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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

 

 


All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom. 2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum. Read more >>>

It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times. Read more >>>

Nights of Labor Studies

Daryl Mosely was desperate for a better opportunity to support his family. Frustrated by his retail job’s low wages and disappointed by the small yearly raises, when his father—a union plumber and former apprentice—encouraged him to apply for an apprenticeship program, Mosely was all ears. Read the full article>>>

 


Union Leadership Academy Classes (ULA) are open to ALL union members. After speaking with numerous attendees, we have decided to offer the ULA classes free of charge as much as possible. Some exceptions may be if we teach computer classes and there are fees to utilize a computer lab in which to teach the course. We hope this change will increase participation. Read more >>>

 The Northwestern Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation and two of our Central Labor Councils offer scholarships which your members can apply for if they meet the eligibility requirements. Read more >>>

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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 We are proud to announce the availability of our Scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year.  The NWPA ALF will again be offering 3 scholarships: The NWPA ALF Scholarship, The David A. Bielski educational Scholarship, and the Dr. David Ferster Educational Scholarship. 

We are asking our union leaders to assist in outreach to eligible applicants. To learn more about the various scholarships click the link below...

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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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