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What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and the entire Labor movement will continue fighting to protect and advance workers’ rights and their social and economic conditions in the year ahead.  We know that there is no place where workers are treated better or more fairly, than when they are represented by a Union and have the ability to collectively bargain the terms and conditions of their employment.  Read More


SUPPORTING COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM IN THE UNITED STATES WHEREAS, America’s immigration system is badly broken; and WHEREAS, it penalizes too many people whose only crime is trying to make a better life for themselves and their families; and WHEREAS, the current system hurts all workers as our collective strength is undermined; and WHEREAS, work is not a crime; and WHEREAS, guest worker visa programs undercut wages and working conditions for all workers, including U.S. Read More


SUPPORT FOR UPMC WORKERS ORGANIZING WITH SEIU AND THE “MAKE IT OUR UPMC” CAMPAIGN WHEREAS, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has grown from a regional hospital system into a $10 Billion global health enterprise accruing more than $1 Billion in profits over the last two years, employing over 55,000 people as the largest private sector employer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and While UPMC pays more than 20 executives over $1 Million dollars annually and provides them with amenities like a corporate chef and a $50 Million corporate jet, many UPMC service workers earn poverty wages, rely on food banks to feed their families, and go into debt to UPMC when they use its hospitals for care; and Workers at UPMC hoping to organize a union with SEIU to create family supporting jobs have faced aggressive union busting, leading to two massive complaints issued by the National Labor Relations Board alleging illegal firings, surveillance, and discipline of workers for talking about making change at work; and UPMC has the support of the National Right To Work Foundation and has encouraged workers to collaborate with Right To Work; and UPMC claims it is a tax-exempt public charity and resists paying its fair share to support public services and education in local communities; and UPMC intends to exclude patients with the Highmark / Blue Cross Blue Shield from in-network access to its hospitals and doctors, in a power play to build a near hospital monopoly which could drive up health care costs for working people across Pennsylvania; and Hospital workers have reached out to unions, community organizations, people of faith, and elected leaders to hold UPMC accountable to Pennsylvania standards of fairness, resulting in a growing “Make It Our UPMC” campaign and a rally of over two thousand people in downtown Pittsburgh on March 3-4, 2014; THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO: Endorses the “Make It Our UPMC” campaign led by hospital workers to achieve a minimum wage of $15 per hour, the relief of medical debt for UPMC workers forced into debt to their own employer, and the fundamental human right to form a union without interference by management, Salutes the courage of UPMC workers standing up for their rights in the face of union busting, Recognizes the leadership of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Southwest Pennsylvania and Northwest Pennsylvania Area Labor Federations, and Allegheny County Labor Council, as well as numerous local unions across Pennsylvania, that have consistently supported the UPMC workers, Supports the goal of healthcare access and choice for working people across Pennsylvania, so that no hospital system integrated with a health insurance plan may have the power to lock out patients from access to facilities and doctors of their choice just because they hold the wrong insurance card, and Urges local unions and their health and welfare funds to patronize union friendly health systems and insurance plans. Read More