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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.

 

Fifty-five years ago, in a speech to the convention of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out with characteristic moral clarity the essential role of unions in American life. “The labor movement,” he explained, “was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress … [When] the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society. Civilization began to grow in the economic life of man, and a decent life with a sense of security and dignity became a reality rather than a distant dream.”

This Labor Day, America’s working families are facing unprecedented challenges.

COVID-19 continues to ravage our communities, with thousands falling ill and hundreds dying every day. More than 27 million people are receiving some form of unemployment assistance in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, with job losses hitting women and workers of color hardest of all.

This Labor Day finds us at a crossroads like no other. On this day when we celebrate all our sisters and brothers have done, we are called to be stronger than ever. This weekend, across the state, workers will not be taking the day off, they will be volunteering to give out more meals and supplies than ever before because of the failures in Washington to protect workers and families as we are hit with crisis after crisis.

 

The NWPA Area Labor Federation is proud of its tradition of holding a Labor Day Parade in Erie, every year since 2015. We were determined to continue that tradition in spite of this pandemic. We began thinking outside the box and came up with a way of giving our communities a Labor Day Parade this year that was safe for everyone to enjoy. Here is what we did…

Watch the AFL-CIO Labor Day advertisement.

As Labor Day approaches and economic conditions in the U.S. remain tenuous, Americans' 65% approval of labor unions is once again the highest it has been since 2003. Public support for labor unions has been generally rising since hitting its lowest point of 48% in 2009, during the Great Recession.

Read the full article in Gallup.

A lack of poll workers can lead to a lack of available polling places ― and voter disenfranchisement. Given that the pandemic has made door-knocking infeasible in so many areas, labor groups are diverting some of that energy and resources to the poll worker cause. “With COVID, door-to-door has gone by the wayside. So this is how we show up for the moment,” said Michael Podhorzer, who leads political strategy at the AFL-CIO labor federation, which includes 55 unions. “It’s a million-person workforce that kind of has to be replaced.

Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, on Thursday morning accused President Trump of breaking his promises to bring more manufacturing and infrastructure jobs to working Americans.

They were some of Mr. Trumka’s strongest comments to date — and a recognition that even labor leaders who were willing to give Mr. Trump a chance four years ago are no longer open to finding common ground.