Union Veterans Council Announces Allegheny Chapter

First Union Veterans Chapter in Pennsylvania will advocate for local veterans.

The National Union Veterans Council (UVC), AFL-CIO today announced the formation of the first local chapter of the UVC in Pennsylvania at the Allegheny Central Labor Council. This local Union Veterans Chapter will act as a support organization for union veterans in its service area.

Twenty-six union veterans were on hand for the announcement and all generations were represented. They included a young electrical apprentice that served in Afghanistan to a 95 year-old World War II veteran that fought in the Pacific Theater. Conor Lamb, a veteran and candidate for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District seat, was also on hand to congratulate the newly formed chapter and its members.

Craig Romanovich of the local Utility Workers’ union is heading up the chapter which will act as a voice for working-class veterans. “The Allegheny County Central Labor Council is excited to establish our regional Union Veterans Council,” Romanovich said. “As we move this organization forward we look to engage our veteran members, assist in advancing the union veteran agenda and ensure our veterans needs are met,” he said.

“For far too long we have seen Working class veterans left behind. While politicians pay lip service to veterans, they constantly attack veterans that are in the working class,” said Will Attig, an Iraq War combat veteran and Executive Director of the National Union Veterans Council.