Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO


AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka gave a major address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2017. He assessed opportunities around trade and infrastructure that could create jobs, as well as possible threats to workers' rights. President Trumka spoke about the labor movement's strategy to create a unifying agenda for working families, and the importance it places on ensuring that all workers have the right to bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explains why CEO Andrew Puzder, President Trump's nominee to be Secretary of Labor, is a bad choice for the office and will not be the advocate working people

Take Action

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.

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Recent News

At a press conference held on March 30th at their office in Center City, the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO announced their unanimous endorsement of Alan Butkovitz. Pat Eiding, President of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO opened the press conference saying that Butkovitz “has proven himself to be a tireless advocate for Philadelphians and we are united in our support of his reelection.” Eiding continued, “As City Controller, Alan Butkovitz has worked hard to save taxpayer’s money. Since taking office his work has saved Philadelphians over $800 million.”

As the Philadelphia Inquirer reported last week, the city's reassessment of commercial properties has created an unexpected windfall of $118 million in new tax revenue. $65 million of this new revenue is slated for the School District.

Yesterday afternoon, Philadelphia AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding sent this letter to Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the School District, and to Joyce Wilkerson, Chair of the SRC. The letter was cosigned by 9 elected leaders of Philadelphia's unions.

The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO has voted to issue the following endorsements in the May 16th Primary Election:

For City Controller: Alan Butkovitz

For District Attorney: NO ENDORSEMENT

For Judge of the Court of Common Pleas: Stella Tsai, Mark Cohen, Daniel Sulman, Leon Goodman, Deborah Canty, Dawn Tancredi, Wendi Barish, Zac Shaffer, Vincent Melchiorre, David Conroy, Lucretia Clemons

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called President Trump's first proposed budget "dangerous and destructive" Thursday. The leader of the nation's largest labor federation said Trump's budget plan, which would shift $54 billion from various agencies to boost defense spending, would undercut the president's claims that he wants to help working families.