Cephas joins labor leaders for roundtable discussion

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., joined PhillyLabor Radio yesterday for a roundtable discussion with local labor leaders to discuss her efforts to protect workers’ rights in Pennsylvania. She also discussed her efforts to stop anti-labor legislation and how she is working to increase workforce development opportunities throughout the commonwealth.

Cephas was joined by:

  • Jim Gardler, CWA Local 13000, president
  • Fred Wright, AFSCME District Council 47, president
  • Kevin Boyle, Ironworkers 401, business manager
  • Rich Lazer, City of Philadelphia, deputy commissioner of labor

“As our country and big businesses rebound from the recession, it is crucial that our legislature avoid creating policies that hamper our economic growth and cripple our economy,” Cephas said. “I sit on the Labor and Industry, Gaming Oversight, and Liquor Control Committees in the House, and I have witnessed some of my colleagues intentionally create bad policies that would weaken our unions and devastate working families. I have opposed countless anti-labor proposals and will continue to do so.”

Cephas spoke out against anti-labor budget proposals such as increasing the state hotel tax rate by 5 percent, ending the longtime sales tax exemption for commercial storage, and increasing liquor privatization. She also discussed legislative proposals that would harm working families in Pennsylvania, such as H.B. 55, which would amend Pennsylvania’s constitution to make the commonwealth a Right-to-Work state. The bill currently sits in the House Labor and Industry Committee, where Cephas vows to vote against it.

PhillyLabor Radio runs each Saturday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. This week’s show was hosted by Sam Pond, Joe Krause and Joe Doc. Jr. Listeners can tune in at 7 p.m. tomorrow on Talk Radio 1210AM WPHT to learn more about Cephas’s efforts in the Capitol.