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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 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 iss

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.

 

As Labor Day approaches and economic conditions in the U.S. remain tenuous, Americans' 65% approval of labor unions is once again the highest it has been since 2003. Public support for labor unions has been generally rising since hitting its lowest point of 48% in 2009, during the Great Recession.

Read the full article in Gallup.

A lack of poll workers can lead to a lack of available polling places ― and voter disenfranchisement. Given that the pandemic has made door-knocking infeasible in so many areas, labor groups are diverting some of that energy and resources to the poll worker cause. “With COVID, door-to-door has gone by the wayside. So this is how we show up for the moment,” said Michael Podhorzer, who leads political strategy at the AFL-CIO labor federation, which includes 55 unions. “It’s a million-person workforce that kind of has to be replaced.

Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, on Thursday morning accused President Trump of breaking his promises to bring more manufacturing and infrastructure jobs to working Americans.

They were some of Mr. Trumka’s strongest comments to date — and a recognition that even labor leaders who were willing to give Mr. Trump a chance four years ago are no longer open to finding common ground.

USW District 10 Director Bobby ‘Mac’ McAuliffe, has been active with the United Steelworkers of America his entire adult life. Serving in many roles with his union, he has been very involved with the partner unions of the PA AFL-CIO, Central Labor Councils, and is a Vice President of our State Federation.