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Did you know that labor unions made the following 36 things possible?


did you know that labor unions made the following 36 things possible?


1.     Weekends without work

2.     All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks

3.     Paid vacation

4.     Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

5.     Sick leave

6.     Social Security

7.     Minimum wage

8.     Civil Rights Act/Title VII - prohibits employer discrimination

9.     8-hour work day

10.   Overtime pay

11.   Child labor laws

12.   Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)

13.   40-hour work week

14.   Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)

15.   Unemployment insurance

16.   Pensions

17.   Workplace safety standards and regulations

18.   Employer health care insurance

19.   Collective bargaining rights for employees

20.   Wrongful termination laws

21.   Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)

22.   Whistleblower protection laws

23.   Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) - prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee

24.   Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)

25.   Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)

26.   Sexual harassment laws

27.   Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

28.   Holiday pay

29.   Employer dental, life, and vision insurance

30.   Privacy rights

31.   Pregnancy and parental leave

32.   Military leave

33.   The right to strike

34.   Public education for children

35.   Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 - requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work

36.   Laws ending sweatshops in the United States

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Welcome to the Pennsylvania Building & Construction Trades Council

Thank you for visiting the web page of the Pennsylvania State Building & Construction Trades Council. The unionized construction industry is very unique, and we are proud to be the organization that leads the way when it comes to standing up for what is best for our members...and what is best for our communities.

Throughout our extremely large and diverse state, it is the members of the Pennsylvania Building Trades that create and maintain the infrastructure in the Commercial and Industrial Industries, which includes office buildings, hospitals, universities, schools, libraries, stadiums, bridges and highways, warehouses, power generation facilities, refineries and chemical plants that make our state such a wonderful place to live and do business. It is these same members of the Building Trades that tirelessly give back to their communities by volunteering their time to organizations that make life better for those less fortunate. We go beyond the call of duty to raise the standard of living for people in our communities.

The work of the unionized construction trades speaks for itself. Our apprenticeship training programs are second to none, and no one can compete with the level of skilled craftsmanship that our journeymen and women bring to the job site.

Please take the time to browse our web site. Here you will be able to link to our affiliated local unions, contractors and government contacts. You will also be able to get information on Prevailing Wages, Helmets to Hard Hats, Safety and Health training, Legislative, Political Actions,  and upcoming events being hosted by the State Council and its affiliates.

Thanks for visiting!