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House Passes the Butch-Lewis Act to Protect Pensions, Now It’s Up to the Senate

Take Action: Call the Congressional switchboard, (202) 224-3121,  to speak to  U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey and tell them to VOTE YES on the Butch-Lewis Act H.R. 397, protecting workers’ pensions. Then, while you have them on the phone, tell them to support Senate Bill 27, the American Miners’ Pension Act. Read More

Unions to Dept. of Labor: Don’t Jeopardize Apprenticeships

Our Building and Construction Trades brothers and sisters are fighting to preserve union apprenticeship programs in light of a pending federal rule from the Department of Labor that would allow Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). This would allow businesses to create their own so-called apprenticeship programs, with minimal to no standards, without oversight, lower pay and worker protections. 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