State of Union to Highlight Union Members (LOTS OF LINKS)

Biden marches in the 2018 Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh (Lake Fong, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


Greetings from the Burgh, where we are getting ready to ship out to Washington, D.C. for the official state visit of President Lula this Friday. 

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State of Union to Highlight Union Members 

Tonite, President Biden is set to deliver the State of the Union. Many Congress members are inviting union members to attend the address as the Biden Administration intends to highlight union members in the address. 

Pittsburgh Congresswoman Summer Lee (D-PA) announced that she was bringing UPMC worker Nila Payton. 

“Nila is an OG badass in the PGH labor movement who has never backed down from Goliath,” tweeted Lee earlier today.  “She has certainly taught me how to fight, and I can’t wait for more folks to know her!”

Here is a list with links about some union members that other members of Congress are bringing: 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered everything from Lula & the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball. He spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian and was labeled by the New York Times as an "abrasive gadfly" for exposing within the labor movement. Raised in a UE union family in Pittsburgh, Elk was illegally for union organizing at Politico in 2015 and used his NLRB settlement to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and is fluent in both Pittsburghese and Portuguese, which he learned when attending journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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