On Monday, September 23, the Pennsylvania General Assembly returned to session and wasted little time in starting to advance anti-worker legislation.
On Wednesday, September 25, House Bill 1538 was voted out of committee. This bill, according to the State AFL-CIO website, would allow municipalities or other political subdivisions, agencies or authorities to opt out of the prevailing wage act. This, along with House Bill 665 and House Bill &96 may be up for a full house vote the week of September 30. The State AFL-CIO has a link to contact representatives and urge them to oppose HB 1538.
Also on Wednesday, the National AFL-CIO forged an national partnership with United Students against Sweatshops. USAS was formed in 1997 and focuses on apparel makers and the colleges they work with. Members have also worked in support and solidarity with campus workers and workers at companies that have business relationships with colleges. A full text of the agreement can be found here.
Friday, September 27, brought the documentary "Inequality for All" to select theaters. The film, made by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, looks at the consolidation of wealth in America and the threats it poses to the viability of the American workforce and American democracy itself.