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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Tax Scam Pushing Through Washington

United States Senator Bob Casey held a call with Pennsylvania Labor Leaders and implored action on the GOP Tax Plan.  The Tax Plan that will be rammed through the Senate, without a single hearing, cannot be called tax reform.  While the Bill may include many changes to tax policy, the Tax Plan, is at its core, “a giveaway to the Super-Rich”, said Senator Casey. Read More
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So-Called Paycheck ‘Protection’ Bills Pass Through State Government Committee

A “cowardly attack” on the rights of Pennsylvania’s working people. Today, the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee passed House Bill 1174 and Senate Bill 166.  The Officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO made the following statements: “The State Government Committee of the Pennsylvania House launched a cowardly and shameful attack on the first amendment rights of working people and the security of their unions.   Read More
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Recap of the Week in Harrisburg

This week was a busy one for working people in Pennsylvania’s Capitol.  As with most weeks regarding the General Assembly, there was good news and bad news for Pennsylvania’s working families.   The Good News: The Pennsylvania House GOP’s plan to raise the Hotel Tax from 6% to 11% failed to get enough votes on the floor.  Read More