By Jacob Bourne
On November 29, Philadelphia’s City Council members, led by Councilman Bobby Henon passed a resolution declaring December 5 to be AFL-CIO Day. The declaration is a testament to the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO’s unflagging support of working communities on the local, national and international levels.
“We’re honoring them for decades of tireless work in fighting for people who don’t have a voice in communities, for higher wages, better benefits and safer workplaces,” said Henon who is a 29-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98.
Philadelphia Council President Pat Eiding (a member of Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 14) and Secretary-Treasurer James Gardler (of CWA Local 13000) accepted an embossed plaque commemorating the day on behalf of the Council’s 200,000 members and over 100 affiliates.
President Eiding noted the high level of enthusiasm and support from the City Council, as well as the significance of the Fair Workweek Employment Standards legislation currently under review by the city. On Thursday, December 6, the City Council is expected to approve Fair Workweek Employment Standards legislation, which would provide for reasonable notice of work schedules, rest time between shifts and opportunities for additional hours, among other safeguards.
“We’ve had some major advances for working people in the past few years thanks to the City Council: justice for airport workers, wage theft protection, raising the minimum wage and sick leave pay,” said Eiding. “I believe there are more victories on the horizon.”