Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO


The AFL-CIO, a union that has had its share of issues with elements of the Affordable Health Care Act, is now poised to become one of its biggest defenders on Capitol Hill. In a letter to be sent Monday to House and Senate lawmakers, labor leader Richard Trumka blasted the “reckless” Republican-led effort to repeal Obamacare “with breathtaking speed” — and without providing a replacement program.

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Politics is not a spectator sport, and working people cannot build power and advance social and economic justice by standing on the sidelines waiting for someone else to do our jobs. Join the Labor 2016 door-to-door canvass campaign -- starting on Saturday, November 5th, join hundreds of your fellow working people to Get Out the Vote for Hillary Clinton, Katie McGinty, and all the pro-working family candidates we've endorsed.

You and your brothers and sisters will knock on doors to remind Philadelphia's voters to get to the polls on Election Day in order to vote in one of the most important elections in our lifetimes. Be part of the victories that we will celebrate after polls close on Tuesday the 8th!

Volunteer on Saturday, November 5th

Volunteer on Sunday, November 6th

Volunteer on Monday, November 7th

Volunteer on Election Day -- Tuesday, November 8th

We will run morning, early afternoon, and late afternoon canvass shifts each day starting on Saturday the 5th (except Sunday the 6th, when we will not run a morning shift). We will run canvass shift out of the following 3 locations:

Northeast Philadelphia -- Sprinkler Fitters Local 692, 14002 McNulty Rd. Philadelphia 19154

Northwest Philadelphia -- Working America, 5225 Germantown Ave (rear entrance), Philadelphia 19144

South Philadelphia -- IATSE Local 8, 2402 S. Swanson St, Philadelphia 19148

Click the links above to sign up for one or more of the Get Out the Vote canvass shifts over the last 4 days of this election campaign.

Stand with striking workers at Momentive Performance Materials in New York and tell their leadership to put these workers before profit margins and offer a fair contract so they can get back to work.

Recent News

Who We Are:

The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO is a federation of over 100 individual unions, representing almost 200,000 working men and women in Philadelphia. The AFL-CIO represents workers in every sector from educators to welders, refinery workers to federal employees.

What We Are Seeking:

When the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and Staples birthed a retail partnership in 2013, USPS said “it’s time to celebrate.” But now, that program has been sentenced to death and it is postal labor leaders who are rejoicing. They cheer the demise of a program that had been the target of a vigorous campaign by postal unions that don’t want the post office privatized.

Read the full article in The Washington Post.

The head of the AFL-CIO and House Democrats are hoping President-elect Donald Trump and his recent pick for U.S. trade representative will put workers’ rights at the top of the list of demands during trade negotiations. A group of lawmakers and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the case during a news conference at the Capitol Jan. 3, a day after Trump said he will nominate Robert Lighthizer, a Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP lawyer, as U.S. trade representative.

As reports of hate crimes and bias incidents have risen sharply following the election of Donald Trump, the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO has passed a resolution condemning these incidents and is determined to stand with like-minded people who are also appalled by rising bigotry and intolerance. The resolution will be delivered today to all elected officials in Philadelphia.