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).

 

CENSUS 2020: Why Pennsylvania Needs A Complete Count

“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons . . . The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. Read More

PFT Local 3 Continues to Speak Out on Unsafe Schools

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is fighting for the thousands of students in their school district. Our Pennsylvania AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with them and the Fund Our Facilities Campaign. All children deserve a quality education; exposed asbestos and a myriad of other toxic conditions are jeopardizing the future of thousands of students. Read More

Who’s Raising the Minimum Wage in 2020? Not PA . . . Yet

2020 opens up with a pay bump for millions of workers across the country as 24 states raise their minimum wage.  Yes, nearly half of the states in our union are raising the minimum wage.  Is Pennsylvania one of them?  No. Read More