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Throwback Thursday Labor History: The Avondale Mine Disaster

Originally posted on ExplorePAHistory.com One hundred and ten of brave men were smothered underground;They’re in their graves ’til the last day, their widows may bewailAnd the orphans’ cries, they rend the skies, all ’round through Avondale.                                       – lyrics from “The Mines of Avondale” In the 1800s, the American industrial revolution was fueled by coal, and northeastern Pennsylvania had the largest anthracite (hard coal) deposits in the Western Hemisphere. Read More

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