John Sweeney, who led an era of transformative change in America’s labor movement, passed away Feb. 1 at the age of 86.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses why America needs a strong labor movement and how the Biden administration is committed to strengthening unions.

We are truly all in this together. We work collectively, we bargain collectively, and we vote collectively for a reason. We are stronger as a union. It is each individual member that makes up our unions and we want to encourage all our sisters and brothers to make their voice heard in this historic election while also being sure they stay safe.



Tax Cuts and Jobs Act


The legislation called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is something that sounds too good to be true. Guess what? It is.


Millions Excluded from Paid Leave During Pandemic


In the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) the Department of Labor under the Trump Administration issued a temporary exemption on the availability of paid leave to some employers. This included 9 million healthcare workers, businesses with under 50 employees, and 4.4 million first responders.


Outstanding union-endorsed candidates Eugene DePasquale, Brittney Rodas, Patty Smith, Shana Danielson, and, of course, Joe Biden, stood together with union members across the commonwealth at voter registration drives and rallies this week in Pennsylvania.
Labor Council Presidents from Chester, Delaware, Harrisburg, Reading, Berks, Westmoreland, and York Counties led the way! 

Waiving Rights to Collective Claims


The Trump Administration has worked relentlessly to try and divide workers as they take up lawsuit after lawsuit against working people. For example, the brief that the Trump Justice Department filed that would make it legal to require workers to waive their rights in class or collective claims. Under previous administrations, this practice was seen to violate workers’ rights.


Reducing Accessibility to Healthcare


Half a century after Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, labor advocates say the agency in charge of enforcing the landmark law is failing to protect American workers during the coronavirus pandemic. "We lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to health and safety on the job," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said this week in a conference call. "OSHA has been absent."

Read the full article in CBS News.

The Joint Employer Standard


Joint employers are important. Temporary and other staffing agencies filled over 3 million jobs last year in the United States and it is estimated that 15 million temporary and contract workers interact with these agencies every year. These agencies do not only help find employment opportunities for workers; some help people learn skills that can assist them in eventually advancing their careers.