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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.

The world lost a tireless fighter for working people on Aug. 5, when AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka passed away. At the RWDSU, we often saw first-hand the dedication of a man who was willing to go toe to toe with anybody if it meant defending the rights of working people and creating a fairer and more equitable society where all of us have our voices heard, not just the wealthiest and most powerful. 

On the morning of August 5, the nation, the American labor movement, and workers across the globe were rocked by the sudden, unexpected loss of a great man, an incredible leader, and a lifetime fighter for justice, AFL-CIO President Richard Louis Trumka, or “it’s just Rich” as he would so often correct anyone opting for the more formal greeting. 

Our brother and leader Richard Trumka passed away on August 5, 2021, at the age of 72.

The labor movement, the AFL-CIO and the nation lost a legend. Rich devoted his life to working people, from his early days as president of the United Mine Workers of America to his unparalleled leadership as the voice of America’s labor movement.

He was a relentless champion of workers’ rights, workplace safety, worker-centered trade, democracy and so much more. He was also a devoted father, grandfather, husband, brother, coach, colleague and friend. Rich was loved and beloved.

In April 2020, after the labor market took its largest one-month hit in modern history, Black men and women suffered job losses proportionate to those of white women. Still, their losses were far less severe than those of Hispanic men and women. Black workers already had higher unemployment rates, as has always been the case, but their unemployment rates did not skyrocket as much as other groups.

The nation watched earlier this year as heroic warehouse workers at the Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama, made history.

Despite intense pressure, intimidation and bullying by one of the largest corporations in the world, they fought to reclaim their fair share of power and form a union. They spoke out about an experience familiar to so many working people—the stress of being overworked, underpaid, and afraid for the future.

This week, the AFL-CIO is leading a PRO Act Week of Action, part of the labor movement’s national campaign urging senators to pass this transformative labor law reform. This week of action includes at least one event near every U.S. senator’s office.

In April 2020, after the labor market took its largest one-month hit in modern history, Black men and women suffered job losses proportionate to those of white women. Still, their losses were far less severe than those of Hispanic men and women. Black workers already had higher unemployment rates, as has always been the case, but their unemployment rates did not skyrocket as much as other groups.

This month, Union Plus launched a new Retiree Healthcare Program in partnership with Anthem and the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Trust.

Union Plus and the AFL-CIO are proud of this innovative program that provides comprehensive health care options to Medicare-eligible retirees through two Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield group Medicare Advantage plans designed exclusively for retired union members (and their spouses/partners). These group plans feature enhanced benefits compared to what members could purchase for themselves through the individual insurance market.