AUGUST 2015, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News
AFL-CIO discusses initiative ”Raising the Wage”
BY PAUL TUCKER
REGION, August 3rd - Two field representatives of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in Washington DC, the nation’s largest labor federation, recently met with several labor leaders of the region including Corey Lockard, Chairman of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation (NEPA-ALF), which has approximately 150 labor union’s affiliated, and Kerry Gallagher, Director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 87, which represents AFSCME members throughout nine counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania, to discuss the AFL-CIO initiative “Raising the Wage.”
Jason Miller and Allison Petonic of the AFL-CIO cited a recent study released by Temple University law professor Jennifer Lee that cited 700,000 workers in the state a week are cheated out of $19 million to $32 million in wages by employers failing to pay overtime and other wage provisions.
The AFL-CIO, through federation President Richard Trumka, has conducted meetings with labor community members throughout the nation to discuss what strategies are needed for unions to help raise the wage of the working people union and/or nonunion, throughout the nation and union organize more workers.
The AFL-CIO believes wage theft is a large hidden problem that does not occur by accident. Most vulnerable to wage theft are workers in restaurants, building services, retail sales, child-care and elderly home-care workers and grounds and lawn-care workers.