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Pennsylvania State Legislature Launches Attack on Commonwealth Elections

(HARRISBURG, PA) – Today’s press conference led by State Representative Dawn Keefer and the radical right-wing of the Republican Party contradicted democratic principles and abused legislators’ power over their constituents.  The officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder released the following joint statement: “Throughout this election, partisan politicians erected barriers designed to keep voters from participating in our democratic process.  Despite these attacks on our fundamental right to vote, Pennsylvanians came out in record numbers.  Voters made their voices heard, and they chose Joe Biden.     “Repeatedly, Representative Keefer based the stated she ‘did not want to speculate on the findings of the supposed investigation.  This entire charade is based on the ‘volume of allegations; no substance or evidence only manufactured accusations from the losing party. Read More

Every Vote Counts.

(HARRISBURG, PA) – As polls close here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on this historic election day, the officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder made the following statements on behalf of the 700,000 working women and men we represent: “Pennsylvanians have turned out to vote in unprecedented numbers throughout this campaign.   More than 2.5 million ballots were received as of Tuesday morning, greater than one-third of Pennsylvania’s total voter turnout in 2016.  Millions of Pennsylvanians are more inspired to make their voices heard than at any other time in history. Read More

There’s No Need to Wait to Count Ballots.

Cumberland County Bureau of Elections Director Bethany Salzarulo announced that the county would only begin processing mail-in and absentee ballots on the morning of November 4.  The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder made the following joint statement: “There is no shortage of labor in Pennsylvania, and there is certainly a high demand for a timely and accurate vote count.  Poll workers and elections officials have performed essential tasks of our democracy since its beginning, and we urgently need them in this election cycle. Read More