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).

 

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What is House Bill 18?

House Bill 18 is sponsored by Representative Ryan Mackenzie (R-134) and institutes a drug “formulary” for injured workers in the workers’ compensation system.  This means that injured workers would only have access to a limited set of prescription medications and treatments when receiving workers’ compensation.   Read More

Rally For a Fair #PABudget

On Monday, President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder joined union and community leaders, along with hundreds of protestors at the Capitol Rotunda to demand a fair budget that works for Pennsylvanians.  Organized by the Pennsylvania’s Choice campaign, a diverse coalition of PA community organizations, the Day of Action say over 500 Pennsylvanians take to the Capitol hallways and speak with their legislators about the need for a budget that puts people first. Read More
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5 Things You Should Know: U.S. House of Representatives Vote to Repeal Healthcare

Yesterday, all House Democrats and 20 House Republicans voted against the American Health Care Act, also known as the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Here are some things you should know: 20 Republican Representatives joined the House Democrats in opposition to the bill.  Read More