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PA Has Nation’s Highest Black Unemployment Rate

According to a study released by the Economic Policy Institute PA has had the highest black unemployment in the nation at 19.5 %. This is despite the national economy adding more than 900,000 jobs in the last month, while financial markets seem to be recovering at a decent rate. Read More

Union Members Volunteer For Vaccination Drive in Lehigh Valley

On Thursday, April 8th, the Lehigh Valley Central Labor Council, in conjunction with Capital Blue Cross and Right Aid, held a mass COVID-19 vaccination drive at the Leigh Valley Hispanic Center in Bethlehem, PA. The drive was over a four-day period where a total of 1,000 people were vaccinated. Read More

President Bloomingdale Delivers Testimony on Toxic Public Workplaces

Thursday, April 8th, 2021, President Rick Bloomingdale presented testimony to the House Democratic Policy Committee regarding toxins and contaminants in schools, and the impact that rehabilitating our facilities would have on the creation of good, quality jobs.  While lead and asbestos have been slowly addressed over past decades, the general abundance of it within our older school buildings – from floor tiles, to ceilings, and walls – tied with a lack of proper filtration has created life-threateningly hazardous conditions within too many of our schools. Read More

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Applauds Attorney General’s Charges Against Employer’s Fraud

(HARRISBURG, PA) Today, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced criminal charges against the major anti-union company, Glenn O. Hawbaker Incorporated, which has fleeced workers, honest companies, and the Commonwealth of more than $20 million.  The charges announced today are the largest Davis-Bacon prevailing wage case in U.S. Read More

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Applauds President Biden’s Historic Infrastructure Investment

(HARRISBURG, PA) Today, President Joe Biden announced a historic investment in infrastructure and good jobs, proposing a New Deal for the 21st century. Not since the Great Depression have Americans experienced the level of economic devastation that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought.   We know that the freedom to come together in a union is essential for making any job a good job.  Fittingly, the 46th President of the United States chose a Union hall in Pennsylvania, the Carpenters’ Training Center in Pittsburgh, to launch this initiative to build back better. Read More

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