August 3, 2016 |
Infrastructure. That's what John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty wants from Hillary Clinton, if she becomes the next president of the United States. "I'm going to lobby for a subway from here to the Navy Yard," Dougherty said at last week's DNC convention. Nobody comes to a political convention without an agenda - not Hillary Clinton, not Bernie Sanders, not the hundreds of lobbyists, and particularly not organized labor. For them, and everyone else, the convention was about making impressions and making contacts.
June 23, 2016 |
Richard Trumka, president of the national AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, spoke at the New Jersey AFL-CIO convention in Atlantic City Tuesday, praising Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and saying that GOP candidate Donald Trump "is profoundly unfit to be president. " At the convention, Charles Wowkanech and Laurel Brennan were re-elected president and secretary-treasurer by some 600 union leaders, all delegates attending the state AFL-CIO's convention.
May 27, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Americans are at their best when they unite around a noble purpose. On Memorial Day, that purpose is the National Moment of Remembrance. On that day, all Americans are asked to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time to honor our fallen. In 1971, No Greater Love, a patriotic organization, was founded by a woman named Carmella LaSpada. It initiated the National Moment of Remembrance in 1997, which was later established by Congress in 2000. The moment is observed by thousands of Americans at Major League Baseball games across the country.
April 12, 2016
Today's topic is political déjà vu. Pennsylvania is known for it. Same kind of stuff over and over. It even shows up in campaigns. Take our April 26 Democratic U.S. Senate primary, featuring Joe Sestak, Katie McGinty and John Fetterman. If you're following at all you might be thinking, hey, wait, this feels familiar. You're right. It's not a total match with a past campaign, and Fetterman is certainly something new, but there are similarities between this race and the 2010 Democratic Senate primary, which also featured and was won by one Joe Sestak.
April 7, 2016
With Pennsylvania's April 26 primary approaching, presidential candidates are headed to the Philadelphia area, seeking votes and snarling traffic. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to address a state AFL-CIO conference at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 17th and Race Streets. Then she sits down with Mayor Kenney at a "community roundtable" in Kensington at 12:45 p.m., before heading to Pittsburgh. Her rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, is to appear at 6 p.m. Wednesday at a community event at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, 762 S. Broad St. This event is by invitation only.
April 7, 2016 |
Maybe the Democrats are the party of working people, said Richard Trumka, leader of the nation's largest federation, the AFL-CIO. But "look how easy it has been for Donald Trump to tap into the justifiable anger" of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, unable to cover a $500 car repair, he told 700 Pennsylvania labor leaders Tuesday at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO's convention in Philadelphia. "But we can't be fooled," he added. "Trump isn't interested in solving our problems. " And so it began Tuesday, three weeks from Pennsylvania's primary, as the state's top union leaders exhorted each other - with help from Trumka - to double down on their efforts to elect politicians who "create an economy that works for everybody," he said.
April 6, 2016 |
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will woo Pennsylvania's labor leaders this week at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO's convention in Philadelphia. More than 700 labor leaders and delegates will gather in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in a conference focused on politics - and other worker issues, including raising the minimum wage. Clinton is expected to speak Wednesday morning at 11:15, and Sanders will address the group on Thursday at 10 a.m. "Other than New York, we're the next battleground," Richard "Rick" Bloomingdale, president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, said last week.
March 15, 2015 |
For former City Councilman James F. Kenney, Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky. The aspiring Philadelphia mayor received one of the biggest endorsements a candidate can land - from the Philadelphia Council, AFL-CIO - plus the backing of some of the city's LGBT leaders, representing a growing voter bloc, and the teachers' union. The AFL-CIO council is composed of more than 100 unions representing 130,000 workers in the public sector, private industry, and the building and construction trades.
September 2, 2014 |
Maybe, on Labor Day, at the head of the annual Labor Day parade of union members - the T-shirted battalions of union teachers, truck drivers, trash crews, postal workers, hospital dieticians, building engineers, stagehands, and riggers - Patrick J. Eiding will be able to forget, for a moment, the relentless union bashing he often encounters. To Eiding, 73, president of the Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO, a federation of about 100 Philadelphia-area union locals, it seems so frustratingly backwards.