PA AFL-CIO Community Services Committee Off To A Great 2021 Start!

This week the PA-AFL CIO hosted our Yearly Community Services meeting to discuss community services work across the state and programming for 2021. Labor activists across the state shared best practices and projects to help those in need. Guest speakers were national/ state experts on community services. Over three days, the group developed a plan to strengthen unions’ work in the community and provide dynamic programing for activists. 

President Bloomingdale and Sec.-Treas. Snyder kicked off the annual Community Services meeting by welcoming our new PA AFL-CIO Community Services Committee Chairperson Dave Henderson, the Executive Director of AFSCME Council 13, and our new Community Services and Education Director Dave Madsen. All were excited to work with our United Way – Community Services Labor Liaisons across the state.

We began 2021 with a great conversation with the United Way and discussed how we can best meet the needs of working families across the Commonwealth in this challenging time. Kristen Rotz, President of the PA United Way giving an overview of goals and priorities for PA United Way in 2021 items discussed: new ALICE Data, Earned Income Tax Credit initiative, 211.  We were also joined by Kristie Small, United Way Worldwide Partnership Director, and Kelly Temple Director of Labor Engagement for United Way World Wide, to discuss initiatives the national partnership is planning. January will be focused on Human Trafficking.

At the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO we know that good jobs lead to healthy and vibrant communities. The Community Services Committee also heard from Keystone Development Partnerships, an organization that partners with labor unions and businesses to develop registered apprenticeship programs. Focusing on workforce and economic development has always been one of the most impactful components of the AFL-CIO Community Services Program.

We look forward to keeping you up to date with events and opportunities to get involved. Please contact dmadsen@paaflcio.org if you have questions.

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