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Union Plus Offers Benefits to Union Members and Their Families

Representatives from more than 40 unions gathered in Hershey, Pennsylvania, last week to discuss strategies for maximizing union member engagement with UnionPlus benefits. Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale greeted the liaisons and was joined by Diane Carroll, secretary/treasurer of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 464. Read More

The Case of Two Mothers’ Days . . . & Your Union-Made Gift Guide

This Sunday, millions of us will come together and say happy Mothers’ Day to the women who nurture, raise and birth us.  The gift of life is an incredible thing, but the gifts our Mothers bring to our lives really only begin at birth.  Taking care of children when their sick, making sure homework gets done, keeping homes livable, dropping off and picking up from countless after-school before-school and weekend activities, and being an invaluable (even sole) bread-winner for their households, are only a few of the work of motherhood. Read More

Workers’ Memorial Day is here. So are the BLS workplace fatality numbers. . .

Pennsylvania Workplaces are less safe than they were. In 2017, 172 workers were killed on the job in Pennsylvania, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  That’s 3.0 fatalities per 100,000 workers, an increase from the previous year’s rate of 2.8.    Our Commonwealth has dropped five places, from 10th to 15th in the nation’s ranking of best to worst fatality rates.  This is unacceptable. Read More