Pennsylvania’s Working People Protest Attacks on Workers’ Rights and Gather Working People’s Day of Action

Thousands of community and union members from across the commonwealth held rallies on the value of public services, unions, and grassroots activism

Nine events across Pennsylvania are part of a nationwide movement demanding an end to policies that rig the system and the economy ahead of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 oral arguments

In the days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case that could intervene in the ability of working people to stick together in strong unions, working people are coming together in a massive wave of protests across the country for a Working People’s Day of Action.  Central Labor Councils and union members from building trades and private-sector unions are standing together with their public-sector brothers and sisters across Pennsylvania in the fight for workers’ rights.

Union members and community leaders are continuing to fight for a fair deal for working people, confronting the special interest groups and corporations that have rigged the system against them.  The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and its officers made the following remarks on the events planned across the state:

“Union members are united in the fight for an economic and political system that works for all working people.  Across our commonwealth, activists from the labor movement and community allies are joining together to demand an end to attacks on working people from corporate special interests that look to disenfranchise and weaken workers’ voices”, said Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale.

“Attacks on our unions and our rights to collectively bargain and negotiate for fair wages and work conditions have been a constant for decades.  Too many people are working harder than ever, but are still not able to make ends meet.  We know that the best way for working people to get a fair deal is to join together in a union”, stated Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder.

Saturday, February 24: Working People’s Day of Action Events

Philadelphia, PA – 10:30 AM Rally – Thomas Paine Plaza

Nurses, firefighters, teachers and other Philadelphians will join forces with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Philadelphia AFL-CIO Council President Pat Eiding, PA AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, along with Mayor Jim Kenney, in a march from 6th & Arch to Thomas Paine Plaza.

Duncansville, PA- 10:00 AM Rally – AFSCME DC 83

Union and community members are rallying together to protest a rigged economic system, calling for support for unions. Speakers include Dominic Sgro, AFSCME District 83 Director; Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO; Gillian Kratzer, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, Organizer; President Bob Kutz, Blair-Bedford Central Labor Council; President Dan Long, Seven Mountains Central Labor Council.

Canonsburg, PA – 11:00 AM Town Hall – USW Local 14693

This town hall will address how the labor movement and the community plan to defend our freedoms and fight back against this political attack.  Hosted by the Washington-Greene Central Labor Council.  Speakers include Wayne Watson, Washington-Greene Central Labor Council; Bernie Hall, United Steelworkers; Mary Ann Saunders, AFSCME Staff retiree; Missy Brandt, Greene County, PSEA Vice President.

Erie, PA – 11:00 AM Rally – East Perry Square

Members from across the labor movement and community allies are coming together to speak up for working people and the value of unions.  Hosted by the Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council and the Northwest Area Labor Federation.  Speakers include Director David Henderson, AFSCME DC 85; William Grove, Director of MHA of NWPA; Rep. Pat Harkins; Andre Horton, Erie County Councilman, LIUNA 603; Mayor Joe Schember; Bob Merski, Jr Erie City Councilmember; and Curtis Jones, Erie City Councilmember and clergyman.

* On Sunday, February 25 there will be an action event at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre at 12:00 PM hosted by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Central Labor Council.  On Monday, February 26 there will be events in Beaver, Greensburg, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh hosted by the Beaver-Lawrence Central Labor Council, Greater Westmoreland Central Labor Council, Harrisburg Regional Central Labor Council and the Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council along with affiliate unions.