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What Happens After the Longest Government Shutdown in U.S. History?

Today could have been the beginning of 2019’s second federal government shutdown.  The historic and devastating 35-day federal shutdown which came to a temporary truce between Congress and the White House last month continues to have long-reaching and life-changing effects on federal workers and their families. Read More

Do you know Hattie Canty? – One of the Greatest Strike Leaders in U.S. History

“I’m not going to be beat down by the system. I’m not going to be beat down by the community. I guess that’s what makes me different.” – Hattie Canty One of the greatest strike leaders in U.S. Labor History, Hattie Canty was born in rural Alabama in 1933. She found work as a cook in California before settling in Las Vegas with her husband, who supported the family and ten children. Read More

Union-Made Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  As you prepare for a date night with your special someone, or however you choose to spend your evening, make sure that your celebrations include Pennsylvania’s very own, union-made, Hershey’s chocolate.  The tradition of giving chocolates for Valentine’s Day dates back to the 19th century.  Read More

Who Are Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Workers?

When we think of the stereotype of the minimum wage worker many people imagine a teenager, who lives at home, works part-time, and has no real expenses.  Reality is very different.  Let’s take a look at the Pennsylvanians who would benefit from a higher minimum wage.   Read More

By the Numbers: What a $15 an hour minimum wage means in Pennsylvania

Last week, Governor Tom Wolf previewed a key part of his 2019 budget plan; a $12/hour minimum wage starting on July 1, 2019, with a 50 cent increase every year until 2025.  All of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states have raised their minimum wage, while our Commonwealth has neglected to take any action.  2,004,000 The number of Pennsylvanians that would get a raise if the minimum wage were $15/an hour.  That’s one in three workers across our state.  Pennsylvania has long struggled with raising revenue to support basic services; but by raising wages we lift people out of financial depression and poverty, create stronger communities and alleviate dependence on assistance. Read More

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