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).

 

New Regulation Would Expand Overtime to 143,000 Workers

This week the Wolf administration announced the final submission of a regulation to expand overtime eligibility to 143,000 workers across Pennsylvania. Currently, overtime eligibility for salaried workers has been capped by the federal government at $23,660 a year, and many salaried workers do not realize that they can be eligible for overtime. Read More

ICYMI: Native Women’s Equal Pay Day

This week marked Native Women’s Equal Pay Day. In today’s America, Native American women must work until September 23, 2019 to make what a white man earned in the year 2018. That means that it takes a native woman to 21 months of income to equate to 12 months of a white man’s income, Native women make 58 cents on the dollar. Read More

Unions Hold Press Conferences Around PA, Call for Action on HB1082

Pennsylvania Workers and Their Unions Call For Action on Worker Safety and Health (HARRISBURG) — Today, workers and their unions, supported by local governments around the Commonwealth, held seven press conferences across the Commonwealth asking for action in the General Assembly on House Bill 1082 and Senate Bill 464.  Events were held in Philadelphia, Scranton, Reading, Harrisburg, Ebensburg, Pittsburgh, and Erie. Read More