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    Descriptive info: .. Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.. Your Fight Is Our Fight.. Navigation.. About Us.. Officers Staff.. PA Area Labor Federations.. PA Central Labor Councils.. Contact Us.. Legislation Policy.. Building Construction.. Immigration Reform.. Pensions.. Privatization.. Right to Work (For Less!).. School Vouchers.. State Budget.. Community Services.. Labor The United Way.. Comm.. Services Institute.. Labor In Action.. Trap Shoots.. Media Center.. Officers Perspectives.. Labor In The News.. Press Releases.. Event Calendar.. Union Resources.. Why You Need A Union.. How To Form A Union.. Buy Union.. Elections Politics.. Candidate Endorsements.. Pennsylvania Voter ID.. Electoral Vote Scheme.. Take Action!.. Make A Donation.. Join Working America.. Contact Your Legislator.. Volunteer.. Welcome to the PA AFL-CIO.. USW Member Henry Ball Recognized For His Untiring Service And Activism In Helping Working Families.. November 22, 2013.. | Filed under:.. ,.. Top News Stories.. Henry Ball began working in the Steel mills in Johnstown in 1939, prior to the formation of the United Steelworkers.. His work in the mill was interrupted once by his service in WWII.. Upon returning home he was back in the steel mill in Johnstown at Bethlehem steel.. Read More.. Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Stands In Solidarity With Walmart Workers.. As thousands of Walmart workers prepare for a busy Black Friday shopping season, the  ...   know that you demand a clean plan with no strings attached.. Read more.. Pennsylvania Labor History.. GOSH Conference.. CONNECT WITH US.. SIGN UP FOR OUR E-MAIL LIST.. FIRST NAME.. LAST NAME.. E-MAIL.. ZIP CODE.. *All Fields Required.. UPCOMING EVENTS.. Nov.. 23.. Sat.. 2013.. 1:00 pm.. Solidarity Rally To Protect Good Jobs.. @ General Electric Plant (East Gate), Harborcreek, PA.. Solidarity Rally To Protect Good.. Nov 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.. On Saturday, November 23, 2013, a Solidarity Rally to Protect Good Jobs, and the vitality of the regional economy and the many businesses in Northwestern [.. ].. Dec.. 3.. Tue.. 10:00 am.. Fort Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair.. @ Indiantown Gap Armory.. Fort Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair.. Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.. Apr.. 7.. Mon.. 2014.. all-day.. Pennsylvania AFL-CIO 41st Constitutional Convention.. @ Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.. Pennsylvania AFL-CIO 41st Consti.. Apr 7 – Apr 10.. all-day.. Pennsylvania AFL-CIO: Hold The Date The 41st Constitutional Convention of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO will be held in Pittsburgh on April 7-10, 2014.. Further details coming [.. View Calendar.. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER.. Tweets by @PaAFL_CIO.. Meta.. Log in.. Entries.. RSS.. Comments.. WordPress.. org.. © 2013 Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.. Powered by.. Esplanade Theme.. and..

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  • Title: About Us
    Descriptive info: You are here:.. Home.. About Us.. International Unions.. Union Locals.. Officers & Staff.. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is a democratic organization governed and comprised of local, national, and international unions.. These unions meet at a biennial convention whose location alternates between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia every two years.. Convention delegates are elected by their local unions to establish goals and policies, and to elect leaders of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.. Richard W.. Bloomingdale is the President and Frank Snyder is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.. The.. Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.. (PA AFL-CIO) was formed in 1961 with the objective of improving the lives of workers and their families.. In order to benefit the estimated 900,000 members, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO has dedicated itself to fighting for affordable healthcare, high quality public education, job safety, fair and sustainable wages, and other such programs.. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO also fights to ensure corporate responsibility to protect the safety and rights of workers, the environment, and Pennsylvania’s communities.. Between conventions the Pennsylvania  ...   working people through democratic processes within the framework of our constitutional government in a manner consistent with our institutions and traditions.. At the collective bargaining table, in the community, in the exercise of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, we shall responsibly serve the interests of all people.. We pledge ourselves to the more effective organization of working men and women.. To the securing to them of full recognition and enjoyment of the rights to which they are justly entitled.. To the achievement of ever higher standards of living and working conditions.. To the attainment of security for all the people.. To the enjoyment and leisure s which their skills make possible; and to the strengthening and extension of our way of life and the fundamental freedoms which are the basis of our democratic society.. We shall combat resolutely the forces which seek to undermine democratic institutions and to enslave the human soul.. We shall strive always to win full respect for the dignity of the human individual whom our unions serve..

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  • Title: Officers & Staff
    Descriptive info: Officers Staff.. President Richard W.. Bloomingdale.. Richard (Rick) Bloomingdale became the fourth President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO on June 1, 2010 following his unanimous election by delegates attending the 39.. th.. Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Pittsburgh April 12 through April 15.. The Convention also marks the 50.. Anniversary of the formation of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.. Prior to his election as President, Rick served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO since June 1, 1994.. He began his career in the labor movement with AFSCME in 1977.. From Project Staff Representative of Local 449, to AFSCME International to State Political/Legislative Director for AFSCME Council 13, Rick has worked tirelessly to ensure workers’ rights.. He was a driving force in the enactment of agency shop legislation in Pennsylvania which was vital to workers and their families.. In 1992, Rick worked, on loan from AFSCME in Little Rock, Arkansas as Labor Liaison for the Clinton for President Campaign and used his knowledge and experience to coordinate labor issues in the formation of campaign.. Rick, in his role as Secretary-Treasurer, served on various Boards.. In December of 2003, Rick was appointed by Governor Rendell and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate to serve on the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review.. In August of 2005, Rick was appointed as Chairman of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review by the Governor, a position he held until 2012.. He also serves as a member of the PA Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council.. Rick is a member of the Board of Directors of Drug-Free Pennsylvania, Inc.. and Treasurer of the Keystone Research Center.. Rick has lectured on Workforce Development at the U.. S.. Army War College in Carlisle, PA.. Connect with Rick:.. Email:.. president@paaflcio.. Phone:.. 717-231-2841.. Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder.. Frank Snyder is a third-generation-Steelworker, who began  ...   record throughout Pennsylvania, leading organizing drives that drew the attention of leaders affiliated with the National AFL-CIO, who recruited him in 1999 to serve as the Federation’s Special Assistant to the Northeast Region Director.. He worked on several national organizing initiatives that helped organize thousands of workers into Pennsylvania unions.. After working in coordination with the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO on numerous political elections and legislative issues, the National AFL-CIO chose Frank to be the Pennsylvania State Director in 2007.. He worked closely with President Bill George and Secretary Treasurer Rick Bloomingdale and the unions of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, to help move an array of successful political elections in 2008, as well as driving the Employee Free Choice Act campaign in the Keystone State and most recently, the national field operation for healthcare reform.. In 2010, Frank was called on by newly elected AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to direct the national field program for the AFL-CIO’s Political Department.. He was unanimously elected to the office of Secretary-Treasurer on April 14, 2010 of the 900,000 member Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.. When not fighting to protect and advance the social and economic rights of working families, he enjoys quality time with his own family, and is an avid musician and sportsman.. Connect with Frank:.. fsnyder@paaflcio.. 717-231-2850.. Executive Assistant to the President Christine Allen.. callen@paaflcio.. Executive Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer Pam Cohen.. pcohen@paaflcio.. 717-231-2851.. Legislative Director Michael Stefan.. mikestefan@paaflcio.. 717-231-2842.. Legislative Director Assistant Pam McClellan.. LegisDept@paaflcio.. 717-231-2855.. Editor/Communications Jim Deegan.. editor@paaflcio.. 717-231-2867.. Director of Community Services and Education Carl Dillinger.. cdillinger@paaflcio.. 717-231-2843.. Assistant to Communications and Community Services Kelly Kazor.. kkazor@paaflcio.. 717-231-2873.. Data Coordinator Mike Johnson.. mjohnson@paaflcio.. 717-231-2852.. Finance Frank Kelley.. Finance@paaflcio.. 717-231-2859.. Per Capita Tina Kresge.. percapita@paaflcio.. 717-231-2853.. Consultant Russ Keating.. russ@paaflcio.. 717-231-2862.. Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans (PARA) Adam Swope.. Aswope@paaflcio.. 717-231-4866..

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  • Title: PA Area Labor Federations
    Descriptive info: PA Area Labor Federations.. CONTACT INFO FOR AREA LABOR FEDERATIONS.. PHILADELPHIA.. Pat Eiding, President.. Nick Alpers, Director.. 22 South 22nd St.. 2nd Floor.. Philadelphia PA 19103.. Phone: 215-665-9800.. E-Mail:.. peiding@philaflcio.. External Web Site:.. Philadelphia ALF.. SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA.. Latest Updates Here.. David Schaaf, Chair.. Carol Carvalho, Director.. 3031 Walton Rd.. STE 113.. Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.. Phone: 610-940-1811.. jmeyerson@ufcw1776.. Southeastern ALF.. NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA.. Michelle Kessler, Chair..  ...   Northeastern ALF.. CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA.. Dominic Sgro, Chair.. Zach Hause, Director.. 161 Patchway Rd.. Duncansville, PA 16635.. Phone: 814-696-0255.. d.. sgro@afscme13.. Central ALF.. SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.. Jack Shea, Chair.. Dave Vinski, Director.. 401 Wood St.. Arrott Bldg STE 501.. Pittsburgh, PA 15222.. Phone: 412-281-7450.. aclcpgh@aol.. com.. Southwestern ALF.. NORTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.. John Zanetti, Chair.. Rosann Barker, Director.. 1945 Lincoln Hwy.. North Versailles, PA 15137.. Phone: 412-824-8140.. jzanetti@usw.. Northwestern ALF..

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  • Title: PA Central Labor Councils
    Descriptive info: PA Central Labor Councils.. CONTACT INFO FOR CENTRAL LABOR COUNCILS.. ALLEGHENY.. Jack Shea, President.. 401 Wood Street STE 501.. Pittsburgh PA 15222.. E-Mail: aclcpgh@aol.. BEAVER-LAWRENCE.. Richard Galiano, President.. 2912 Plank Rd.. New Castle, PA 16105.. Phone: 724-910-8092.. E-Mail: mmgali@peoplepc.. BLAIR-BEDFORD.. Robert K.. Kutz, Jr.. , President.. 302 E.. Wopsononock Ave.. Altoona PA 16601-4097.. Phone: 814-944-4081.. E-Mail: bobkloco5@aim.. BUCKS.. Mary Dunne, President.. 3031 Walton Road, Suite A201.. Phone: 610-940-1823.. E-Mail: mdunne@ufcw1776.. BUTLER.. Jim Saeler, President.. P.. O.. Box 1916.. Butler, PA 16003.. Phone: 724-607-1030.. E-Mail: jim@ibew5.. CHESTER.. David L.. McLimans, President.. 47 Holstein Drive.. Parkesburg, PA 19365.. Phone: 610-384-9180.. Fax: 610-857-4771.. E-Mail: parkesburg151@comcast.. net.. CLEARFIELD-ELK-CAMERON-JEFFERSON.. Jeffrey A.. Miller, President.. 1400 Leonard Street.. Clearfield, PA 16830.. Phone: 814-762-8426.. E-Mail: jeff@ibew5.. DELAWARE.. Paul Mullen, President.. 3729 Chichester Ave.. Boothwyne, PA 19061.. Phone: 610-494-2820.. E-Mail: pmullen@ibew654.. ERIE-CRAWFORD.. Matthew McLaughlin, President.. 185 Pennbriar Drive.. Erie, PA 16509.. Phone: 814-825-5505.. Fax: 814-825-5210.. E-Mail: ibew56.. mjm@verizon.. FIVE COUNTY.. Robert Musser, President.. 329 Boiardi Lane.. Milton, PA 17847.. Phone: 570-742-8320.. E-Mail: badboy220@verizon.. HARRISBURG REGIONAL.. David Gash, President.. 522 South 22nd St.. Harrisburg, PA 17104.. Phone: 717-433-4593.. E-Mail: dgash@afscme13.. INDIANA-ARMSTRONG-CLARION.. Ken Cecconi, President.. 255 Ellsworth Ave.. Homer City, PA 15747.. Phone: 724-479-0662.. E-Mail: kbcecconi@verizon.. JOHNSTOWN REGIONAL.. Ernie Esposito.. 1730 Linwood Ave.. Johnstown  ...   Sibley, President.. 2615 Audobon Rd.. Eagleville, PA 19403.. Phone: 610-666-6969.. Fax: 610-666-6201.. E-Mail: theaudiophile@verizon.. NORTHERN TIER.. Dean Reynolds, President.. 1025 Delaware Ave.. Jersey Shore, PA 17740.. Phone: 570-449-1297.. Fax: 570-568-0330.. E-Mail: D.. reynolds@AFSCME13.. Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO.. 22 South 22nd Street, 2nd Floor.. Philadelphia, PA 19103.. Phone: (215) 665-9800.. Fax: (215) 665-1973.. E-Mail: peiding@philaflcio.. Web:.. www.. philaflcio.. READING-BERKS.. G.. Fred Shaeff, Jr.. 116 North 5th St.. Reading, PA 19601.. Phone: 610-374-2725.. Email f.. shaeff@sepaalf.. SCHUYLKILL.. Anne Kurtek, President.. 470 Sunbury St.. Minersville, PA 17954.. Phone: 570-544-2932.. E-Mail: akurtek1@verizon.. GREATER SCRANTON.. Nancy Krake, President.. 1264 O Neal Hywy.. Dunmore, PA 18512.. Phone: 570-384-4113.. E-Mail: nm_k45@hotmail.. SEVEN MOUNTAINS.. Dan Long, President.. PO Box 134.. Bellefonte, PA 16823.. Phone: 814-441-4425.. E-Mail: danlong31@gmail.. VENANGO.. Dan Grove, President.. 1276 Liberty Street.. Franklin, PA 16323.. Phone: 814-437-7654.. E-Mail: d.. grove@afscme13.. WARREN-FOREST.. Richard Barrett, President.. 116 Dobson Ave.. Warren, PA 16365.. Phone: 814-726-7334.. E-Mail: barrett45@verizon.. WASHINGTON-GREENE.. Barry Andrews, President.. 746 Glenn St.. Cannonsburg, PA 15317.. Phone: 724-228-7246.. E-Mail: Bandrews597@comcast.. WESTMORELAND.. Robert Lavely, President.. 2428 State Route 381.. Rector, PA 15677.. Phone: 724-837-6312.. E-Mail: rjlavely@comcast.. WILKES-BARRE.. Edward Harry, President.. 2007 Route 315 Hwy.. Phone: 570-961-5394.. E-Mail: edharry@verizon.. YORK-ADAMS.. Tom Santone, President.. 3200 E.. Prospect Rd.. York, PA 17402.. Phone: 717-600-1198.. E-Mail: tsantone@iam98..

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  • Title: Contact Us
    Descriptive info: Contact Us.. 600 N.. 2nd Street.. Harrisburg, PA 17101-1092.. 717-238-9351 or 800-242-3770.. Fax:.. 717-238-8541.. info@paaflcio..

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  • Title: Legislation & Policy
    Descriptive info: Legislation Policy.. The basic workplace rights that Americans enjoy today have been championed by organized labor for more than 100 years.. Without the political efforts of unions, American workers would not have a right to a minimum wage, a forty-hour week, overtime pay, worker s compensation, unemployment insurance, or the right to form and join unions.. Unions have been at the forefront of the fight to make workplaces safer and to ensure that no one will be discriminated against at work because of their race, ethnicity, or gender.. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO remains politically active because there are organized interests in Pennsylvania and the United States that want to dilute or eliminate the rights workers have established over the last century of struggle.. The PA AFL-CIO participates in politics in three ways:.. First, at election time, the PA AFL-CIO endorses candidates for public office at all levels who pledge to support working families.. Second, the PA AFL-CIO monitors legislative politics in Harrisburg and Washington D.. C.. and speaks out against  ...   for its members through the work of its Committee on Political Education (COPE).. Speak Out!.. Talking Points.. Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Proposes Expansion of Buy Pennsylvania And Buy America Programs.. November 13, 2013.. President Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Snyder held a Buy Union, Buy Pennsylvania, Buy America press conference in the conference room of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO headquarters this morning to encourage and to remind people that it is the most direct way they can protect and create jobs for their families, friends and neighbors here in Pennsylvania and across America.. Take Action! PA Set To Criminalize Federally Protected Union Activities.. When Pennsylvania passed their stalking and harassment law in 1993, it was carefully crafted and amended to avoid unintended consequences.. The concern at the time was that despite the law s intent, it could potentially by abused to allow an unscrupulous business to accuse picketing workers of harassment, or to allow an employee to accuse his boss of stalking if they received an unwanted phone call during a labor dispute.. Next Page..

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  • Title: Building & Construction
    Descriptive info: Building Construction.. The last thing working families need to worry about is whether the bridge they drive over to get the kids to school was done by skilled or unskilled workers.. But Republican legislators in several states are trying to ban two key tools for ensuring skilled labor, decent wages and taxpayer value on public construction projects: Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and prevailing wage requirements.. PLAs, which have been used for generations, are collective bargaining agreements between building trade unions and contractors.. They govern terms and conditions of employment for all craft workers—union and nonunion—on a construction project.. They protect taxpayers by eliminating costly delays due to labor conflicts or shortages of skilled workers.. Prevailing wage laws ensure that workers on public construction projects paid for with taxpayer dollars are paid a wage comparable to the local standard or prevailing wage.. They prevent unscrupulous contractors from low-balling bids and undercutting community wages with cheap, unskilled labor, and they make sure work is done by trained workers who know what they re doing.. These requirements ensure high-quality construction work and help prevent cost overruns.. Prevailing Wage.. What Are Prevailing Wage Laws?.. Prevailing wage laws ensure that workers on public construction projects paid for with taxpayer dollars are paid a wage comparable to the local standard or “prevailing” wage.. They prevent contractors from low-balling bids and undercutting community wages with cheap, unskilled labor, and they make sure work is done by trained workers who know what they’re doing.. Prevailing wage requirements have been used in this country since 1891, but were made the law of the land in 1931 when Congress passed the federal Davis-Bacon Act.. Today, 32 states and the District of Columbia have prevailing wage laws of their own.. Why Are Prevailing Wage Laws Under  ...   public and private construction projects.. Union and nonunion workers benefit because their wages and benefits are defined and protected at local standards.. Union and nonunion contractors benefot from the assurance of a level playing field and a guaranteed skilled workforce.. Lenders and insurance companies benefit because with skilled workers and protection from delays due to labor disputes, their investments are safer.. Communities benefit because many PLAs provide recruiting, hiring and training for disadvantaged workers and local residents.. Why Are PLAs Under Attack?.. Corporate-backed anti-worker politicians hold the majority in our state legislature, and they re attacking our jobs, pay, and unions.. In fact, they re doing the bidding of the notoriously anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) by trying to outlaw Project Labor Agreements.. ABC is known for opposing such basic workers rights as the 40-hour workweek, fair pay measures, prevailing wages, protection from being cheated of overtime pay through misclassification, the Employee free Choice Act and enforcement of workplace safety laws.. Corporate-backed legislators are repeating ABC s lies about PLAs.. The truth is, contractors that don t want to pay fair wages for skilled labor are behind the attacks.. The Separations Act.. The Separations Act requires public works contracts costing more than $4,000 to have separate specifications and bids for electrical, heating, plumbing and ventilation portions of each building project (called a multiple prime bid).. Encourages small and medium-sized contractors to participate in public woks.. Opponents claim that multiple bid contracts are more expensive for the public, but data shows the opposite single bid contracts have recently come in 14 to 24% higher than multiple bid contracts for area school districts.. Single prime bids awarded to general contractors often involve the hiring of out-of-state subcontractors; multiple prime bids go to Pennsylvania companies and Pennsylvania workers..

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  • Title: Immigration Reform
    Descriptive info: Immigration Reform.. May Day Statement.. May 1, 2013.. May 1st is International Workers Day, a national holiday in more than 80 countries that celebrates workers and workers rights, and the significant role that unions play in advocating for and protecting the rights of workers.. May Day actions across the United States this year will also place a special emphasis on immigrant rights and the need for commonsense immigration reform.. Draft Resolution On Immigration Reform Introduced At PA AFL-CIO Executive Council Meeting.. February 13, 2013.. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO executive council met on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 to discuss a  ...   which would reaffirm the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s commitment to working with allies on this critical issue.. This document will be shared at Central Labor Council meetings across the state over the coming month, to solicit feedback and receive recommendations on how the body will proceed.. Key Points On Immigration Reform.. The following fact sheet is available to DOWNLOAD AS A PDF.. Immigration Reform: Key Points.. The time for immigration reform with a real path toward citizenship is now.. In November, voters soundly rejected the anti-immigrant, anti-working family agenda put forth by the few who profit from the broken immigration process..

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  • Title: Pensions
    Descriptive info: Pensions.. Currently there are attempts being made to replace pensions that workers have earned and contributed to.. Elected officials have admitted that it is the fault of Wall Street and themselves for poor investment returns and underfunding, yet they want workers to pay for those mistakes.. We must fight back with the truth.. Here are three things you should know about state employee pensions:.. Employees have been paying their fair share all along, contributing between 6% and 10% of every paycheck to their pension, even when the Commonwealth and many school districts failed to make their contributions.. Politicians are trying to make public employees pay for mistakes made by the greed on Wall Street… but the changes they are proposing will actually cost the taxpayers MORE money!.. Act 120, the 2010 Pension Reform Law passed with bipartisan support already reduced pension benefits and raised the retirement age for new employees.. Now politicians need to fulfill their promise by honoring the commitments they made.. Give Act 120 a chance to work!.. The fact is that our public pension systems in PA are not facing a ‘fiscal cliff’, and there is plenty of time to allow the meaningful reforms of Act 120 to prove their value..  ...   Participants on the call were given the latest updates on where the fight over pension reform stands, and were given the opportunity to join the conversation and ask questions during the hour-long call.. Letter To The General Assembly Regarding Public Pensions.. September 27, 2013.. Yesterday, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and PSEA President Mike Crossey sent the following letter to all members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, urging them to do the right thing regarding pension reform.. September 26, 2013.. Dear Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly:.. We are writing to you as a coalition of ten organizations representing more than 500,000 teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, nurses and other middle class Pennsylvanians who are committed to retirement security for all, as well as the long-term sustainability our economy, and the Commonwealth’s pension system.. #WorkersWinPA: Governor Goes 0/4 On Pensions, Privatization, Lottery, and Prevailing Wage.. July 2, 2013.. Pennsylvania State Budget.. Wine Spirits.. Thanks To The Activism Of Workers Across The State, Governor’s Anti-Worker Agenda Is Derailed.. This year began with the Governor promising an onslaught of anti-worker legislation designed to drive down wages, privatize public institutions, and undermine retirement security.. Many of these initiatives came closer to passing than they ever have before..

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  • Title: Privatization
    Descriptive info: Privatization.. State Services.. Privatization of services that are currently provided through public authorities has been advocated as an alternative delivery system.. Privatization has been proposed for transportation systems, publicly funded construction, prisons, and trash collection among other services.. The track record on privatization, where tried, has shown a consistent pattern of being anti-union, providing unsafe working conditions, exposing the public to dangers, paying lower wage scales, deleting benefits and undermining services while “creaming” off profitable parts of the services.. Typically, privatizers place first year “low ball” bids to win contracts and then strangle governmental bodies as they become dependent on the provider.. One of the primary targets of privatization over the last 25 years has been the PLCB Wine and Spirit Stores.. These shops contributed more than $512 million to the state treasury last fiscal year, including more than $100 million in profits and a record in sales of nearly $2.. 2 billion.. Privatization of state liquor stores has the potential to create more than 13,000 retail outlets for alcohol sales, which would dramatically increase alcohol abuse and consumption by minors, threatening the safety of our communities.. The current system supports 5,000 family-sustaining jobs that would all be eliminated with privatization, forcing many of those workers into unemployment or into taking a job that does not pay a living wage or provide any type of retirement security.. Despite the above, the administration has tried to force privatization legislation through the General Assembly.. We oppose all legislation that would dismantle the PLCB Wine and Spirit Stores.. Lottery.. The Pennsylvania Lottery is the only lottery system in the United States of America that dedicates 100% of proceeds to programs that benefit the elderly.. Since 1972, the Pennsylvania Lottery has generated more than $22.. 6 billion in funding for programs that help older Pennsylvanians.. Recently, there have been attempts to sell our state lottery off to a foreign company, which would take away proceeds from senior citizens, lining the pockets of executives and their private firms.. The lottery brings in billions of dollars for senior centers, long-term living services, low-cost prescription drugs, and more every year—money our seniors need as we continue our recovery from the Great Recession.. We oppose any effort to sell the lottery that benefits many of our elderly Pennsylvanians to either foreign or domestic special interests.. Turnpike.. For decades, the Pennsylvania Turnpike has served as a primary national transportation link that has promoted interstate commerce and our Commonwealth’s economy.. Findings of an independent analysis have shown that the Turnpike is worth $26.. 5 billion as a public asset but only $14.. 8 billion if it were privatized.. Privatization would risk losing this vital public asset to control by profit-driven enterprises, including those who are foreign-based that would subject its 1,770 Pennsylvania workers, and countless motorists and other business to profiteering and unfair labor practices.. Mental Health Services.. There have recently been attempts to privatize and outsource psychological services offered in state correctional facilities.. We believe that mental health services are part of the core functions of government and should not be sold off to the highest bidder.. Private companies will not have to follow Civil Service rules, resulting in a reduction of prison personnel that will put the public at risk.. Corporations should not be able to profit off of the psychological services in our prisons.. Stay Up To Date On The Fight Against Privatization.. PA Wine And Spirits Stores Report Record Profits For The State.. August 6, 2013.. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board released a report on August 5th stating that the Fine Wine Good Spirits stores generated approximately $2.. 2 billion in revenue in 2012-13, supplying more than $512 million to the Pennsylvania Treasury.. Additionally $23.. 9 million was provided to the Pennsylvania State Police for the enforcement of liquor laws and approximately $2.. 6 million was allocated to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.. URGENT! Midnight Massacre: 5,000 Jobs On The Chopping Block Now!.. June 28, 2013.. UPDATED Saturday June 29, 9:23am Last night, the Senate suspended the rules of their chamber and called their members to session after midnight, for the purpose of passing an amendment to HB 790.. This Pileggi amendment would, among other things, allow gas stations to sell alcohol, and make it easier for more grocery and convenience stores to obtain licenses as well.. This amendment passed on a party line vote, 27 to 23, during a session that ended at 1:30am, and passed an amendment that the public had no opportunity to review, and that significantly changes the existing legislation.. We believe that such legislative maneuvering undermines the spirit of the reforms that were adopted  ...   Committee held its second out of three hearings on the privatization of wine and spirits.. This hearing focused on the business point of view.. Testifiers included the PA Licensed Beverage Association, PA Restaurant and Lodging Association, PA Winery Association, Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania, Public Action Management, representatives from the grocery chains Wegman’s and Redner’s, and representatives from Jacquins Liquor Company.. Independent Poll Shows Support Falling For Gov.. Corbett’s Liquor Sale Scheme.. May 10, 2013.. Poll also shows voters support modernization over privatization by 20 points.. The following press statement was issued on May 8th by the UFCW Wine Spirits Council.. Wendell W.. Young, IV, Chair of the United Food and Commercial Workers of PA Wine Spirits Council and President of UFCW Local 1776, issued the following statement in response to today’s Franklin Marshall poll showing that a majority of Pennsylvanians oppose Gov.. Stop Corbett! Call Your State Senator Today.. May 8, 2013.. Governor Tom Corbett is at it again.. He told us cutting corporate taxes would create jobs.. But after he gave corporations hundreds of millions in tax breaks, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate went up.. He insisted that his backroom deal to outsource the State Lottery to a foreign corporation was legal, until Attorney General Kathleen Kane declared it unconstitutional.. First Senate Hearings On Wine And Spirits Privatization.. May 3, 2013.. On Tuesday, April 30th the Senate Law and Justice Committee held its first hearing on the issue of wine and spirits privatization.. The hearing was the first of three scheduled hearings, which focused on the social impacts of privatization.. Testifiers included the State Troopers Association, Fraternal Order of Police, PA Liquor Enforcement Association, Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth.. Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Condemns History-Making, Job-Killing, Privatization Bill Passed by State House of Representatives.. March 21, 2013.. Harrisburg, PA Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder agree that history was made today.. It’s the first time in our memories that the State House of Representatives approved legislation that eliminates thousands of good jobs including the 5,000 good jobs of the men and women who work in Pennsylvania’s Wine and Spirits System.. Live Updates: HB790 Wine And Spirits Privatization.. House Bill 790 is moving forward in the house today, with a House Appropriations Committee hearing at 10am and a floor vote likely this afternoon.. This terrible privatization scheme will eliminate 5,000 good family-sustaining jobs, damaging our economy and communities.. If you have not already done so, there is still time to email your legislator and tell them to VOTE NO on HB 790.. CLICK HERE to email your representative.. Urgent: House Liquor Committee Moves Wine And Spirits Privatization Bill To The Full House.. March 18, 2013.. The House Liquor Control Committee voted today to move the Wine and Spirits privatization bill, HB 790, to the full House for consideration.. The bill was supported with a party line vote, 14 Republicans voting in favor and 10 Democrats voting against.. Happening Now: Hundreds Of Workers Gather At Capitol To Oppose Privatization.. Hundreds of workers are gathered in the hallway outside the House Liquor Committee Hearings at the Capitol today, demonstrating their opposition to Governor Corbett’s Wine and Spirits privatization scheme.. The labor movement, along with groups supporting public health and safety, oppose privatization of the PA Wine and Spirits stores which would eliminate 5,000 good jobs and end up costing Pennsylvania taxpayers over $500 million in annual revenues.. Take Action: Committee Vote On Monday Could Advance Privatization Scheme.. March 15, 2013.. Governor Corbett s push to privatize the PA Wine and Spirits stores is coming to a committee vote on Monday.. We need all of you to make your voice heard in Harrisburg, email and call your legislators and let them know that privatizing is NOT acceptable!.. House Bill To Privatize Wine And Spirits Stores Threatens 5,000 Good Jobs.. March 8, 2013.. Representative Mike Turzai has introduced HB 790, designed to dismantle the PA Wine and Spirits stores, and which will put liquor stores on street corners in neighborhoods all across our state.. The bill, if passed, would eliminate 5,000 family-sustaining jobs, and get rid of a reliable revenue stream worth a half a BILLION dollars in profit and tax revenue annually.. Budget Hearings Update – Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.. February 28, 2013.. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) was before both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees this week to discuss its current financial state, and where it expected to be for the upcoming 2013-14 State Budget.. Beyond talking about their finances, the PLCB was faced with many questions concerning ongoing efforts to privatize..

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