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Today is the Deadline to Register to Vote in Pennsylvania. Take a moment to look now, be sure you are a registered voter, and that all your information is up to date and correct.

Thousands of Union Members across Pennsylvania have been working tirelessly to bring attention to great Labor candidates. County after county, from Allegheny to Reading, Montgomery to Lawrence.

Union sisters and brothers know better than anyone that we are stronger together. We all have our differences, but the tireless fight for workers is something we all have in common.

 

Rev. William Barber, who heads the nonprofit Repairers of the Breach and the Poor People’s Campaign, joined Richard Trumka, president of the country’s largest federation of unions, at the church to announce a formal partnership to work for social, racial and economic justice. Trumka said the labor movement honors the bombing’s four young victims: Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair. “But our debt to this community is greater than that,” he said.

Carla Insinga has been with AFSCME for over two decades and took up the reins as Director of District Council 90 in 2017, after working as the Education Director. She is also a Vice President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Executive Committee. Carla’s experience in developing new and innovative ways to share information have led to some very inventive ways to engage members for the upcoming election.

 

“We know that when people don’t have enough to eat and don’t have safety at the workplace — whether they’re a mine worker, a steelworker, a farmworker, or a fast-food worker, it becomes a moral issue, and the church should be involved.” - Father Jack O’Malley

 

As the new professional football season begins, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) released the first in a series of videos of members speaking out on racial justice. The video focuses on NFLPA members’ activism and their participation in the Black Lives Matter movement. The members shared their perspectives on kneeling and what using their platform looks like this football season. “I had that mindset of I’m going to kneel this year as well.

Watch this short video about mail-in voting.

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 election while also being sure they stay safe.

Allegheny-Fayette County Central Labor Council President Darrin Kelly usually keeps busy. He’s neither a loser nor a “sucker," as Trump has referred to some who have served our country. Darrin Kelly has served our country well, first in the United States Navy, then serving the Steel City community as a Pittsburgh Fire Fighter.

Today marks a Labor Day that will be remembered as Historic. This pandemic has shown that Unions will keep speaking, moving, and fighting for equality for all, despite the obstacles that are placed in our way. The candidates we have endorsed for President, Joe Biden, and Vice President, Kamala Harris, are known to work steadfastly in solidarity with Unions.

 

We at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO are proud to have our nominee for President, Scranton’s own Joe Biden, speak to the Nation on Labor Day from our offices in Harrisburg.