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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

House Passes the Butch-Lewis Act to Protect Pensions, Now It’s Up to the Senate

Take Action: Call the Congressional switchboard, (202) 224-3121,  to speak to  U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey and tell them to VOTE YES on the Butch-Lewis Act H.R. 397, protecting workers’ pensions. Then, while you have them on the phone, tell them to support Senate Bill 27, the American Miners’ Pension Act. Read More

UPDATE: Miner’s Health Benefits and the Federal Spending Bill

*Today, President Donald Trump signed the federal spending bill, which included a provision for permanent health benefits for retired orphan miners. (5/5/17) Over the past several weeks, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO has asked our brothers and sisters to stand in solidarity with more than 22,000 retired coal miners in danger of losing their health care and pensions.  Read More