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LABOR DAY: Unions Take On Daunting Challenges

BY PRESIDENT PAT EIDING, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO/ On Monday, Sep. 3, the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO’s Tri-State Labor Day Parade & Family Festival will once again welcome thousands of union members and workers from across the region to Penn’s’ Landing. Labor Day is always a time for me to reflect on the work of the year past and […]

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LABOR DAY: Together We Are Better

BY RICK BLOOMINGDALE, President, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO/ Labor Day is the one holiday on the calendar devoted to honoring and recognizing America’s workers and their families and the value we bring to the prosperity and strength of our nation. That’s pretty much all of us, whether we’re employed or looking for work. And no matter what we […]

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Philly Labor Hosts ‘Workers Stand For America’

Philadelphia’s labor movement has been given the responsibility to host the first annual “Workers Stand For America” national rally this Saturday, Aug. 11. The mission behind the first-of-its-kind event is to kick off a national campaign to change the conversation in America; to counter those forces preaching austerity for the vast majority of citizens and […]

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WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE: S. Philly Laborites Prepare For Big Weekend

BY MARIA MERLINO/ With a stage filled with some of the most-powerful labor leaders and elected officials, the ground floor of IBEW Local 98’s 17th &Spring Garden Streets office was chock-a-block with a capacity union crowd. The best of the best, everyone who represented the working class people of Philadelphia was there. “The Labor Movement […]

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WORKERS STAND FOR AMERICA: Join This Major Rally Aug. 11

BY PAT EIDING, President, Phila. Council AFL-CIO/ Over the last 18 months, it’s been hard not to notice the general attack on workers taking place across the country. From Wisconsin and Ohio, where Governors tried to win political points by stripping collective-bargaining rights from public employees; to the constant drumbeat that workers with modest pensions […]

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BY JOSEPH J. DOUGHERTY, JR./ Unions have been part of the fabric of my life since I can remember. As workers, we were taught to work hard and stand up for ourselves, our families, our union brothers and sisters, our contractors and especially for those pioneers who came before us who gave their blood, sweat, […]

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Labor And Building Trades Workers Remembered

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Labor And Building Trades Workers Remembered

The story least reported in the press is that last year, 148 workers in the tri-state area went to work, but never returned home alive. They were killed on the job. Just this week, a construction worker fell to his death at a construction site at 20th & Parrish. The 148 deaths recorded in 2012 […]

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