Groups/People! – Labor and Unions


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Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

The old radical union still kicking around the ‘Burgh. Lately they have been working with Starbucks’ workers and healthfood store workers around the country. Also campaigning to make Pirates’ merchandise sweatshop-free. Contact them if you want to stand up for yer rights where you work in Pittsburgh!

Mon Valley Unemployed Committee 412-462-9962 1800 West St., 3rd floorHomestead, PA 15120
Fax: 412-462-9964 The Mon Valley Unemployed Committee (MVUC) is a non-profit organization committed to helping unemployed and low-income people in the Mon Valley region get assistance needed to remake their lives.

IWW Pittsburgh Starbucks Workers Union 724-630-7449

PO Box 90315, Pgh, PA 15224

SEIU District 1199P Organizing Director – Neal Bisno –

Union of nurses, CNAs and other healthcare workers across Pennsylvania. Very active in helping folks organize unions at their workplace. In Pittsburgh, the nurses at Allegheny General Hospital, the Central Blood Bank workers, and lots of the folks at Western Psych are in this union. They often get involved in community campaigns, especially for healthcare issues.

AGH Nurses’ Chapter – union office – 412-359-8597 Main Union Office

1500 N. 2nd St. Harrisburg, PA 17102 1-800-252-3894 (toll free in PA)

(717) 238-3030 (main)

SEIU Local 3 412-471-0690 130 7th Street Century Building

Suite 300 Pittsburgh, PA 15111 This is the local union for janitors at many of the downtown office buildings. They are also very active in other community campaigns, especially about buses and public transportation.

United Steelworkers of America International Headquarters 412-562-24005 Gateway Center (downtown Pittsburgh) Pittsburgh, PA

Communications Department 412-562-2442

Blue/Green Alliance Rebecca Cooper – 412-562-2559 – Their headquarters is in Pittsburgh, a big building downtown. They are also merging with two unions from England and Ireland. Crazy! Work a lot on globalization, workplace safety, and are trying to build labor/environment coalitions.

Musicians Union 412-281-1822 709 Forbes Ave, Pgh,PA 15219

Political folk singer Anne Feeney used to be the chapter President. They are a small union with lots of good people as members.

United Electrical Radio and Machine Phone: 412.471.8919 One Gateway Center Suite 1400 Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1416

Workers of America (UE) Historically progressive union that is the union for lots of General Electric workers, headquartered in Pittsburgh. Stress democracy and rank-and-file activism more than most unions.

IBT (Teamsters) Local 926 412-281-5633 (phone) 625 Stanwix Street Suite 1804 Stanwix Towers Pittsburgh, PA 15222 The union for parking lot attendants in downtown Pittsburgh. They were forced on strike about a year ago and ended up losing, so the chapter might be in disarray, but they would be good to contact for any downtown events since they all work around there.

UMWA (800) 826-2338 UMWA Career Center 58 W. Maiden St., Washington, PA The mineworkers have a really rich history in Pennsylvania, but are now located mostly outside of Pittsburgh in rural areas where the mines are active. They have a career center for re-training in California, PA.

AFL-CIO Allegheny County Labor Council 412-281-7450

401 Wood St. # 501 Pittsburgh, PA 15222 President – Jack Shea – 412-281-7450 The AFL-CIO is the federation of many different unions including the steelworkers, mineworkers, etc. Some unions have recently left the federation to form the ‘Change to Win’ coalition, but still participate in the labor council locally. This is where local unions meet to plan joint action together, and a good way to reach local labor leaders and smaller unions. e-mail:

COPE (political action) – John Vento – 412-281-7450 (has very thorough list of local unions)

ATU (bus drivers). 412-281-5583 1613 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15222 This is the union for the folks who drive the Port Authority buses. They’ve been out in the streets a lot lately on the front lines fighting off cuts to city services.

Community Labor Solidarity Project: 412-361-3022,, Community Labor Solidarity Campaign – works in solidarity with the labor movement, in some cases doing the things that labor law doesn’t allow unions to do, while bridging the gaps between unions and community groups.

Pittsburgh Works! produces documentary videos of diverse community members’ perspectives on local labor issues and history, with a special emphasis on bringing young people into the process, promoting open dialogue around labor history. Contact:



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