Legislation & Policy

The basic workplace rights that Americans enjoy today have been championed by organized labor for more than 100 years.

Without the political efforts of unions, American workers would not have a right to a minimum wage, a forty-hour week, overtime pay, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, or the right to form and join unions. Unions have been at the forefront of the fight to make workplaces safer and to ensure that no one will be discriminated against at work because of their race, ethnicity, or gender.

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO remains politically active because there are organized interests in Pennsylvania and the United States that want to dilute or eliminate the rights workers have established over the last century of struggle.

The PA AFL-CIO participates in politics in three ways:

  • First, at election time, the PA AFL-CIO endorses candidates for public office at all levels who pledge to support working families.
  • Second, the PA AFL-CIO monitors legislative politics in Harrisburg and Washington D.C. and speaks out against initiatives that will harm workers’ and their families. This legislative work is carried out according to an agenda adopted at the PA AFL-CIO’s biannual convention by the elected representatives of rank-and-file workers. The PA AFL-CIO often works closely with other advocacy organizations to advance a common progressive agenda.
  • Third, the PA-AFL-CIO conducts political education and training programs for its members through the work of its Committee on Political Education (COPE).


Workers Compensation

Attacks on Workers’ Compensation

Our state’s workers’ compensation system is a bargain between working people, their employers and the Commonwealth.  Working people have relinquished there ability to sue employers if they are injured on the job, while employers and the state ensure that injured workers are fairly compensated and receive proper medical treatment. Read More
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Governor Wolf Expands Overtime Rules To Benefit Working People

The officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder, issued the following joint statement on Governor Tom Wolf’s Overtime expansion announcement:  “For the last four decades, too many working people have been denied fair compensation for their dedication and productivity.  Read More

Time To Raise The Minimum Wage in 2018

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