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Pennsylvania AFL-CIO 41st Constitutional Convention Adjourns

On the final day of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO convention, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka energized the delegates with a characteristically fiery speech that focused heavily on raising wages for America’s workers.  President Trumka said that raising wages cannot take a back seat to any political party or candidate, saying “Our issues come first now, and they come second.”
It was the beginning of a rousing final day of the 2014 convention.  Resolutions were passed which support increasing the minimum wage, fighting income inequality, and fighting for paid sick leave legislation and comprehensive immigration reform.  Following the organizing roundtable with President Trumka that began the day, a resolution was passed to recognize and support and UPMC workers organizing with SEIU and the “Make It Our UPMC” campaign. Read More

Richard Trumka at PA AFL-CIO Convention

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Leads Organizing Roundtable At PA AFL-CIO Convention

On the final day of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Pittsburgh on Thursday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka led an inspiring roundtable discussion with four workers who are fighting for union representation on the job.  Speaking to the disconnect that all too often exists between workers’ legal rights, and the experiences that workers have when trying to form a union, President Trumka framed the discussion and encouraged the panelists to share their personal stories. Read More

Lee Saunders

Lee Saunders, President AFSCME International

Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, definitely brought energy with his address to the delegates.  Kicking off with, “Are we ready to kick some ass?  We need to show the extremists that those ‘Welcome to Pennsylvania’ signs are not for them.  We have got to beat them.  We must make a statement in Solidarity, through our community support and our work.  Right to work isn’t going happen in Pennsylvania,” said Saunders.   “An attack on one is an attack on all.  Billionaires are currently funding organizations like the Commonwealth Foundation and other ‘Stink Tanks’ in Pennsylvania, sinking tons of money into one goal to incapacitate us, leaving us defenseless to support working families.”  Saunders reenergized with, “We will continue to stand in their way!  We have got to do that Sisters and Brothers.”
“Every right we have today is because union activists fought for it, or to put it another way, we built it.” Saunders continued with “we’ve got to attack our challenges with fierce urgency of now,” he spoke about the present Governor and the declaration we gave him, “One term Tom,” following with a passionate, “if you come after us, let it be known whether you are a ‘D’ or ‘R’, a ‘Donkey’ or ‘Elephant’, if you come after us, we will damn sure come after you!”  President Saunders concluded with, “Our success depends on Unity, no matter what the issue, Unity!  When we fight in solidarity, we will win.” Read More

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