About Us

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The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is a democratic organization governed and comprised of local, national, and international unions. These unions meet at a biennial convention whose location alternates between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia every two years. Convention delegates are elected by their local unions to establish goals and policies, and to elect leaders of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.

Richard W. Bloomingdale is the President and Frank Snyder is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.


  • The Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (PA AFL-CIO) was formed in 1960 with the objective of improving the lives of workers and their families.
  • In order to benefit the estimated 900,000 members, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO has dedicated itself to fighting for affordable healthcare, high quality public education, job safety, fair and sustainable wages, and other such programs. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO also fights to ensure corporate responsibility to protect the safety and rights of workers, the environment, and Pennsylvania’s communities.
  • Between conventions the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is governed by the executive officers and 60 Vice Presidents who are elected to two year terms by their respective union caucuses at the biennial convention. The President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO are elected to four year terms with their elections taking place at the Pittsburgh conventions.
  • We seek the fulfillment of the hopes and aspirations of working people through democratic processes within the framework of our constitutional government in a manner consistent with our institutions and traditions.
  • At the collective bargaining table, in the community, in the exercise of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, we shall responsibly serve the interests of all people.
  • We pledge ourselves to the more effective organization of working men and women.
  • To the securing to them of full recognition and enjoyment of the rights to which they are justly entitled.
  • To the achievement of ever higher standards of living and working conditions.
  • To the attainment of security for all the people.
  • To the enjoyment and leisure’s which their skills make possible; and to the strengthening and extension of our way of life and the fundamental freedoms which are the basis of our democratic society.
  • We shall combat resolutely the forces which seek to undermine democratic institutions and to enslave the human soul.
  • We shall strive always to win full respect for the dignity of the human individual whom our unions serve.