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Mercer Country Central Labor Council Officers

Mercer County Central Labor Council Officers are at your beckon call. Below is a list of our offcers:

Presdient Andrew Harkulich             USW 1660

Vice Presdient Doug Robbins         IBT 261

Financial Secretary Anna Rickert    USW 5306 724~253~4842

Treasurer Todd Clary                         USW1016

Recording Secetary Bob Buckley   IBT 261

Trustee Dominic Vadala                    USW~SOAR

Trustee Sam Shilling                         UBC 268

Trustee Frank Thompson                 USW 1660

Trustee Gerard Handley                    USW 5306

Trustee Mike Kalpich                          PSEA Sharpsville

Sergeant of Arms  Dick Glavey        USW 5306

 

 

When Perla Balli she heard the news that the T-Mobile call center where she worked in Brownsville, Texas, was about to close because T-Mobile was shipping 3,300 jobs from that location and from six other U.S. call centers overseas, she said: House and car payments, tuition for my oldest son’s college education and the expenses of caring for five children were the first things that came to my mind. No American worker should have to worry that their job will be taken from them unceremoniously and given to someone else. Read more >>>

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement today proclaiming the federation's support for an executive order issued by President Obama protecting federal employees and employees of federal contractors against discrimination based on gender identity. Trumka said: Working people believe in equality and fairness. That’s why we are happy to stand with President Obama in supporting protections for workers who are discriminated against on the basis of gender identity. Read more >>>

Shedding Light on the Stars

On the set for Russell Crowe’s latest movie, “Noah,” Mario Pignard Jr. had the challenging task to create the impression of daylight in the middle of the night for an area larger than three football fields on Long Island. A highly specialized motion picture lighting technician, his skills were honed by other large projects, such as “The Dark Knight Rises,” starring Christian Bale, when he used nine to 12 generators to light lower Manhattan’s bridges and business district. Read the full article>>>

  PA AFL-CIO Endorsements for the 2014 General Election
The following endorsements were made by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Executive Council. Read more >>>

 We invite you to join us at our 4th Annual NWPA ALF Golf Outing on Friday, Sept. 26th for a day of fun, food, and Solidarity. We have selected a new venue at one of the top 10 Public Golf Courses in the state of Pennsylvania and ordered good weather.

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The Northwestern Pennsylvania  Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO has 10 Central Labor Councils (Beaver-Lawrence CLC, Butler CLC, Clearfield-Elk-Cameron-Jefferson CLC, Erie-Crawford CLC, Greater Westmoreland CLC, Indiana-Armstrong-Clarion CLC, McKean-Potter CLC, Mercer CLC, Venango CLC and Warren-Forest CLC) and hundreds of affiliated Local Unions within the 19 counties of its jurisdiction in Pennsylvania since 2006.

We have developed a brochure to help people better understand our functions and responsibilities. More information to follow...

 

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Mercer County Central Labor Council Meetings

The Mercer County Central Labor Council Meetings are where the leaders and activists in our region, meet, share ideas, issues and concerns as they network and plan actions in Solidarity. The members of the Executive Board extend a warm welcome to all.

Our meetings are:

  • Held on the 3rd Thursday of each month,
  • Executive Board meets at 7:00 PM
  • General Meeting is at 7:30 PM
  • Location; The USW 1016 Hall
  • 107 Broad St Wheatland, PA 16121

The Central Labor Council is the grassroots level of the AFL-CIO (organized labor). When we work together we win. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

Web Masters

Mercer County Central Labor Council Web Site inow has two webmasters they are:

Presdient Andrew Harkulich

Financial Seretary Anne Rickert

 One of our goals is to assist local affiliates, if your local has any announcements, events, issuses, or action that we can publish on this web site please let us know. Send infomation to drewhark@aol.com

We Need To Organize A New Generation of Workers

This information came from Don Siegel of IBEW, which he recently sent to his members, I have taken the liberty to edit it to be more inclusive to the entire labor movement.

We need to organize a new generation of workers into unions. While we tend to believe that this new generation is indifferent to unions we also know that they know very little about unions.

Mr. Siegel found this link to a video about a protest against the CEO of Whole Foods who recently wrote an op ed in the Wall Street Journal about health care reform. Needless to say the CEO, John Mackey, didn’t think that the health care reform that was being proposed was worth consideration and went on to say among other things that health care is not a right but rather a privilege.

This link will take you to a 6 minute video that I think is worth your time for two reasons. Number one it takes John Mackey to task for his public denunciation of the cu rrent health care reform proposal and number two and much more importantly please take notice of the age of most of the protesters. They are certainly not from my generation and we should take some comfort in that. This group could teach some of us some new things about civil disobedience not to mention the raw courage it takes to expose your self publicly for a cause you believe in. I encourage you to watch the whole video and consider that this is the generation that we need to bring into our union.

They may not know much about unions but they sure know how to engage in concerted activity. They are creative, committed, energetic and determined when they find something that they can believe in. They are an example of what the labor movement can become if we can connect with their passions. The challenge is ours to reach out to a new generation of union members and I hope that this video shows that they are ready, if we are willing to take the time to listen to their concerns and explain how unions can be a part of the solution.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APs76Cd6fbI 

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