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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!

here weren’t many strikes in recent decades in which working people scored big victories, but the 1989 Pittston strike was one. Two years earlier, the Pittston Coal Company, in Pennsylvania, dropped out of a trade group that had negotiated a union contract with the United Mine Workers, and the company demanded cuts to miners’ health benefits.

HARRISBURG – The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) recently announced the final vote on the new contract for workers on strike at Kellogg’s.  For more than eleven weeks, roughly 1,400 workers at four locations across the country have walked the picket line for fair wages and an end to discriminatory workplace practices.  The officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO have issued the following statements in response to the union members’ decision:  

Every year the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Education Committee holds a Scholarship Essay Contest for graduating high school seniors and post-secondary students from affiliated union families.   This year's contest theme is the life and legacy of the late National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  We hope this contest introduces learners to the values of the labor movement and the importance of union solidarity.   

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The U.S. tech sector is the next frontier for labor organizing, and its workers are starting to understand the collective power unions have, President of the AFL-CIO Liz Shuler said on Friday at the Reuters Next Conference.

For more than two months, members of Ironworkers Local 851 have been on strike at Erie Strayer.  The company refuses to budge to provide the basics for their workers.  The entire union movement across the Commonwealth stands in support of the workers who are fighting for living wages, a dental plan and a fair attendance policy that treats workers with dignity.  

In solidarity with our union family, we encourage you to show your solidarity on the line next week.

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When Liz Shuler rides on an airplane, she often has an experience that will be familiar to most travelers: Her seat mate asks, "What do you do?"

Five years ago, after saying she worked for a labor union, Shuler said, most people would put their noses back in their books. Today, she's met with reactions like "awesome" and "amazing." 

NYT: How did you get your start in the labor movement?

Liz Shuler: I came up through the IBEW [International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers]. My father was a union member and worked for PGE [an Oregon utility]. Clerical workers were not in a union, and my mother and I were organizing them. PGE was a study in the difference a union can make: Power linemen were respected and made good wages, and nonunion clerical workers were not listened to and didn’t have a voice.