More than ever, we need our members and allies to be engaged in fighting for good jobs, fairness in the workplace, and retirement security. The battles that have been won by unions, on behalf of ALL workers, dating back to the founding of this country are now under attack like never before. Issues that were seemingly settled a century ago – on the basic rights to collectively bargain, on workplace safety and the minimum wage, even on child labor – are actually coming under legislative attack. The recent Michigan Right to Work (for LESS!) law that was passed should be a wake-up call that winning rights for workers does not mean that we no longer need to Take Action to defend those rights!
Over the past four years, the six states bordering our Commonwealth, along with the District of Columbia, have raised their minimum wage on an average of 26%. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour. In 2018, it is time for poverty wages such as these to come to an end. Read More
Over the last two weeks, labor activists across the Commonwealth have made calls, sent emails and visited their state representatives as right-wing legislators and lobbyists moved to pass Senate Bill 166, paycheck “protection”. But our grassroots efforts paid off. On the first evening of Hanukkah, PA State Representatives took a vote on the piece of anti-worker legislation, and SB 166 FAILED 90-102. Read More