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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.

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

Watch this short video about mail-in voting.

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.

 

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…