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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.

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.

 

We have a little over a week to elect pro-labor candidates across the commonwealth and your participation is essential. Getting out information about how to vote and why a candidate has our official PA AFL-CIO Union Endorsement can determine the outcome of this election. There is not a moment to lose and we must be all in.

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.

 

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. 

 

 

If you have not requested your mail-in ballot yet you should request it immediately, you only have until October 27th. Click here to request a mail-in ballot in Pennsylvania. 

 

 

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.