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If you requested your mail-in ballot and it has not arrived yet do not panic, there are many ways you can cast your vote over the next 8 days.

 

We have a little over a week to elect pro-labor candidates across the commonwealth and your participation is essential.

The safest way to vote this year is to vote by mail. During the Civil War Americans used the mail to vote, and the post office has been essential to our democracy ever since. 

Denied Workers a Minimum Wage Increase 

The last time the minimum wage was increased in America was in 2009. It has remained at $7.25 an hour since.

The Trump Administration had a chance in 2019 to pass the ‘Raise the Wage Act’ to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. This would have helped 33 million American workers and lifted 1.3 million out of poverty. The administration rejected the five-year incremental wage increase and kept it at the static rate it has been at for over a decade.

 

With just two weeks to go before Nov. 3, the upcoming elections were a key point of focus for the largest U.S. gathering of union tradeswomen convening Oct. 17 for their annual conference.

Attacks on Worker’s Rights

Under the Trump Administration, the rights of workers have been attacked regularly. Across a variety of sectors, this administration has restricted collective bargaining, suspended Union elections, and put oppressive limits on organizing, even outside of working hours.

 

Weakened Mine Inspections

 

What the Trump Administration calls ‘regulatory reform,’ Unions call jeopardizing lives. With sweeping legislation, in December 2017, the current administration took massive pride in canceling over 1,500 regulatory actions across many sectors. Actions intended to protect the public, consumers, and workers.  

 

Preventing Overtime Pay for Millions of Workers

Under the Trump Administration, the Department of Labor introduced a new rule in 2019, lowering the overtime threshold from just over 47 thousand dollars a year to just over 35 thousand dollars a year. That means 8.2 million workers in America had $12,000 taken from them this year by being denied that overtime pay. 

 

Attacks on Collective Bargaining

The Trump Administration attacks on workers are relentless. They try to divide workers as they take up lawsuits and approve government agency restrictions on the traditional rights of working people. Across a variety of sectors, this administration has restricted collective bargaining, the keystone of Union service.

 

 

OSHA Removes Information of Workplace Deaths from Homepage

The mission of the Occupation Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, is “to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.” As part of their work, they maintained a prominent public list to acknowledge lives lost on the job.

 

Ryan Boyer grew up in a strong Union household and remembers playing in union halls as a child. He would accompany his father and mother, both Union members who served their sisters and brothers in work and in their community.

 

 

Today, Ryan is the Business Manager of Laborer’s International Union of North America Business Council (LiUNA) of Philadelphia and Vicinity. He is also the African American Caucus President and Special International Representative of LiUNA.