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Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List. Read more >>>

Join working families from all over the Philadelphia region on Monday, September 5th for the 29th Annual Tri-State Labor Day Parade & Family Celebration! Click Read More for details.

The General Board of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO voted today to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. The endorsement reflects a comprehensive, democratic process initiated a year ago to capture the interests of the working people the federation represents. Read more >>>

39,000 CWA and IBEW members have been on strike against Verizon for nearly a month. Their fight against corporate greed involves all of us -- our standard of living and our communities.

Get involved in the fight by supporting our brothers and sisters on the line! Click Read More to find out how. Read more >>>

Thursday, May 5th: Philly Day of Action in Solidarity With Striking Verizon & Verizon Wireless Workers

39,000 Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers are on the picket line, standing up to corporate greed for all of us. Tomorrow, come to the Verizon Wireless store at 11th & Market in Center City Philadelphia to tell the company that we stand with our brothers and sisters on strike. They are fighting to keep good jobs here in our communities -- let's fight for them, too! Everyone is welcome -- if you belong to a union, wear your union colors. We'll see you there at 1:00!

Thursday, May 5th, 1:00 PM

Day of Action in Solidarity With Verizon & Verizon Wireless Workers on Strike

Verizon Wireless Store, 11th & Market Streets, Philadelphia

Rally and Solidarity Leaflet with CWA and IBEW members who are ON STRIKE against Verizon.

Friday, April 22nd

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Verizon Wireless store, 15th and Walnut, Center City Philadelphia

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Jobs With Justice hosts an evening with Councilwoman Helen Gym

Come join Councilwoman Helen Gym at Philadelphia Jobs with Justice's annual Labor Law Reception, hosted this year by Willig, Williams, and Davidson!

Councilwoman Gym began her political career as a grassroots activist. She is a staunch advocate for education rights and funding. Come join her, Jobs with Justice, and our friends and allies for drinks, light fare, and great conversation.

Philadelphia Jobs With Justice Annual Labor Law Reception
Featured guest: Councilwoman-at-large Helen Gym

Wednesday, April 27th 5:30 PM

1845 Walnut St, 25th Floor

Willig, Williams, and Davidson

Individual tickets are $75. Some scholarships are available to students and those on limited incomes

Verizon makes $1 billion a month profit. The workers who've made the company so successful are fighting for a fair contract. Come to a Solidarity Rally on Wednesday, April 6th. Click read more for details! Read more >>>

Verizon committed to connect all of Philly to FiOS - help hold them accountable!

Did you know that Verizon signed a franchise agreement with the City of Philadelphia promising to make FiOS high-speed connections available everywhere in Philadelphia? Despite making that promise -- and taking advantage of the access to customers granted by the City -- Verizon, a huge company that makes $1 billion in profit every month, hasn't kept its side of the bargain, meaning many Philadelphians still have no alternative to Comcast.

Philadelphia should be leading the way in connecting all our residents to cutting-edge communication technology. Our friends at the Media Mobilizing Project have set up a website where you can find out quickly if Verizon has put FiOS lines in your neighborhood. If you and your neighbors are being passed over by Verizon, sign the petition to City Council to hold Verizon accountable!

Pride@Work PA is holding a chapter meeting on Monday, April 4th, during the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Philafelphia. The meeting is open to all interested union members - click Read More for all the details! Read more >>>

In this week's edition of the Bulletin:

  • Support your brothers and sisters at Verizon - the poster child for corporate greed
  • Students -- submit your design to the Tri-State Labor Day Dan Ezzio Memorial Art Contest
  • Come to the Pride@Work PA meeting at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention, April 4th
  • Trumka on Trump: "He would make life exponentially worse for working people"
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The Tri-State Labor Day Committee is now accepting submissions  for the 2016 Labor Day Student Art Contest. This year's theme is, What Labor Day Means to Me. Click "Read More" for contest details! Read more >>>

In this week's edition of the Bulletin:

  • Why is Pennsylvania's legistature stuck in the past? It's time to raise the minimum wage!
  • Take the AFL-CIO's Common Sense Economics quiz on women in the economy
  • Volunteer at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention, April 2nd
  • Anti-Union organization canvasses door-to-door to persuade workers to quit the union
  • Philadelphia AFL-CIO supports Women in Transition's Mother's Day gift project -- donate now!
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The Statewide Week of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage is coming to Philadelphia on Thursday, March 17th! Click Read More for all the details. Read more >>>

In this week's edition of the Bulletin:

  • Support the workers who make Oreos
  • Don't let Congress run out the clock on a raise for 13.5 million workers
  • Save the date: May Day Beef & Beer Dance Party, April 2nd
  • Attention Delegates: Philadelphia AFL-CIO Delegates Meeting next Wednesday, March 9th
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In this week's edition of the Bulletin:

  • Even workers in huge, profitable industries have their wages stolen
  • Even workers in huge, profitable industries have their wages stolen, II
  • Join the Week of Action for a Fair Minimum Wage, March 13-19
  • Read a major report on the future of labor by African-American labor leaders, academics, and activists
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In this week's edition of the Bulletin:

  • Tell Republican Senators to do their job and get to work filling 9th seat on the Supreme Court
  • Gov. Wolf signs "clean slate" bill
  • Screening of A Day's Work postponed -- new date yet to be announced

In this week's edition of the Bulletin:

  • AFL-CIO launches By Our Hands -- the the union members' online magazine
  • Buy union for Valentine's Day
  • Get active with APRI and CBTU
  • Mayor Kenney ends firehouse "brownout" policy
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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!

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In this week's edition of the Bulletin:

  • Stop the Harrisburg right-wing's plan to pass "paycheck protection" bill in State House
  • Are the cracks starting to show in the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
  • Workers standing up and organizing despite anti-union attacks
  • US Department of Labor takes steps to empower temporary workers
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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 >>>

In this week's edition of the Bulletin:

  • Philadelphia area RNs say Union YES!
  • A look back at the first year of the Raising Wages campaign
  • Celebrate grassroots organizing with the Media Mobilizing Project on Friday, January 29th
  • Thank you to the men and women who will keep up safe this weekend during Winter Storm Jonas
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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!

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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.

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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*

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.

Click "Read More" for the full text of both resolutions. Read more >>>

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.

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"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
Steward/Delegate, Local 696 AFSCME

One of the many groups active in the city for advocating the minimum wage is the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC). ROC played a key role in helping servers at Chickie and Pete’s in South Philadelphia fight back against wage theft. Two separate legal actions settled this year won back over $8 million in wages that had been illegally taken from the servers by the restaurant's management.

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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