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).

 

There’s a Retirement Security Crisis in Pennsylvania

Today, the Pennsylvania Treasury’s Private Sector Retirement Security Task Force issued its report on the financial challenges facing future retirees and insufficient savings. PA AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder was proud to join State Treasurer Joe Torsella and his fellow task force members in the Capitol to introduce the report. Read More

It really is time to raise the minimum wage.

Union members, community activists, and state legislators gathered together in the Capitol Rotunda to issue Call to Action to Pennsylvania’s workers. It’s time we raised the minimum wage! “You can only make progress by fighting for progress”- AFL-CIO President George Meany There is nothing more transformative than the power of working people coming together in solidarity. Read More

PA Lawmakers Announce Introduction of Workplace Freedom Act

Senators Lindsey M. Williams, Jay Costa, and Vincent J. Hughes joined by local elected officials, Allegheny-Fayette County Labor Council members, and a crowd of union workers, announced the introduction of the Workplace Freedom Act today at the Allegheny County Courthouse. The Workplace Freedom Act legislation protects Pennsylvania workers by strengthening collective bargaining in two ways.First, it eliminates the requirement for a two-tiered election process by allowing for a simple card check where expressing majority support would be sufficient. Read More