Butler County United Labor Council, AFL-CIO


The Butler County Central Labor Council is an AFL-CIO affiliated organization that represents 3,470 members of 41 affiliated local unions in Butler County Pennsylvania.

We are proud to announce the availability of our Scholarships for the 2016-2017 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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100 Women, 100 Miles, One Voice

One hundred immigrant women walked 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis and remind the whole world of the importance of immigrant work, and working people in the labor movement joined them. Read the full article>>>

  We as union members like to patronize union businesses and utilize the services our union brothers and sisters offer. Reading the union newspaper and having them produce our products are made easier if you know who they are.We researched fhem...


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6th Annual Spring Solidarity Dinner

6th Annual Spring Solidarity Dinner of the Butler County CLC

Saturday, May 9th

Butler Country Club

310 Country Club Rd

Butler, PA 16002

Delegates, Affiliates and Friends of the Butler Labor Council will gather at the Country Club and begin their night with a Social Hour and cash bar at 5:30 PM.

At 6:30 the Dinner Buffet including: Primer Rib of Beef au Jus , Baked Fillet of Cod, Roasted Breast of Young Turkey with Gray and all the trimmings will be served.

Invited Guest Speakers are:
U.S. Senator Joe Sestak
Representative from the PA AFL-CIO
Honorable Dwayne Woodruff, Candidate for PA Supreme Court

Candidates for Butler County Commissioners will also be invited to mix and mingle with those present.

Tickets are $40 per person or table of 8 for $300

For more information call Rick McPherson at 724-996-5291

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While much of the Internet this week was focused on escaped llamas, figuring out what color a dress is or mourning the loss of SAG-AFTRA member and Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, we can forget that legislation is still being pushed that would make the lives of working families worse. Whether it is the "right to work" policies pushed by the allies of Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), who likes to compare workers to terrorists, and in other states like New Mexico and West Virginia, or the ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) using the Fast Track process, we need to stay alert. Read more >>>

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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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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Labor volunteers from Butler County have, once again, made our Month of Caring projects a complete success.  Through their tireless commintment to our community, several outdoor projects were finished during May 2012. Read more >>>

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.


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