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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>>>

 

 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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Central Labor Council Meetings

The Indiana-Armstrong-Clarion Central Labor Council (CLC) encourages all affiliates to participate. We are the grassroots of the labor movement in our region. It is through networking and Solidarity that we derive our strength. Below is information about how to contact our CLC and when we meet. We hope to see you at  the next meeting.

 

Contact Information:                                                 Meetings:

Indiana-Armstrong-Clarion CLC                         Executive Board 6:30 PM

PO Box 104                                                             General meeting 7:30 PM

Lucernemines, Pa 15754                             2nd Tuesday of each month    

                                                                                   UMWA Hall

President   Ken Cecconi                                       55 11th St

indianacclc@yahoo.com                                     Lucernemines, Pa 15754                      

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 

The Indiana-Armstrong-Clarion Central Labor Council is an AFL-CIO affiliated organization that represents 5,173 members of 59 affiliated local unions in the Indiana, Armstrong, and Clarion Counties of Pennsylvania.

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