Community Services

DOWNLOAD the 2015 PA AFL-CIO Community Services Week of Action Toolkit

To revitalize American communities, workers must address massive economic shifts that have occurred in the last 20 years.  These economic shifts have removed the “ladder of opportunity” and replaced it with a deepening “well of dependence” where workers and their families must rely on the goodwill of others to survive.  Dedicated leadership and creative approaches are needed to bring forth a new labor vision within our communities realizing that each community has a unique combination of assets on which to build their future.

The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation.  To accomplish this mission we will build and change the American labor movement… (Read More)

Union Approval Rating Reaches New High!

Over the last 83, Gallup has asked Americans whether they approve of labor unions or not. In the years since 1936, the answer has ranged from 75% approval in 1953 and 1957, to an all-time low of 48% in 2009. Since 1972, public approval has surpassed 60% only a hand-full of times, in 1999, 2003, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Read More

Labor Day Events Across PA – Find One Near You

If your Central Labor Council or Local Union has a Labor Day event you would like listed, please email sshewmaker@paaflcio.org. Labor Day is just around the corner! Pennsylvania union members, Central Labor Councils, Area Labor Federations, and local unions across our Commonwealth are proud to celebrate our Unionism and share that pride with our communities. Read More

Making Change in the Community

We hosted the 60th Annual Community Services Institute, with dozens of activists from across the Commonwealth.  In Philadelphia, conference delegates joined their brothers and sisters of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) at a rally outside Hahnemann University Hospital.  The Hospital, one of the few maternity wards in Philadelphia, is a crucial healthcare provider in North Philadelphia, critical to an underserved community.  This public health crisis calls to mind the importance of our community services work. Read More