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AFL-CIO Launches New Web Tool to Help Workers Win Safety Protections at Work

4 weeks 1 day ago
AFL-CIO Launches New Web Tool to Help Workers Win Safety Protections at Work

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the country, working people are looking for ways to join together to form a union in our workplaces and negotiate for strong health and safety protections. The AFL-CIO is launching a new Am I Safe at Work? web tool to raise awareness of what a safe workplace should be and how a union can help achieve those goals.

The web tool contains fundamental information to empower workers to identify key COVID-19 risks in our workplaces, provides tools to join together with co-workers for better safety protections and guides workers on how to contact a union to help negotiate with an employer for safer working conditions.

“No one should be at risk of acquiring COVID-19 because they are working tirelessly to provide necessities for their family and our country,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Working people have organized to fight for safer working conditions for decades, forming unions to win protections and save lives. This web tool will help workers demand safer workplaces as the federal [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] fails to hold employers accountable. We will do all we can to help keep all workers safe, but federal OSHA needs to issue an enforceable, emergency workplace COVID-19 standard.”

This pandemic has particularly affected women and people of color. From nurses who take care of the sick to teachers and meat processing and transit workers, every day working people are risking our lives. One of the goals of this online resource is to provide information that can save lives.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the AFL-CIO has been at the forefront of fighting for safer workplaces across our country. Once again the labor movement is stepping up, sharing key tools and resources to help workers come together and demand change during this pandemic. This site is a critical tool that empowers workers to fight for COVID-19 and other safety protections and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 09/02/2020 - 10:31
Kenneth Quinnell

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: CSEA Helps Members Impacted by Wildfires

4 weeks 1 day ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: CSEA Helps Members Impacted by Wildfires

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Hundreds of wildfires are now burning across California, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate. California School Employees Association (CSEA) President Ben Valdepeña shared how the union is reaching out to its members to contribute through the CSEA Assistance Fund at CSEA.com/Assistance to help fellow union members who are tragically losing their homes. “I want all of you to know that we are here for you,” Valdepeña told CSEA members in a video message. “This is what a union is all about. We are here for each other, to help pick us up when we fall, to help overcome obstacles and to succeed.”

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 09/02/2020 - 10:10

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Kenneth Quinnell

Are You Ready to Vote? In the States Roundup

4 weeks 1 day ago
Are You Ready to Vote? 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.

Alaska State AFL-CIO:

It’s time to get to work to elect pro-working family candidates at all levels of government.#AlaskaUnionStrong pic.twitter.com/XSC6J7K6KQ

— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) August 30, 2020

California Labor Federation:

Huge victory for working people! No one should lose her job for bonding with a child or caring for a family member. Thank you @SenHannahBeth & @LorenaSGonzalez for getting this critical legislation over the finish line! #SB1383 https://t.co/VHR0sByKN2

— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) September 1, 2020

Colorado AFL-CIO:

https://t.co/tKuvMxPOjo

— Colorado AFL-CIO (@AFLCIOCO) September 1, 2020

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

Want to help support postal workers and letter carriers? Here are suggestions directly from the workers of the #USPS. https://t.co/aUcWF1WFEN

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) August 26, 2020

Florida AFL-CIO:

Once again, Governor DeSantis waited until the last minute to extend Florida’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium. The language in the moratorium still continues to put thousands at risk of losing their homes.https://t.co/Rrxs0NQaHq

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) September 1, 2020

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

Union strong! 💪🏿 https://t.co/ttfGxUyHIB

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) September 1, 2020

Iowa Federation of Labor:

Organizing Update https://t.co/UL2L1rGjIU #1u

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) August 31, 2020

Kentucky State AFL-CIO:

Mitch McConnell’s #BloodhoundsAreBack from 1984, but this time they’re looking for “Missing In Action” Mitch.

Call 866-832-1560 and tell him to get back to get to work and pass the HEROES Act.#WheresMitch? pic.twitter.com/7GuGpgDns2

— Kentucky AFL-CIO (@aflcioky) August 25, 2020

Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO:

This is only the beginning of voter confusion for this election. It could have been avoided if the Governor had mailed ballots to every voter, just as he did in the June 2nd Primary. There was absolutely no reason to change it. cc: @CommonCauseMD https://t.co/QKLVGcZush

— Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO (@MDDCStateFed) August 28, 2020

Michigan State AFL-CIO:

We don't need another Republican politician who claims he cares about us while taking massive tax handouts to line his own pockets. Sign up to stop John James: https://t.co/QRBvYoGOjn

— Michigan AFL-CIO 😷 (@MIAFLCIO) August 26, 2020

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

63 Days Until Election Day and just 17 Days until early voting starts. Check your registration status and more at https://t.co/5NJlxIvILy #1u #mnvotes #mnleg #labor2020 pic.twitter.com/N7xvxG487a

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) September 1, 2020

Missouri AFL-CIO:

The Senate is on vacation while Americans are suffering from the #COVID19 pandemic and high unemployment. Yet the Senate still won't come back to pass the #HEROES Act. https://t.co/x2XquUyjOu

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) August 30, 2020

Montana State AFL-CIO:

Educators back Melissa Romano for Superintendent of Public Instruction: "She will advocate for our public schools to ensure the Montana Constitutional requirement that every child has access to a quality public education."https://t.co/MY8RzwctmI #mtpol

— Montana AFL-CIO (@MTaflcio) August 25, 2020

Nevada State AFL-CIO:

There's a lot of disinformation circulating regarding voting this upcoming election. The @NVSOS has put out a FAQ dispelling frequent lies or exaggerations. Check it out at the link below.https://t.co/mEbbdq7wpm

— Nevada State AFL-CIO (@NVAFLCIO) August 30, 2020

New Hampshire AFL-CIO:

Thanks to Patch for covering our endorsement of Mindi Messmer! https://t.co/Pj5LLbrrKI

— NewHampshire AFL-CIO (@NHAFLCIO) September 1, 2020

New Jersey State AFL-CIO:

“But what working families really need,” New Jersey AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech said, “is for Mitch McConnell and the Senate to come back from vacation and pass the HEROES Act now."https://t.co/19Td1JFJ4S

— New Jersey AFL-CIO (@NJAFLCIO) August 26, 2020

New York State AFL-CIO:

Will #gigworkers be classified as employees? https://t.co/jKbSi9l6qX - “If you’re an employee, you’re not just an employee for one particular right,” said Mario Cilento, president of the NYS AFL-CIO. “You can’t be a little pregnant. Either you’re an employee or you’re not.”

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) September 1, 2020

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

"Time is running out. Bills are coming due." @StarNewsOnline LETTERS: #HEROESAct needs passing by @SenThomTillis. #ncpol #1u @AFGENational https://t.co/KNVLIO63pZ pic.twitter.com/Gw2eVYSFTH

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) August 31, 2020

Ohio AFL-CIO:

Hey @DropkickMurphys, when we reopen and hit #Columbus for @AFLIO #Union Night, the state crew at Express Live and the Newport will now be @IATSE Local 12! #UnionStrong. Let's' congratulate these workers on their #Organizing victory!https://t.co/Fj7vtYO7A9

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) September 1, 2020

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Demand Safe Schools!

-Join a Twitter Storm - Wed @ 3:30 pm
-Share a ‘MASKED UP’ picture, use #DemandSafeSchools #FundPublicEducation and tag @OKC_AFT
-Contact our US Senators

Sen Lankford: (202) 224-5754 @SenatorLankford
Sen Inhofe: (202) 224-4721 @JimInhofe pic.twitter.com/Alkk8WidKW

— Oklahoma AFL-CIO (@OK_AFL_CIO) September 1, 2020

Oregon AFL-CIO:

“According to the @ORDeptEd, Portland Public School District received $8.4 million in relief funding through the CARES Act. It will be used to build distance learning... ” https://t.co/kkrJMurshf

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) September 1, 2020

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

Economic dignity is a key piece of fighting recidivism and restoring communities impacted by mass incarceration. We need workforce development policies that create more opportunities for the returning citizens. @ULPhilly @PhillyAFLCIO https://t.co/iO0kiiEKJf

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) September 1, 2020

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

Teachers unions react to Raimondo's school announcement https://t.co/3zPlgb7Jtj #1u #BackToSchool #Unions

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) September 1, 2020

Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council:

Unfortunately, as is the case with many issues related to workers' rights, this is not the case in Tennessee.https://t.co/j5AtoqJxvE

— Tennessee AFL-CIO (@tnaflcio) September 1, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO:

Sept. 23 at 6PM - The Texas AFL-CIO Virtual Concert // Banding Together - featuring musical guest @aescovedo1

Become a sponsor today! #1u Click for details: https://t.co/W3Dh6MvhAh pic.twitter.com/dMuKYLPqgt

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) September 1, 2020

Virginia AFL-CIO:

https://t.co/3nWOleyuNM pic.twitter.com/FLuS3Yk2aa

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) August 27, 2020

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Essential not expendable https://t.co/50yppEGX1b

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) September 1, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 09/02/2020 - 08:46
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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: SAG-AFTRA Celebrates Women’s Equality Day

1 month ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: SAG-AFTRA Celebrates Women’s Equality Day

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris hosted an online event marking Women’s Equality Day and the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage. “Today’s discussion is a celebration of all women’s voices and all women’s votes,” Carteris explained. “Today, all women have the right to vote, but the struggle for equal access continues. So today we’re going to celebrate what it means for women to collectively use their power, their voices, their votes to affect change. It’s also important that women have a voice in legislation that affects women.” Secretary-Treasurer Shuler joined the conversation, along with members of SAG-AFTRA and Jasmine Jones, organizing director of Rock the Vote.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 09/01/2020 - 10:00

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Kenneth Quinnell

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: CBTU Launches ReadySetVote Website with Resources for Voters

1 month ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: CBTU Launches ReadySetVote Website with Resources for Voters

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, led by President Melvin, launched ReadySetVote, its voter resource website Wednesday. This online digital tool is designed to help visitors check their voting status, register to vote and volunteer for the upcoming election. With a few clicks, any visitor can also get information about absentee ballots, early voting and polling locations in their area. This one-stop site also offers a voter education video that features CBTU members and leaders sharing their views on issues that will motivate Black voters and how best to mobilize communities under siege most impacted by COVID-19 and systemic racism.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 08/31/2020 - 10:33

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service, CBTU

Kenneth Quinnell

Demand Justice: What Working People Are Doing This Week

1 month ago
Demand Justice: 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.

Actors' Equity:

Thank you to the extraordinary athletes of the @WNBA for using your voices to demand change. 👏🏾👏🏿👏🏽 https://t.co/f4BX4srMnU

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) August 27, 2020

AFGE:

This AFGE Local 4070 president explains what's happening inside federal prisons and what more should be done to protect correctional workers →https://t.co/SobgyYp2dC

— AFGE (@AFGENational) August 27, 2020

AFSCME:

If the federal government fails to provide immediate assistance to our communities to fund essential public services, there will be cuts and layoffs when we need our everyday heroes keeping our communities safe, healthy and strong. Congress must #FundTheFrontLines #TrumpChaos

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) August 27, 2020

Air Line Pilots Association:

Today, more than 11,000 U.S. ALPA pilots have received notices of potential furlough and are at risk of being furloughed, displaced or otherwise negatively impacted. Meet four ALPA pilots who are depending on Congress to pass a clean extension of the #PayrollSupportProgram. pic.twitter.com/iDLbfWjkka

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) August 26, 2020

Alliance for Retired Americans:

President Trump's payroll tax cut will defund Social Security by 2023. This is not a drill. Sign our petition here: https://t.co/JEyepzerEK #HandsOffSocialSecurity #Election2020 https://t.co/GbjH0LIbfi

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) August 27, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union:

Congress is on vacation, while #motorcoach companies shutdown, slash service, and lay off workers. It's time for Congress to get back to work & provide emerg. funding for the motor coach industry. Click below to send letters to your Members of Congress, then share this post. #1u pic.twitter.com/v7BtsBxoWU

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) August 27, 2020

American Federation of Musicians:

The Knoxville Symphony Society’s notice on August 24, 2020 to furlough orchestra musicians without pay for five months violates the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the KSO & AFM Local 546 (Knoxville Musicians Assoc). https://t.co/Awv91MeM1n

— AFM (@The_AFM) August 26, 2020

American Federation of Teachers:

#COVID19 has exposed the need to reinvent a century-old system of education. Now and beyond, there are significant changes policymakers and educators can make to ensure teaching and learning are equitable and empowering. #RestartReinventSchool https://t.co/3elYe65zD6 pic.twitter.com/mlollLOVt4

— AFT (@AFTunion) August 25, 2020

American Postal Workers Union:

On Tuesday, we had so many incredible actions that generated so many local news stories. The takeaway? The USPS is vital to EVERY community in America and we are stronger when we take action together. #SaveThePostOffice https://t.co/zPNp3Clre1

— APWU National (@APWUnational) August 27, 2020

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

📢🗞️APALA NEWS🗞️📢

The National Executive Board of APALA voted to adopt a resolution to stand in solidarity with the @Mvmnt4BlkLives and their demands for defunding the police and investing in Black communities #BLM pic.twitter.com/jgPG2khHab

— Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (@APALAnational) August 6, 2020

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

We need a COVID-19 relief package with our payroll support passed TODAY. Our jobs are on the line right now and millions are hurting without this relief! Keep us connected to our jobs, paychecks, & healthcare. We are counting on you. Thank you.”

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) August 27, 2020

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

No excuses. We have to make change happen in November. Our future is depending on US. https://t.co/lEcZMjEQuH https://t.co/tq6uhnofPn

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) August 21, 2020

Boilermakers:

Update: Workers reached an agreement yesterday w/ Nicholson Manufacturing. #Boilermakers from L-191 (Victoria, British Columbia) & Machinists head back to work today after a nearly 2-week lock out from their jobs! Thank you to everyone who stood with our brothers & sisters. ✊ pic.twitter.com/B6PQdY1oRM

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) August 26, 2020

Bricklayers:

New BAC Local 2 BC members showing off their training on the Red Seal examination. 🧱 https://t.co/XyfQ6c6fQs

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) August 26, 2020

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

Today is the official launch of CBTU's one-stop website for the 2020 elections -- ReadySetVote! (https://t.co/psQ2njDWx7)
ReadySetVote can help visitors check their voting status, register to vote or volunteer. Visit https://t.co/psQ2njDWx7 #Election2020 #BlackVotesMatter #1u #2p pic.twitter.com/YiciHmPAG1

— CBTU (@CBTU72) August 26, 2020

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

Want to register more people to vote? Please make sure to contact your local union for voter registration materials. #Unionsvote

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) August 27, 2020

Communications Workers of America:

Our well wishes go out to those impacted by Hurricane Laura.

When hurricanes hit, CWAers put in long hours making sure critical public services are available, reporting the news, repairing downed phone lines, helping airline passengers & more. Thank you for all you do. pic.twitter.com/ADwZgswLYT

— CWA (@CWAUnion) August 26, 2020

Department for Professional Employees:

On #NationalDogDay, we are throwing it back and highlighting some very good union dogs from @thedodounion! #1u #UnionDog https://t.co/yWVlhXwez3

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) August 26, 2020

Electrical Workers:

https://t.co/YzBrZbtvbf

— IBEW (@IBEW) August 26, 2020

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

While @BATPress and Reynolds have ignored calls for human rights from farmworkers who create their wealth for years they donated $14,000 to corrupt Harnett County State Rep David Lewis key in racist gerrymandering and S615 stripping our rights #boycottVUSE

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) August 27, 2020

Fire Fighters:

California #Firefighters Battled Blazes While Their Own Homes Were Threatenedhttps://t.co/XDBx1jFZbY

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) August 27, 2020

Heat and Frost Insulators:

"This has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made."
Local 7 5th Year Apprentice Aaron Olson
🦎🦎🦎 pic.twitter.com/OKlaGhUoJP

— Insulators Union 🦎 (@InsulatorsUnion) August 26, 2020

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

We ALWAYS Support workers on #STRIKE for what they believe in. Never let them forget THE WORLD WORKS BECAUSE WE DO! https://t.co/kxH8UejY0N

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) August 26, 2020

Jobs With Justice:

One company literally had the words “don’t ask, don’t tell" within their covid policy.

Secrecy spreads disease. These companies are complicit. https://t.co/nsbtpks4TX

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) August 27, 2020

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

to the health, social and financial crisis that COVID-19 has unleashed upon working families across the Puerto Rico. Please register in advance: https://t.co/ftdoX6vooq#AllOfUs #COVID19 #TodosSomosPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/OS71Mz0TDR

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) August 26, 2020

Laborers:

🚨Did you fill out the #Census yet? If not, please respond TODAY! The 2020 U.S. Census, helps determine congressional and state legislative district lines, allots federal resources for transportation, infrastructure & education. #laborcounts

Go to: https://t.co/mgfJOVGsbJ pic.twitter.com/vjceZTdpbB

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) August 25, 2020

Longshoremen:

@ILAUnion Boston ILA “Rocks The Vote” for Massachusetts Senate candidate Joseph Kennedy; “Dropkick Murphys”, Boston’s famed Punk/Celtic Band Joins ILA Members For “Get Out The Vote” .Outdoor Concert. #JoeKennedyforSenate pic.twitter.com/euNMYerorc

— Int'l LongshoreAssoc (@ILAUnion) August 23, 2020

Machinists:

From solidarity to success, IAM Local S6 shows the world how to fight for good Maine jobs at @GDBIW. pic.twitter.com/IPGeI4OZjx

— Machinists Union ✈️🚊🚀 (@MachinistsUnion) August 27, 2020

Metal Trades Department:

When Supply Lagged, NAVSEA Metal Trades Shipyard Workers Stepped Up to Make Half-a-Million Masks for First Responders, Peers | Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO https://t.co/fFczL0bUEX pic.twitter.com/2SmvObM5Lf

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) August 25, 2020

Mine Workers:

Solidarity with @TheNBPA for their wildcat #strike from the union that knows more about striking than anyone! You stood up for all the right reasons today. We are with you. #BlackLivesMatter #1u @KingJames @Bucks

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) August 26, 2020

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

We are excited to see so many of our #NATCAfamily members participating in @NATCACharitable's 25 for 25 Pushup Challenge. ANYONE can take part in this campaign to help raise awareness and support for mental health issues and suicide prevention. https://t.co/4rO06BjR00 pic.twitter.com/W3KBu6EEZR

— NATCA (@NATCA) August 26, 2020

National Association of Letter Carriers:

When railroad workers found a toddler alone on tracks behind the post office, they called police. The boy was unable to provide info about where he lived. Just then, the officers ran into carrier Shanna Erdman, who said she recognized the boy from her route & provided his address pic.twitter.com/29tXk8xOMl

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) August 26, 2020

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

Rent week is approaching.

We belong in our homes.

We are counting on Congress and elected officials at all levels of government to take action to keep us in there. pic.twitter.com/CDQV1wv4rY

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) August 27, 2020

National Federation of Federal Employees-IAM:

Make sure you are prepared for campaign season. Familiarize yourself with the new #HatchAct guidance that has been released for teleworkers.https://t.co/9Ui5N2k2Ez

— NFFE (@NFFE_Union) August 21, 2020

National Nurses United:

NNU on the Shooting of Jacob Blake

“Nurses know that racism, police, and white supremacist violence is a public health crisis. As a society, we all have an obligation to work to stop this epidemic,” said NNU President Jean Ross, RN.

Press Release➡️ https://t.co/hgd9lQYuvj pic.twitter.com/2MS0PRqHm5

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) August 27, 2020

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

“We served & believed. NYC + banks lied & deceived.”

Yellow cab owner-drivers demand debt relief now! pic.twitter.com/Pkq5nukr44

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) August 27, 2020

NFL Players Association:

Players: we have a page dedicated to voting resources:

• Check if you're registered
• Get information specific to your local elections
• Find important dates

🔗: https://t.co/e4N5j5rWgb pic.twitter.com/wpuWVNAWgq

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) August 27, 2020

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Make TODAY the day.

Begin your path towards a family-sustaining, #BuildingTrades UNION career ✊ pic.twitter.com/Nc1ZDOGHmE

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) August 27, 2020

Office and Professional Employees:

Workers across the US do not make a wage that can sustain themselves or their families. They fight to form unions because the boss can always find an excuse why they aren't worth it. THEY ARE WORTH IT. #1u #nonprofit https://t.co/ZXDZA19HU7

— OPEIU Local 39 (@OPEIU39) August 26, 2020

Painters and Allied Trades:

The numbers speak for themselves.

Workers deserve fair union elections! pic.twitter.com/rMQTSHEYvu

— IUPAT (@GoIUPAT) August 26, 2020

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

Donald Trump’s war on the US Postal Service is a war on voting, a war against our veterans, a war against the American people, and an existential threat to our democracy. Watch this great @votevets ad: https://t.co/7qmn6U17yN

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) August 26, 2020

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

Congratulations to @AFGENational for protecting your members. Unions are more important than ever, especially in the federal sector, so that the dedicated men & women we represent can continue to serve the American public during this national emergency. #1u #publicservice https://t.co/zJMKXyhRjf

— PASS (@PASSNational) August 26, 2020

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

“Too many workers have already sacrificed their health for our community’s benefit… The New York HERO Act will honor their efforts by giving workers the tools to protect themselves while on the job." @SenGianarishttps://t.co/Y6mDMEJGyf

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) August 27, 2020

SAG-AFTRA:

Women's Equality Day: A Celebration of Women's Voices & Women's Votes with @TheGabrielle_C @LaMonicaPeters @TichinaArnold @lizshuler @BrendaSong @bellathorne #WomensEqualityDay @RockTheVote @AFLCIO https://t.co/g9Vw1tB2df

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) August 26, 2020

Seafarers:

SIU-Crewed NY Waterway Ferry Crew Rescues Man in Hudson - Seafarers International Union https://t.co/3jXrg5CxIA

— Seafarers Union (@SeafarersUnion) August 27, 2020

Solidarity Center:

"We are building capacity of women & men to end violence & harassment at work, esp violence against traditionally marginalized grps, incl women & LGBTQ community"—Isela Juarez, SITRASEMCA prez/ @red_contraVA #Honduras #RatifyC190 #genderequalnewnormal https://t.co/p632Xep867

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) August 27, 2020

TCU/IAM:

Are you registered to vote? Need to request ballot by mail?
Your union is making it easy! Check your voter registration status and get the information you need to vote by mail safely, securely and on time.https://t.co/BPLRzFMFZd

— Transportation Communications Union/IAM (@TCUnionHQ) August 21, 2020

The NewsGuild-CWA:

We asking Congress to save #localnews#Republicans and #Democrats. Tell your elected officials to step up and help #SaveTheNews. https://t.co/xWtqIb7Q17

— NewsGuild-CWA (@newsguild) August 27, 2020

Theatrical Stage Employees:

The trump campaign went out of their way to ensure that #RNC2020 is the first Republican National Convention to be done non-union in recent memory.

Now their speakers are bashing working people and their unions.

Disgraceful.

— IATSE (@IATSE) August 25, 2020

Transport Workers Union:

#WomensEqualityDay celebrates the suffragist movement. This year, there is a dire need to check your voter registration status. You can get started below. Remember, the only way to ensure equality in the workplace is by having a union contract! #Labor2020https://t.co/Opm6FQuNfC

— TWU (@transportworker) August 26, 2020

Transportation Trades Department:

The #PayrollSupportProgram has successfully ensured that nearly 1M frontline aviation workers like Nicholas can keep their jobs & healthcare during these tough times. W/o an extension, they face losing both. This critical program must be extended. #ReliefNow pic.twitter.com/mjuwpDsNmx

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) August 27, 2020

UAW:

Jermaine Harris of UAW Local 900 was a delegate to last week's Democratic National Convention. Hear why it’s important for American workers to make their voices heard in November and how Jermaine is passing that message on to his children: pic.twitter.com/xE00qdMgEx

— UAW (@UAW) August 25, 2020

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

No Unions Allowed at Republican National Convention | ucomm blog https://t.co/NlrQYiRTch

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) August 26, 2020

Union Veterans Council:

That’s right @votevets,@DrBiden will Champion funding schools for military families, not steal the money for a pointless Construction project in the southwest. https://t.co/NXL6ho2QiX

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) August 26, 2020

UNITE HERE:

Solidarity with our Union brothers in the NBA that are striking — during PLAYOFFS — to take a stand against police violence, anti-Blackness, and racial injustices harming all Black & brown communities alike. You're platform may be big, but pro basketball players are workers, too.

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) August 26, 2020

United Steelworkers:

Tom Conway discusses Trump’s anti-worker NLRB on The Leslie Marshall Show https://t.co/DboBx6QvMs #USWUnity

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) August 27, 2020

United Students Against Sweatshops:

Last weekend at the USAS Virtual Summer Conference, USASers discussed our campuses’ appalling reopening plans. Students across the country are making our own plans to fight back ;) #StudentSafetyOverProfit #WorkerSafetyOverProfit pic.twitter.com/ItOyCPhXj2

— USAS (@USAS) August 27, 2020

United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers:

Did you know that 61% of fatal falls in construction occur in small businesses with 10 or fewer employees? https://t.co/cqSz6kZXBg #roofersafety365 pic.twitter.com/06QEE8rwiZ

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) August 26, 2020

Utility Workers:

We’re very proud of our recent UMAP program graduates, who managed to safely complete their program despite the pandemic!

Show your support for #veterans in the UMAP program and across the nation today: https://t.co/pOB1WUKdbx pic.twitter.com/JWjXg6aExZ

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) August 27, 2020

Working America:

Michigan voters: apply to vote from home TODAY! Absentee ballot applications for the November 3 general election are available now. Apply online or download your application today at: https://t.co/aEGS2Kt98h #MIVoting pic.twitter.com/1OLPieiaw1

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) August 20, 2020

Writers Guild of America, East:

"We’re seeing increased interest in organizing."

Check out @nwquah's interview with WGAE Executive Director @LowellPeterson about unionizing the podcast industry.https://t.co/83PuAlWe2o

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) August 25, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 08/28/2020 - 12:59
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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IUPAT Members Donate School Supplies to Students in Rockford, Illinois

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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IUPAT Members Donate School Supplies to Students in Rockford, Illinois

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Members of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 30 delivered backpacks and school supplies to more than 450 children set to return to classrooms at Lewis Lemon Elementary in Rockford, Illinois, next week. The items were purchased by the union and The Patch Foundation. City Mayor Thomas McNamara joined IUPAT members who made their delivery of the donated supplies on Monday.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 08/28/2020 - 09:40

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Kenneth Quinnell

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Bloomingdale—‘We Must Not Be Satisfied by Platitudes and Cosmetic Change’

1 month ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Bloomingdale—‘We Must Not Be Satisfied by Platitudes and Cosmetic Change’

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale (AFT) issued a statement on Monday in reaction to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man who was shot in the back in Kenosha:

“We were shocked by yet another police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha. Video shows a Kenosha police officer shooting Jacob Blake multiple times in the back at point blank range as he tried to get into his car. The horror was magnified by the presence of Mr. Blake’s young children in the vehicle. This is a shameful day for Kenosha, Wisconsin, and our nation.

“The Wisconsin AFL-CIO extends deepest sympathy to Mr. Blake and his family and hope for his quick and complete recovery. Black Lives Matter. The time is long overdue to address systemic racism and police violence against communities of color.

“In this unprecedented time in America, we must not be satisfied with platitudes and cosmetic change. We must take a hard look at the factors that have led to Black people unjustly facing violence at the hands of those charged with protecting us and take meaningful steps to address them.”

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/27/2020 - 11:20

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Kenneth Quinnell

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: St. Paul Regional Labor Federation Holds Job and Resource Fair

1 month ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: St. Paul Regional Labor Federation Holds Job and Resource Fair

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, led by President Kera Peterson (IAM), held a job and resource fair to connect displaced workers with good union jobs in industries like construction, manufacturing, public schools, health care, hospitality, retail and public services. In addition to connecting job seekers with union jobs, the labor council has held information sessions on local and national union history and the advantages of union membership.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 08/26/2020 - 10:20

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Kenneth Quinnell

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: SAG-AFTRA Keeps Members Educated About Safe Reopening

1 month 1 week ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: SAG-AFTRA Keeps Members Educated About Safe Reopening

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

SAG-AFTRA hosted a livestream event this month on the return to work in the entertainment industry. The presentation comes when productions around the country either are preparing to reopen or already have done so. In her opening remarks, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said, “It’s really important that [members] are empowered and understand what’s taking place so you can decide if you feel safe enough to go back to work.” The event highlighted the work the union has done with its employers and other unions to ensure workers in the entertainment sector can return to work as safely as possible.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 08/25/2020 - 09:24

Tags: Community Service, COVID-19

Kenneth Quinnell

#SaveThePostOffice: In the States Roundup

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#SaveThePostOffice: In the States Roundup AFL-CIO

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.

Alaska State AFL-CIO:

Union women know how important it is to vote—we vote on Election Day and in our unions, too. #100YearsOfVoting https://t.co/cdf2fKCfxf pic.twitter.com/0rldJ4bSw4

— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) August 18, 2020

Arizona AFL-CIO:

#SaveUSPS #usmailnotforsale #SaveThePostOfficeSaturday #saveourpostoffice https://t.co/rj6jQ1F9aB

— Arizona AFL-CIO (@ArizonaAFLCIO) August 24, 2020

California Labor Federation:

Having a #union on the job can be life-changing. It's still the surest path to economic security that exists. Precisely why the future must be #UnionStrong https://t.co/lmxHKH3BLZ

— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) August 25, 2020

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

Postal workers & mail carriers are rallying outside the Bishops Corner Post Office this morning to #SaveThePostOffice! @AFLCIO #1u pic.twitter.com/hZJg0UeX0c

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) August 25, 2020

Florida AFL-CIO:

The United States Postal Service is one of America’s most trusted institutions. Union leaders are calling for funding for this vital service.https://t.co/DK3VhyYLC6

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) August 24, 2020

Georgia State AFL-CIO:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Lucy Stone, Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Maria W. Stewart. Let’s honor their work and make sure our voices are heard this November! #100YearsOfVoting pic.twitter.com/QLelPx5rQE

— Georgia AFL-CIO (@AFLCIOGeorgia) August 18, 2020

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

The USPS is one of America’s greatest institutions. It connects people across the country—urban, suburban, rural.

It’s a beloved & effective agency because of dedicated public servants who work for it. These are quality jobs that support working families. #SaveThePostOffice pic.twitter.com/J5S9pcLKkC

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) August 25, 2020

Iowa Federation of Labor:

Our #SaveThePostOffice Day of Action demands:
$25B in relief funding 💰
Reverse service cuts ⛔ ✂
Proper staffing for full delivery 📬
Join us! https://t.co/4a07R0DaBq

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) August 25, 2020

Kentucky State AFL-CIO:

“TARC workers protest, demand hazard pay

A group, including US Senate candidate @AmyMcGrathky, held a protest at TARC headquarters Thursday.”https://t.co/m2q2SgUFaN

— Kentucky AFL-CIO (@aflcioky) August 14, 2020

Maine AFL-CIO:

Fortunately, @SaraGideon will vote to repeal @SenatorCollins' disastrous mandate that is bankrupting the Postal Service. #mepolitics #RetireCollins #VoteGideon #SaveTheUSPS pic.twitter.com/OrAH7WSZG1

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) August 18, 2020

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

We stand with @massteacher @AFTMass educators all across state to reopen #OnlyWhenItsSafe. pic.twitter.com/zUQwjET4Mc

— Massachusetts AFL-CIO (@massaflcio) August 19, 2020

Michigan State AFL-CIO:

REQUEST YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT TODAY!!!https://t.co/wt8cWr2ITc

— Michigan AFL-CIO 😷 (@MIAFLCIO) August 20, 2020

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

70 Days until Election Day, 24 Days until early voting begins in Minnesota. Learn how to vote early by mail at https://t.co/RNagT5Xy1s #1u #Labor2020 #MNVotes pic.twitter.com/rG1uAI34kx

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) August 25, 2020

Missouri AFL-CIO:

🇺🇸 @nicolergalloway has released her first TV commercial today. We need a Governor that shows urgency to fight back against the coronavirus. Nicole will be that Governor. Governor Parson has proved he is not up to the task. https://t.co/saj4jOt6Gi

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) August 25, 2020

Montana State AFL-CIO:

Educators back Melissa Romano for Superintendent of Public Instruction: "She will advocate for our public schools to ensure the Montana Constitutional requirement that every child has access to a quality public education."https://t.co/MY8RzwctmI #mtpol

— Montana AFL-CIO (@MTaflcio) August 25, 2020

Nevada State AFL-CIO:

🚨We're sounding the alarm! @APWUnational needs your help #SaveTheUSPS, demand Congress #FundTheUSPS. https://t.co/zUoavRWPSq

— Nevada State AFL-CIO (@NVAFLCIO) August 19, 2020

New Jersey State AFL-CIO:

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO urges all members to know the facts about a VBM election. https://t.co/GVDRY45EOy

— New Jersey AFL-CIO (@NJAFLCIO) August 25, 2020

New Mexico Federation of Labor:

Union women know how important it is to vote—we vote on Election Day and in our unions, too. #100YearsOfVoting https://t.co/69iH8oA4j9 @NMDEMS @AFLCIO

— NMFL (@NMFLaflcio) August 18, 2020

New York State AFL-CIO:

Listen to the full episode at https://t.co/DegEqE5Bv9

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) August 25, 2020

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

"What workers need are presidential leadership and the passage of the #HEROESAct.” @marybemcmillan on President Trump’s Food Line Photo Op in Mills River https://t.co/uWpRvYBTIv via @ncstateaflcio #RNCConvention2020 #ncpol #1u

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) August 24, 2020

Ohio AFL-CIO:

Thanks @KingJames for speaking up for your fellow #Union Sisters, Brothers and all your siblings working hard to keep Akron moving. https://t.co/vmBQVZiDiz

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) August 23, 2020

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Today marks the 100 year anniversary of Women's Right to Vote!

One of our own, Cassandra Hammond from LiUNA 107, will be speaking in a Roundtable to celebrate Women's Right to Vote and discuss working women's issues.

Tonight at 5:30pm https://t.co/iFchL8vIHx

— Oklahoma AFL-CIO (@OK_AFL_CIO) August 18, 2020

Oregon AFL-CIO:

The Oregon Cares Fund provides cash grants to Black individuals, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led non-profit organizations who have experienced financial adversity due to COVID-19. Read more here: https://t.co/CX3DDroDeX

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) August 24, 2020

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

We must vote, and do it early. Our sisters and brothers of the #USPS are doing their part to protect your vote. Make yourself heard and VOTE EARLY. #VoteByMail #DemConvention2020

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) August 21, 2020

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

#1U #APWU @aflcio #USPS #USPSisEssential https://t.co/b4z3greHL7

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) August 25, 2020

Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council:

Done quietly at the end of last week, this will have chilling effects on Tennesseans' First Amendment AND voting rights. A cruel and unnecessary piece of legislation signed by a governor who isn't even willing to meet with his constituents.https://t.co/S5Zrc94KlV

— Tennessee AFL-CIO (@tnaflcio) August 24, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO:

The City of Houston should not use irresponsible contractors on their public projects. @houmayor @AirportsHouston @houstonzoo #ExploitationFreeZones

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) August 25, 2020

Virginia AFL-CIO:

Currently: Delegates are learning about voter registration in Virginia and becoming certified to register members to vote. Thanks @vaELECT ! We are learning so much! pic.twitter.com/RAiQqpILe7

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) August 21, 2020

Washington State Labor Council:

When the so-called "Freedom Foundation" isn't busy attacking unions and advocating for lower wages, they are undermining public health during a pandemic. This garbage jeopardizes lives! Despicable.

Stay masked up, Washington, so we can open up! 😷👍 https://t.co/mgYXdfUhf2

— Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) August 21, 2020

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Candlelight vigil remembers Wisconsinites lost to COVID-19 https://t.co/tyztYFQ8Fc

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) August 24, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 08/24/2020 - 15:56
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It's Always the Right Time to Do the Right Thing: The Working People Weekly List

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It's Always the Right Time to Do the Right Thing: The Working People Weekly List

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

From the Front Lines: Britney's Story: "'It’s always the right time to do the right thing.' My union leader, William Voltz, always says that Martin Luther King Jr. quote. My name is Britney Andrews. I am a union shop steward with UNITE HERE Local 23 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before the coronavirus forced me out of work, I had been a bartender at Phillips Famous Seafood at the Charlotte airport for three years."

AFSA Hosts Town Hall on Strategies to Reopen Schools: "Last week, members of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) participated in an 'Ask Ernie' online town hall with President Ernest Logan. The event focused on sharing strategies on the issue of reopening schools."

Labor Movement in Milwaukee Holds Food Drive, Calls Out Johnson for Opposing the HEROES Act: "The Milwaukee Area Labor Council, led by President Pam Fendt (LIUNA), held a 'Be a Hero' food drive yesterday. For the past week, union members have been pledging to donate food to support families in need."

Save the Post Office: 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."

Iowa’s Labor Movement Responds to Devastating Wind Storm in Cedar Rapids: "A wind storm that hit the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area last week with hurricane-force winds has left tens of thousands of people without shelter and electricityTent cities have popped up in neighborhoods due to widespread damage to the roofs of homes and apartment complexes."

Bloomingdale Sends Support to Organizing Workers at Milwaukee Art Museum: "On Aug. 7, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale (AFT) sent a letter of solidarity and support to 150 workers at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) who are seeking union representation with Machinists (IAM) Local Lodge 66."

Are You Ready to Vote?: "One hundred years ago today, after a seven-decade campaign, the 19th Amendment gave the vote to millions of women across the United States. And although achieving women’s suffrage in 1920 was a major victory, it was another 45 years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 eliminated voting barriers for women of color."

ATU and Kentucky AFL-CIO Rally for Hazard Pay, Workplace Safety in Louisville: "Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1447 protested Thursday outside Transit Authority of River City (TARC) offices in Louisville, Kentucky, to call for hazard pay and stronger safety measures to protect members during the COVID-19 pandemic."

The Strength and Solidarity of Our Membership: Worker Wins: "Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with a series of wins in Maine and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life."

NATCA Members Deliver Thanks to Hospital Staff Who Saved One of Their Own from COVID-19: "When Chelsea Corcoran, a member of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) in Houston, Texas, fell severely ill with COVID-19, the staff at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital did everything they could to save her life and the lives of the twins she was carrying."

South Carolina’s Labor Movement Comes Together to Provide Food Relief to Families in Need: "Members of the Charleston Central Labor Council, the South Carolina AFL-CIO, the Greater Charleston chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute and their community allies teamed up last Thursday to provide food relief for some dozens of union families in the Charleston, South Carolina, area."

Washington State Labor Council Launches First-of-Its-Kind Naturalization Legal Aid Program: "The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) is launching a program to offer legal aid to permanent residents seeking naturalization. The program will prioritize union members, helping members obtain the resources and legal aid needed to become citizens."

New Jersey Unions Distribute 2,000 Food Kits to Unemployed Workers During Heavy Rain: "Driving rain and thunder couldn’t stop New Jersey’s working people from helping out Atlantic City families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO, in connection with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, distributed more than 2,000 food kits to laid-off union members and their families."

Working People Demand Action: In the States Roundup: "It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states."

Economy Gains 1.8 Million Jobs in June; Unemployment Declines to 10.2%: "The U.S. economy gained 1.8 million jobs in July, and the unemployment rate declined to 10.2%, according to figures released Friday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The improvements reflect the continued resumption of economic activity that previously was curtailed because of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Activision Blizzard Game Workers Take Collective Action to Reduce Pay Inequities: "Employees of video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. are comparing their salaries after an internal company survey revealed that more than half of the company’s workers were unhappy with their pay. Activision Blizzard had promised pay increases after conducting a pay equity study, but many game workers have expressed frustration about the raises provided."

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 08/24/2020 - 12:04
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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: AFSA Hosts Town Hall on Strategies to Reopen Schools

1 month 1 week ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: AFSA Hosts Town Hall on Strategies to Reopen Schools

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Last week, members of the School Administrators (AFSA) participated in an “Ask Ernie” online town hall with their president, Ernest Logan. The event focused on sharing strategies on the issue of reopening schools. Logan said that safety and the mental health needs of students must be the highest priorities. “This is an opportunity for us to really talk about how we transform and be transformative, and what education looks like in the future,” he explained. “We need to talk about what it is that we need to do for our children, so that we’re able to allow them to be productive citizens going forward that can take part in the real cultural and civic life they should have.”

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 08/24/2020 - 11:04

Tags: Community Service, COVID-19

Kenneth Quinnell

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Labor Movement in Milwaukee Holds Food Drive, Calls Out Johnson for Opposing the HEROES Act

1 month 1 week ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Labor Movement in Milwaukee Holds Food Drive, Calls Out Johnson for Opposing the HEROES Act

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

The Milwaukee Area Labor Council, led by President Pam Fendt (LIUNA), held a Be a Hero” food drive yesterday. For the past week, union members have been pledging to donate food to support families in need. For each donation pledge, the Milwaukee Area Labor Council tweeted at U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, letting him know working people in Wisconsin were standing up for each other, since he took a vacation instead of standing up for families and passing the HEROES Act. Yesterday, all of the union members who made a pledge stopped by the Milwaukee Area Labor Council parking lot to donate their food and to support families in need.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 08/21/2020 - 08:59

Tags: Community Service, COVID-19

Kenneth Quinnell

From the Front Lines: Britney's Story

1 month 1 week ago
From the Front Lines: Britney's Story

“It’s always the right time to do the right thing.” My union leader, William Voltz, always says that Martin Luther King Jr. quote.

My name is Britney Andrews. I am a union shop steward with UNITE HERE Local 23 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before the coronavirus forced me out of work, I had been a bartender at Phillips Famous Seafood at the Charlotte airport for three years.

On Aug. 11, 2020, my union, ally organizations and I helped organize a food drive in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Charlotte as part of the nationwide action to call on senators to extend the $600 for unemployment insurance. Also, I was one of the 6,000 people fasting that day as part of the Virtual #FastAction. While that day was a long and rough one, it was transformative. I am inspired that over 6,000 fasters participated in the virtual event. The whole action really made me think about what my own neighbors may be going through that I don’t know about. It opened my eyes to a bigger picture. If I could do that action every week, I would. I felt like I was making a difference, even though I’m just one person.

We gave out food and gift cards in front of Tillis’ office to demonstrate the need that is in the community. And to remind Tillis that “It’s always the right time to do the right thing.”

The people we gave food to said “thank you” and “it’s greatly appreciated.” In fact, at one point a public transit bus that came by, the driver asked what we were doing, and a passenger took a bag of food. The need in Charlotte and the rest of the U.S. is real. The news doesn’t show us the real problems in the world.

Fasting while giving food to others was transformative. It made me think about what my own neighbor might be going through that I don’t know about. I think it is fantastic that 6,000 people joined the fast on such short notice.

I’ve fasted for doctor’s appointments before, but hadn’t had to do it for a whole day. Just fasting for a 24-hour period, I felt like my own stomach was eating itself. It was a horrible feeling. I can’t imagine how children, or any other human being, go without food for one day, much less multiple days. You just never know what someone is going through until you’ve gone through it. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have my own child sitting there and not be able to feed him. I would feel like less of a parent.

My children didn’t quite understand that I was fasting. I have two 5-year-olds, a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old. My husband and my mom were really supportive about the fast and the action. In fact, my mom is one of those people who will purchase more than she needs, so she can give the extra to people who are in need. Before the pandemic and being furloughed from the airport, I was able to donate school supplies for kids who may not have been able to get them. Now the shoe is on the other foot and I’m the parent struggling just to make sure that I can get everything on the school supplies list.

HMS Host, the company I work for, has notified me and my co-workers that we will be permanently laid off if we are not recalled back to work by October 15. This means I would lose my seniority and recall rights. My health insurance has already been cut off for months now. If feels like HMS Host is only interested in what their workers can do for them now, and that if you can’t do anything for them now, they’re not going to take care of you. 

It's not my fault that this happened. It’s not the government’s fault that this happened, but this is why we have a government to take care of the American people when unforeseeable things do happen.

The community needs to come together. I’m talking about the union. I’m talking about my neighbors, your neighbors, that aren't in unions. I’m talking about EVERYONE! Everyone speaking up together so that our voices can be heard. Why does it have to be about politics? The United States starts with UNITED; we need to come together and stand for what’s right! It shouldn’t be about the money and dividing people. 

Thank you to all the people who participated in the fast, all those people who have been calling in to their senators, and all those taking action. I wish Senator Tillis would have a conversation with one of us. He would get a feel for what one individual person, along with thousands of others, are going through in his state and what obstacles they’ve faced that they haven’t been able to overcome. But he hasn’t answered our calls, emails or questions. None of our questions or pleas have been answered, much less resolved. While this current moment is hard, and more trying times will come, I am glad to be part of our union and to have so many people taking action with me. I don’t think I would have the perspective I do now if I hadn’t met William and joined the union. I’m not giving up on keeping my job and I’m not giving up on this fight. I just want the senators to know, “It’s always the right time to do the right thing.”

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/20/2020 - 16:00

Tags: COVID-19

Kenneth Quinnell

Save the Post Office: What Working People Are Doing This Week

1 month 1 week ago
Save the Post Office: 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.

Actors' Equity:

ICYMI - We asked Equity members who have personal experience with COVID-19 to share their story living with the disease. Hear from member @bstokesmitchell and Equity Eastern Region Principal Councilor Allyson Tucker about how the disease affected their family. pic.twitter.com/YzoV5cqJHc

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) August 19, 2020

AFGE:

Union women know how important it is to vote—we vote on Election Day and in our unions, too. #100YearsOfVoting https://t.co/hxEJV35hkD

— AFGE (@AFGENational) August 18, 2020

AFSCME:

Participating in the #2020census helps determine how many resources our kids’ schools can afford — things like books, computers, facility management & upkeep. We all want children to be able to learn & grow in a safe, clean environment. https://t.co/NH7hA8LWm9 pic.twitter.com/zMelGdCBQy

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) August 18, 2020

Air Line Pilots Association:

ALPA Pilots: This Fight Is Personal—It’s Time to Speak Up!

Take action in our latest social media campaign: https://t.co/j8jPmrsHwW pic.twitter.com/lh8OrKGJB9

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) August 17, 2020

Alliance for Retired Americans:

ICYMI: Older voters in Minnesota won't have to worry about having to risk their health in order to make sure their ballot is counted. Republicans dropped their appeal to our voting rights lawsuit! https://t.co/NM3tgkIKjp pic.twitter.com/thw1Vfbtkb

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) August 18, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union:

This is why all public transit riders should be required to wear masks. https://t.co/XRtIvFX01J

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) August 18, 2020

American Federation of Musicians:

A program designed to promote music and those who make should not be taking the path of least cost and minimizing the very people and industry it promotes. #musicians #TheVoice https://t.co/mntZanvDLF

— AFM (@The_AFM) August 14, 2020

American Federation of Teachers:

"So many classrooms are quiet right now. The playgrounds are still. But if you listen closely, you can hear the sparks of change in the air." — @DrBiden #DemConvention #AFTvotes pic.twitter.com/5l0188jzp5

— AFT (@AFTunion) August 19, 2020

American Postal Workers Union:

The @usmailnot4sale campaign has a page of resources for members of the public who want to help #SaveThePostOffice https://t.co/yKtAW959gT

— APWU National (@APWUnational) August 13, 2020

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

📢🗞️APALA NEWS🗞️📢

The National Executive Board of APALA voted to adopt a resolution to stand in solidarity with the @Mvmnt4BlkLives and their demands for defunding the police and investing in Black communities #BLM pic.twitter.com/jgPG2khHab

— Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (@APALAnational) August 6, 2020

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

The PSP is the best way to protect our jobs, keep our airlines intact, continue serving all of our communities, and have the ability to recover once the virus is contained. #ReliefNow #ExtendPSP

SENATE: 888-848-4824
HOUSE: 888-907-9365 https://t.co/CkgYK2mUh6

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) August 18, 2020

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

The threat to our public Postal Service is too great for anyone to sit on the sidelines right now.#SaveTheUSPS https://t.co/KqiNie3Gvx

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) August 15, 2020

Boilermakers:

Spread the word for our sisters and brothers at @TSSAunion and all affected. #UnionStrong https://t.co/kUj7OG1Kiz

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) August 17, 2020

Bricklayers:

✊ Solidarity with BAC Local 4 Southern California in their persistent action against 🐀 Amalfi 🐀 in Los Angeles. #NoScabs #Scabby pic.twitter.com/umE59Xzsk6

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) August 16, 2020

California School Employees Association:

This is just one example of how school staff can and should be utilized to provide one-on-one attention for students during distance learning. Classified staff are #EssentialWorkers now more than ever. https://t.co/hdWPWP1sb6

— CSEA (@CSEA_Now) August 16, 2020

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

Today, we commemorate the work of Luisa Capatillo. She launched herself as a labor leader and organizer at an agriculture workers' strike (1905) in Puerto Rico. In 1912, Capatillo was also known as the first Puerto Rican woman to wear pants in the streets of Havana. pic.twitter.com/jm9XnZZtps

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) August 19, 2020

Communications Workers of America:

We stand with @ucwcolorado demanding safety and transparency at @CUSystem @CUBoulder to make this a safe semester. https://t.co/jLpTlRuxUu

— CWA (@CWAUnion) August 17, 2020

Department for Professional Employees:

This is what happens when we come together and support each other. #SaveThePostOffice https://t.co/8FwosEbkkp

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) August 18, 2020

Electrical Workers:

Too often anti-worker politicians want to eliminate everything we worked for. They think we won't notice. The best way to hold these politicians
accountable is to vote. Register and Vote: https://t.co/kgn5QaaJLP #IBEWVotes2020

— IBEW (@IBEW) August 19, 2020

Fire Fighters:

How #firefighters stay cool while fighting fires an extreme heathttps://t.co/BRADyav7bS

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) August 19, 2020

Heat and Frost Insulators:

"Being an insulator has changed my life for the better. It has become something that I will never regret, and I love it." To hear more about what Natalie and others have to say, watch this video: https://t.co/OAo1IvGmvO

— Insulators Union 🦎 (@InsulatorsUnion) August 19, 2020

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

Multinational corporations spending money on smear campaigns rather than paying their workers? Shocking. https://t.co/p1cAfnuCqA

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) August 17, 2020

International Labor Communications Association:

Here comes another week of online meetings. Since they're inevitable, you want to put your best electronic face forward. #1u #MondayMotivaton https://t.co/JURUZCAGWo

— Labor Communications (@ILCAonline) August 10, 2020

Ironworkers:

Total of 17.3 direct jobs are created per megawatts of generation over 25-year lifetime of an offshore project. #offshorewindhttps://t.co/xr1wkwKhQI

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) August 17, 2020

Jobs With Justice:

“They are threatening us to scare drivers and make us feel less empowered."@Uber + @lyft are both billion-dollar tech giants, but when it comes to following the law and giving drivers healthcare, they are petulant little babies 👶👶 https://t.co/Oz9xLWNbCQ

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) August 19, 2020

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

Voting elevates our voices and ensures the advancement of our families and communities! Will you vote? Comment below, tell us why voting is important to you! #100YearsOfVoting #Trabajadoras@AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/fb0fSihjD3

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) August 18, 2020

Laborers:

No, You’re Not Imagining Things. Mailboxes Are Actually Being Ripped From The Ground. #SaveTheUSPSNOW https://t.co/UlDfxcNfOb

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) August 17, 2020

Longshoremen:

Meet Colby Douglas,21, Special Olympics Golf Medal Winner in swimming, who spent 136 days in hospital battling COVID-19. Colby is part of the ILA Family.His father, George Douglas is a member of ILA Local 1804-1. https://t.co/EuJZcHsm0w

— Int'l LongshoreAssoc (@ILAUnion) August 17, 2020

Machinists:

It’s National #AviationDay and airline workers are facing the worst crisis in the industry’s history. Thousands could be furloughed on October 1.

Tell your Senators to support a clean extension of the airline #PayrollSupportProgram: https://t.co/h3WVjeb4TU pic.twitter.com/uS3na3Yl93

— Machinists Union ✈️🚊🚀 (@MachinistsUnion) August 19, 2020

Metal Trades Department:

The Federal Agency designed to protect workers is trying to destroy unions and weaken labor rights - NationofChange https://t.co/jzgfReXsf5

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) August 13, 2020

Mine Workers:

.@CecilRoberts makes an impassioned plea to #SaveTheUSPS! Call your member of Congress and Senators and tell them #USMailNotForSale #1u https://t.co/L7VIGKzXQx

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) August 18, 2020

Musical Artists:

From @OPERAAmerica: How do you craft an administrative resume that draws upon your experience as a performing artist? Learn how to adapt your resume to highlight your strengths and skills in an administrative setting. Link in below for more info: https://t.co/jb7AckDHzf pic.twitter.com/QIbpepe5p6

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) August 14, 2020

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

You’ll see some familiar faces of leaders across our Union in a video that was aired as part of EAA’s virtual Spirit of Aviation Week last month. Their voices are the voices that guide members of the flying public home safely 365 days a year. https://t.co/r1R22u4qbX

— NATCA (@NATCA) August 17, 2020

National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-CWA:

COVID-19 Return to Work Safety Protocols #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/eDbkm2vu4X

— NABET-CWA (@NABETCWA) August 17, 2020

National Association of Letter Carriers:

#HeroesDelivering for America! In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Postal Service is providing an essential service, and letter carriers are delivering critical goods to those in need. pic.twitter.com/WpT2vW3cSa

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) August 18, 2020

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

#HappeningNow! Caravan of excluded workers in Long Island demand @NYGovCuomo and the #LongIslandSix lead equitably and end the exclusion of NY’s immigrant workers! Will @KevinThomasNY @ToddKaminsky get behind the bill to #FundExcludedWorkers?? #YNosotrosQue pic.twitter.com/hPQf5JGCUR

— NDLON (@NDLON) August 19, 2020

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

“My eyes were watery, my face was covered in ash.” — Rosa, a California house cleaner who was on the frontlines of the Getty fire recovery efforts without PPE or health care protections.

She wants to pass #SB1257 and ensure workplace safety for all! https://t.co/6uYYGFCxxq

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) August 18, 2020

National Nurses United:

A message from @AFLCIO President Richard Trumka to RNs at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC as they begin to vote to form a union in the midst of #COVID19:

"Unions are meant for moments just like this one. Nothing is stronger than solidarity." #1u pic.twitter.com/dNHHqhG8nq

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) August 19, 2020

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

🚖 ✊🏾🚖 ✊🏾 https://t.co/K9NncwMXnZ

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) August 18, 2020

NFL Players Association:

#AthleteAnd Advocates – The time is now. Register to vote. Make your voice heard.

Players: you can check if you're registered and get access to your state's voting info here: https://t.co/LrVnWVyc5O https://t.co/EEkfuDUEoC

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) August 17, 2020

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Hear directly from #BuildingTrades members about why joining a union can change your LIFE.

(via @NYCBldgTrades)

Full Video: https://t.co/rrH9J1acNt pic.twitter.com/rmwwi3AUVb

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) August 18, 2020

Office and Professional Employees:

We owe it to those who came before us & those who'll come after us to not only exercise our hard-fought right to vote—but to take seriously the duty to vote for candidates who defend the rights of those whose livelihoods & liberties are being trampled on.#100YearsOfVoting

— OPEIU (@OPEIU) August 18, 2020

Painters and Allied Trades:

Senator @KamalaHarris has a 100% lifetime @AFLCIO voting scorecard.

Our union is working hard to defeat the lifelong union buster in the White House and is excited to get her and @JoeBiden elected in November.

— IUPAT (@GoIUPAT) August 12, 2020

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

“The right to collective bargaining is key to solving the crisis of economic inequality. ... The importance of unions has been even further heightened by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the national protests around racial justice.” @EconomicPolicy https://t.co/OreBmWjVMO

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) August 19, 2020

Pride@Work:

Congress has failed to deliver ANY relief to millions of immigrant workers who’ve been on the front lines but thus far excluded from government support. The House took action. @SenMajLdr, when will the Senate? #FundExcludedWorkers

— Pride at Work (@PrideatWork) July 16, 2020

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

It's National Aviation Day! PASS members at FAA & DoD know aviation is more than airplanes/airports. Equipment, radar, certification, mapping & more! Our members protect world's largest, safest, most complex air traffic control system. #NationalAviationDay #publicservice pic.twitter.com/N8FGWwAali

— PASS (@PASSNational) August 19, 2020

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

Essential workers - mostly Black and Latinx - are still not protected from #COVID19. As cases are rising to new heights across the country, New York must #ProtectNYHeroes and prevent a second wave.

Tell your state legislators to #ProtectNYHeroes: https://t.co/lmU4GGrNy9 pic.twitter.com/jxVBeIBlb9

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) August 19, 2020

SAG-AFTRA:

A Conversation with U.S. Representative @RepJudyChu (D-CA) (Replay)https://t.co/XSv2KWg3Wl

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) August 13, 2020

Solidarity Center:

483 aid workers were killed, kidnapped or wounded in 2019, the highest number since 1997. Health workers made up more than 40% of the fatalities—higher than any previous year recorded.https://t.co/0m7be6Oi4V

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) August 18, 2020

TCU/IAM:

Congress must act to #SaveTransit. Without $32 billion in emergency funding, our transit systems could face irreversible harm, the consequences of which will impact working families, essential employees & our economy.https://t.co/QenXyQaLqa pic.twitter.com/IedZkWvgA3

— Transportation Communications Union/IAM (@TCUnionHQ) August 11, 2020

The NewsGuild-CWA:

Hedge fund owners are systematically destroying #localnews—this can't stand. We need Federal support to protect newsrooms and jobs. Write your senators to help #SaveTheNews. https://t.co/xWtqIb7Q17

— NewsGuild-CWA (@newsguild) August 18, 2020

Theatrical Stage Employees:

IATSE Local 600 Southern Young Workers were in attendance at the Stone Mountain protests Saturday to take a stand against racism. #UnionProud #UnionStrong pic.twitter.com/FpDje3PZVw

— IATSE (@IATSE) August 18, 2020

Transport Workers Union:

This year – more than ever – we must support our aviation workers on the frontlines of #COVID19 Please send a letter to Congress today, urging them to renew the #CARESAct and pass a clean extension of the #PSP thru 3/31/21 #NationalAviationDayhttps://t.co/AxAUELYotR pic.twitter.com/lCfmSC9xVI

— TWU (@transportworker) August 19, 2020

Transportation Trades Department:

Although achieving women’s suffrage in 1920 was a major victory, it was another 45 years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 eliminated voting barriers for women of color. #100YearsOfVoting https://t.co/FUfqVBhPcq pic.twitter.com/MwoZLo1Tp7

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) August 18, 2020

UAW:

“We have to help our members, their families and our friends understand what the candidates stand for and how they will help UAW members, working Americans and their families. That has always been a strong part of the UAW’s mission." https://t.co/1csH95ItuH

— UAW (@UAW) August 19, 2020

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

Uber, Lyft Must Convert Drivers Into Employees, Judge Rules - Bloomberg https://t.co/3cksjxixch

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) August 11, 2020

Union Veterans Council:

Vets Pay Price as Attacks Mount on the USPS.

Veterans have fought to preserve democracy and freedom -- the postal service and our voting rights are key parts of this.#SaveThePostOffice #PostalService @APWUnational @NALC_National
https://t.co/dnmHCzgn4r

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) August 17, 2020

UNITE HERE:

One of our country’s most vital public services — the @USPS — is under attack. What do we do, fight back!

We need the Senate to act now and pass the HEROES Act. Tell your Senator: https://t.co/7MD99b7VTa #TakeBack2020.

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) August 19, 2020

United Food and Commercial Workers:

America's governors can save over 40,000 lives with strong mask mandates in all 50 states. @UFCW stands with @JoeBiden in calling for action to protect all American workers on frontlines of #COVID19.

New @Marc_Perrone statement: https://t.co/B7R9M0xIDppic.twitter.com/FFdZOXnpUT

— UFCW (@UFCW) August 13, 2020

United Steelworkers:

Dying Young: The Health Care Workers in Their 20s Killed by COVID-19 https://t.co/5tt8VNePHM via @khnews

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) August 19, 2020

United Students Against Sweatshops:

USAS alum: We need YOUR support! With campus reopenings putting students and workers at risk, we need a strong student movement to fight back. Donate now to help USAS train the next generation of labor movement leaders at our Virtual Summer Conference: https://t.co/KjFizOVl4D

— USAS (@USAS) August 14, 2020

United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers:

This year's National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is being held Sept. 14-18! Visit https://t.co/Gg9Pj5HIDW to find resources to help you prepare. #roofersafety365 pic.twitter.com/0k8DWbpkhy

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) August 19, 2020

Utility Workers:

Wherever there is a need, utility workers can always be counted on to step up!

Read more by @maholley99 in the @STLLaborTribune about how members of local 455 helped local charities that benefit children in Saint Louis, Missouri: https://t.co/XoBpCDScyk

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) August 18, 2020

Working America:

"This has sent a lightning bolt of electricity across a base that has been watching and waiting and looking for a reason to be excited about this race."

Read @WorkingAmerica Exec Director @MattMorrisonWA's full reaction to the announcement of @KamalaHarris as the Dem VP pick ⬇️ https://t.co/wzfF66iQxQ

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) August 12, 2020

Writers Guild of America, East:

Welcome @ChalkbeatGuild to the WGAE! https://t.co/AgaaxUZv16

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) August 18, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/20/2020 - 10:50
Kenneth Quinnell

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Iowa’s Labor Movement Responds to Devastating Wind Storm in Cedar Rapids

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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Iowa’s Labor Movement Responds to Devastating Wind Storm in Cedar Rapids

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

A wind storm that hit the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area last week with hurricane-force winds has left tens of thousands of people without shelter and electricityTent cities have popped up in neighborhoods due to widespread damage to the roofs of homes and apartment complexes. The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and the Hawkeye Area Labor Council brought together a strong contingent of union members on Saturday to help clear rubble and downed trees, deliver food and water, and perform welfare checks on elder residents in the community. State federation President Charlie Wishman (AFT) and Secretary-Treasurer Peter Hird (IBEW) helped lead Saturday’s event, which was sponsored by a number of elected officials who are former or current union members. The Hawkeye Area Labor Council, the Iowa Federation of Labor, the United Way and Teamsters (IBT) Local 238 are collaborating on a disaster relief effort in the greater Cedar Rapids area, collecting donations of food, water, toiletries, baby supplies, and batteries and flashlights.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/20/2020 - 08:59

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Kenneth Quinnell

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Bloomingdale Sends Support to Organizing Workers at Milwaukee Art Museum

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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Bloomingdale Sends Support to Organizing Workers at Milwaukee Art Museum

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

On Aug. 7, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale (AFT) sent a letter of solidarity and support to 150 workers at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) who are seeking union representation with Machinists (IAM) Local Lodge 66. “By raising your voices together for dignity and respect, you help guarantee that the Milwaukee Art Museum lives up to its prestigious reputation. Strong unions and good collective bargaining agreements lift up all workers, creating a vibrant economy and recovery for all,” she wrote. “I wish you strength and solidarity in the ongoing efforts to create a workplace where your voices will be heard.” MAM workers join a recent wave of art museum organizing campaigns across the country, including workers at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and, most recently, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where 89% of workers voted to unionize.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 08/19/2020 - 09:23

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Kenneth Quinnell

Are You Ready to Vote?

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Are You Ready to Vote?

One hundred years ago today, after a seven-decade campaign, the 19th Amendment gave the vote to millions of women across the United States. And although achieving women’s suffrage in 1920 was a major victory, it was another 45 years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 eliminated voting barriers for women of color.

That’s a lot of hard-fought, hard-won years of women making a difference through our voices and our votes. And nobody knows this better than union women, who vote at the voting booth and in our unions.

As we approach this historic 2020 election, mobilizing working women to vote is paramount to the goals of electing female candidates and candidates who advocate for women. Women are also critical to getting this country back on track in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and ending its disproportionate impact on women, especially women of color. We know that even as our vote is more crucial than ever, it is also more imperiled, with renewed voter suppression efforts and attacks on voting rights and our democracy.

Are you ready to vote? Go to www.workersfirstvoteunion.org to make sure you’re ready, registered and empowered to vote.

As we commemorate this centennial anniversary, let us lift up the names of our ancestors who made this day possible: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Lucy Stone, Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Maria W. Stewart and many others.

We honor their work by making sure our voices are heard this November! Get ready to vote at www.workersfirstvoteunion.org.

We also invite you to our virtual event, a roundtable discussion to celebrate women’s right to vote while uplifting the issues affecting working women. Please join us for a conversation between myself, AFT President Randi Weingarten, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Executive Director Alvina Yeh, Laborers (LIUNA) Women’s Caucus Co-Chair Cassandra Hammond, and Institute for Women’s Policy Research President and CEO Dr. C. Nicole Mason today at 6:30 p.m. ET. Click here to RSVP now.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 08/18/2020 - 11:46

Tags: Labor 2020

Kenneth Quinnell

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: ATU and Kentucky AFL-CIO Rally for Hazard Pay, Workplace Safety in Louisville

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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: ATU and Kentucky AFL-CIO Rally for Hazard Pay, Workplace Safety in Louisville ATU

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1447 protested Thursday outside Transit Authority of River City (TARC) offices in Louisville, Kentucky, to call for hazard pay and stronger safety measures to protect members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local 1447 President Theo Hamilton activated 75 bus drivers to participate at the rally, and the Kentucky AFL-CIO and other affiliated unions participated in solidarity. “This virus is like a bullet. It has no eyes. It’s catching everybody,” Hamilton told WDRB News. “A lot of my drivers are afraid—afraid to death—to come to work.” Five members of the local union have already been infected with the coronavirus.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 08/18/2020 - 11:23

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

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