Press Releases

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Lauds Investment in Pennsylvanians in Governor Tom Wolf’s Budget

(HARRISBURG) Today, Governor Tom Wolf delivered the first Budget address of his second term. In 2019-2020, the Commonwealth has an opportunity to invest in the working men and women of Pennsylvania and create a sound pathway to the middle class.  By increasing investment in workforce development, decreasing bureaucratic inefficiency, and creating a support for working families to achieve economic success, our Commonwealth can become the go-to workforce for the jobs of the future.  Governor Wolf also understands that we must address workforce readiness and preparedness before Pennsylvanians enter the workforce.  The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO applauds the Governor’s proposed increases to education funding and his support of early childhood care and development.  Our Commonwealth needs to address all barriers to full and fair employment and this is an admirable start.  “This budget proposal builds on the findings of Governor Wolf’s Middle-Class Task Force and the PASmart program.  Today’s budget address connects the needs of the Commonwealth’s job market to the job-training and ‘earn while you learn’ apprenticeship programs that lift workers out of low-wage jobs,” remarked President Rick Bloomingdale. Read More

The Passing of IBEW International President Emeritus Edwin D. Hill

(HARRISBURG) – The American Labor Movement has lost a great leader today with the passing of Edwin D. Hill, International President Emeritus of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO will always remember with gratitude, the leadership and commitment Brother Ed Hill demonstrated throughout his service to the Pennsylvania union movement. Read More

Historic Congressional Win For Pennsylvania Workers,

(HARRISBURG, PA) – Pennsylvania has continued its sweep of worker gains for this 2018 election cycle.  After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s redistricting decision earlier this year, Pennsylvanians were finally given the opportunity to overcome years of hyper-partisan, right-wing gerrymandering.  The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and our affiliate labor unions have worked hard in the last several years to protect and promote the democratic process in our Commonwealth, whether by fighting restrictive voter ID legislation or overturning the most gerrymandered congressional map in America. Read More