As we enter the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and holiday, many organizations across the Commonwealth are engaging in community service projects and focused on improving the collective life of those around them. The labor movement is no different.
On January 12-13, Community Services Labor Liaisons from across the state met to discuss the projects of the past year and their plans for the year ahead. The two-day meeting was kicked off Thursday by PA AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Executive Director, AFSCME Council 13, and Chairman of the Community Service Committee, Dave Fillman.
Kicking off the meeting, President Bloomingdale expressed the importance of standing up for “the least among us” and how the Community Service’s work reflects the values of the Labor Movement. Executive Director and Chairman, Dave Fillman, spoke on the issues our Community Services Liaisons will face in the coming year.
Guest Speaker and President of the Interdenominational Ministers Conference, Reverend Earl Harris, joined the Labor Liaisons to discuss the importance of organizations working together to create positive change for those in their communities. PA AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, Frank Snyder, reinforced the importance of collaboration and coordination with organizations as a key component in the future success of the Labor Movement’s Community Services Committee.
As we head into a time of political uncertainty, we are reminded that Solidarity is at its best we put it into practice. Our Community Services work is an expression of our Solidarity with one another. We are proud of our impact on our neighborhoods and communities. Thank you to all the Labor Liaisons, CLC Presidents, and speakers who attended. See you next year.