Labor Holds Strong, As State House Recesses For The Summer

After a difficult week of budget negotiations and votes in both chambers of the general assembly, the gavel came down last night, and the State House recessed for the summer, without floor votes attacking workers through privatization, pension reform, or paycheck protection.

“Our slogan has always been, ‘your fight is our fight,’ and the solidarity demonstrated by the labor movement over this legislative session has embodied that mantra,” said Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale.

In spite of late efforts to revive “Paycheck Protection” and liquor privatization, and Corbett’s demand for action on so-called “Pension Reform,” the labor movement remained unified and steadfast, bolstered by the activism of our membership.

“The fact that we have endured nearly four years of failed leadership from Tom Corbett without suffering the consequences of the worst legislative attacks that this administration brought upon us, is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our 800,000 rank and file members across the Commonwealth,” said Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder.

In the past month alone, you have made tens of thousands of phone calls, send thousands of letters, and flooded legislators’ Capitol and District offices with e-mails and faxes.  Your messages and in-office visits made the difference.

It’s important to remember that even though the legislature is out on recess at the moment, that they will come back, and that these fights are not over yet.  With that in mind, we hope that all of you will consider the difficult legislative session we have faced, and the effort that it took on all of our parts to avert disaster.  Consider what the next legislature might look like if we put that same effort into the next four months leading up to election day!

Next week, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s Executive Council is meeting to consider candidate endorsements for both chambers of the General Assembly, and Representatives in Congress.  We already have made our unanimous endorsement for Tom Wolf in the Governor’s race.

Please stay tuned for the results of that endorsement meeting, and for updates on the Labor 2014 campaign, and this year’s COPE Conference.