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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*

Some 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) are on strike at nine refineries operated by Shell, Marathon, Tesoro and LyondellBasell after Shell, the lead company in the National Oil Bargaining talks, “refused to provide us with a counteroffer and left the bargaining table,” said USW President Leo W. Gerard. The strike at the nine facilities began Monday, and the remaining USW-represented refineries and oil facilities are operating under a rolling 24-hour contract extension. The USW represents 65 U.S. refineries and more than 230 refineries, oil terminals, pipelines and petrochemical facilities in the United States. Read more >>>

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal: In the State of the Union, President Obama forcefully advocated for working families and the bold actions we need to create an economy that truly works for all working people. His budget follows through with a number of proposals that would benefit American workers, such as repeal of harmful sequestration cuts, higher taxes on capital gains and a financial crisis fee on the largest financial institutions. These are all pieces to a robust program to raise Read more >>>

Friends of the Feathered

As part of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) Work Boots on the Ground project, New Jersey union members built and painted 52 pheasant and 10 quail transport boxes to support the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which raises and releases some 50,000 pheasants and 11,000 quail annually across the state. Read the full article>>>

The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO's Annual Conference in January 2015 will feature appearances by Tefere Gebre, the Executive Vice-President of the AFL-CIO, and a discussion of how organized labor in Boston built a unified campaign that Marty Walsh of Laborers Local 223 as their city's mayor. Click the link below to read more details and to register for the Conference! Read more >>>

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.

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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 >>>

Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO - Campaign Manager (Full time, Salaried)

The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO is one of the largest Central Labor Councils in the US, representing close to 150,000 unionized workers in Philadelphia, PA. The work of the Council is directed by a full time, elected President in consultation with an elected Executive Board representing a broad cross section of labor leaders in the region. The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO is committed to strengthening the union movement by educating and motivating union members, supporting the right of workers to join unions, and creating a powerful political voice that speaks for workers.

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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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