labor-issues

Dems stage walkout of House hearing on bills tightening public sector labor laws

BY: - November 15, 2021

'This committee should be talking about ways to strengthen our workforce and getting people back to work,' Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne said.

National union removes leadership of local District 1199C from office

BY: - October 18, 2021

On Thursday, a trustee and a deputy trustee were appointed to lead the local union, which represents thousands of Philadelphia’s health care workers.

Prison guards’ lawsuit against Wolf admin’s vax policy thrown out

BY: - October 15, 2021

A state appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit challenging Gov. Tom Wolf’s vaccine-or-test requirement for prison guards, among thousands of other state employees in congregate settings. In a Sept. 28 decision, a three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court dismissed the challenge, brought by the Pennsylvania State Correctional Officers Association, which represents 11,000 prison workers, […]

Advocates, elected officials call on UPMC to raise wages and improve community outreach

BY: - September 30, 2021

'At UPMC, Black workers, particularly Black women workers, are concentrated in the hospital jobs that pay their lowest wages,' one activist said

Pa. prison guards union sues to block Wolf’s vaccine policy

BY: - September 13, 2021

The union representing 11,000 Pennsylvania prison guards and other corrections staff has filed a lawsuit to block Gov. Tom Wolf’s vaccine policy. The policy, announced last month, required thousands of state employees working in congregate settings — such as state-run hospitals, homes for the disabled, and prisons — to get vaccinated or be tested for […]

From librarians to Uber drivers: This is the changing face of the Pa. labor movement

BY: - September 5, 2021

“I think we're starting to see more of an awareness that labor’s everybody, because everybody's a worker,” Penn State University labor relations lecturer Valerie Braman said.

Pa. set to enter northeastern initiative limiting carbon from power plants

BY: - September 1, 2021

“I don’t think anyone would be willing to bet that there won’t be court actions on either side, depending on what the final result is,” the panel’s chairperson, George Bedwick, said.

COMMENTARY

I was a journalist from Coal Country. This is the Rich Trumka I knew | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - August 15, 2021

Trumka never wavered in his commitment to improving the lives of American workers battling on behalf of American workers until the end of his life.

Prison guards sue, other unions bargain over Wolf’s vaccine policy for state workers

BY: - August 12, 2021

(*This story was updated at 3:35 p.m. on Thursday, 8/12/21, with additional information about PSCOA and comment from Temple University epidemiologist Krys Johnson, and at 4:05 p.m. with additional comment from PSCOA) The unions representing state workers in Pennsylvania have faced a choice in dealing with Gov. Tom Wolf’s new policy ordering tens of thousands […]

State hospital, prison employees must be vaccinated or face weekly COVID tests under new policy

BY: - August 10, 2021

Starting Sept. 7, if workers in these facilities do not get vaccinated, they must take weekly tests for the virus. The tests will be at no cost to the employee, and will mostly take place on site, the administration said.

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, a Pa. native, dies, age 72

BY: - August 5, 2021

Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, died Thursday morning at age 72.

Nursing home workers authorize strikes statewide; extra funding on Harrisburg priority list

BY: - June 21, 2021

Employees at 12 Pennsylvania nursing homes voted to authorize strikes this week, citing low pay and short staffing, as closed-door negotiations wear on in Harrisburg on how to spend $7.3 billion in federal COVID-19 aid. The more than 1,000 nurses and caregivers, from Lancaster and Wilkes-Barre to Oil City, are taking the strike votes after […]