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All Eyes on Georgia: What Working People Are Doing This Week

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All Eyes on Georgia: 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:

The pandemic has left thousands of theater professionals with no income and the very real threat of losing health insurance. The #HEROESAct will help provide coverage for COBRA premiums. Tell Senate to protect artists -

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) December 9, 2020


It is demeaning, dishonest and cruel for President Trump to support a pay freeze for feds months after he proposed a pay increase. Employees have been underpaid for years and deserve a raise, period. #1u

— AFGE (@AFGENational) December 9, 2020


Front-line workers battling the coronavirus pandemic have a critical need – child care assistance. Any relief package Congress passes must provide child care assistance to help these workers who are putting their lives on the line for their communities.

— AFSCME // #VotersDecided (@AFSCME) December 9, 2020

Air Line Pilots Association:

The U.S. #airline industry and its pilots are essential to the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Congress and government leaders must #ExtendPSP now to ensure critical infrastructure is in place to distribute a vaccine—American lives depend on it.

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) December 10, 2020

Alliance for Retired Americans:

Our loved ones are suffering and struggling to make ends meet while those who care for us battle a pandemic without protective equipment or enough hospital beds. We MUST move #ForwardTogether with real solutions to get the care we all need.

— Alliance for Retired Americans (@ActiveRetirees) December 8, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union:

Ottawa Local fighting back strong. #Labour #TogetherWeFightTogetherWeWin

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) December 9, 2020

American Federation of Musicians:

#Broadway #Unions #StandUnited w/@LocalOneIATSE In Lockout ... "Sadly, @MetOpera is using this pandemic to its own benefit to lower worker pay and eliminate conditions at work for perpetuity.. @afm @AFMLocal47

— AFM (@The_AFM) December 10, 2020

American Federation of Teachers:

ICYMI: Read & RT @JFT1559 @LaFedTeachers member Rosamund Looney's new blog about teaching in the "new normal" of #COVID19. #IamAFT

— AFT (@AFTunion) December 10, 2020

American Postal Workers Union:

In late November, 250 million people took part in what was widely considered the largest strike in history. Find out more about India's inspiring two-day general strike. #1u

— APWU National (@APWUnational) December 9, 2020

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

Huge s/o to our NC APALA member @SeeMiaRoll for her work organizing volunteers to canvass in Georgia! Keeping COVID safe and voters mobilized! #AllEyesOnGeorgia #AAPI2020

— Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (@APALAnational) December 7, 2020

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

🚨Flight Attendants & activists in #Vegas, be sure to RSVP to the upcoming #ReliefNow event outside offices of Senators Jacky Rosen & Catherine Cortez Masto!

Tuesday, 12/15
333 Las Vegas Blvd.
S Las Vegas, NV 89101

RSVP: #everydaycounts

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) December 10, 2020

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟. 𝟭 𝗺𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗧𝗼𝗼𝘁𝘀𝗶𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘀🍭𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺:

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) December 5, 2020


As Christmas approaches, #Boilermakers from @146Lodge are still getting Scrooged by #CESSCO. Here's the latest:

Help us share and add your name to #StandWith146. #BoilermakersUnion #UnionStrong

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) December 9, 2020


President-elect Biden needs a Congress that he can work with to help enact pro-labor legislation. Sign up to make calls for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock tomorrow from 6-8pm.

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) December 10, 2020

California School Employees Association:

CSEA's members know the importance of providing young children a consistent learning environment staffed with professionals who can identify the unique learning needs of each student. That is why we support #AB22 to fund TK for all of CA's 4 year olds.

— CSEA (@CSEA_Now) December 8, 2020

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

NEW DATE! Friday, 12/11 @ 5 to 7 PM ET & 8 to 10 PM ET! @CLUWNational will host a SNAPPY HOUR phone banking event to GOTV in Georgia! Sign up for a shift and encourage other union women to join! RSVP here:

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) December 7, 2020

Communications Workers of America:

Stand with Maximus workers fighting for a better future!
Send a letter to Maximus:

— CWA (@CWAUnion) December 10, 2020

Department for Professional Employees:

Solidarity with @SavetheMetIAOne! Shame on @MetOpera for locking out these union professionals during a pandemic! #SaveTheMet

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) December 9, 2020

Electrical Workers:

Members of Chicago #IBEW Local 134 are helping Illinois firefighters understand some of the hidden challenges presented by rooftop and utility-grade solar installations.

— IBEW (@IBEW) December 9, 2020

Fire Fighters:

Mission, TX Local 3609 Proud to Help Feed the Hungry

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) December 10, 2020

Heat and Frost Insulators:

As a mechanical insulator, your work will range from multi-million-dollar projects to regular maintenance. With training from an apprenticeship program, you will have the skills necessary to take on any project. Learn more here:

— Insulators Union 🦎 (@InsulatorsUnion) December 10, 2020

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

We stand with these workers!

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) December 3, 2020


A career at Iron Workers Local 512 was the unexpected right fit for this Millennial college graduate. #apprenticeshipworks #apprenticeship

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) December 9, 2020

Jobs With Justice:

This 1% includes US Senators @KLoeffler + @Perduesenate — they got even richer during the pandemic by using their secret covid briefings to inform their own stock portfolios, making MILLIONS in the process 💰

They literally got richer while GA got sicker

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) December 10, 2020

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

In Georgia, early vote starts on December 14! Make a plan to vote early. Your vote will have a critical impact on the policies that are passed in the next four years! ✊🏽

Find my early voting location: #VoteReady

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) December 8, 2020


May the festival of lights bring you blessings. Happy #Hanukkah!

— Machinists Union ✈️🚊🚀 (@MachinistsUnion) December 10, 2020

Metal Trades Department:

It is with a heavy heart that we relay the passing of retired MTD General Rep. James Seidl. RIP brother, God bless.

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) December 6, 2020

Mine Workers:

“Thousands of #UMWA members are unemployed right now, both in the coal industry and in other industries. ... Our members did nothing wrong, yet they and their families are hurting." UMWA International President @CecilRoberts

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) December 7, 2020

Musical Artists:

AGMA received notification today that the Metropolitan Opera has locked out the stagehands of Local One, @IATSE. AGMA stands in solidarity with Local One. FULL STATEMENT:

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) December 7, 2020

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

Every week on the Ali on the Run Show podcast, Ali Feller talks with inspiring people, like NATCA Denver/Centennial ATCT (APA) member and National Legislative Committee Northwest Mountain Region Representative Jenny Benjamin.

— NATCA (@NATCA) December 9, 2020

National Association of Letter Carriers:

Thank you for your dedicated service, Arcola Hall, and congratulations on your retirement! Arcola has retired after 33 years with the Postal Service. She’s a member of NALC’s New York City Branch 36. #PostalProud #1u

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) December 9, 2020

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

Necessary reminder.


— NDLON (@NDLON) December 8, 2020

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

As the Georgia January 5th runoff election approaches, take it from NDWA We Dream in Black members — voting is a key way to make a difference in our lives and communities. Make sure you have a plan to vote.

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) December 9, 2020

National Federation of Federal Employees:

It is with heavy hearts that NFFE mourns the passing of five of our members who fell victim to the very pandemic they were helping to combat as frontline personnel. #COVID

— NFFE (@NFFE_Union) December 9, 2020

National Nurses United:

Employers have taken advantage of every opportunity presented during the #Covid19 crisis to maximize profits.

NNU's new white paper "Deadly Shame," offers concrete solutions to protect patients and win equity for nurses. #ProtectNurses


— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) December 8, 2020

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

Check out these beautiful cabbies driving through Delaware on the way to DC to demand COVID relief for the working class not the billionaires!

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) December 10, 2020

NFL Players Association:

Adversity breeds resilience. Congratulations to @DeMarcusWare + his company @driventowin which is now an NFLPA licensee!

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) December 10, 2020

North America's Building Trades Unions:

#DYK: You can earn a scholarship worth over $7,000 from NABTU’s Governing Board of Presidents by enrolling in @RowanUniversity’s BA in Construction Management degree completion program 👀🔥

Visit to learn more today!

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) December 9, 2020

Painters and Allied Trades:

Every day our members are on the ground in Georgia reaching out to voters, fighting for a pro worker senate, and fighting to get the PRO Act passed!

— IUPATDC77 (@GOIUPATDC77) December 10, 2020

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

The #OPCMIA 12th Annual Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Fund application is now available on our website! Applications must be returned no later than April 1, 2021. Winners will be notified in July 2021 and announced in the Summer JOURNAL.

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) December 7, 2020

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

PASS remembers lives lost & valor displayed. President Roosevelt declared the following day: "No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory." And we did. #PearlHarborDay

— PASS (@PASSNational) December 7, 2020

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union-UFCW:

If you plan to shop in-person this holiday season, respect retail workers!

🛍️wear a mask
🛍️keep 6 ft of distance from others
🛍️hand sanitize before AND after shopping
🛍️treat workers with dignity and respect! #StopTheSpread #ThankEssentialWorkers

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) December 10, 2020

Roofers and Waterproofers:

If you’re working outside in the cold, remember to dress in layers to keep warm and dry! Find more tips at: #roofersafety365

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) November 30, 2020


Let's extend a warm SAG-AFTRA welcome to #contentcreators from @TheCurrent & @ClassicalMPR who voted to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union in a landslide election @MPRMusicUnions

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) December 10, 2020



— Seafarers Union (@SeafarersUnion) December 10, 2020

Solidarity Center:

42 #journalists were killed in 2020, part of a global trend that has seen 2,658 journalists killed in the past 30 years, per new @IFJGlobal report.

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) December 10, 2020

The NewsGuild-CWA:

Austin journalists are joining the Texas organizing wave! “No matter what happens next, we will continue to advocate for the readers we serve. But moving forward as the Austin NewsGuild, we are also choosing to advocate for ourselves.” @AustinNewsGuild

— NewsGuild-CWA (@newsguild) December 9, 2020

Theatrical Stage Employees:

Call us crazy, but maybe we shouldn’t give ultra powerful mega-corporations a license to kill workers in the form of blanket liability protection.

In America, it’s the employer’s responsibility to provide access to a safe workplace. Period.

— IATSE (@IATSE) December 10, 2020

Transport Workers Union:

The TWU is proud to endorse the AV tenets put forth by @SafeRoadsNow. We remain fully committed to ensuring that advancements in AVs are implemented in a way that prioritizes the workers who actually use, operate, and maintain these vehicles.

— TWU (@transportworker) November 30, 2020

Transportation Trades Department:

Yesterday, with his wife and daughter by his side, TTD president Larry Willis, 53, succumbed to injuries sustained on November 22 in a tragic biking accident. TTD Secretary-Treasurer Greg Regan issues this statement of mourning and remembrance:

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) November 30, 2020


We need to be using every tool available to us save millions of jobs and help American workers, including extending unemployment benefits.

— UAW (@UAW) December 9, 2020

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

"President-elect Joe Biden's new administration gives the Democratic Party the opportunity to reprioritize working families at the center of our legislative agenda."

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) November 30, 2020

Union Veterans Council:

Why is the #NDAA important? Well, it pays our troops. And specifies our defense budget. And clarifies defense policies for the coming year.

Unsurprisingly, Trump doesn’t care about any of that. Another low bar Trump can’t clear. #Veterans

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) December 8, 2020


Hotel workers have suffered a lot this year, and their union, the Georgia Hospitality Workers’ Union, are going door-to-door to make sure people vote.

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) December 10, 2020

United Food and Commercial Workers:

BIG WIN: @UFCWLocal1776 helped secure #PaidLeave for thousands of hardworking families in #Pittsburgh!

With a strong coalition of community groups, UFCW members helped pass a new policy that ensures workers with #COVID19 get the paid leave they need. #1u

— UFCW (@UFCW) December 9, 2020

United Steelworkers:

Our own Tom Conway discusses COVID-19 relief package on the Leslie Marshall Show, give it a listen, here ---> #USWWorks

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) December 8, 2020

United Students Against Sweatshops:

With universities putting profit over student and worker lives, USASers are leading the fight against unsafe campus reopening policies and worker layoffs amidst the pandemic. We need your support this #GivingTuesday to continue building the movement!

— USAS (@USAS) December 1, 2020

Utility Workers:

Wherever there’s a need, utility workers are on the scene!

Sign our petition NOW to show your support for utility workers, who deserve to be recognized as first responders. ✊✊✊

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) December 9, 2020

Working America:

"Shamefully, nearly 10% of U.S. companies have used the crisis to cut or suspend the 401(k) match...What’s their excuse? U.S. corporate profits hit a record in the third quarter, thanks to the federal stimulus bonanza underwritten by you and me."

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) December 7, 2020

Writers Guild of America, East:

.@CPJ_union's 1st contract:
> Minimum $58,000 for assistants
> 3.25% raise retroactive to Jan 1, 2020
> Salary increases of 2.25% in 2021, 2.5% in 2022 and 2.5% in 2023
> Health, vision, dental & life insurance
> 20 weeks severance
> Remote work policy

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) December 10, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 12/10/2020 - 13:18
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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: ATU Calls on Governors to Prioritize Front-Line Transit Workers in Vaccine Distribution

2 months 2 weeks ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: ATU Calls on Governors to Prioritize Front-Line Transit Workers in Vaccine Distribution

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.

With hundreds of transit workers killed, including 96 ATU members, from COVID-19, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) has called on governors across the United States to prioritize front-line transit workers in the first rounds of COVID-19 vaccin­­e distributions. ATU International President John Costa wrote a letter to every governor to inform them of the request and offer logistical support in vaccine distribution. “The recent promising news of multiple quality vaccines for the coronavirus has lifted the spirits of all Americans, including the hundreds of thousands of transportation workers who have been on the front lines working through this very dark period in our nation’s history,” Costa wrote in the letter to governors. “On behalf of the ATU, the labor organization representing the majority of these brave workers, we urge you to provide early vaccine access and availability for our members in the transit and school bus industries.”

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 12/10/2020 - 09:21

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: USW Members Help Energy Department Reach Cleanup Milestones

2 months 2 weeks ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: USW Members Help Energy Department Reach Cleanup Milestones

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.

United Steelworkers (USW) members at the cleanup sites of the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Kentucky, and Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio, helped the Department of Energy (DOE) reach two cleanup milestones this fall. The atomic workers’ conversion project reached a turning point last month when the Paducah site shipped the first load of depleted uranium oxide cylinders onto a specialized rail car bound for a federal waste facility in Andrews, Texas. The Piketon plant is in the planning stages of shipping its depleted uranium oxide to the Texas waste facility. Tom Lamerson, a USW Local 1-689 division 2 committee person at the Piketon plant, said, “You feel you’re doing a huge service to the community, the environment and the country. We are getting rid of it safely and efficiently.” In Paducah, the DOE also marked 25 years of successful operations in removing groundwater contaminants.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 12/09/2020 - 09:51

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

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On the Anniversary of the AFL-CIO Merger, Listen to How It All Began

2 months 2 weeks ago
On the Anniversary of the AFL-CIO Merger, Listen to How It All Began

On this day 65 years ago, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the country’s two leading labor federations, joined together to consolidate working people’s goals and activism in pursuit of a better tomorrow. The AFL-CIO’s first president, George Meany, spoke to the new federation’s first convention in New York on Dec. 5, 1955.

As we look forward to another year of fighting on behalf of the hopes and aspirations of working people, let’s take some time to look back at how it began and keep in mind the many who came before us, those who built the foundation upon which we now stand.

Courtesy of the University of Maryland, we can listen to Meany’s speech at that first convention, presented in two parts:

Kenneth Quinnell Sat, 12/05/2020 - 10:49
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Economy Gains 245,000 Jobs in November; Unemployment Declines to 6.7%

2 months 3 weeks ago
Economy Gains 245,000 Jobs in November; Unemployment Declines to 6.7%

The U.S. economy gained 245,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate declined to 6.7%, 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.

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

@BLS_gov reports payroll increased 245,000 in November while the unemployment rate edged down to 6.7% but that was because the labor force participation rate fell, so the share of people employed also edged down by 0.1% Big problem, rising share of long term unemployed. @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) December 4, 2020

The Black unemployment rate in November was 10.3% (still above the national unemployment rate for high school dropouts of 9.0%). A key reason the Black/white unemployment rate ratio stabilizes at around 2:1 is because of labor force participation rates changes. @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) December 4, 2020

This string is important to get the full picture of the depth of the current labor market crisis. Tragically, our economy and the plight of American workers has become partisan. Rallying our economic forces to serve American workers in need is not viewed as a common objective.

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) December 4, 2020

The failure to support state and local governments, straining from collapsed revenue and rising demands for services, will be a mark on Trump and the Republican senate as they leave office. A failure to fight even a "good war" to protect Americans from unprecedented death levels

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) December 4, 2020

Last month's biggest job gains were in transportation and warehousing (145,000), professional and business services (60,000), health care (46,000), leisure and hospitality (31,000), construction (27,000), manufacturing (27,000), financial activities (15,000) and wholesale trade (10,000). Government employment (-99,000) and retail trade (-35,000) lost jobs over the month. Employment in other major industries, including mining, information and other services, showed little change in November. 

In November, the unemployment rates declined for adult women (6.1%). The jobless rates for the other major worker groups showed little or no change for the month: teenagers (14%), Black Americans (10.3%), Hispanics (8.4%), adult men (6.7%), Asians (6.7%) and White Americans (5.9%).

The number of long-term unemployed workers (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) rose in November and accounted for 36.9% of the total unemployed.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 12/04/2020 - 12:40
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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IAFF Members Lead Campaign for Referendum to Hire Six New Firefighters

2 months 3 weeks ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IAFF Members Lead Campaign for Referendum to Hire Six New Firefighters

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 the Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 3432 in the small city of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, led a campaign last month for a local referendum to increase the property tax levy to fund the hiring of six new firefighters. “Having six new firefighters/paramedics will enable us to better serve the community without exhausting our members with excessive amounts of overtime,” said Local 3432 President Tony Thomas. “The IAFF was with us every step of the way. From help with campaign strategy and messaging to the development of yard signs, mailers and ads, the international provided invaluable service and support.” Voters passed the referendum 66% to 34%.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 12/04/2020 - 10:34

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

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Strengthening Collective Bargaining Rights: In the States Roundup

2 months 3 weeks ago
Strengthening Collective Bargaining Rights: 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 AFL-CIO:

Vic Fischer on what needs to happen now that the 2020 Election is over:
"The next step? Finish the process of recalling Gov. Dunleavy and his divisive agenda."@recalldunleavy#recalldunleavy#akleg#akgov

— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) November 20, 2020

Arizona AFL-CIO:

The Arizona AFL-CIO is preparing to organize constituency groups and would like to have your responses to the following survey:

— Arizona AFL-CIO // #VotersDecided (@ArizonaAFLCIO) November 20, 2020

California Labor Federation:

Almost one year ago, Google fired its workers for organizing. Today the NLRB declared Google violated US labor laws by spying and retaliating against workers who were organizing protests.

This is huge. The labor movement stands with you @GoogleWalkout! #Solidarity

— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) December 2, 2020

Colorado AFL-CIO:

"In truth, we all have a responsibility to do our part to protect others during this pandemic. Corporations are not excluded from this truth." #coleg #nofreepasses

— Colorado AFL-CIO (@AFLCIOCO) November 30, 2020

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

#PaidLeave is coming to Connecticut! Paid family & medical leave provides workers paid time off when they need to care for themselves or a loved one, or welcome a new child without risking their paycheck. @PaidLeaveforCT

— Connecticut AFL-CIO // #VotersDecided (@ConnAFLCIO) December 1, 2020

Florida AFL-CIO:

“This is already a crisis situation that will only get worse, especially after December when the CDC protections expire,” said Tom DiFiore of Bay Area Legal Services,"

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) November 30, 2020

Georgia AFL-CIO:

"We have the power to strengthen collective bargaining rights and ensure working people can set the terms of their employment."

Thank you @ossoff and @GaryPeters for speaking on these important issues and hosting labor leaders and members on today's Labor Town Hall.

— Georgia AFL-CIO (@AFLCIOGeorgia) December 1, 2020

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

Biden’s team has promised to prioritize policies aimed at women and minority workers especially devastated by the pandemic.

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) December 2, 2020

Iowa Federation of Labor:

BluSky workers in Cedar Rapids win victory against wage theft

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) November 30, 2020

Maine AFL-CIO:

Great piece in @MainerNewsCoop about brewery unions!

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) November 30, 2020

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

We are also proud to stand with our brothers and sisters at UFCW 1445 going into negotiations with @SaintVincentMA.

— Massachusetts AFL-CIO // #VotersDecided (@massaflcio) December 1, 2020

Michigan AFL-CIO:

On the International Day for the Elimination of #ViolenceagainstWomen, the @ituc is calling on governments to commit to a world of work free from violence and harassment. #1u

— Michigan AFL-CIO 😷 (@MIAFLCIO) November 25, 2020

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

We can all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Encourage your union siblings, coworkers, friends, family, and neighbors to download COVIDaware MN today: #1u #StaySafeMN

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) November 23, 2020

Missouri AFL-CIO:

"Right-to-Work", Paycheck Deception, and cuts to unemployment have been pre-filed.

Once again the Missouri Legislature is trying to undermine the will of the people and take money from our paycheck and CUT unemployment benefits during the middle of a global pandemic.

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) December 1, 2020

Montana AFL-CIO:

Let's work together to keep our families safe and healthy #maskupmt #mtpol

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

Nebraska AFL-CIO:


— NE State AFL-CIO (@NEAFLCIO) November 23, 2020

Nevada State AFL-CIO:

Front line workers deserve our appreciation. Thank you for working through Thanksgiving, and many other holidays, during such trying and troubling times. Glad to see President-elect @JoeBiden showing thanks to the #FrontLineHeroes, too! #MaskUpNV #UnionStrong

— Nevada State AFL-CIO (@NVAFLCIO) November 27, 2020

New York State AFL-CIO:

New York State AFL-CIO supports NYSNA nurses at Albany Medical Center in their fight for a fair contract

— NYS AFL-CIO // #VotersDecided (@NYSAFLCIO) December 1, 2020

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

What gets me out of bed in the morning is… by Dave C. on PBS American Portrait #AmericanPortraitPBS @DaveCoker_PFFG @IAFFNewsDesk #1u

— NC AFL-CIO // #VotersDecided (@NCStateAFLCIO) November 20, 2020


Working people across the country should never forget you were the first state Democratic Chair to oppose TPP, putting people over corporations. We know you believe in your heart our economy is unfair to working families, and you fought day and night to try to #UnrigTheEconomy

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

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

It is with great sadness to inform you Myrna Burman, former OK AFL-CIO Political Director and OPEIU #381 Union Member, has passed away.

A Memorial Service will be held:
Thurs – Nov 19 @ 11am

Join via Zoom:
ID: 853 9673 7630
Code: 0CRhNX

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

Oregon AFL-CIO:

Oregon AFL-CIO President @graham_oregon on @kgw explaining why workplace protection is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19: #ORpol #ORleg

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) December 2, 2020

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) November 25, 2020

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

Read Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (RICOSH) Winter's Newsletter. #1U #Safety #SafetyFirst

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

Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council:

Electing @ossoff and @ReverendWarnock to the US Senate means stronger unions, good paying jobs and healthier businesses. Georgia, let’s make that happen. #1u

— Tennessee AFL-CIO // #VotersDecided (@tnaflcio) December 2, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO:

Congrats. Welcome to the union family! #1u #ApprenticeshipWeek

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) November 13, 2020

Virginia AFL-CIO:

Wishing our leading lady of labor in Virginia a very happy birthday today! Wish Virginia AFL-CIO President Doris Crouse-Mays a happy birthday in the comments below!

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) November 18, 2020

Washington State Labor Council:

This is a fun and challenging opportunity to learn more about issues important to working families, our labor movement, public policy and the legislative process. Apply now! #1u #waleg

— Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) November 16, 2020

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Volunteer mask sewers continue to help provide virus protection to front line workers who are without. We are workers protecting workers.

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) December 1, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 12/03/2020 - 13:52
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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Rebuilding the Energy Industry: Wyoming AFL-CIO Comes Out in Support of Energy Rebound Program

2 months 3 weeks ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Rebuilding the Energy Industry: Wyoming AFL-CIO Comes Out in Support of Energy Rebound Program

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 Wyoming State AFL-CIO and its 18,000 union members are applauding Gov. Mark Gordon for investing money from the CARES Act into the state’s new “Energy Rebound Program” to keep energy workers on the job throughout the pandemic. The $15 million state initiative will save jobs in the struggling oil and gas sector. In a recent column for SweetwaterNOW, state federation Executive Secretary Tammy Johnson (USW) emphasized the importance of using the funding to keep in-state workers employed. “Done right, this cash will put hundreds of oil and gas workers back to work in the state. Yet this effort will miss its mark, if these dollars are not specifically earmarked to provide jobs to Wyoming workers,” she wrote.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 12/03/2020 - 10:07

Tags: Community Service, COVID-19

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Local Union President Elected to the New York State Senate

2 months 3 weeks ago
Local Union President Elected to the New York State Senate

Labor stalwart John Mannion has been officially elected to the New York state senate to represent a district in the Syracuse suburbs. Mannion is the president of a local New York State United Teachers (NYSUT/AFT-NEA) union and he received steadfast support in his campaign from the Central New York Area Labor Federation and its affiliates.

A popular high school teacher in his district, he leveraged his ties with his community and his regional labor movement to secure the win. “This year we have faced unimaginable challenges—an uncontrolled pandemic, the economic uncertainty that followed and a federal government that has failed to respond….As I head to Albany next session, I hope that my work there will help restore our faith in our elected leaders and government,” Mannion wrote in an email to supporters. His election to the state senate in a close race means that pro-labor senators will hold a 43–20 supermajority in the upper house for the first time ever.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 12/02/2020 - 10:59
Kenneth Quinnell

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: College Students Campaign in Runoff Election with Support from Georgia AFL-CIO

2 months 3 weeks ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: College Students Campaign in Runoff Election with Support from Georgia AFL-CIO

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.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reign of power over the U.S. Senate may be coming to an end soon if voters in Georgia manage to flip two seats in runoff elections early in the new year. Working people are campaigning in support of pro-labor candidates Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock. Students at Clark Atlanta University, with support from the HBCU Green Fund and the Georgia State AFL-CIO, led voter registration drives this weekend targeted at registering new voters. Students and volunteers also participated in door-to-door literature drops in Clayton County to remind voters about the runoff election on Jan. 5 and that early voting starts on Dec. 14.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 12/02/2020 - 09:53

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

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Amtrak to Give Horn Salute to Honor Legacy of TTD President Larry Willis

2 months 3 weeks ago
Amtrak to Give Horn Salute to Honor Legacy of TTD President Larry Willis

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Amtrak will honor the legacy of Transportation Trades Department (TTD) President Larry Willis with a horn salute. Larry died Sunday from injuries he sustained in a cycling accident near Great Falls Park in Maryland. He was 53.

“Larry was a true champion of the nation’s transportation network and the workers who make it possible,” said Amtrak CEO William Flynn. “Larry was a strong advocate for Amtrak and believed in the need for a robust, modern, well-funded national passenger rail network for the nation. Our thoughts are with Larry’s family, his TTD and labor colleagues, and all of those in the transportation industry that were touched by Larry’s deep passion and fierce advocacy for transportation workers during this difficult time.”

Amtrak engineers across the country will simultaneously blow one long whistle at noon ET on Wednesday, Dec. 2, to honor Larry’s life work in support of passenger rail and his deep passion and fierce advocacy for transportation workers.

“The collective hearts of America’s labor movement, particularly transportation unions, are broken by the tragic death of our brother. Larry brought a love of workers and a deep understanding of transportation issues to his leadership of TTD,” AFL-CIO President RIchard Trumka said. “He paid incredible attention to detail, always looking for opportunities to win more power and prosperity for the working people who move America.”

“For more than 20 years, Larry dedicated his life to the labor movement, working tirelessly to enhance the rights and livelihoods of those who work on the front lines of our transportation system,” TTD Secretary-Treasurer Greg Regan said. “His mastery of complex legal and regulatory issues set the foundation for TTD’s policy leadership, and raised the bar for demanding and enforcing worker protections throughout our nation’s transportation system.”

Willis leaves behind his wife, Amy, and daughter, Samantha.

“Larry’s passing is a reminder that we cannot take a single day for granted, and the AFL-CIO will honor his memory by fighting for the issues he championed and the people he loved,” said Trumka. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Larry’s wife and daughter, along with the entire TTD family, during this difficult time.”

Dennis Loney Tue, 12/01/2020 - 14:05
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Working People Plan Diverse Activities for Thanksgiving

3 months ago
Working People Plan Diverse Activities for Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving weekend, many working families will take time off to share a meal, either virtually or in person. Many others have to work over the weekend. And still others will be helping out their friends and neighbors during these tough times. Here is a sampling of the activities various unions will be participating in for Thanksgiving:

  • Maine: The 18th annual Solidarity Harvest, co-sponsored by the Eastern, Southern and Western Maine labor councils, is made possible by the efforts of more than 50 unions, faith groups and other organizations. This year, the project is expected to provide 1,400 Thanksgiving meals to union and community members who are experiencing hard times.
  • Indianapolis: The annual Circle of Lights event, presented by Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 481, this year will be a special made-for-TV-only affair, featuring Santa, musical acts from the Tom Wood Talent Search and the lighting up of Monument Circle to kick off the holiday season.
  • Kansas: Machinists District Lodge 70, in association with the Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation, has launched its Salvation Army Angel Tree program to collect gifts for children in the community.
  • San Diego, California: The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, in association with the San Diego Food Bank, distributed 500 turkeys and 600 meal kits to local families. The labor council also began collecting for its annual toy drive, which continues through Dec. 17.
  • Washington: The Washington State Labor Council is calling on members and supporters to stay home, stay safe and give to union-organized charitable efforts, including the Foundation for Working Families, the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council’s Presents from Partners and the Teamsters (IBT) Local 117 Toy Drive.
  • Chicago: The Chicago Federation of Labor teamed up with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, IBEW Local 134 and McCormick Place to distribute holiday meals to more than 2,000 union members and their families. Most of the meals were given to workers at McCormick Place, which has been shut down since March.
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey: Thousands of laid-off workers were assisted through Operation Feed Atlantic City’s Special Holiday Food Distribution. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey delivered turkey dinners, homemade treats and other groceries to ease the food insecurity that has gripped this resort region throughout the pandemic.
  • Oklahoma: The Central Oklahoma Labor Federation is once again partnering with the emergency assistance group Upward Transitions to distribute holiday baskets for union members and their families. Supplies such as canned food, hot chocolate mix and paper goods are needed this year more than ever.
  • Texas: Local unions, including AFGE Local 1920 and AFGE District 10 worked with Star Group—Veterans Helping Veterans to give away more than 500 turkeys and bags of fixings to local families.
  • Air Line Pilots: Members of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) across the country are participating in various holiday activities, including Pilots for Kids, which helps hospitalized children.
Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 11/25/2020 - 11:01
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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: UFCW Demands Action in Face of Shocking COVID-19 Failures

3 months ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: UFCW Demands Action in Face of Shocking COVID-19 Failures

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 United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Tyson Foods after at least five meatpackers died and more than 1,000 others were infected with coronavirus at the company’s plant in Waterloo, Iowa. The lawsuit alleges that employees were ordered to report to work even if they were sick. Supervisors allegedly bet money on how many workers would be infected.

UFCW International President Marc Perrone demanded that action be taken: “These stunning safety failures make clear that the Trump administration and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds care more about industry profits than protecting America’s front-line workers. Protecting our country’s meatpacking workers is essential to keeping our food supply secure. We are continuing to call on elected leaders to implement an enforceable national safety standard, increased access to PPE and COVID-19 testing, and rigorous proactive inspections. Without immediate action, deadly outbreaks like this will quickly spread across the Midwest and cause COVID-19 cases to spike even higher. Our country’s meatpacking workers, and the millions of American they serve, deserve and expect better from those sworn to protect us.”

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 11/25/2020 - 10:14

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

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Breakthrough for Organized Labor and Clean Energy

3 months ago
Breakthrough for Organized Labor and Clean Energy

Her goal was to go beyond good intentions and rhetoric. So Liz Shuler, as secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, the second-highest position in the labor movement and, as it happens, highest-ranking woman in the federation’s history, went to Scandinavia in 2019. She leveraged AFL-CIO’s relationships with their sister union federations to talk directly with top management at some of the largest renewable energy companies in the world.

The big idea was to make an example of offshore wind—a template for how union labor will build the clean energy future. 

Over the next year, she worked to bring leading renewable energy project developers from Norway and Denmark to the table with building trades unions. She connected state labor federations along the East Coast of the U.S. in a working group on offshore wind. She quietly talked with elected leaders. This is her forte. She comes from a building trades union; she’s adept at building bridges. And through months of crises, amid a pandemic, she kept the conversation alive. 

But Shuler isn’t one for self-promotion. She lets results speak for themselves.  

Here they are: a game-changing partnership that sets the standard for the entire offshore wind industry. And with it, an example for solar and other emerging technologies. 

It’s based on a model the Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council pioneered for the Block Island Wind Farm project—the first offshore wind project in the U.S. Now, Danish renewable energy group Ørsted and North America’s Building Trade Unions (NABTU) have a deal to use union labor to build multiple offshore wind projects up and down the East Coast.

Pick your adjective. Breakthrough. Landmark. The Danish fantastiske. However you want to say it, this is a big deal. It’s a framework for an emerging, high-growth industry. It involves a company ranked most sustainable in the world, and as NABTU President Sean McGarvey put it, “Our highly trained men and women professionals have the best craft skills in the world.” Now they’ll have a path to offshore wind work up and down the Atlantic coast. 

Development of 15 active commercial leases in the U.S. will support $25 billion in annual economic output and about 83,000 jobs in the next decade. This, and 30 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 1 gigawatt can power about 110 million LED bulbs. Multiply that by 30, and you’ve got a lot of power.

Plus proof of concept. Thinking of adapting to climate change as a matter of either-or when it comes to jobs is a false choice. President-elect Joe Biden made that argument when announcing his climate policy: “When I think about climate change, the word I think of is ‘jobs.’” And if you’re wondering what kind of jobs, in Biden’s 15-page plan, the word union appears 32 times. 

The announcement is progress on two fronts: clean energy for a sustainable future and jobs for economic recovery. With the future uncertain for sectors like hospitality, where workers are disproportionately women of color, an equitable economic recovery depends on pathways to good-paying jobs in high-demand growth industries. 

A little-known fact everyone should know: After the U.S. military, NABTU and its employer partners run the largest workforce training network in the country. And NABTU-registered apprenticeships are the gold standard for construction craft training. Offshore wind offers another accessible path to family-supporting construction careers. 

There is more work ahead to bring low-road employers in the renewable sector up to union standards. But the agreement between Ørsted and NABTU shows results—the promise of good union jobs. NABTU crafted the agreement language, and throughout the process, their leadership brought credibility and consistency. Ultimately, the agreement is a hopeful paradigm in workforce-development and labor-management cooperation. 

It was possible thanks, in part, to leaders building bridges with eyes on the horizon and a vision to move labor forward. As Shuler said, “This is the first big step toward the vision we share with President-elect Biden of a growing clean-energy economy powered by union jobs, and the AFL-CIO is pleased to be part of this growing energy market and looks forward to the future.”

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 11/24/2020 - 10:46
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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Iowa Federation of Labor Joins Legal Fight Over State OSHA Protections

3 months ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Iowa Federation of Labor Joins Legal Fight Over State OSHA Protections

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 Iowa Federation of Labor joined the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa and a number of other unions and advocacy groups in filing a federal complaint against the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Nov. 13, asserting that regulators failed to protect people from COVID-19 outbreaks during the pandemic.

President Charlie Wishman (AFT) of the Iowa Federation of Labor said his labor federation joined the suit because there seems to be a lack of concern for the health and safety of working Iowans. 

“Iowa OSHA is supposed to protect workers, not corporations. Now with COVID-19, we’re seeing more of the same, but with a new and terrible twist,” Wishman said. “When Iowa workers are exposed to COVID-19, it doesn’t threaten just their health and the health of their co-workers. It also threatens the health of their families, their friends and everyone they come into contact with. Worker health is community health.”

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 11/23/2020 - 13:44

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: RSVP: FLOC Benefit Concert ‘Songs for Justice’

3 months ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: RSVP: FLOC Benefit Concert ‘Songs for Justice’

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 Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) and the Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice, FLOC’s education and training partner, are hosting their annual Songs for Justice benefit concert virtually on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. ET. This event is the only annual fundraising campaign, and it serves as a night of community and celebration. FLOC President and founder Baldemar Velasquez and the Aguila Negra Band will perform a mix of traditional Mexican folk music. Suggested donations are $10 per person and the event will be streamed live. Click here to RSVP.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 11/20/2020 - 12:04

Tags: Community Service, COVID-19

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Voluntary Recognition: Worker Wins

3 months ago
Voluntary Recognition: Worker Wins

Despite the challenges of organizing during a deadly pandemic, working people across the country (and beyond) continue organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life. This edition begins with several groups of organizers who won voluntary recognition of their new unions.


Kentucky Democratic Party Staff Join IBEW: Staff at the Kentucky Democratic Party have joined Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 369, gained voluntary recognition from management and secured their first collective bargaining agreement. In a statement, the Kentucky Democratic Party staffers said, “We asked for support and recognition of our right to organize. Our leadership stepped up to bargain in good faith and ensure that, as Kentucky Democrats, we live up to our values. We believe deeply in the importance of building and maintaining long-term organizing infrastructure as a means for achieving an equitable and inclusive Kentucky Democratic Party. We came together and organized with a single, common purpose: to make the Kentucky Democratic Party the best possible workplace for everyone, now and in the future.”

WGAE Wins Voluntary Recognition for 200 New Members at Bustle Digital Group: Bustle Digital Group (BDG) today voluntarily recognized the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) for the purpose of collective bargaining after an overwhelming majority of employees in that unit signed authorization cards. BDG’s bargaining unit will include some 200 editorial, video, design and social staffers from its various sites. Lowell Peterson, executive director of WGAE, said, “We welcome Bustle Digital Group employees to the Writers Guild of America, East. Like thousands of their colleagues in the industry, they recognize the value and power of collective bargaining. Together, we can ensure that their voices are heard about the vital issues affecting their work and their workplace.”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram Journalists Win Voluntary Recognition of Union: Management at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram voluntarily recognized a new union at the request of journalists who will be represented by the NewsGuild-CWA. The organizing committee said, “We look forward to the start of negotiations, and we hope to form a strong working relationship that will allow us to protect local journalism here in Fort Worth for years to come.”

Milwaukee Art Museum Workers Overwhelmingly Vote to Join Machinists: A group of more than 140 employees of the Milwaukee Art Museum voted by 72% to join the Machinists (IAM). The new IAM members work in every capacity at the Milwaukee Art Museum, including visitor services, food and beverage, education and programs, information systems, facilities, and more. “I want to welcome these members to the Machinists union family,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “I’m so proud of them for educating themselves about the benefits of the IAM and working so hard for union representation and a voice in their workplace. Unions aren’t just for manufacturing workers; they have a place in every working environment.”

L.A. Union Members Win the Right to Form Public Health Councils: Workers in the Los Angeles area have reason to be proud after the L.A. County Board of Supervisors passed its ordinance to establish labor-led public health councils at worksites. The new policy was pushed by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and allows workers to set up their own health and safety enforcement committees on the job. Labor Council President Ron Herrera (IBT) explained that the policy’s passage is an important step forward to stemming the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. “Public health councils address the problem at the source by utilizing our most powerful and extensive resource—our workers—as our eyes and ears in the workplace, ensuring that public health orders are followed to prevent new outbreaks,” he said. The county’s Department of Public Health also will be charged under the ordinance with educating front-line workers on their rights to report unsafe working conditions.

UFCW Members at Kroger Agree to Tentative Contract: After months of negotiations, workers represented by United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) at Kroger's have reached a tentative deal on a new contract that will address pay raises, fully fund health care for associates and reduce drug costs for associates with diabetes. Carolyn Devitt, who has worked at Kroger's for 42 years, said, “We stood up to corporate and won. After months on the front lines of a pandemic, after already taking away our hero pay, they wanted to gut our health care, too. We weren’t having any of it. We stuck together, and they knew they had to back down. I’m proud of my union.”

Massachusetts Cannabis Cultivation Employees in Massachusetts Join UFCW: Workers at Cresco Labs in Massachusetts have voted to be represented by UFCW Local 328. Timothy Melia, president of UFCW Local 328, said, “We applaud cannabis workers for forming unions to make sure that, as this industry grows, workers are able to share in the success. The cannabis industry should be a place where workers earn a living wage [and] have access to affordable health care and protection from unfair discipline and discrimination.” 

UFCW Local 152 Members Ratify New Contract at ShopRite: More than 2,100 members of UFCW Local 152 who are employed as retail clerks at ShopRite stores in New Jersey ratified a new contract on Oct. 20 that protects health care benefits and raises wages. The four-year contract maintains no cost sharing of medical benefits for the lifetime of the contract. The contract also establishes paid sick days for members, a new benefit made possible with the introduction of the New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law.

SAG-AFTRA Agrees to Two-Year Extension to Video Game Contract: SAG-AFTRA reached an agreement with nine of the video game industry's largest companies to extend their Interactive Media Agreement for two years. The deal covers voice-over and performance-capture performers and will provide increased wages and employer contributions to health care and retirement. About the new agreement, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said, “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with the employers. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the entertainment industry, but work on video games, much of which can be done remotely, has continued. This extension allows members to keep working and have some certainty during an uncertain time.”

Michigan Nurses Association Affiliates With NNU: Earlier this week, National Nurses United (NNU) announced that the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) board of directors voted to join as an affiliate of NNU. “Solidarity is more important now than ever before,” explained Jamie Brown, RN, MNA president. “Health care executives and D.C. politicians continue to ignore the voice of those of us on the front lines while the pandemic only gets worse. It is time for nurses to unite and fight back.” The 13,000-member union of Michigan nurses will combine forces with more than 150,000 members of NNU nationwide. NNU leaders also highlighted the need for a strong federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been lacking up to now.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 11/20/2020 - 11:58

Tags: Organizing

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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: MM&P Members Rescue Downed Pilots in the Pacific

3 months ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: MM&P Members Rescue Downed Pilots in the Pacific

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 officers and crew of the Horizon Reliance rescued two pilots who had been forced to land their plane on the ocean and debark to a life raft about 1,000 nautical miles from Honolulu. The ship received an alert by satellite call from the Coast Guard on Nov. 6 and quickly began steaming toward position 80 nautical miles to the southwest. Aboard the Horizon Reliance were Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) members Capt. Mark Tuck, Chief Mate Steve Itson, Second Mate Joseph Comerford II and Third Mate William Laprade. Within two hours of spotting the downed pilots in their life raft, the rescue mission was successfully completed.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 11/20/2020 - 10:00

Tags: Community Service, COVID-19

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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Boilermakers Boost EPRI Certification Across the Country

3 months ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Boilermakers Boost EPRI Certification Across the Country

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.

Boilermakers (IBB) are ramping up Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) training and testing for advanced rigging at various sites across the United States, making the union even more attractive to contractors and owners in the construction sector. EPRI conducts research, development and demonstration projects across the United States and is an independent nonprofit focused on research in electricity generation, delivery and use. “Offering testing for this certification saves contractors and owners money so our members can get right in there and start working,” said Matt Wertz, the Boilermakers’ National Apprenticeship Program coordinator. “It makes our contractors more aggressive to get work and gain work.”

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 11/19/2020 - 09:34

Tags: Community Service, COVID-19

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#FundTheFrontLines: What Working People Are Doing This Week

3 months 1 week ago
#FundTheFrontLines: 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:

Equity members now have an additional way to access the online harassment hotline. Lighthouse now offers an anonymous reporting app available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store.

Read more in the member portal -

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) November 18, 2020


We 💙 the AFGE #BlackLivesMatter shirt. Thank you for supporting government workers! #1u

— AFGE (@AFGENational) November 17, 2020


At a virtual meeting with President-elect @JoeBiden and Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris on an economic recovery agenda, AFSCME President Lee Saunders reiterated the need for Congress and the president to act now to #FundTheFrontLines.

— AFSCME // #VotersDecided (@AFSCME) November 17, 2020

Air Line Pilots Association:

Plan on flying a #drone? Individuals who fly a #drone for recreation must adhere to @FAANews guidelines, including minimum age requirements, maintaining line of sight, and flying under 400 feet. Learn more about how to #flysafe at

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) November 18, 2020

Alliance for Retired Americans:

We don't need more federal judge confirmations, we need #COVIDrelief. Sign our petition to demand action from the Senate:

— Alliance for Retired Americans (@ActiveRetirees) November 12, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union:

This week, Int. Pres. John Costa met with FHE Health’s Janet Gerhard and Susan Roy at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center to discuss the impact of the #COVID19 pandemic and the importance of mental health during these stressful times for frontline ATU members. #fhehealth

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

American Federation of Musicians:

Ask the @csphilharmonic to reinstate its contract with the Musicians - Sign the Petition! Colorado Springs deserves great musicians playing concerts, teaching future artists, and bringing live music back when possible! #ClassicalMusic #orchestra #arts

— AFM (@The_AFM) November 13, 2020

American Federation of Teachers:

Today four #UnionStrong frontline workers will be joining President-elect Biden and the co-chair of his COVID advisory board today. Very happy to see @JoeBiden working with frontline workers!

— AFT (@AFTunion) November 18, 2020

American Postal Workers Union:

Postal workers standing united with all of our union siblings at @TCCLC_AFLCIO #Solidarity #SaveThePostOffice

— APWU National (@APWUnational) November 17, 2020

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

During an unprecedented election, postal workers
✅ Worked long hours
✅ Prioritized ballots
✅ Swept USPS facilities
✅ Made special deliveries to election boards
To make sure our democracy was safe. Now, we need to #SaveThePostOffice.

— Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (@APALAnational) November 17, 2020

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

“We’ve got to get relief in place now,” @FlyingWithSara says, especially for Flight Attendants and aviation workers who have already been furloughed. “You can’t retroactively restore lives, you can’t make people whole again.” #ExtendPSP #ReliefNow #EveryDayCounts

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) November 14, 2020


#Boilermakers are boosting EPRI training and testing for advanced rigging across the U.S. Find out what this means for the #BoilermakersUnion here ➡️

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) November 18, 2020


Great collaboration between our apprentices, coordinators, instructors, and business reps in Michigan. #BuildingCommunities #BuildingLives

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) November 16, 2020

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

With joy and pride, CBTU congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who have crossed the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes to win the 2020 presidential election. Our statement:

— CBTU (@CBTU72) November 7, 2020

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

Congratulations to @CLUWNational President Elise Bryant and @APWUnational Secretary-Treasurer Liz Power for receiving American Labor Museum's Sol Stein Awards tomorrow. Well-deserved!

Please click the following link for more details:

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) November 17, 2020

Communications Workers of America:

Today, we honor those who served.

— CWA (@CWAUnion) November 11, 2020

Department for Professional Employees:

"The triple punch is not just pushing women out of jobs they held, but also preventing many from seeking new ones."

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

Electrical Workers:

Why #IBEW members who love the great outdoors should check out the @UnionSportsmen Alliance

— IBEW (@IBEW) November 18, 2020

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

FLOC and the Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice are hosting our annual benefit concert virtually on December 4th at 7pm EST. FLOC Pres. Velasquez will perform traditional Mexican folk music with the Aguila Negra Band. This event is our only fundraising campaign of the year.

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) November 16, 2020

Fire Fighters:

Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely During COVID-19

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) November 18, 2020

Heat and Frost Insulators:

Did you know that you are able to receive a post-high school education without accumulating student related debt? A career in the trades beginning with a registered apprenticeship puts you right on the path to the middle-class debt free! Find out more here

— Insulators Union 🦎 (@InsulatorsUnion) November 18, 2020


IMPACT has built a reputation over the past two decades of creating job opportunities and providing a support structure for its participants. @BICMagazine #drivingsuccess

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) November 17, 2020

Jobs With Justice:

Outlined in this new report by @IPS_DC, @forrespect + @bcgproject are the 12 companies who profited the most off this pandemic.

This #DelinquentDozen is spearheaded by @Walmart + @amazon — both saw their profits soar during covid, yet conditions for their workers hit new lows 👇

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) November 18, 2020

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

PODCAST: El Desvío: Sí se pudo!… And now what? We went, we voted, we raised our voices! Now what? Union leaders speak about civic engagement and the future of our nation. Plus a timely analysis of our nation’s political climate.
Listen on your favorite podcast platform!

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) November 17, 2020


‘There’s a war on organizing, collective bargaining, unions and workers’: Biden wants to undo Trump executive orders on federal workers

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) November 18, 2020



We are so proud to welcome 141 new Machinists Union members to the @iammam_union!

— Machinists Union ✈️🚊🚀 (@MachinistsUnion) November 14, 2020

Metal Trades Department:

This 👇 right here says it all. President-elect Biden understands what the trades mean to a functioning America.

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) November 17, 2020

Mine Workers:

"On Thursday, a powerful voice joined the chorus of Remington Arms workers, rallying to convince the plant’s former owners to give them benefits they say are provided to them in their contract."

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) November 17, 2020

Musical Artists:

AGMA’s Constitutional Referendum begins now. The Board of Governors Revision will make AGMA more efficient, more inclusive & more just. 2 of its themes are in this video! AGMA’s Board recommends members vote FOR the BOG Revision & AGAINST the dues proposal

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) November 16, 2020

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, NATCA has had to change how it trains its members.NATCA Reloaded Committee member Chrissy Padgett explained the benefits for members of the Union’s virtual classes.

— NATCA (@NATCA) November 18, 2020

National Association of Letter Carriers:

St. Louis, MO Branch 343 member La'Tecse Litteken noticed fellow letter carrier, Rebecca Pearl, swaying as she stood in front of her postal vehicle. Shortly afterward, the carrier recalled, "[Pearl] started seizing."Litteken called 911, & Pearl was taken to the hospital. #Heroes

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) November 18, 2020

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

#News: Groups across California ask Gov @GavinNewsom, will you appoint a woman of color, immigrant workers rights champion to the US Senate?

Read the letter signed by groups across California: #ICEoutofCalifornia #WorkerMigrantJustice

— NDLON (@NDLON) November 14, 2020

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

Domestic workers have kept our communities safe during this crisis. @NYCSpeakerCoJo needs to pass Intro 339 and extend the NYC Human Rights Law to everyone.

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) November 18, 2020

National Nurses United:

"Our hospitals are overflowing with #Covid19 patients and are not prepared. Nurses know the right way to battle this virus, but employers and the government are not supporting us."
-Mary Turner, RN and President of @mnnurses, an NNU affiliate #ProtectNurses

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) November 18, 2020

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

Without action 6K+ will be left without jobs and in bankruptcy, after losing their retirement. @NYCComptroller says our plan is fiscally sound.

The @NewYorkStateAG investigating the crisis says our plan is just.

Lets go, @NYCMayor!

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

NFL Players Association:

Don't want to return to campus to finish your degree? @PSUWorldCampus allows you to transfer your credits and finish your degree online. Find out how TONIGHT @ 8pm ET:

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) November 18, 2020

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Congratulations, @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on your HISTORIC campaign and election 👏

Statement from NABTU President @SeanMcGarvey_:

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) November 7, 2020

Office and Professional Employees:

Our friends at @UnionPlus are helping 100 union members this holiday season. Visit the following link to nominate a union member for the #UnionPlusGiveAGrand contest: #1u

— OPEIU (@OPEIU) November 18, 2020

Painters and Allied Trades:

Our anti-union opponents like the Associated Builders and Contractors and The National Right to Work Committee have been sounding nervous about the PRO Act.

They know it will ban right-to-work nationwide and would dra­mat­i­cal­ly grow work­ers’ pow­er on the job.

Let's do it.

— IUPAT (@GoIUPAT) November 16, 2020

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

PASS thanks @TransportDems @RepPeterDeFazio & @RepRickLarsen for their leadership on this issue. Aviation safety inspectors PASS represents at FAA want their oversight strengthened & stand ready to implement these changes when bill becomes law. #aviationsafety #publicservice

— PASS (@PASSNational) November 17, 2020

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

Sharing a turkey dinner with your loved ones over Zoom? Make sure to buy #UnionMade products for your #Thanksgiving table! #1u

Check out the full @AFLCIO list:

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) November 18, 2020

Roofers and Waterproofers:

Interested in evaluating and improving your job site safety climate? The Safety Climate Assessment Tool for Small Contractors (S-CATSC) can help! #roofersafety365

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) November 18, 2020


Join us Thurs @ 6pm PT on as we honor those who have holistically portrayed individuals w/ disabilities & advanced representation for the disability community on-screen & off. #mediaaccessawards #sagaftramembers #representationmatters #inclusion #diversity

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) November 18, 2020

Solidarity Center:

Garment workers in #India are forced to stay overnight to complete orders, sometimes sleeping on the factory floor. "We're made to work continuously, often through the night, sleeping at 3am then waking up by 5am for another full day," one woman said.

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) November 18, 2020

The NewsGuild-CWA:

Maybe @LATimes wants to spend another $3million settling more #EqualPay complaints.

— NewsGuild-CWA (@newsguild) November 16, 2020

Theatrical Stage Employees:

IATSE's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Hold Elections for New Executive Committee

— IATSE (@IATSE) November 18, 2020

Transport Workers Union:

TWU flight attendants, pilot instructors, aircraft mechanics & our many other members who work each day to ensure that the flying public and our aircraft are safe are grateful to @RepPeterDeFazio & @RepSamGraves dedication to air safety at every level.

— TWU (@transportworker) November 17, 2020

Transportation Trades Department:

.@JoeBiden Fills Economic Posts With Experts on Systemic Racism

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


UAW President Rory L. Gamble met remotely with leaders from other unions, businesses and President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris earlier today.

— UAW (@UAW) November 16, 2020

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

Join the APWU/ US Mail Not For Sale day of action! Call your senators to save the Post Office. Call (833) 924-0085 or reply and we will connect you automatically.

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) November 17, 2020



🚪 3,000,000: Total doors of voters knocked nationwide

🆔 440,000: Infrequent voters ID'd for Biden/Harris

☑️ 125,000: Voters that sat out 2016

🙋🏿 287,613: People of Color ID'd for Biden/Harris#unitehere

— UNITE HERE #TakeBack2020 (@unitehere) November 18, 2020

United Food and Commercial Workers:

America's grocery workers bravely stepped up when our communities needed them most and they're still on the frontlines as the #COVID19 pandemic continues.

Thanks to @JohnFetterman and everyone standing with the courageous @UFCW members keeping our families fed during the crisis.

— UFCW (@UFCW) November 13, 2020

United Steelworkers:

With COVID-19 spiking again, we wanted to remind you of our USW resources designed just for you by your union:

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) November 17, 2020

United Students Against Sweatshops:

I just signed onto the @ucsdusas petition to demand CEO @pattymaysent rescind the racist layoffs of Tammy & Ashley @UCSDHealth! Sign and share the petition now: #UCSDisracist #StoptheLayoffs

— USAS (@USAS) November 16, 2020

Utility Workers:

Yesterday, in a speech about the economy President-Elect Biden made one thing very clear as he prepares to take office: he unequivocally stands with unions and supports expanding workers protections in the immediate term.

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) November 17, 2020

Working America:

"In CA, one of the world’s wealthiest economies, I should be able to afford rent and pay my bills as a driver. I shouldn’t be forced to scour for public bathrooms or work 70-hour weeks to do this job. But that’s what these companies have forced upon us."

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) November 17, 2020

Writers Guild of America, East:

Discussed at tonight will be a series of research-driven factsheets by @WriteInclusion to help guide writers rooms, writers, and all content creators toward better representation in their stories.

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) November 18, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 11/18/2020 - 16:08
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