As the United States Government seemed headed to a default this week, labor unions joined with clergy, veterans and other community leaders to urge Congress to "Cease and Desist". The October 16 rally fell on deaf ears as, as Toomey voted with the "Tea Party" caucus against the resolution.
On October 17, the State AFL-CIO joined forces with United Steelworkers Local 9176, and an inflatable rat in support of efforts by workers in Toronto, Canada, for a fair contract with Crown Holdings.
Also, as Election Day draws near, ads are airing on local television that could imply that an I.D is required to vote. However, court injunctions have blocked implementation of the law. The State AFL-CIO has called on Gov. Corbett to stop these ads and direct mail advertising along those lines.
Finally, on Saturday, October 19, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry delivered her weekly letter to Gov. Corbett wondering why he witheld millions in funding to Philadelphia's public schools.
On the events calendar is the Governors Occupational Health and Safety Conference on the 28, a science, technology, engineering and math, and allied health job fir in York on November 5 and a building trades job on November 15 at the IBEW Local 229.