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Now through December 3rd, the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO, Philly CLUW, and others will be hosting a Winter Coat and Blanket Drive.

Join us for the 34th Annual Tri-State Labor Day Parade and Family Celebration!

Furloughed federal employees and out-of-work contractors greeted one another Thursday with a sarcastic nickname that, on the 20th day of a partial government shutdown, captured their feeling of powerlessness: “Hello, fellow pawns.”

They shouted it to one another over the brutal wind and bitter cold on Thursday in downtown Washington, where hundreds gathered to demand government leaders put an end to the shutdown and allow them to get back to work.

Our friends at SEIU Healthcare PA are in the midst of a battle to maintain their nursing home workers' pay and benefits and prevent them from being slashed by the nursing homes' new owner, Vita Healthcare. Here is their message:

Workers at Somerton Center and Garden Spring Center nursing homes have dedicated their lives to caring for their residents. Now, new owner Vita Healthcare Group is slashing their wages and making healthcare unaffordable for their families.

Join Young Organized Philly, the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO's young workers committee, for a membership drive event!

Click here for the flyer. Please share with your young members, aged 45 and under!

WHEN: February 9, 2019, 2PM-6PM

WHERE: Haute Restaurant, 1420 Locust St.

The House of Representatives passed reasonable, commonsense legislation to reopen and fund the government. But Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans refuse to bring it up for a vote.

Every day the federal government stays closed, hundreds of thousands of dedicated public employees go without pay.

That means 800,000 federal workers are in limbo, out of work or furloughed without a paycheck.

The North Philadelphia Health System Department of Behavioral medicine is seeking Counselors at all levels (Assistant, I, III, III) with thorough knowledge of principles and practices of counseling techniques as they apply to drug and/or alcohol abuse, physical behavioral and emotional characteristics and manifestations of drug and alcohol dependency and individual and group behavior.

These positions are covered by a collective bargaining agreement through our affiliate Service Employees International Union Local 668.

A federal employee union sued the Trump administration Monday over the government shutdown, claiming it is illegal for agencies to force employees to work without pay.

Workers at Somerton Center and Garden Spring Center have provided quality care for seniors in North Philly for decades, while earning a good wage and affordable health care for their own families.

Now the two nursing homes have been bought by Vita, a new company that has cut some workers' pay by up to $11,000 a year, and is refusing to participate in union funds that ensured caregivers have quality, affordable health care, and training and education opportunities.

A series of settlements hammered out over the past few weeks between Marriott and its striking workers in Boston and seven other cities are ushering in groundbreaking benefits that could set a precedent not just for the service industry but for workers nationwide.

The Boston agreement, reached after workers spent more than six weeks on the picket lines, marching and chanting in the wind and rain and snow, includes a roughly 20 percent increase in wages over 4½ years, a 37 percent increase in pension contributions, and six weeks of paid maternity leave, plus two weeks for spouses.