On Thursday, September 13 President Bob Kutz welcomed a crowd of hundreds to the Bavarian Hall in Altoona to celebrate the centenary of the Blair-Bedford Central Labor Council. Among the many Labor Leaders and candidates to attend were PA AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, and State Representative Bryan Barbin.
The CLC was granted its charter in 1918 from AFL President Samuel Gompers, and its first president was Wiliam Connors of the AFM. President Bob Kutz has served as the CLC’s leader since his first election in 1986. The Blair-Bedford CLC remains incredibly active hosting several annual events including, the Altoona Labor Day Parade, the Person of the Year celebration, dances and bowling tournaments.
PA AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Snyder noted in his remarks the longevity of the CLC which predates the State Federation. Executive VP Tefere Gebre accepted the AFL-CIO Labor Award on behalf of President Richard Trumka, commending President Kutz for his more than thirty years of leadership of the CLC. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf was named the Person of the Year and lauded by his colleague Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Both Governors are staunch supporters of unions and fighters for workers rights.
The evening underscored the need to get out and get active in our communities. The next 100 years of the Labor Movement depend upon the dedication of union activists to organizing more workers and to electing more pro-worker representatives in government. President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder again, extend their congratulations to the Blair-Bedford Central Labor Council and President Bob Kutz on a spectacular first 100 years.