PA Labor and Union Report--November 24

AFL-CIO and AFSCME Take Their Case to Court

The national AFL-CIO and the American Federation of State, Commercial and Municipal Employees filed an amicus brief in light of the pending hearing of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association by the United States Supreme Court.

The case could have an profund affect on the ability of employees to collectively bargain. With the current court's pro-corporate tendencies, such briefs may go a long way in swinging one or two of the justices.

The American Federation of Teachers have filed a similar brief.


Budget Battles Continue

As the negotiations over the State's Budget continue, right-wing forces in the General Assembly continue to try and advance and anti-worker agenda.

Another attempt to privatize the state's wine and spirits store recently passed the House. It is similar to a bill that stalled in the Senate in June. Pension privatization also remains on the agenda. Once the assembly returns to session, expect announcements and opportunities for action.

Watching for "Black Friday"

The 27th is traditionally the start of the Christmas shopping season. It has also recently become a day for low-wage retail workers and their allies to take action.

Should there be any events in the midstate region of Pennsylvania, I will make an effort to report.

I wish one and all a happy Thanksgiving, and, if you can, buy union for your table and for under the tree!

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