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Good from Bad Water
Union members have been helping out Flint, Michigan, residents during its water crisis. Read the full article>>>
For the past several years, union members have been fighting hard against anti-union legislation that seeks to silence public workers in Pennsylvania. The so-called ‘Paycheck Protection’ bill follows the same strategy that Governor Walker used against teachers, nurses, and first responders in Wisconsin, and which ultimately led to Wisconsin becoming a Right to Work state. Read more >>>
The North Philadelphia Health System has announced that they will close St. Joseph's Hospital in March 2016. Founded more than 100 years ago at 16th & Girard, St Joseph's plays a key role in its community, with its ER alone seeing over 20,000 patients a year.
The 675 St Joseph's employees who are members of AFSCME District 1199C, NUHHCE AFL-CIO will hold a Solidarity Rally outside the hospital at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 10th. Click read more for the details!Read more >>>
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Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Read more >>>
An administrative law judge at the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Walmart retaliated against workers for participating in strikes. Walmart claimed that the workers' actions were not protected under the National Labor Relations Act and that it was legitimate to fire the employees for violating the company's attendance policy. Judge Geoffrey Carter ruled against Walmart. Read more >>>
The U.S. government claims the labor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are “gold standard,” but we need to look no further than Honduras to see how inadequate and unenforced labor obligations endanger workers’ lives and weaken workers' rights. Read more >>>
The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO will host its 12th annual Leadership Conference February 7-9 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This year’s agenda includes panel discussions and workshops on labor/community partnerships, media relations, and workforce development; a panel presentation on the 21st-century labor movement; a keynote address by the Secretary-Treasurer of the North Carolina AFL-CIO, MaryBe McMillan; and a panel conversation with Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke and all five of the newly-elected members of our City Council. Read more >>>
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The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO and The Labor School at Penn State University launched the Labor Activist Training program this fall to great success. 3 dozen students from 18 different unions participated over the first eight weeks of classes. The program is halfway through the 4-course curriculum, and participants can start the program with any course. Click "Read More" to find out what students said about the first 2 courses! Read more >>>
Philadelphia AFL-CIO President Eiding congratulates Richard Lazer, Mayor-elect Kenney's new Deputy Mayor for Labor
The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO released the following statement on the appointment of Richard Lazer as Deputy Mayor of Labor by Mayor-elect Jim Kenney: “On behalf of the labor movement in Philadelphia, I congratulate Richie Lazer on his appointment,” said AFL-CIO President Patrick J. Eiding. Eiding continued, “Richie’s background in both city government and community engagement will create a tremendous conduit for labor-management relations. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney continues to put the issues of working people at the front of his agenda.”
The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO's door-to-door canvass is back in action, supporting the full slate of candidates in the November 3rd election who've been endorsed by the AFL-CIO. Click "Read More" for the full schedule.
[NOTE: many of our affiliates received their mailed information about the Labor Activist Training much later than anticipated, due to office closures and delayed mail resulting from the visit of the Pope to Philadelphia. Accordingly, we will delay the start of the first course by 1 week. Unions for the 21st Century: What Every Activist Should Know will now hold its first class on Tuesday, October 13th, rather than October 6th.]
The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO will host a year-long series of workshops designed to better equip local labor leaders and activists to meet the challenges facing today's labor movement. The Philadelphia Labor Activist Training will be co-sponsored by The Labor School at Penn State and Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO and builds upon previous joint efforts to promote labor education. All local unions affiliated with the Philadelphia Council are eligible to send members to participate, as well as invited community allies.
The curriculum consists of four comprehensive non-credit courses designed to develop critical thinking skills and to increase capacity for building power. Based in a multi-union setting, the courses are designed to encourage participation and networking with other labor activists. Each course consists of ten hours of classroom time, delivered in four sessions lasting 2'/z hours each, one night a week for four weeks. Participants should be willing to commit to attending all four sessions of each 10-hour course.
Instructors will include faculty from Penn State's Labor School, labor leaders, and community experts. Participants who complete all four courses will graduate with a Certificate in Labor Studies from Penn State.
Click Read More for the full list of the candidates endorsed by the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO in the November 2015 general election.
Join working families from all over the Philadelphia region on Monday, September 7th for the 28th Annual Tri-State Labor Day Parade & Family Celebration! Click Read More for details.
Did you know that salaried workers can be eligible under Federal law for overtime pay? They are -- but there's a catch. A salaried worker who earns more than $23,660 a year is automatically ineligible to receive overtime pay, no matter how many extra hours they work in a week.
The Obama Administration has proposed new overtime rules to fix this injustice. Raise your voice to encourage the Department of Labor to expand overtime eligibility -- click "Read More" to find out how you can make it happen!Read more >>>
In votes taken by the Executive Board and Delegates this week, the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO unanimously approved a motion to endorse the CAP Comcast campaign. Philadelphia AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding explained the Council's decision:
“The CAP Comcast campaign asks Comcast to step up as a part of this city and to help our community address deep problems like poverty, underfunded public schools, and inequality of opportunity. Addressing those issues is at the core of labor’s vision, too. That’s why the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO was proud to pass a resolution endorsing the CAP Comcast campaign this week.”
In the 4 days left before polls close at 8:01 PM on Tuesday May 19th, working people in Philadelphia have a remarkable opportunity to make history. The effort we put in between now and Tuesday evening can propel Jim Kenney and the rest of our pro-worker slate to victory in the upcoming primary election. Click here for our list of endorsements - print it out and bring it to the polls on Tuesday. Click "read more" for our full Get Out the Vote Schedule between now and Tuesday May 19th. Read more >>>
At our meeting on Wednesday, April 8th, the Delegates of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO passed a resolution opposing fast-track authority for new "free trade" agreements.
Click "read more" for the full text and for a downloadable version of the resolution.Read more >>>
The primaries are just 2 months away, so it's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work electing Jim Kenney the next Mayor of Philadelphia. Our Labor 2015 canvas kicks off tomorrow at 10 AM - join us and help build the campaign for a pro-worker mayor in City Hall.
Labor 2015 door-to-door canvas
Saturday, March 21st, 10:00 AM
Sprinkler Fitters Local 692 Hall
14002 McNulty Rd, Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO announced its endorsements in the May 19, 2015 Primary. Click "Read More" for the full list.
The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO, representing 130,000 working men and women in Philadelphia, has endorsed Jim Kenney for mayor. Read more >>>
The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO invites candidates for City Council, Mayor, and other offices on the May 19 primary ballot to contact our Campaign Manager, Danny Bauder, for information about labor's endorsement process. You can reach Danny at 215-665-9800 or dbauder*at*philaflcio.org.
On December 10, 2014 the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO unanimously passed resolutions supporting 2 labor peace bills before City Council. One bill pertains to subcontractors at Philadelphia International Airport; the other to hotels in which the city has a direct financial interest. City Council passed both bills the following day.
Philadelphia AFL-CIO passes resolution supporting USW members on strike against Crown Metal Packaging
120 members of USW Local 9176 in Toronto, Ontario were forced out on strike in September 2013 after Crown Metal Packaging (formerly Crown Cork & Seal) demanded major concessions from employees. Now, Crown wants to discard 75% of the workers, even if they settle the year-long strike.
Crown has been a mainstay of Philadelphia business since the 1950s. It's a massive presence in the international container market, reporting net income of $658 million on $8.5 billion of revenue in 2012.
On December 10, 2014, the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO unanimously approved a resolution supporting the members of USW 9176 on strike at Crown Metal Packaging. Click "read more" for the full text of the resolution.Read more >>>
"On behalf of the 100 unions who belong to the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO and the 150,000 Philadelphians we represent, I want to congratulate our governor-elect, Tom Wolf, on his victory tonight. I say his victory, but this was really a victory for all Pennsylvanians.
On Thursday, October 16, 2014, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding sent the following letter, signed by over 50 labor leaders in Philadelphia, to the School Reform Commission, its Chair Bill Green, Governor Corbett, and Mayor Nutter. Read more >>>
Story by John Mason
Member, National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981
The AFL-CIO has announced its endorsement of the national boycott of Staples by the American Postal Workers Union. The boycott was initiated in response to Staples' opening of "postal counters" -- essentially partial-service post-offices inside Staples stores, staffed by low-paid, non-union Staples employees instead of uniformed US Postal Service employees who earn good wages and benefits as members of the APWU.
Privatization is a major threat to the quality of services available to regular Americans. It also undermines our standard of living while enriching already-powerful corporations. At our June 11 Delegates Meeting, the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO adopted a resolution endorsing the national boycott of Staples. Click "read more" to see the full text of the resolution.
Tuesday, May 20th is the date of Pennsylvania's Primary Election, and also the date of a Special Election in Philadelphia for the at-large City Council seat vacated earlier this year by Bill Green. Click below for the full list of AFL-CIO endorsements in the upcoming election! Read more >>>
Our former Political Director and Secretary-Treasurer Liz McElroy has already hit the ground running in her new position as Assistant Director of the National AFL-CIO Political Department. In her honor, Philadelphia AFL-CIO Recording Secretary Ken Washington and Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus Ted Kirsch are organizing a very special event: a Farewell and Best Wishes party for Liz, and a fundraiser for the Philadelphia AFL-CIO's Political Action Committee. Help us thank Liz for 8 tremendous years of tireless service, and help us build strength and solidarity for Philadelphia's working families by contributing to our PAC. Read more >>>
The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO adopted the following resolution in support of labor harmony for concessions operations at the Philadelphia International Airport at the February 4, 2014 Executive Board meeting and the February 12, 2014 Delegates Meeting. Read more >>>
The newly elected members of the Executive Board of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO were sworn into office in a ceremony held in the Philadelphia Ballroom of the Sheridan Hotel, 16th and Vine streets, on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Read more >>>
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As thousands of Philadelphia area Walmart workers prepare for a busy Black Friday shopping season, the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO applauds Walmart workers and their families across the country who have been demonstrating for a fair wage and fair treatment from the world’s largest retailer. Read more >>>
Election Day is next week! Polls in Pennsylvania will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Philadelphia residents should click here to check the location of your polling-place. If you live elsewhere in Pennsylvania, check here.
The Philadelphia Unemployment Project has gathered a number of groups, including the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, to assemble and sponsor the 3rd installment of the Americans in Struggle Film Series. Click the link below for the full schedule!
At the Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Delegates meeting, the Delegates of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO voted unanimously to approve the following resolution supporting comprehensive immigration reform. Read more >>>
At the Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Delegates meeting, the Delegates of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO voted unanimously to approve the following resolution calling for a moratorium on public school closings.
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