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Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Calls on the State Senate to Seat Senator Jim Brewster Immediately

HARRISBURG, PA- Today, the State Senate GOP announced its refusal to seat Jim Brewster, the elected state senator from the 45th district.  The officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, President Rick Bloomingdale, and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder issued the following joint statement: “Today, 66,261 voters of the 45th District have been silenced by 26 GOP members in the Commonwealth’s State Senate.  Senator Brewster is the state-certified victor in the 2020 election.  Whether the Republican party likes it or not, they must abide by the decision of the working women and men of the 45th district and respect our democracy.  Those who have been elected to represent Pennsylvanians must respect Pennsylvania voters.  Today’s decision subverts democracy and tarnishes the legitimacy of our General Assembly.  The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO calls on the State Senate to seat Senator Brewster immediately.”    ### Media Contact: Samantha Shewmaker, 717-917-0538 Read More

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Applauds Historic Election Victory

(HARRISBURG, PA)  Today, the Pennsylvania delegation of the Electoral College met in Harrisburg to cast our Commonwealth’s 20 electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden.  Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale was proud to serve as an elector and Secretary of the Electoral College.  Labor leaders Ryan Boyer, Business Manager of Laborers District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and the Vicinity, and Daisy Cruz, Mid-Atlantic District Leader of 32BJ SEIU, also served as electors.   The officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, President Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder issued the following joint statement: “Democracy is not easy, and for it to work, it must include all of us.  We worked to make sure that people could safely cast their votes in the middle of a public health crisis.  We rallied and came together to ensure that every vote was counted.  Today we mark another milestone in the closing weeks of this historic year, as members of the Electoral College cast their votes in the final ballot box of the 2020 election.  “Our Democracy has been tested at every step throughout this process. Read More

Pennsylvania Leads The Way Forward

(HARRISBURG, PA) – Today, Pennsylvania voters have officially made Scranton’s own Joe Biden the President-Elect of the United States.   Pennsylvania AFL-CIO officers, President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder made the following statements on behalf of the 700,000 women and men we represent: “Pennsylvania is the birthplace of American democracy and the next President of the United States.  We have worked toward this moment for four years, yet we could not have imagined the circumstances we find ourselves in today.  Pennsylvanians have voted to move forward, out of the darkness and division of the last four years. Read More