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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.

“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 iss

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.

This election year, America faces interlocking crises—a global health crisis, economic collapse, and systemic racism. Even as we live in fear of disease and economic ruin, we have had to watch the on-camera murders of unarmed Black people by officers who have sworn to protect and serve us. So many of us have stood outside nursing homes and hospitals as our loved ones died inside, alone. In response, we are struggling with despair and asking, Dare we hope for profound change in our public life?

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.

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.

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.

 

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.