Unions Are Essential To Innovation and the Future of the Workforce

As new technology continues to transform workplaces, workers must be at the table from the very beginning. The union movement will always stand up for workers at the heart of both established and emerging industries.  

Today, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and IN-2-Market hosted “A Conversation About the Future of SW PA Manufacturing & Decarbonization Hub.”  Union leaders USW International President Tom Conway, Pittsburgh Regional Building & Construction Trades Council Business Manager Tom Melcher, and our PA AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder joined government, higher education, and community foundation officials from across the region. 

“Innovation without workers is nothing more than a pipe dream,” remarked Secretary-treasurer Frank Snyder.   

Union leaders and allies condemned U.S. Steel’s negligent and offensive decision to withdraw a 1.5 billion investment in the region’s workers, who over generations built the steel industry and made U.S. Steel into a global leader.  USW International President Tom Conway made the point that while U.S. Steel has abandoned our Pennsylvania workers, the broader steel industry will see the value and strength of the working men and women of our Commonwealth.

Drawing from the gold standard of building and construction trades apprenticeship programs, the PA AFL-CIO’s Keystone Development Partnership has sought to bring this workforce development model into advanced manufacturing. Our affiliate unions across the movement are leading the way in preparing the workforce of the future.  

Unions aren’t the problem; we are the solution.