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2014 Convention Draws Near, Labor Stands up To Right To Work

The 2014 State AFL-CIO Convention is less than a month away, but a limited number of rooms for the April 8-10th event at the Wyndham Grand in Pittsburgh are still available, at the convention rate, until March 13.

The list of speakers has also been announced. Among the leaders speaking will be Richard Trumka of the the National AFL-CIO, Lee Saunders, National President of AFSCME and Sean McGarvey of the BCTD.

On March 3-4, over a thousand activists braved the freezing cold to stand in solidarity with the workers of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. UPMC, with help from the National Right to Work Foundation, is preventing working in Pittsburgh from organizing and a few weeks ago locked out SEIU-represented nurses in Altoona.

House Bill 1507 remains a hot topic as well. Labor leaders in York held a press conference on March 5 to urge opposition for the Commonwealth-Foundation supported bill that would eliminate deduction of union dues. During the conference, a few legislators were accused of union-busting. This Monday, March 10, a debate between Wendell Young IV from UFCW 1776 and AFSCME Council 13 Executive Director Dave Fillman, and Matt Brouilette of the Commonwealth Foundation will be played on WFMZ, Channel 69. The debate will be available as a stream on March 11 a little after noon.

The bill itself has not been taken up by the State Government Committee.

On Wednesday, March 12, State AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale, Dave Fillman, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 13 and PSEA President Mike Crossey will be discussing the Governor's Budget proposal and its effects on labor on Pennsylvania Ca ble News Live Call-In Show from 7-8PM.