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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.”

100 Women, 100 Miles, One Voice

One hundred immigrant women walked 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis and remind the whole world of the importance of immigrant work, and working people in the labor movement joined them. Read the full article>>>

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 >>>

While much of the Internet this week was focused on escaped llamas, figuring out what color a dress is or mourning the loss of SAG-AFTRA member and Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, we can forget that legislation is still being pushed that would make the lives of working families worse. Whether it is the "right to work" policies pushed by the allies of Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), who likes to compare workers to terrorists, and in other states like New Mexico and West Virginia, or the ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) using the Fast Track process, we need to stay alert. 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*

Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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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 >>>

Happy Labor Day, Philadelphia! Join your brothers and sisters for the annual Labor Day Parade and Family Celebration on the Delaware River in Philadelphia today, September 1st! Click below for full details! Read more >>>

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. 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 >>>

This week's Bulletin includes:

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On December 11, 2013, the Delegates of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO recognized the following slate as the newly-elected Executive Board of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO.  Congratulations to our brothers and sisters who've taken on this vital role in the leadership of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO! Read more >>>

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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