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Congress Votes to #RaiseTheWage, Now It’s Up To the Senate

History was made this week. For more than 10 years, the U.S. Congress has not raised the federal minimum wage. On Thursday, the House voted to give 40 million Americans a raise. More than 1.75 workers in Pennsylvania make less than $15 an hour and considering that PA’s minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour, this is a monumental advancement. Read More

Making Change in the Community

We hosted the 60th Annual Community Services Institute, with dozens of activists from across the Commonwealth.  In Philadelphia, conference delegates joined their brothers and sisters of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) at a rally outside Hahnemann University Hospital.  The Hospital, one of the few maternity wards in Philadelphia, is a crucial healthcare provider in North Philadelphia, critical to an underserved community.  This public health crisis calls to mind the importance of our community services work. Read More

Are You Ready for COPE 2019?

We are a month away from our annual COPE Institute, and a little over a year away from a pivotal electoral cycle. While there appears to be no shortage of presidential candidates, similarly, there is no shortage of issues important to unions.  Read More

USW’s Historic Leadership Change and the Soul of the Union Man

Today, the labor movement witnessed an historic leadership change at the United Steelworkers union. Brother Tom Conway, was installed as the new International President upon the retirement of International President Leo Gerard, who served as President since 2005. “Our union’s leadership underwent historic change today, but our core values remain the same,” said Conway, according to a USW press release. Read More

This Week In PA Labor History: the 1892 Homestead Strike

Thank you to our Brothers and Sisters of the National AFL-CIO for providing this feature. The 1892 Homestead strike in Pennsylvania and the ensuing bloody battle instigated by the steel plant’s management remain a transformational moment in U.S. history, leaving scars that have never fully healed after five generations. Read More

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