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Community Services Sets Its Course for 2021

After three days of listening to state and national community services leaders, labor activists, and labor liaisons across Pennsylvania reviewed the material and identified priorities for 2021. Topics leaders decided to focus on mental health/ trauma, racial justice, workforce development/ workers economics.  The most significant theme discussed is uniting all workers over set universal beliefs and, more importantly, how do we communicate with one another, especially those of us who have different political views. Read More

PA Labor Leaders Celebrate the Inauguration of Joe Biden!

January 20 was an historic day of relief for America and the Labor Movement. After four and a half years of anti-worker policies and racist rhetoric, union members sent Pennsylvania’s own Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House. For years we have fought back against disastrous policies that have cost the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans. Read More

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Executive Council Mourns the Passing of Ted Kirsch, Longtime Union Champion for Workers Rights

Today, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder, and our Executive Council Vice Presidents released the following statement on the passing of Ted Kirsch, former President of AFT-PA and Vice President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO: “Pennsylvania’s Labor Movement mourns the loss of our union brother and Labor Leader Ted Kirsch.  Ted joined our executive council in 1988 and served as vice president for 31 years, retiring in 2019.  In his 17 years as President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and 12 years as President of the American Federation of Teachers – Pennsylvania, he led educators across the Commonwealth in the fight for their students and their workplaces.  Throughout his life, Ted held a deep solidarity with union brothers and sisters in the Histadrut, Israel’s General Federation of Labor, and the Israeli people.”   “Ted was committed to building a better future for Pennsylvania’s working families, and he spent his life fighting to preserve public education for everyone.  Ted Kirsch inspired a generation of union members and provided wise counsel to our Labor Movement.  On behalf of our entire Executive Council and more than 700,000 union members, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO extends our heartfelt condolences to his family and the many lives he touched.  Ted’s legacy of unionism and leadership will not be forgotten.” ### Read More

PA AFL-CIO Community Services Committee Off To A Great 2021 Start!

This week the PA-AFL CIO hosted our Yearly Community Services meeting to discuss community services work across the state and programming for 2021. Labor activists across the state shared best practices and projects to help those in need. Guest speakers were national/ state experts on community services. Read More

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Calls on the State Senate to Seat Senator Jim Brewster Immediately

HARRISBURG, PA- Today, the State Senate GOP announced its refusal to seat Jim Brewster, the elected state senator from the 45th district.  The officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, President Rick Bloomingdale, and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder issued the following joint statement: “Today, 66,261 voters of the 45th District have been silenced by 26 GOP members in the Commonwealth’s State Senate.  Senator Brewster is the state-certified victor in the 2020 election.  Whether the Republican party likes it or not, they must abide by the decision of the working women and men of the 45th district and respect our democracy.  Those who have been elected to represent Pennsylvanians must respect Pennsylvania voters.  Today’s decision subverts democracy and tarnishes the legitimacy of our General Assembly.  The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO calls on the State Senate to seat Senator Brewster immediately.”    ### Media Contact: Samantha Shewmaker, 717-917-0538 Read More

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