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‘A Handle on Our Future’

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‘A Handle on Our Future’ UNITE HERE

As details of the agreements between UNITE HERE workers and Marriott become public, one thing is clear: These victories provide a blueprint for collective bargaining going forward. As Brian Lang, president of UNITE HERE Local 26 in Boston said, “It changes people’s expectations about what’s possible.”

For more than two months, 7,700 hotel workers from Boston to Hawaii went on strike, demanding better wages and respect from Marriott, the most profitable hotel chain in the world.

These workers not only won better wages, they won a better future. Their wins could show the way forward for all workers, whether they’re in a union or not.

While the contracts vary by each location, here are six top noteworthy wins from across the country:

  • A 20% raise over 4.5 years;

  • A 37% increase in pension contributions;

  • Six weeks of paid maternity leave, plus two weeks for spouses;

  • A paid holiday for every worker who becomes an American citizen;

  • Advance notice and training for workers whose jobs will be affected by new technology; and

  • Cutting-edge sexual harassment protections for workers.

The technology provisions of these contracts are especially noteworthy, as workers won the right to be at the bargaining table to discuss things like automated check-ins or robotic bellhops, instead of management deploying them without workers’ input.

We want to have a handle on our future. This is an act of self-determination,” said Jean Te’o-Gibney, UNITE HERE Local 5 member and Royal Hawaiian front desk worker.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:58
Kenneth Quinnell

Equal and Inalienable Rights

1 day 11 hours ago
Equal and Inalienable Rights AFL-CIO

Seventy years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Translated into more than 500 languages, it recognized that “the inherent dignity and...equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”

Article 23 of the declaration lays out the economic rights of working people, including:

  • The right to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

  • The right to equal pay for equal work without discrimination.

  • The right to just and favorable wages that ensure human dignity—supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

  • The right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of one’s interests.

The working people of the labor movement have organized, marched and fought toward securing those rights as a universal reality. In the face of a corporate right-wing campaign to destroy these fundamental freedoms, the AFL-CIO is carrying on the work of defending our rights and dignities on the job. Do your part today by taking action to protect working people.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:42
Kenneth Quinnell

Economy Gains 155,000 Jobs in November; Unemployment Unchanged at 3.7%

4 days 13 hours ago
Economy Gains 155,000 Jobs in November; Unemployment Unchanged at 3.7%

The U.S. economy gained 155,000 jobs in November, and unemployment was unchanged at 3.7%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The labor market can be a leading indicator for the economy. Soft wage growth has been accompanied by weaker auto sales than typical for this low level of unemployment, leading General Motors to plan plant closings, and slowing home sales point to stresses for workers and the household sector of the economy. The Federal Reserve needs to move with great caution and hold off on more rate increases.

In response to the November job numbers, AFL-CIO Chief Economist William Spriggs tweeted:

#JobReport Payroll employment up 155,000 in November, unemployment rate steady at 3.7% Over the year, wages were up 3.1% not impressive enough numbers for the @federalreserve to maintain increasing interest rates @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) December 7, 2018

#JobsReport Labor Force Participation rates remain flat overall, the Black and white rates remain similar, both near 62.2% for Blacks 62.9% for whites. @AFLCIO @rolandsmartin pic.twitter.com/1s8Rt1wCA4

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) December 7, 2018

A look at the question of structural unemployment issues: unemployment rate falls for high school dropouts to 5.6%, and high school grads to 3.5%, while it edges up for college (less than bachelors) 3.0 to 3.1 and bachelor's (or more) 2.0 to 2.2% #JobsReport @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) December 7, 2018

A look at structural unemployment questions: Here's the recent history of unemployment rates for computer related occupations--very strong cyclical component and little different from just college educated workers, generally. #JobsReport @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/49hbSKJQiA

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) December 7, 2018

#JobsReport A quick graphical summary of job gains (losses) by industry and earnings (thanks @BLS_gov ) only losing industries were above average wages, biggest gains were below average wage industries @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/EqkxniZ6cd

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) December 7, 2018

We won't grow as a nation if we don't increase public investment in education, these declines in state and local education are not good signs for the future @AFTunion @AFLCIO @AFSCME #JobsReport pic.twitter.com/Rx7URL4jgo

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) December 7, 2018

GM layoffs are yet to come, but auto sector already shows weakness, down 800 in November and 1,800 over the year, @UAW @AFLCIO #JobsReport This is an interest sensitive industry the @federalreserve needs to be watching more closely

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) December 7, 2018

Bad sign, @IWPResearch @HeidiatIWPR : Last month, more unemployed women dropped out of the labor force (811.000) than found work (731,000) -- reversing recent trend and opposite the success of men #JobsReport @AFLCIO https://t.co/IPzxmzhpO2

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) December 7, 2018

Last month's biggest job gains were in health care (32,000), professional and business services (32,000), manufacturing (27,000), transportation and warehousing (25,000) and retail trade (18,000). Employment in other major industries—including mining, construction, wholesale trade, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government—showed little change over the month.  

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for teenagers (12%), blacks (5.9%), Hispanics (4.5%), adult women (3.4%), whites (3.4%), adult men (3.3%) and Asians (2.7%) showed little or no change in November.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) declined slightly in November and accounted for 20.8% of the unemployed.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:32
Kenneth Quinnell

State of the Unions: The Working People Weekly List

4 days 15 hours ago
State of the Unions: The Working People Weekly List AFL-CIO

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast with Brad Markell: ‘What’s Wrong with GM’: “Recently, the AFL-CIO launched another tool to bring you the issues and stories that matter to working people. In the latest episode of our podcast, State of the Unions,’ we talk to longtime UAW member and AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council Executive Director Brad Markell about General Motors’ recent decision to close five North American plants, costing up to 14,000 workers their jobs.”

Remembering George H.W. Bush’s Commitment to Public Service: “President George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest at a state funeral today. Remembrances have been flowing in from across the political spectrum, but one thing we all can agree on is that Bush lived a life that was devoted to public service, not only for himself, but for those who answered his call for all of us to help our fellow Americans.”

Stop the Lame-Duck Power Grabs: “After losing the top offices in Wisconsin and Michigan, anti-worker legislators are trying to strip powers from Govs.-elect Tony Evers and Gretchen Whitmer, respectively—before they are even sworn in. Doing so would have enormous negative consequences for working people in both states. We must stop these outrageous lame-duck power grabs.”

Infrastructure Matters. It’s Time to Get Serious About Funding It: “One hundred billion dollars is a lot of money. With that much cash you could buy four Starbucks lattes for every living human on the planet. (That’s 33 billion lattes in total, if you’re counting.) If coffee is not really your thing, consider buying every single NFL team three times over. Don’t like sports? You and the record-holding Powerball winner can compare piles of cash and together marvel at how yours is 63 times taller.”

Tuesday’s Gone, But Don’t Stop Giving: What Working People Are Doing This Week: “Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing across the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here’s a look at the broad range of activities we’re engaged in this week.”

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast with Richard Trumka: ‘I’ve Never Been More Optimistic’: “Recently, the AFL-CIO launched another tool to bring you the issues and stories that matter to working people. Welcome to the latest episode of our podcast, State of the Unions,’ where we talk to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka about the midterm elections and the future of the labor movement.”

The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale: “The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) just released a new ad in support of its U.S. Mail Not for Sale campaign. The campaign is a worker-led effort that brings together working people, elected officials and member organizations of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service to fight plans to privatize the U.S. Postal Service.”

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:01
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‘State of the Unions’ Podcast with Brad Markell: ‘What’s Wrong with GM’

6 days 15 hours ago
‘State of the Unions’ Podcast with Brad Markell: ‘What’s Wrong with GM’ AFL-CIO

Recently, the AFL-CIO launched another tool to bring you the issues and stories that matter to working people. In the latest episode of our podcast, “State of the Unions,” we talk to longtime UAW member and AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council Executive Director Brad Markell about General Motors’ recent decision to close five North American plants, costing up to 14,000 workers their jobs.

State of the Unions” captures the stories of workers across the country. It’s hosted by two young and diverse members of the AFL-CIO team: Mobilization Director Julie Greene and Executive Speechwriter Tim Schlittner. A new episode will drop every other Wednesday featuring interesting interviews with workers and our allies across the country, as well as compelling insights from the podcast’s hosts.

Listen to our previous episodes:

State of the Unions” is available on iTunesGoogle Play MusicSpotifyStitcher and anywhere else you can find podcasts.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 12/05/2018 - 09:49

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Remembering George H.W. Bush's Commitment to Public Service

6 days 16 hours ago
Remembering George H.W. Bush's Commitment to Public Service Wikimedia Commons

President George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest at a state funeral today. Remembrances have been flowing in from across the political spectrum, but one thing we all can agree on is that Bush lived a life that was devoted to public service, not only for himself, but for those who answered his call for all of us to help our fellow Americans.

George Herbert Walker Bush was born in 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts. As a high-school senior when the attack on Pearl Harbor happened, Bush was inspired to join the U.S. Navy after graduation and he became the youngest U.S. Navy pilot in the country. During the war, he flew 58 combat missions in the Pacific theater, earned the rank of lieutenant and received three Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service.

After returning home, he finished his Bachelor of Arts at Yale before moving into the oil industry. By the time the 1960s had arrived, Bush entered politics; and in 1962, he was named chair of the Texas Republican Party. After several failed attempts to win a U.S. Senate seat, Bush was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1966. After a successful re-election campaign, President Richard Nixon asked him to run for the U.S. Senate, but the bid was unsuccessful. Nixon appointed Bush as ambassador to the United Nations. Once Gerald Ford became president, Bush was named envoy to China before returning to the United States to be the director of central intelligence. In 1980, he ran for president and lost, but was chosen as vice president by Ronald Reagan and served two terms in that role before successfully winning the presidency in 1988.

While in the White House, he worked with the Mine Workers (UMWA) and then-UMWA President Richard Trumka to sign the Coal Act, which guaranteed health care to more than 120,000 retired miners. He also signed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. 

From the end of his one term as president through his death at 94, he turned his focus toward inspiring others to pursue public service through his Points of Light Foundation. He also worked with former President Bill Clinton to raise funds in the wake of natural disasters such as the 2004 southeast Asian tsunami.

While we didn't agree with all of his policy positions, we would like to thank President Bush for his lifelong commitment to public service and for inspiring that devotion in many other Americans.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 12/05/2018 - 09:00
Kenneth Quinnell

Stop the Lame-Duck Power Grabs

1 week ago
Stop the Lame-Duck Power Grabs Wisconsin AFL-CIO

After losing the top offices in Wisconsin and Michigan, anti-worker legislators are trying to strip powers from Govs.-elect Tony Evers and Gretchen Whitmer, respectively—before they are even sworn in. Doing so would have enormous negative consequences for working people in both states.

We must stop these outrageous lame-duck power grabs.

Wisconsin lawmakers are rushing through proposals that would:

  • Strip key power and authority from Gov.-elect Evers and incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul before they take office.

  • Lock the state into a misguided lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.

  • Make it harder to vote.

  • Lower hardworking construction workers’ pay by limiting the number of transportation projects subject to federal prevailing wage standards.

Call your state senator and representative NOW to stop these efforts to undermine and take away power from Gov.-elect Tony Evers before he takes office.

In Michigan, the lame-duck legislature is considering bills that would:

  • Transfer powers from the governor’s and attorney general’s offices to the legislature.

  • Remove the secretary of state from overseeing the state’s campaign finance laws and establish a six-person commission with nominees chosen by the state’s political parties.

  • Weaken new minimum wage and sick time initiatives.

Take action NOW. Call Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s office and urge him to oppose these proposals: 517-335-7858.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:26
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Infrastructure Matters. It’s Time to Get Serious About Funding It

1 week 1 day ago
Infrastructure Matters. It’s Time to Get Serious About Funding It TTD

This post comes from Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD).

One hundred billion dollars is a lot of money. With that much cash you could buy four Starbucks lattes for every living human on the planet. (That’s 33 billion lattes in total, if you’re counting.) If coffee is not really your thing, consider buying every single NFL team three times over. Don’t like sports? You and the record-holding Powerball winner can compare piles of cash and together marvel at how yours is 63 times taller.

Or, if you are the federal government, you can pitch in your annual share of the cost to build and maintain our highway, water, mass transit, aviation and rail infrastructure. (It’s worth noting the actual amount we spend as a country is much higher, though states and local government chip in for most of it.)

But here’s the kicker: Even if you weigh your options and pick infrastructure over a monopoly on football, your $100 billion comes nowhere close to how much we should be spending each year if we want to achieve world-class infrastructure that boosts the country’s economy and grows the middle class. For our roads and bridges alone, we’re facing a backlog of $836 billion (that amounts to two complete bailouts of Greece, with some change to spare). Transit likely needs another $100 billion (can each of my fellow humans and I get another four lattes, please?), passenger rail around $28 billion, and let’s not forget our aging air and sea ports.

You would expect that someone in Congress has been tasked with figuring out how to pay for all of this, right? Well, not so fast.

In the House, raising funds for infrastructure falls under the jurisdiction of the Ways and Means Committee. As one might expect, they’ve put together subcommittees over the years to focus on many of our major national needs: health care, Social Security, tax policy, trade and so on. But when it comes to infrastructure, that hasn’t been the case.

So when we heard some members of Congress have been pushing for a new subcommittee singularly focused on infrastructure, we took note. It’s easy to understand why: Over the past eight years, after more than 400 hearings and thousands of witnesses brought before Ways and Means, just one hearing has been held on transportation funding and finance. A single, two-hour hearing in which each lawmaker is allotted five minutes to figure out how to pay for hundreds of billions of dollars in must-have infrastructure needs is not going to cut it.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee—the authorization committee for us policy geeks—has correctly focused its energies on how to spend existing resources. But expanding the pool of revenues that we know are needed will require congressional tax writers to be focused on solving this problem as well.

For the millions of working Americans who build, maintain, operate, and travel on our nation’s infrastructure network, this is an idea whose time has come. As one of America’s largest expenditures, it makes perfect sense that Congress would task its members with solving our ever-growing infrastructure problem.

There are a lot of reasons why Congress hasn’t been able to raise enough revenue to meet our transportation needs over the past 25 years. The politics are extremely difficult. Many members have an unshakable belief that raising revenue is political suicide—though we respectfully disagree—and there are any number of competing answers on how to get this right. A gas tax increase or mileage-based user fee may be a great place to start, and there are plenty of other financing tools that should be considered.

But if we aren’t pulling experts in the field—whether they are economists, front-line transportation workers, road users or administration officials—before Congress on a consistent basis until this problem is solved, we are missing a significant opportunity to ask the serious questions this problem warrants. Perhaps more importantly, we are missing an important opportunity to receive the serious answers that Congress deserves to hear.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 12/03/2018 - 10:29
Kenneth Quinnell

Tuesday's Gone, but Don't Stop Giving: What Working People Are Doing This Week

1 week 5 days ago
Tuesday's Gone, but Don't Stop Giving: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing across the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

A. Philip Randolph Institute:

Group Made Its Way Through Mississippi Before Senate Runoff to Get Black People to Register to Vote—and to Understand Their Political Power https://t.co/Le8DxuWT2h

— APRI National (DC) (@APRI_National) November 27, 2018

Actors' Equity:

Performers deserve fair compensation & residuals, pension &health contributions and a safe work environment. Join fellow union members to let BBH know that you deserve the ability to build a sustainable career. https://t.co/RdmF654qHq

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) November 28, 2018

AFGE:

The Federal Salary Council wants to change the way feds get paid. Here's what you should know: https://t.co/H8EoN3uU1F pic.twitter.com/mIPwNqBrRn

— AFGE (@AFGENational) November 27, 2018

AFSCME:

"Together, we are stronger than as individuals. Together, we can ensure that working in the field of mental health is sustainable.” https://t.co/TaSU7uv0Xg

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) November 27, 2018

AFT:

So-called “right to work” legislation is a nasty trick lawmakers use to bust unions & take away our voice in the workplace. Hopefully with the new crop of governors & state lawmakers, we can fight for working families and stop these laws in their tracks. https://t.co/ur6ouXPuq1

— AFT (@AFTunion) November 28, 2018

Air Line Pilots Association:

“I’ve always said that it’s our pilots in Canada who put the ‘international’ in Air Line Pilots Association, International.” ALPA President-Elect Capt. Joe DePete is speaking to guests at ALPA Canada’s Annual Holiday Reception. pic.twitter.com/nAHTjNAXF1

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) November 27, 2018

Alliance for Retired Americans:

A @washingtonpost report shows that health code violations for the Carlyle Group, a private equity fund and top nursing home owner, rose 26% in the years before it filed for bankruptcy this March. We must fund and improve quality #longtermcare for seniors! https://t.co/hOokYa69BU pic.twitter.com/r1JlPVXjZV

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) November 28, 2018

Amalgamated Transit Union:

Bus drivers, union allege @winnipegtransit suppresses assault reports https://t.co/UOoz8No2YG #publictransit #transit #labour

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) November 28, 2018

American Federation of Musicians:

San Francisco Symphony musicians, members of @AFM6, have approved a 4-year contract. Bravo! #UnionMusicianshttps://t.co/9HbNdSCnnI

— Amer. Fed. Musicians (@The_AFM) November 28, 2018

American Postal Workers Union:

"We stand in unbreakable union solidarity with Canada’s postal workers.” https://t.co/TXNKxQ0lhE #apwunited #postalpride #cupw #canlab #negos2018 #1u #cdnpoli #CanadaPostStrike @cupw

— APWU National (@APWUnational) November 28, 2018

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

People across the nation are giving back to fights that they believe in - will you prioritize building power for AAPI workers and their families, today? Your gift to APALA will reaffirm your commitment to fight against hate! https://t.co/Qhjg7hzYL0 #GivingTuesday pic.twitter.com/QT9kyonoii

— APALA (@APALAnational) November 27, 2018

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

When tragedy strikes, the AFA Disaster Relief Fund strives to have an immediate, positive impact on as many active and retired Flight Attendants as possible. On this #GivingTuesday, make your donation matter: https://t.co/YGYcmsdWdA pic.twitter.com/flNimu4QE7

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) November 26, 2018

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

OUTSTANDING Union Pride on display by @BCTGMLocal351 with #MemberMonday! #UnionStrong ✊🏼 https://t.co/H0UJgVc9Xw

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) November 27, 2018

Boilermakers:

Find out why and how Bank of Labor puts union money 💰 back to work for unions #BoilermakersUnion #BankofLabor https://t.co/CFbe05s7fE pic.twitter.com/TtrkGFHvUq

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) November 28, 2018

Bricklayers:

New Congress should focus on #TPS, not Trump’s “migrant caravan” propaganda: https://t.co/ky8QRvxKsC #SaveTPS #1u

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) November 27, 2018

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

https://t.co/dVcgBwonkM

— CBTU (@CBTU72) November 27, 2018

Communications Workers of America:

Grad employee voter suppression has no place at Pitt. #UnionYes #1u #H2P

— CWA (@CWAUnion) November 28, 2018

Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO:

"Overall, the authors find that a worker with a low-quality job and a worker with a higher-quality job who are taking home identical paychecks have very different chances of walking down the aisle."https://t.co/YsdUtZ79ym

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) November 28, 2018

Electrical Workers:

127 years ago on this day, these men founded the first-ever national union of electrical workers. A union that today we call the #IBEW. pic.twitter.com/V8GALFVmva

— IBEW (@IBEW) November 28, 2018

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

We are boycotting VUSE e- cigarettes by Reynolds Tobacco @7eleven @CircleKstores @Wawa because of the slave-like working and living conditions many of the farm workers who harvest their tobacco experience. Human rights abuses. Join us and spread the word. https://t.co/ODCUjPjK4m

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) November 28, 2018

Fire Fighters:

Please consider donating to the #IAFF Foundation on this #GivingTuesday which supports fire fighters and their families who are affected by disaster https://t.co/VD3GwdVmtX pic.twitter.com/9x1HXzUhEh

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) November 27, 2018

Heat and Frost Insulators:

With a program like the one with the Insulators Union, we care about finding a career that fits you. We know the transition is hard after the Military, but we are here to help! Hear more today: https://t.co/wQ3owc5ZpW

— Insulators Union (@InsulatorsUnion) November 28, 2018

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

AWESOME talk by @rkgwork and @jvn about why #unions are still a force for good! give it a listen!! https://t.co/geKW9p4dv2https://t.co/83WUJ2G60L

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) November 28, 2018

International Labor Communications Association:

The world is watching @PittTweet! Do the RIGHT thing & let @PittGrads vote UNION! @workersunionunc RT to stand w/ @PittGrads! #UnionYes #1u pic.twitter.com/ogZPA6B8mn

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) November 28, 2018

Ironworkers:

The 730,000-sq-ft #milwaukeebucks arena required construction of approximately 8,000 tons of structural steel. Steel erection needed to be completed in 10 months. Ironworkers from IW Local 8 were able to finish three weeks ahead of schedule. https://t.co/HiiokSYYVh

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) November 27, 2018

Jobs With Justice:

GM employees say they had no warning the auto company planned to shutter several plants and layoff an estimated 15,000 people. https://t.co/N5LQyK8y1L

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) November 28, 2018

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

The disregard for Trabajadoras’ life, health & safety is an urgent call for tougher legislation that can protect workers from abuses & defend their right to work in a healthy environment. We acknowledge & stand with Trabajadoras & their resilience to work in these conditions.2/2

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) November 27, 2018

Laborers:

DYK poor #infrastructure is costing American families around $3,400 a year?! #SafeRoadsYES

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) November 28, 2018

Machinists:

Union members are always at the front of the line when it comes to giving back. https://t.co/e8P7OFaPz0

— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) November 28, 2018

Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association:

Mariners Will Be There! via @usnavy https://t.co/bUCcbFEoTn

— M.E.B.A. (@MEBAUNION) November 28, 2018

Mine Workers:

Retirees back in DC fighting for pensions! Met with @SenCapito this morning to thank her for her strong support. #TheyEarnedIt #savepensionssavelives #1u pic.twitter.com/LZBaKa5Oj6

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) November 28, 2018

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

Don’t miss out on important #NATCA news, updates, benefits, events, charitable efforts, and so much more. Join us across all our platforms today and invite your #NATCAfamily members to like & follow! pic.twitter.com/3OGqJbXTzh

— NATCA (@NATCA) November 27, 2018

National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-CWA:

Help CWA Members Devastated By California Wildfires https://t.co/m67Th6Jgc4

— NABET-CWA (@NABETCWA) November 16, 2018

National Association of Letter Carriers:

Meet our three #Alabama letter carriers who really mean business! Together they brought in nearly half a million dollars for the #PostalService by submitting customer leads. Congratulations, Flo, Ursula and Debra! https://t.co/8ZshUr6qE3 #PostOffice #CustomerService pic.twitter.com/Gc3JndzXnV

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) November 28, 2018

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

Thank you from all of us at the National Domestic Workers Alliance to everyone who gave on #GivingTuesday. With your donation, we will continue to fight for equal rights, dignity, and justice for workers.

Watch this special thank you message from our #WeDreamInBlack leaders: pic.twitter.com/SD2pMEdtnd

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) November 28, 2018

National Nurses United:

#Teargas has been banned in warfare for over 20 years. As nurses, we are outraged that U.S. Customs and Border protection agents fired it on children and families.

Humane solutions that support human health and safety must start now. https://t.co/MZZumkQDmr #AsylumSeekers

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) November 28, 2018

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

NYTWA ED Bhairavi Desai at TLC hearing on congestion pricing: "I have gone from being a labor activist talking about livable incomes to workers literally living."

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) November 28, 2018

The NewsGuild-CWA:

“When they walked in, @PVNewsGuild members rose from their work, came to the door, and applauded. After a second, they began applauding back, and the groups stood grinning at each other in gratitude and admiration.” https://t.co/BYzQSw18ff pic.twitter.com/0iamTcxhos

— NewsGuild (@news_guild) November 28, 2018

NFL Players Association:

#GivingTuesday is HERE! Support @yourPAF today and be part of providing:
✅ Emergency relief in natural disasters
✅ Scholarship funds
✅ Cognitive care
✅ Former players & their families in times of need
...& more. Give at https://t.co/qRRe2odpGj. pic.twitter.com/fYdvYl6F1r

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) November 27, 2018

North America's Building Trades Unions, ALF-CIO:

🚨🚨 There are ways to make scaffolding safer! Check out @CPWR's Safety Tip of the Week to learn more https://t.co/hUrPAXQIIJ

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) November 28, 2018

Painters and Allied Trades:

The city of St. Paul is proposing a new $15 minimum wage, and the bill includes everyone working in the city. https://t.co/82NFTwj9jG #Fightfor15 #1FairWage @15ForSTP @15NowMN https://t.co/tkSZJxIdwR

— GoIUPAT✊🏽 (@GoIUPAT) November 28, 2018

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

“It is critical that [Democrats] focus on an agenda that serves our nation’s workers. This must include House Democrats working to raise workers’ wages, restore workers’ access to justice on the job, and promote workers’ right to collectively bargain.” #1u https://t.co/3y2ydPVk9H

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) November 27, 2018

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

Aviation safety is critical to the flying public every day, not just around holidays—if there is a government shutdown Dec. 7, aviation safety inspectors at the FAA would be grounded. #NoGovernmentShutdown #publicservice #aviationsafety https://t.co/HkqSMjpuUG

— PASS (@PASSNational) November 27, 2018

SAG-AFTRA:

New York leaders take a stand in support of SAG-AFTRA. We stand together and fight together. #StrikeBBH #AdsGoUnion pic.twitter.com/Exd1ZyvKyx

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) November 20, 2018

School Administrators:

The Principal’s Guide To Strategic Storytelling. RSVP here: https://t.co/Til0vZ8q9H

— AFSA Leadership (@AFSAUnion) October 16, 2018

Solidarity Center:

Cast your vote for worker rights! Vote for @SolidarityCntr and help us be recognized as a prominent social justice organization making change for workers. (Open to those in US) #VoteToGive @AmalgamatedBank

Vote now! https://t.co/fIOzBOA4qS

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) November 20, 2018

Theatrical Stage Employees:

Supporting great causes isn't just for #GivingTuesday, it should be a year-round affair! The @MPTF is about Hollywood caring for its own, and they have a history of helping our members when they need it most.

Donate to the MPTF here: https://t.co/3ftGB5W0ra

— IATSE (@IATSE) November 28, 2018

Transport Workers:

Transit Division Director Curtis Tate encourages your participation! This isn't a competition or challenge among locals. The challenge is to step up & perform an act of giving. No local is too big or small. No act is too big or small. That’s the challenge! https://t.co/fX67lXcdwq

— TWU (@transportworker) November 27, 2018

UAW:

General Motors' decision today to stop production at the Lordstown, Ohio, and Hamtramck, Michigan, assembly plants will idle thousands of workers, and will not go unchallenged by the UAW. https://t.co/uRnXARGCP7

— UAW (@UAW) November 26, 2018

Union Label and Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO:

Former Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum writes "Republicans need to roll up their sleeves, reach across the aisle, and get a new federal paid-leave program... https://t.co/Atj1JH1uE1

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) November 27, 2018

Union Veterans Council:

Here at the UVC we truly believe that visiting our aging veterans is the best holiday gift we can give. We can’t wait to see your outreach work! #1u #Neverforgethttps://t.co/rezsnnVsBi

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) November 28, 2018

UNITE HERE:

"After 51 days of striking, workers have won higher wages as well as more funding for health care and pensions."

When we fight, we win. #1job #MarriottStrike https://t.co/iZDkFSCrMf

— UNITE HERE #1Job (@unitehere) November 28, 2018

United Food and Commercial Workers:

UFCW discount: Find #holiday gift ideas & shop for personalized stockings, #Christmas decor, & great customized Christmas gifts for anyone on your list! https://t.co/uyBwdwCBwP

— UFCW (@UFCW) November 28, 2018

United Steelworkers:

We’re with @PittGrads. RT if you are too! #UnionYes #1u pic.twitter.com/9pNv1guMHh

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) November 28, 2018

United Students Against Sweatshops:

This #GIVINGTUESDAY help send students to MISSISSIPPI.

Contribute to our Convention Scholarship Fund and sponsor a working class student's travel and participation at the USAS 22nd National Convention: University of Mississippi Feb 22-23, 2019. https://t.co/JL2ZA5ZrR4 pic.twitter.com/yXooCDJKs6

— USAS (@USAS) November 27, 2018

Working America:

Minnesota’s second-largest city has joined the growing wave of cities across the country that have decided to require that workers be paid a minimum of $15 an hour.https://t.co/RTq51mvKzX

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) November 28, 2018

Writers Guild of America, East:

“Optomen has shown leadership in an industry where the majority of production companies still have little regard for the well-being of their workforce.” - WGAE nonfiction television industry-wide committee #NonfictionUnited #1uhttps://t.co/eAUeypV7xp

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) November 26, 2018 Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 11/29/2018 - 10:58
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‘State of the Unions’ Podcast with Richard Trumka: ‘I’ve Never Been More Optimistic’

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‘State of the Unions’ Podcast with Richard Trumka: ‘I’ve Never Been More Optimistic’ AFL-CIO

Recently, the AFL-CIO launched another tool to bring you the issues and stories that matter to working people. Welcome to the latest episode of our podcast, “State of the Unions,” where we talk to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka about the midterm elections and the future of the labor movement.

One in four Americans listen to podcasts on a monthly basis. “State of the Unions” is capturing the stories of workers across the country. It’s hosted by two young and diverse members of the AFL-CIO team: Mobilization Director Julie Greene and Executive Speechwriter Tim Schlittner. A new episode will drop every other Wednesday featuring interesting interviews with workers and our allies across the country, as well as compelling insights from the podcast’s hosts.

Listen to our previous episodes: inaugural episode where you can learn about hosts Julie and Tim; an interview with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint, Michigan, water crisis whistleblower; talking about union members in office with Mayor Dahlia Vertreese of Hillside, New Jersey; and our midterm recap with Rep. Conor Lamb from Pennsylvania.

Upcoming episodes will feature Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) International President Sara Nelson and Joseph McCartin, a labor historian at Georgetown University.

State of the Unions” is available on iTunesGoogle Play MusicSpotifyStitcher and anywhere else you can find podcasts.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:28
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The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale

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The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) just released a new ad in support of its U.S. Mail Not for Sale campaign. The campaign is a worker-led effort that brings together working people, elected officials and member organizations of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service to fight plans to privatize the U.S. Postal Service.

Watch the video above, then check out the U.S. Mail Not for Sale website, where you can learn the story behind the ad. A short summary:

On June 21, 2018, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a restructuring proposal for the federal government. The proposal, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” delivered misinformation without ever consulting the U.S. Postal Service and, if implemented, would end regular mail and package services at one affordable price, delivered to all 157 million addresses six days a week–regardless of geographic location. The OMB proposal takes direct aim at the U.S. Postal Service under the guise of reforming and structuring for the 21st century.

Learn more at U.S. Mail Not for Sale, where you also can take action to protect the U.S. Postal Service.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 11/20/2018 - 14:12
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Black Women Rising: The Working People Weekly List

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Black Women Rising: The Working People Weekly List AFL-CIO

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

The Election Now: Black Women Rising: "A cadre of black women is working behind the scenes as organizers, fund-raisers, strategists and more. Black women in labor unions, including Julie Greene, who heads the AFL-CIO’s mobilization hub, are making key decisions around this election, while the I Am 2018 voting campaign of the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees)—which has 1.6 million members—aims to engage communities of color."

Unionized Athletes Need to Stop Crossing Picket Lines and Start Supporting Fellow Workers: "It should have been an easy opportunity to show solidarity. It should have been a friendly, comradely way to unite against oppressive bosses. Instead, professional athletes from the various North American sports unions have, again and again, put themselves ahead of the striking Marriott hotel workers, and crossed the picket lines that were put up in early October 2018. As if these hotel workers didn’t already have enough of an uphill battle ahead of them against the world’s largest hotel company, they now have to contend with athletes and sports unions ignoring their fight. That has to stop."

Pelosi Has Union Support in Bid for House Speaker: "The AFL-CIO and a growing list of labor unions are supporting Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) bid for House speaker. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Nov. 10 tweeted that Pelosi is an 'effective advocate for working families.' A group of six labor unions also pledged support for Pelosi’s bid to lead the 116th Congress, according to a letter addressed to Pelosi and obtained by Bloomberg Law Nov. 14. The correspondence, signed by, among others, the presidents of the United Food and Commercial Workers and the United Auto Workers, said Pelosi has 'made labor rights, including the rights of federal workers, a top priority on your agenda and we support you for doing so.'"

AFL-CIO President: How Working People Defined the Midterm Election: "There was plenty of punditry plastered across cable news last week. But, as the dust settles, there is one story that has come to define this election: working people standing together to make a difference. The labor movement unleashed an unprecedented political program this year. Across the country, union members made the difference, fighting for our issues, for union candidates and for our proven allies. Over the last few months, we knocked on more than 2.3 million doors and distributed 5 million fliers at more than 4,600 worksites. That represents millions of conversations between fellow union members, talking earnestly about the opportunity we embraced in this election—a chance to stand up and demand the fairer economy and more just society that we deserve."

With Its Primary Opponents Voted Out, What's Next for Labor Unions?: "Trumka: The labor movement really did prove to be the driving force throughout much of this cycle. We knocked on over 2 million doors. We passed out 5 million fliers. We had 12 million pieces of direct mail, and I just have to say this, Michel. This is part of something that's bigger than just politics or the last election. You're seeing a tremendous upsurge in collective action throughout the United States right now."

Bridge the Gap: "Did you know that flight attendants and workers for regional airlines are often paid 45% less than their colleagues at major carriers for doing the same work?"

Trumka Talks the Future of the Labor Movement on Yahoo Finance: "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) appeared on Yahoo Finance this week to discuss the future of labor unions. Here are some key excerpts from the interview."

Union Strong: In the States Roundup: "It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations on Twitter."

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:13
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Graduate Workers Joining Together: Worker Wins

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Graduate Workers Joining Together: Worker Wins

Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with graduate student workers uniting for a better future and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life.

Graduate Student Workers at Brown Join AFT: With more than 60% voting yes, graduate employees at Brown University have voted to join AFT. Kaitlyn Quaranta, a graduate assistant in French, said: "Hundreds of graduate workers stood up this week and sent a clear message that our labor for the university should not be taken for granted. Winning this election is about more than just improving working conditions for grads at Brown. In voting to unionize, we stood up for labor rights during an incredibly anti-labor administration."

Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE) Votes Overwhelmingly to Affiliate with AFT: Nearly 84% of graduate student workers at Georgetown voted to be represented by the GAGE and AFT. In a joint statement, GAGE and AFT said: "We have a shared belief in the important role that graduate student assistants play at Georgetown and a shared commitment to giving them a stronger voice as members of our community. We are encouraged that many graduate student assistants made their voices heard. We look forward to working together to continue efforts to improve the graduate student experience at Georgetown."

Steelworkers and U.S. Steel Reach New Four-Year Agreement: Steelworkers represented by USW at U.S. Steel have approved a new four-year contract that includes a signing bonus and significant wage increases while maintaining high-quality, affordable health care and strong retirement benefits. The USW bargaining committee said: "Three years ago, we recognized that the industry was experiencing a downturn and agreed to make sacrifices to ensure that the industry could make it through the tough times. This time around, we knew that things were different. U.S. Steel, and the industry as a whole, were thriving again, and we would not settle for a concessionary agreement."

Steelworkers and ArcelorMittal Agree on Tentative Deal: The United Steelworkers and ArcelorMittal have agreed on a tentative four-year contract covering 12,000 USW members in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota. USW said: "The proposed four-year agreement mirrors the industry standard on wages, lump-sum payments and pensions and maintains or improves our existing health insurance benefits for active and retired Steelworkers and their dependents." USW members now must ratify the contract, which is expected to happen before the end of the year.

Texas' Largest Independent Bookstore Employees to Be Represented by OPEIU: The 80 booksellers, event staff and inventory managers at BookPeople, the largest independent bookstore in Texas, have voted to be represented by OPEIU Local 277. The union now will begin negotiating the first contract for the new members. Patrick Watson, a BookPeople inventory manager, said: "We are so excited to get this win. BookPeople workers were organizing months before we contacted OPEIU, and to see our efforts finally lead to representation is exhilarating. Now we're ready to go into negotiations with the same energy and passion we've had from the beginning!”

United Catering Employees Join UNITE HERE: More than 1,700 catering employees that work for United Airlines have voted by 72% to be represented by UNITE HERE. With the new additions, about 80% of United's 88,000 employees are now represented by unions. Lakisha McIntosh, who works for United in its Newark, N.J., kitchen, said: “My co-workers and I have fought so hard for this day because we know that we deserve to be equal with all the other United employees.”

Registered Nurses in Arcadia, Calif., Join the CNA/NNU: Registered nurses at Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia voted overwhelmingly to be represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. Shelly Perks, a registered nurse in the intensive care unit, said: "This is a great day for the nurses as we will now have a real voice in making decisions on how we care for our patients. Often management has implemented policies without our input, even though these decisions too often impact patient care adversely. Finally, our voices will be heard."

Additional 350 Registered Nurses at Chicago Medical Center Join NNOC/NNU: An additional 350 registered nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center voted to join National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU). They join the same bargaining unit as the 1,800 other nurses at Chicago Medical Center who are already represented by NNOC/NNU. Julie DiNovo, a registered nurse in the prep and recovery unit, said: "Having my voice heard about the safety of my patients, the security of my job and providing for my family is important to me. Joining the union makes sure that my voice matters.” 

They Privatize, We Organize: After a long, difficult fight, machinists at the Mancon parts and supply warehouse in Massachusetts have ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement. The work done by these workers was previously done by public-sector workers, but was transferred to the private sector after an outsourcing campaign. IAM District 15 Assistant Directing Business Representative Mike Vartabedian said: "These workers saw firsthand the real agenda behind Gov. Baker’s scheme to privatize these jobs to for profit companies. They watched the members of Local 264 stand together to prevail in the fight for their jobs, and to keep public transportation public.”

Rockville General Hospital Support Staff Join AFT: Support staff at Rockville General Hospital in Vernon, Conn., voted to be represented by AFT. The 150 nursing assistants, housekeepers, diet aides, phlebotomists, unit coordinators and other employees now will begin assembling a team to negotiate with management from the Eastern Connecticut Health Network, which owns the hospital and is in turn owned by Prospect Medical Holdings.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:30

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Make Your Thanksgiving Union-Made in America

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Make Your Thanksgiving Union-Made in America

When you buy union, you're supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, safe working conditions, and dignity and respect for work. Look for these quality products, produced by union members, when preparing for your Thanksgiving feast.

The following list comes to us from Union Label and the products are made by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM); the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers (GMP); the Machinists (IAM); UNITE HERE; the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW); the United Steel Workers (USW); the United Farm Workers (UFW); and the Teamsters (IBT).

Set the Table

  • Anchor Hocking (GMP)
  • Bennington Potters (UNITE HERE)
  • Clauss knives (USW)
  • Corning-Ware (USW)
  • Fiestaware (GMP)
  • Homer Laughlin china (GMP)
  • Libbey glassware (USW and GMP)
  • Pyrex (USW)

Fresh Whole Turkey

  • Butterball (UFCW)
  • Foster Farms (UFCW)

Ham

  • Appleton Farms ham (UFCW)
  • Butterball ham (UFCW)
  • Cook's ham (UFCW)
  • Farmland old-fashioned pit ham (UFCW)
  • Farmland original pit ham (UFCW)
  • Hormel honey roasted ham (UFCW)
  • Tyson ham (UFCW)

Stuffing

  • Manischewitz (UFCW)
  • Stroehmann bakery products (BCTGM)

Vegetables

  • Andy Boy (UFW)
  • Birds Eye (UFCW)
  • Eurofresh (UFCW)
  • Mann's (UFCW)
  • Muranaka Farm (UFW)
  • Sunripe (UFCW)

Cranberries/Cranberry Sauce

  • Dole (IBT)
  • Ocean Spray (IAM)

Potatoes

  • Betty Crocker specialty potatoes (BCTGM)
  • Dole fresh potatoes (IBT)
  • Mann's fresh culinary cuts sweet potatoes (UFCW)

Bread

  • Aunt Millie's bread products (UFVW)
  • Pillsbury rolls (BCTGM)
  • Stroehmann bakery products (BCTGM)

Pie

  • Banquet fruit pies (UFCW)
  • Entenmann's (BCTGM)
  • Marie Callender's (UFCW)
  • Pillsbury pie crust (BCTGM)
  • Sara Lee (BCTGM)

Pie Filling

  • Del Monte fresh apples (IBT)
  • Food Club canned pumpkin (UFCW)
  • Kroger pumpkin pie (UFCW)

To find more union-made in America products, visit Union Label and Service Trades Department.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:20

Tags: Union Label

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New Bill Seeks to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence

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New Bill Seeks to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is a serious and growing problem for health care and social service workers. Nurses, emergency room doctors, social workers, psychiatric facility aides, and other health care and social service workers frequently face violence that leads to serious, life-altering injuries, loss of productivity and death. In 2016, working people petitioned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a workplace violence standard and, in 2017, OSHA granted that petition; yet there has been no action by the Trump administration to develop a national standard to protect workers from violence.

    Some key facts about workplace violence:

    • It is responsible for more than 850 worker deaths and 28,000 serious injuries each year and is on the rise.
    • One of every six workplace deaths each year are from workplace violence.
    • It is now the second leading cause of death on the job.
    • Health care and social service workers are at greatest risk: They are nearly five times more likely than other workers to suffer a workplace violence injury.
    • Last year, workplace homicides doubled for health care and social service workers.
    • Two of every three workplace violence events are suffered by women.
    • Workplace violence is foreseeable and preventable.

    Today, Reps. Joe Courtney (Conn.) and Bobby Scott (Va.) introduced legislation aimed at protecting health care and social service workers from workplace violence. In a letter supporting the legislation, Courtney said:

    To address these rising rates of violence, I am introducing the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. This legislation will require the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to issue a workplace violence prevention standard requiring employers in the health care and social service sectors to develop and implement a plan to protect their employees from workplace violence. These plans will be tailored to the specific workplace and employee population, but may include training on de-escalation techniques, personal alarm devices, surveillance and monitoring systems, or other strategies identified by the employers and employees to keep workers safe. While OSHA has already issued voluntary guidance to employers on how to prevent violence in these workplaces, data from [the Bureau of Labor Statistics] as well as personal testimony from workers about continuing violence shows that voluntary guidance is not sufficient. An enforceable standard is required to prevent the types of violence that are prevalent in too many of our hospitals, nursing homes and social service settings.

    Watch the video above to hear from working people affected by workplace violence.

    Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:27
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    Union Veterans Council Leader Attig to Help Gov.-Elect Pritzker Serve Illinois Veterans

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    Union Veterans Council Leader Attig to Help Gov.-Elect Pritzker Serve Illinois Veterans Union Veterans Council

    Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig will serve on Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker's transition team, the Serving Illinois' Heroes Committee. Attig will help make sure that Pritzker and his administration are ready to serve veterans right out of the gate.

    Attig said:

    What this committee is is really a working group, a very diverse group of veterans, veteran lawmakers and individuals from the community that are going to be setting out a set of agenda items that the new administration will be looking at to support veterans in Illinois.

    I think that this committee is a great way to improve the lives of the veterans that live in Illinois, not just the younger generation of veterans, but our veterans that are retiring, the Vietnam veterans that are entering retirement age right now that we still need to make sure that we take care of.

    Read more about Attig's role and learn about the Union Veterans Council.

    Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 11/16/2018 - 16:54

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    Nine Guild members received accolades from SPJ NorCal at Nov. 14 banquet

    3 weeks 5 days ago
    The Guild congratulates nine members who have received Excellence in Journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter: Gary Richards, Julia Prodis Sulek, LiPo Ching, Karl Mondon, Thomas Peele, Marisa Kendall, Jose Carlos Fajardo and Lisa M. Krieger, all of the Mercury News/East Bay Times, and Joe Eskenazi for work at Mission Local and the San Francisco Public Press.
    Pacific Media Workers Guild

    DFM Caucus begins six-month countdown to contract talks

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    Alden Global Capital founder Randall Smith recently sold one of his many Palm Beach mansions for $5.5 million, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. The $1.9 million profit on the sale – purchased in a mansion-buying binge that began in 2013, after Alden became majority owner of DFM – would cover an annual raise of more than $3,900 for the 487 Guild-represented employees at 12 DFM newspapers nationwide.
    Pacific Media Workers Guild

    Hugely profitable DFM refuses to increase workers’ pay

    1 month 3 weeks ago
    For Alden Global Capital, $160 million in profits is not enough. Management for Digital First Media, speaking for its corporate masters at the New York vulture fund, rejected a modified wage proposal Thursday by the unions that comprise the DFM Caucus during wage negotiations in Philadelphia.
    Pacific Media Workers Guild

    DFM workers deserve share of Company’s huge profits

    2 months ago
    Union representatives will press management to increase the pay of workers at Digital First Media newspapers nationwide when wage negotiations resume on October 11 in Philadelphia. The message will be simple: Our award-winning employees deserve their share of the massive profits that DFM is earning from their work. Most DFM employees only have received one raise in 10 years.
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