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The following article was published in our local newspaper the Altoona Mirror, editor was President Bob Kutz

All Politics is local: The measuring stick I use to judge a President is Does he Keep His Promises? President Trump promised in 2016 to bring back the manufacturing jobs we lost to China here in Pennsylvania. That has notr happened, as a matter of fact we have lost over 1000 good family wage substaining manufacturing jobs here in Blair County, since our President took office. Joe Biden WILL bring jobs back for us here at home, that is why we in the AFL-CIO have promised our support for the Biden/Harris ticket.  and we are asking you consider  for Congress Todd Rowley as our current congressman supports the Trump administration and look what that has done for our local workers. I would ask you consider voting as if your job depends on whom wins, as it truly does!

The Blair Bedford Labor Council was not able to conduct the NALC food drive this year which normally nets us 27 tons of food that we distribute to five area food banks.

THE BLAIR BEDFORD CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL CONDUCTED OUR FIRST FACE TO FACE MEETING LAST EVENING WITH FIFTEEN DELEGATES IN ATTENDANCE.

Karima Howard has been a member of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 for 21 years. Born in Aliquippa, she is a union steel mill baby.

(Harrisburg, PA) – Today, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s Executive Council, on behalf of nearly 700,000 union workers across the Commonwealth, unanimously endorsed Attorney General Josh Shapiro for Governor.  

President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder made the following statements:

Communications Workers of America union member and longtime trade unionist Richard Womack was sworn in as a member of the Delaware County Council on January 3, 2022.  He has worked at the National AFL-CIO for twenty-four years and recently served as assistant to President Richard Trumka on Civil Rights and Community & Religious Affairs.  Brother Womack has a long history of public service.  He has served on the Darby Township Board of Commissioners for 12 years (2009-2021), holding leadership positions of Vice President and President for eight years.  He also spent seven years as the to

The officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, President Rick Bloomingdale, and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder issued the following joint statement on the one year anniversary of the January 6 insurrection: 

here weren’t many strikes in recent decades in which working people scored big victories, but the 1989 Pittston strike was one. Two years earlier, the Pittston Coal Company, in Pennsylvania, dropped out of a trade group that had negotiated a union contract with the United Mine Workers, and the company demanded cuts to miners’ health benefits.

HARRISBURG – The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) recently announced the final vote on the new contract for workers on strike at Kellogg’s.  For more than eleven weeks, roughly 1,400 workers at four locations across the country have walked the picket line for fair wages and an end to discriminatory workplace practices.  The officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO have issued the following statements in response to the union members’ decision:  

Every year the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Education Committee holds a Scholarship Essay Contest for graduating high school seniors and post-secondary students from affiliated union families.   This year's contest theme is the life and legacy of the late National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  We hope this contest introduces learners to the values of the labor movement and the importance of union solidarity.   

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The U.S. tech sector is the next frontier for labor organizing, and its workers are starting to understand the collective power unions have, President of the AFL-CIO Liz Shuler said on Friday at the Reuters Next Conference.

For more than two months, members of Ironworkers Local 851 have been on strike at Erie Strayer.  The company refuses to budge to provide the basics for their workers.  The entire union movement across the Commonwealth stands in support of the workers who are fighting for living wages, a dental plan and a fair attendance policy that treats workers with dignity.  

In solidarity with our union family, we encourage you to show your solidarity on the line next week.