IBEW Local 459, PA

2018: At the Crossroads for American Unions

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Welcome to a New Year. 2017 was an important year for union members. Even in the face of constant attacks, union membership held steady in 2017. People across the country understand that being in a union is the best path to the middle class and hundreds of thousands of new members joined the union movement in 2017. On top of that great news, comes news out of Harrisburg that Governor Tom Wolf is spearheading a campaign to rewrite and expand the overtime rule, helping nearly half a million workers to get increased pay and fair pay for the time that they work. Governor Wolf is working with the PA AFL-CIO on this and will surely have the support of many union members.

2018 also presents a crossroads for our union movement. Mid-term elections will be held in November, but before that the Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case. This case would impact public sector unions' ability to collect agency fees,  payments for services that are provided to employees who are covered under a collective bargaining agreement, and would financially impact many unions. With this on the horizon, the AFL-CIO is reaching out to the rank and file to let them know what the members want the labor federation to focus on in 2018. I have provided a link to the survey below, so please take a few minutes and fill it out. Remember, decisions are made in our movement by those that show up.