tournament, the SDICLC Annual Dinner 2022, and Stormwater’s “All Hands” luncheon. While enjoying ourselves, AFSCME Local 127 also used these opportunities to strengthen our relationships with other labor organizations, various departments of San Diego, councilmembers, and Mayor Gloria.