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ICYMI: Governor’s Workforce Command Center Draws Bipartisan Support

This week, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order establishing the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center to help our Commonwealth build the strongest workforce in the nation.  The Governor appointed President Rick Bloomingdale to as a Command Center co-chair.  The Pennsylvania union movement is committed to playing a key role in preparing Pennsylvania workers for the jobs of the future. Read More

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Lauds Investment in Pennsylvanians in Governor Tom Wolf’s Budget

(HARRISBURG) Today, Governor Tom Wolf delivered the first Budget address of his second term. In 2019-2020, the Commonwealth has an opportunity to invest in the working men and women of Pennsylvania and create a sound pathway to the middle class.  By increasing investment in workforce development, decreasing bureaucratic inefficiency, and creating a support for working families to achieve economic success, our Commonwealth can become the go-to workforce for the jobs of the future.  Governor Wolf also understands that we must address workforce readiness and preparedness before Pennsylvanians enter the workforce.  The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO applauds the Governor’s proposed increases to education funding and his support of early childhood care and development.  Our Commonwealth needs to address all barriers to full and fair employment and this is an admirable start.  “This budget proposal builds on the findings of Governor Wolf’s Middle-Class Task Force and the PASmart program.  Today’s budget address connects the needs of the Commonwealth’s job market to the job-training and ‘earn while you learn’ apprenticeship programs that lift workers out of low-wage jobs,” remarked President Rick Bloomingdale. Read More

Governor Tom Wolf’s Minimum Wage Proposal, A Much-Needed Raise for Pennsylvanians

(HARRISBURG) Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced his proposal to raise wages for working Pennsylvanians.  Starting July 1, 2019, this proposal would raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12 an hour, with a 50 cent increase each year until reaching $15 an hour in 2025.   The fight for fair wages has been at the center of the Pennsylvania union movement.  Following the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s 2019 Legislative Conference which focused on charting a proactive worker agenda, the state federation’s officers are proud to stand in support Governor Wolf’s proposed wage raise. Read More