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Unions to Dept. of Labor: Don’t Jeopardize Apprenticeships

Our Building and Construction Trades brothers and sisters are fighting to preserve union apprenticeship programs in light of a pending federal rule from the Department of Labor that would allow Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). This would allow businesses to create their own so-called apprenticeship programs, with minimal to no standards, without oversight, lower pay and worker protections. Read More

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Disappointed With the Closure of Three Mile Island

(HARRISBURG) Today, Exelon Generation announced the Closure of Three Mile Island on September 30, 2019.  On behalf of the more than 700,000 union members in Pennsylvania, the officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder have issued the following joint statement: “We are deeply disappointed by Exelon Generation’s decision to close Three Mile Island and eliminate hundreds of jobs in central Pennsylvania.  We hope that state legislators take this decision to heart. Read More

National Apprenticeship Week Kick-Off

Today, November 13, kicks off National Apprenticeship Week.  The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO has long been involved in the promotion of apprenticeship programs across the Commonwealth, pioneering programs in industries like advanced manufacturing and classical apprenticeships in the building and construction trades. Labor union apprenticeship programs have become a hot topic in economic opportunity. Read More