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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

 

 

 NWPA ALF Comedy Night
Benefits the NWPA ALF Scholarships

Thursday, April 30th

Jr’s Last Laugh
1402 State St., Erie, PA 16501

Show starts at 7:00PM
Kitchen opens at 5:30 PM

Tickets are $15.00 each . If you say you are from the union when purchasing your tickets,  we receive $6.00 of for the scholarships.

Tickets are available now, call 814-461-0911, or go online at the http://jrslastlaugh.com/ or walk into Jr’s Last Laugh.

 

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Some 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) are on strike at nine refineries operated by Shell, Marathon, Tesoro and LyondellBasell after Shell, the lead company in the National Oil Bargaining talks, “refused to provide us with a counteroffer and left the bargaining table,” said USW President Leo W. Gerard. The strike at the nine facilities began Monday, and the remaining USW-represented refineries and oil facilities are operating under a rolling 24-hour contract extension. The USW represents 65 U.S. refineries and more than 230 refineries, oil terminals, pipelines and petrochemical facilities in the United States. Read more >>>

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal: In the State of the Union, President Obama forcefully advocated for working families and the bold actions we need to create an economy that truly works for all working people. His budget follows through with a number of proposals that would benefit American workers, such as repeal of harmful sequestration cuts, higher taxes on capital gains and a financial crisis fee on the largest financial institutions. These are all pieces to a robust program to raise wages.www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/ Read more >>>

Friends of the Feathered

As part of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) Work Boots on the Ground project, New Jersey union members built and painted 52 pheasant and 10 quail transport boxes to support the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which raises and releases some 50,000 pheasants and 11,000 quail annually across the state. Read the full article>>>

Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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The Beaver Lawrence Central Labor Council awards three $1000.00 scholarships every year, to graduating High School Seniors whose family has an affiliation with the AFL-CIO of PA.

 

The three scholarships are as follows; U.S.W. Local 1212 Scholarship, Don McNutt Scholarship and a Beaver Lawrence Central Labor Council Scholarship.

Scholarships for the 2015 school year will be mailed to local High Schools and affiliated local Unions in October of this year, and once again in January of 2015. The deadline has been set for March 28, 2015, with the winners to be notified by mail.

 

Applications will also be available at Beaver Lawrence Central Labor Council monthly meetings, which are held the third Monday at 7:30 p.m., at the I.B.E.W. Local 712 Labor Hall in Vanport, Pa. The applications are also available on line at htt://pa.aflcio.org/nwpaalf

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History of Labor Day

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. 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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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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