- 38th Annual Food Drive
- Memorial Service for Victims of Farmington #9 Disaster Sunday
- The following is a statement from West Virginia AFL-CIO President Josh Sword regarding Governor Jim Justice’s press conference this morning
- WV AFL-CIO invites all West Virginians to celebrate working people this weekend
- WV AFL-CIO: Legislative Leaders Must Address Culture of Corruption
- WV AFL-CIO Endorses Candidates in 2018 General Election
- Pipe Trades Competition
- Workers Memorial Ceremony Saturday
- WV AFL-CIO Endorses Candidates in 2018 Primary Election
- Delegate Caputo: Governor Justice should help resolve Frontier dispute
- Coalition of Retired Employees Holds Annual Breakfast Meeting
- Union Leaders Call for Action on Public Employee Pay
- Public Employee Representatives to Hold Press Conference
- United Food Operation to Kick Off 12-Week Food Drive
- A statement from West Virginia AFL-CIO regarding the passing of Paul Nyden
- WV Alliance for Retired Americans Holds Annual Convention
- West Virginia AFL-CIO Holds Convention, Selects Officers
- Painters to Protest Against Seminole/WV Department of Highways
- A Statement from West Virginia AFL-CIO on the State Supreme Court's Preliminary Injunction Ruling
- Unions Continue Legal Challenge of Unconstitutional “Right to Work” Law
- Unions Grateful for West Virginia’s Support
- Statement from West Virginia AFL-CIO Regarding Governor Jim Justice
- EXPOSE WALMART TOUR PRESS CONFERENCE AT STATE CAPITOL WALMART’S COST OF CRIME ON TOP OF AGENDA
- Steve White and Josh Sword: WV workers can build state’s roads (Daily Mail)
- Workers Memorial Day Ceremony Friday in Wheeling
CHARLESTON – Members of the West Virginia AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education gathered during the weekend and selected a variety of state and local candidates for endorsement in the 2016 primary election.
“Having been under attack by the Republican legislative leadership for the past two years, our members are keenly aware of how the outcome of these elections directly affects them,” West Virginia AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue said. “Our committee members were careful to ensure that anyone who receives our endorsement opposes laws that hurt working families, such as ‘Right to Work’ and repeal of Prevailing Wage.”
An endorsement by the West Virginia AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education follows recommendations from 13 AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils located around the state. The Central Labor Councils interviewed legislative candidates who complete a questionnaire, and consider an incumbent’s recorded vote on working family issues. Some statewide candidates also appeared before the committee during the day-long meeting Saturday. To garner an endorsement by the West Virginia AFL-CIO, a candidate must receive a 2/3 majority of votes cast by the 64 members of State COPE.
CHARLESTON – As the 2016 regular legislative session winds down to its final hours, the leadership of the West Virginia AFL-CIO is preparing an aggressive campaign to educate West Virginians across the state about the damaging laws pursued by the Republican leadership that do nothing to improve the lives of working families, and in fact stand to hurt them.
“From the very start of the 2016 legislative session, the Republican leadership’s focus has been on lowering wages for workers and weakening the unions that represent them, as evidenced by Senate Bill 1, so-called ‘Right to Work,’ ” WV AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue said. “Much of the first half of the legislative session was consumed by divisiveness and confusion surrounding Right to Work and elimination of the state Prevailing Wage, then the bulk of the remainder of the session was spent on other legislation that does absolutely nothing to create jobs or help working families.”
CHARLESTON -- Public employee and union representatives will hold a press conference 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 11, in the Governor’s Conference Room, located in the Secretary of State’s Office, to discuss critical changes to the state budget needed to provide a long-term fix for the West Virginia Public Employee Insurance Agency debt and to help struggling working families.
“Prior to the legislative session, those of us who serve on the PEIA Finance Board and who represent public employees urged the Legislature to quickly come to a consensus on how to properly fund this insurance program, which affects over 200,000 state and local public employees and their families,” West Virginia AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Josh Sword said. “With a little more than 48 hours left in the regular session, we are extremely concerned because there is no agreement among members of the House and Senate Republican leadership on PEIA and on other issues critical to the well being of West Virginia working families, such as roads and infrastructure.”
Representatives of a number of organizations that represent hard-working West Virginians will attend and speak about the budgetary needs.
What: Press conference to discuss PEIA & other critical budget needs
When: 10:00 am, Friday, March 11, 2016
Where: Governor’s Conference Room, West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, main building, Capitol Complex
West Virginia workers will demonstrate today outside the building where members of the West Virginia Senate are holding their annual dinner honoring Senate President Bill Cole, a key leader in ushering through the legislative process two bills that will lower wages, make workplaces less safe and do nothing to create jobs – “Right to Work” and repeal of the state Prevailing Wage.
Demonstrators will gather at 5:30 p.m. today, Feb. 16, along the 900 block of Virginia Street, at the intersection with Dickinson Street, outside the Triana Management Services Building, also known as the Equities House. The dinner is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
What: Demonstration Against Senate President Cole and His Leadership Team
When: 5:30 p.m. today
Where: 900 Virginia St. E., Charleston, the Equities House
CHARLESTON – With the legislative session already half over, concerned public employees and their representatives today called on lawmakers to work toward finding a way to properly fund the state Public Employee Insurance Agency.
“We’ve got to fix this,” said Danette Clark, a West Virginia Corrections Counselor who has worked for the state for the past 22 years. “We’ve got to help our own.”
PEIA’s budget has remained unchanged for the past five years, despite the fact that more than 3,600 more new employees have been added to the program while medical and drug costs are increasing by an average of 6 percent per year. Without action by the Legislature, the PEIA Finance Board will be forced to cut $120 million of earned benefits from active and retired public employees.