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).

 

What’s New in Harrisburg: Education, Pensions and Infrastructure

In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and our affiliate unions are working hard for all working people in our Commonwealth. State Legislation has a tremendous, direct impact on our lives. As we head into budget season, we’re keeping a close watch on worker legislation for you. Read More

National President Richard Trumka To Kick Off Trade Tour in Pittsburgh

National AFL-CIO President will be holding a Town Hall on NAFTA 2.0 on June 17th, 2019 at 6PM at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. The White House has again attempted to prematurely advance its flawed and incomplete new NAFTA agreement. As it stands, the administration’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) still falls short of a fair deal for working people: The proposal doesn’t end the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs to Mexico and other low-wage countries. Read More

Take Action: Join AFT Pennsylvania In the Fight to Protect Education

The following is from AFT-Pennsylvania. On Monday, the PA House and Senate will return from the Memorial Day recess to pass a state budget, which is due by midnight, June 30. They’ll be in session all month. Budget bills and other legislation will move quickly, and AFT Pennsylvania will keep you up to date on bills that affect our schools and members. Read More