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President Bloomingdale Delivers Testimony on Toxic Public Workplaces

Thursday, April 8th, 2021, President Rick Bloomingdale presented testimony to the House Democratic Policy Committee regarding toxins and contaminants in schools, and the impact that rehabilitating our facilities would have on the creation of good, quality jobs.  While lead and asbestos have been slowly addressed over past decades, the general abundance of it within our older school buildings – from floor tiles, to ceilings, and walls – tied with a lack of proper filtration has created life-threateningly hazardous conditions within too many of our schools. Read More

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Applauds President Biden’s Historic Infrastructure Investment

(HARRISBURG, PA) Today, President Joe Biden announced a historic investment in infrastructure and good jobs, proposing a New Deal for the 21st century. Not since the Great Depression have Americans experienced the level of economic devastation that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought.   We know that the freedom to come together in a union is essential for making any job a good job.  Fittingly, the 46th President of the United States chose a Union hall in Pennsylvania, the Carpenters’ Training Center in Pittsburgh, to launch this initiative to build back better. Read More

Union Nurse Leaders at Lehigh Valley Hospital Network Schuylkill Hospital Speak Out About Quality Care and the PRO Act

This press release comes from the Office and Professional Employees International Union. OPEIU Local 112 represents nurses across Pennsylvania in both private and public sector. We are proud to be Nurses United for Quality Care.  On Thursday, March 25th at noon, while the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and Schuylkill Hospital’s Attorney, Edward J. Read More