On the final day of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Pittsburgh on Thursday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka led an inspiring roundtable discussion with four workers who are fighting for union representation on the job. Speaking to the disconnect that all too often exists between workers’ legal rights, and the experiences that workers have when trying to form a union, President Trumka framed the discussion and encouraged the panelists to share their personal stories.
Rebecca Taksel, Adjunct Professor at Point Park University; Meredith Maloney, a Banquet Server at Rivers Casino; Fred Lapka, a Server at Rivers Casino; and Lou Berry, a worker at UPMC; all shared their own experiences, being followed, intimidated, or threatened because they are looking to exercise their right to have a voice on the job.
UPMC, the Commonwealth’s largest private employer, and the beneficiary of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax exemptions each year, even broadcasts anti-union propaganda on computer monitors throughout their hospital, in view of both employees and patients.
While the conditions that drive the strong organizing campaigns at these different workplaces are unique, the common thread is the demand for respect on the job.
We would like to thank President Trumka for leading this unique event, and we would like to applaud the bravery and determination of the workers who participated, and the thousands more who are fighting every day all across Pennsylvania for dignity at work!
PCN-TV will be broadcasting many of the proceedings from this week’s convention, please refer to PCN’s Broadcast Schedule to see the broadcast times.