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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

 

 


In a powerful speech given at the Missouri AFL-CIO Convention, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took time to address the shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown and the issues of race and class the shooting reignited in the national conversation. Trumka emphasized that racism is still a significant issue that we face not only as a country, but as a labor movement. He noted that both Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown, and Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, are union members. Read more >>>

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In 2012, the Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) and Australia’s Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU) entered into a unique affiliation agreement to combat global climate change by sharing industry best practices, particularly around alternate forms of energy generation, such as biofuels and geothermal technology. The affiliation allows for joint skills training and employment initiatives in the United States, Canada and Australia. Read the full article>>>

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 >>>

  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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