The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO maintains a broad range of programs to help Pennsylvania workers, the unemployed, and those in need; in addition to lobbying on behalf of workers and engaging in political action on behalf of endorsed candidates for elected office. There are two ways that you can donate to support our organization and the work that we do every day.
Donate to our Political Action Fund
The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO COPE fund is our political action account used to support endorsed candidates and to fund member to member outreach during election cycles. Union dues from members can not be used for political activities, so our ability to support pro-working family candidates depends on voluntary contributions to our COPE fund by members and allies of labor.
Donate to our General Fund
Our Community Services department works with partner organizations to organize job fairs, assist food banks, and provide scholarships. Most of our programs reach non-union members as well as our members. Donations made to the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO will help us to continue to expand our outreach in the community, to provide support to workers who are struggling due to lockouts or strikes, and to continue advocating for working families all across the Commonwealth. Donations made to this account can not be used for political action or on behalf of candidates.
Donate to Specific Relief Funds
We frequently set up targeted donation pages to bundle donations for workers who are suffering through a lock-out or a strike. 100% of donations made through these pages are sent directly to the funds to help these workers and their families.
- USW 6996, Hoffman Industries Lock-Out: The 57 members of USW Local 6996 have been locked-out since march of 2011, when Hoffman Industries rejected the local’s offer to continue working under the terms of their previous contract. The members have maintained a picket line for over two years to remind the public that this is a scab operation.
- UWUA 180, FirstEnergy Lock-Out: Over 140 members of UWUA Local 180 were locked-out by FirstEnergy, just days before Thanksgiving in 2013. The lock-out affects linemen, mete readers, substation electricians and clerks in Altoona, Bedford, Ebensberg, Huntingdon, Lewistown and Shippensburg.
- USW 5032, Neville Chemical Lock-Out: Over 100 members of USW Local 5032 have been locked-out since August, 2013, when Neville Chemical unilaterally froze the workers’ pensions.