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Hundreds of Union Workers Rally: ‘Pennsylvania Needs Unions’

35077707_10156473784804031_4186250068736606208_nHardworking union members from across Pennsylvania arrived at the state capitol on June 11th to call on politicians to stand with working people: Make it easier for workers to join unions, protect the rights in our contracts and ensure health and safety in our jobs. The group held rallies in the rotunda, visited with lawmakers, and held vigil on the capitol steps.

I believe that working people deserve to be treated with dignity, and the union and collective action is the best way to make sure that we are,” said Andy Hilt who works to help the disabled community receive benefits n in Central PA. “A living wage, sick pay and retirement don’t just happen, we fight for them.”

It’s a pivotal time. Corporations and the rich are pushing laws and the Supreme Court Case Janus v. AFSCME which all aim to rig the system in favor of wealthy special interests and billion-dollar corporations.

“Every  working person in Pennsylvania deserves the benefits I have as a union employee. They all have the right to decent wages, affordable healthcare, job security and many more of the great assets I have thanks to being a union member,” Donna Heimbach, HCPA, CNA, Lewistown.

Union members called for state legislators to sign onto a resolution by Representatives Dan L. Miller and Representative Ed 35143564_10156475577719031_5006644789991440384_nNeilson which supports our rights to join a union and negotiate a fair contract, relieve the tax burden on the middle class, properly fund our schools and human services, and to fight for higher wages and safer working conditions for all workers.

“This fight isn’t only about union members. It’s about all working families. We will not sit back and watch billionaires and the Trump administration take back all we’ve fought to gain over the years. We have fought to earn decent living wages that allow us to support our families and lift up our communities,” said Denise Bennett, a 32BJ SEIU member and Philadelphia School District worker.

A good union job was once the pathway to the middle class.  It is not a coincidence that as union membership has sharply declined, income inequality has skyrocketed.  The key to better healthcare, higher wages, and decent housing is to give all Pennsylvanians the right to a good union job.

IMG_1781“I can’t remain on the sidelines while lawmakers toy with workers rights, the ability of the labor force to bargain for better wages and independence. I’m here because what affects my neighbor will inevitably affect me,” Precious Bonney, SEIU 668 member.

Recently, we’ve seen a surge in working families across the nation standing up against attacks by wealthy special interests. In March, SEIU members and other union workers helped elect Conor Lamb in a stunning win for a seat in the U.S. Congress.  And, teachers in North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Arizona have demonstrated showing their strength and will to demand change.

“Lawmakers too often say they are for the people and then make decisions that hurt the 99 percent,” added Bonney. “I’m here to call them out and to tell them to do their jobs or lose their seats.”35190918_10156475572689031_9011231224009588736_n

Read more about the remarkable events:

Union rights rally

Joe Ducey, CBS 21, June 11, 2018

http://local21news.com/news/local/union-rights-rally

 

Union workers stay overnight on Capital stairs to protest upcoming Supreme Court decision

Sarah Gisriel, ABC 27, June 12, 2018

http://www.abc27.com/news/local/harrisburg/union-workers-stay-overnight-on-capital-stairs-to-protest-upcoming-supreme-court-decision/1232615739

 

Union right’s camp out

CBS 21 Morning News, CBS 21, June 12, 2018

https://app.criticalmention.com/app/#report/85f1bf37-0528-40e2-853a-2a12466f4000

 

Union Workers Hold Overnight Rally

ABC 27 News Daybreak, ABC 27, June 12, 2018

https://app.criticalmention.com/app/#report/85f1bf37-0528-40e2-853a-2a12466f4000

 

Rally at Capital in Support of Public Unions

Jasmine Brooks, CBS 21, June 12, 2018

https://app.criticalmention.com/app/#/report/9ddd2b45-ca6f-45f5-8dac-63666c1439e4

 

Union Workers Demand Politicians’ Support

James Crummel, ABC 27, June 12, 2018

https://app.criticalmention.com/app/#/report/9ddd2b45-ca6f-45f5-8dac-63666c1439e4

 

Union Workers Hold Overnight Rally

James Crummel, ABC 27, June 12, 2018

https://app.criticalmention.com/app/#/report/9ddd2b45-ca6f-45f5-8dac-63666c1439e4

 

Union Healthcare Workers & Schools Employees Fight for Better Paying Jobs

ABC 27, June 12, 2018

https://app.criticalmention.com/app/#/report/9ddd2b45-ca6f-45f5-8dac-63666c1439e4

 

School & Healthcare Employees Rally for Workers’ Rights

ABC 27, June 12, 2018

https://app.criticalmention.com/app/#/report/9ddd2b45-ca6f-45f5-8dac-63666c1439e4

 

NEPA union members ‘Stand up for Working People’ at state Capitol rally

Kulsoom Khan, Times Leader, June 13, 2018

https://www.timesleader.com/news/707684/nepa-union-members-stand-up-for-working-people-at-state-capitol-rally

 

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