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PA AFL-CIO Hosts 2020 Energy Summit

Pennsylvania has long had the most diverse energy portfolio in the country.  Leading the way in energy production, our Commonwealth has a legacy of keeping the lights on for tens of millions of families across the Mid-Atlantic region.   Union leaders gathered together this week to discuss the future of energy production, carbon capture, nuclear and renewable energy, and the highly-skilled union workers who keep our lights on.  We also recognize the importance of affordable broadband high-speed internet access as a critical part of our Commonwealth’s infrastructure.  This extraordinary development in our communications infrastructure should be available to all Pennsylvanians, regardless of where they live or how much they make.  The officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO were joined by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Governor Tom Wolf, Kris Anderson International Representative IBEW, Martin Williams National Coordinator of State Legislative Affairs IBB, Ed Mooney Vice President CWA, Stephen Bennett PJM Interconnection, Nikki Budzinski Climate Jobs National Resource Center, Jake Smeltz, and participants from multiple affiliate unions. Read More

PRO Act Passes U.S. House 223-193

This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2474, Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). This is the most significant and advancing piece of Labor Law Reform legislation to move in decades. The PRO Act would: Repeal right to work laws; Provide for first contract arbitration; Speed up elections; Stronger remedies for violations, including civil penalties (up to $50k) Ban permanent replacement of strikers; Permit secondary picketing; Card Check as a remedy for employer interference; Ban Captive Audience meetings; and, Narrow the definition of supervisor and close the independent contractor loophole. Read More

AFL-CIO’s 2017 Convention Concludes in St. Louis

The National AFL-CIO held its 28th Constitutional Convention in St. Louis, Missouri this week.  Delegates re-elected President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre.  The Convention marked a recommitment to organizing, civil rights, voting rights, humane immigration policies, trade policies that put working people first, a worker’s bill of rights, a representative and diverse labor movement that will fight for ALL working people. Read More