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Labor Leader of the Week doesn’t quite describe this recognition.

Voting in Pennsylvania and our role in this next election is so important it is regularly on the national news.

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 grieve, along with the entire United States, this evening upon news of the passing of workers’ equity advocate and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

Read more about her life here. 

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.

“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.

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.