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Nicole Sewak takes great pride in her Union roots.

The current Presidential Administration wants to limit our right to organize and limit worker protections. They will try and fool the public into believing there is freedom in non-union work.

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

"Bad things happen in Philadelphia. Bad things." - Donald Trump.

Philadelphia voters, take those words to the polls!

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a strong warning to Donald Trump Friday that the nation’s workers are ready to stop any attempt by the administration to trash the U.S. constitution.

He was reacting to announcements by Trump that he considers the mail-in voting process unacceptable and that he will not commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the election. Trump has said, essentially, that only an election he wins would be one he would recognize.

Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) at a steel factory in Columbus, Ohio, had hope when the Trump administration promised to protect their jobs. Fred Silvia, president of USW Local 9309, said: “Initially, we felt the tariffs were going to help us. Unfortunately, there was still steel coming in from overseas and our business just started dropping off.” Production at the steel factory where USW members worked was indefinitely halted in June. “The tariffs were a short-term fix to a long-term problem that we still currently have today.

Voting in Pennsylvania and our role in this next election is so important it is regularly on the national news. On National Voter Registration Day here are some current updates on voting in Pennsylvania and what to look out for over the next few months.

 

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.

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.