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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Operation Feed Atlantic City Cares for Laid-Off Workers

6 hours 24 min ago
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Operation Feed Atlantic City Cares for Laid-Off Workers

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.

“When hardworking people are laid off,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech (IUOE), “the food we provide helps them feed their children while at the same time lets them know that their union family cares.”

On Thursday, Oct. 15, for the 11th time since the coronavirus pandemic walloped the casinos and related industries, brothers, sisters and friends from Atlantic City’s casino-related unions and other nearby affiliates volunteered their day to help distribute food kits to laid-off workers and the New Jersey Shore resort community at large. Members from the Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Operating Engineers (IUOE), Shore Nurses Union/NYSNA and UNITE HERE provided the strong arms and the warm smiles.

“I’m so impressed with everyone who dedicated their time and energy at every one of these,” Wowkanech said. “These brothers and sisters treated all the recipients with dignity and respect.”

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions, the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey held this distribution at Bader Field in Atlantic City, in an area where food insecurity runs high. 

“I’m proud and thankful for everyone who made Operation Feed Atlantic City possible,” said Wowkanech. “The organizers, our affiliates, our generous donors, the union members doing whatever it takes to make this run smoothly…for all of that, I am deeply grateful.”

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 10/20/2020 - 10:00

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IAFF Fights Opioid Epidemic

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 08:51
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IAFF Fights Opioid Epidemic

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.

While the world remains consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, another public health crisis continues to rage. The opioid epidemic has ravaged our country, and it’s estimated that in the United States alone, nearly 130 people die every day from opioid overdose. The Fire Fighters (IAFF) have launched a new online resource, “Responding to the Opioid Epidemic,” a 10-segment video and podcast series. The series provides an in-depth understanding of opioid addiction and treatment, addiction treatment considerations for firefighters, and responsible approaches to pain management for firefighters.

IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger said, “The U.S. and Canada are in the midst of a severe public health crisis caused by a surge in opioid misuse, addiction and overdose. Our members have a front row seat to the devastating impact of this epidemic and need more resources and training to continue to address this challenge head-on. We also have to work with all levels of government and community organizations to keep this crisis from continuing to grow.” Visit IAFF.org/Opioid-Epidemic to learn more.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 10/19/2020 - 09:51

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: CSEA Ramps Up Member-to-Member Election Campaign in California

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 08:33
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: CSEA Ramps Up Member-to-Member Election Campaign in California

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.

While California may not be a battleground state when it comes to the presidential election, there are still important initiatives and state legislative races on the ballot. The California School Employees Association (CSEA) is not taking anything for granted. Instead, the union is pushing hard with its member-to-member phone call and text message program. “It’s exciting watching so many members volunteer their time to support election efforts,” CSEA President Ben Valdepeña said. He pointed out that thousands of calls and text messages have been sent to CSEA members over the past few weeks, with the get-out-the-vote outreach set to continue leading up to Election Day. CSEA and its member volunteers are fighting hard to pass Proposition 15, which would create fair and reliable funding for the state’s public schools.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/16/2020 - 09:33

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Linda Chavez-Thompson

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 09:28
National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Linda Chavez-Thompson Wikimedia Commons

Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling labor leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Hispanics and Latinos have made to our movement. Today's profile features Linda Chavez-Thompson.

A second-generation American of Mexican descent, Chavez-Thompson grew up in Lubbock, Texas. An oft-told anecdote from her childhood told the story of a young Chavez-Thompson convincing her father that her mother should stay home and care for the household rather than working in the fields. She and her siblings threatened to walk off the job in support of her mother. Her father agreed and Chavez-Thompson got her first organizing victory.

In 1967, she started working as a secretary at the Laborers (LIUNA) local in Lubbock. As the only bilingual staff member, she soon became the union representative for Spanish-speaking LIUNA members. Before long, she was drafting grievances for workers and representing them in administrative proceedings.

Later, she moved to San Antonio and began working with AFSCME. In 1986, she began serving as a national vice president for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. Her accomplishments and hard work helped her become an international vice president of AFSCME in 1988, and in 1993, she was elected to serve as a vice president on the AFL-CIO Executive Council. In 1995, she won her election to become the federation's first elected executive vice president. She was the first person of color to hold one of the AFL-CIO's top three positions.

During her time as an AFL-CIO officer, Chavez-Thompson focused heavily on recruitment, particularly trying to convince more women and people of color to join unions. She also focused on teaching the importance of unions to young people. Even more successful were her efforts to partner with community groups in recruiting members and fighting back against anti-union efforts. She represented the federation and working people in a variety of organizations, including the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the United Way of America and the Democratic National Committee. She also was elected president of the Inter-American Regional Organization of Workers, a part of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

Chavez-Thompson retired from the AFL-CIO in 2007.

This post originally appeared on the AFL-CIO blog in 2018.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 10/15/2020 - 10:28

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IBEW Members Volunteer Labor of Love for Crisis Center in Missouri

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 08:35
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IBEW Members Volunteer Labor of Love for Crisis Center in Missouri

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 crisis center and shelter in Jefferson City, Missouri, now has bright, efficient lighting, thanks to a dozen Electrical Workers (IBEW) volunteers who were proud to lend a hand. The members of Local 257 gave their time and talent to help the community’s Rape and Abuse Crisis Service (RACS) spare funds that are badly needed to aid and shelter survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The workers at the center expressed their gratitude.

“We were glad to answer the call. That’s what we do as IBEW members,” said local President Joel Vanderslice (pictured on the right), who helmed the project. “And we want to thank RACS for everything they do, and for being such a great organization to work with.”

Through energy audits, RACS leaders learned that a lighting upgrade could save thousands of dollars in coming years, with the additional benefit of making their two-story building safer and more secure. The center, which can house up to 36 residents, was largely vacant at the time IBEW members were there volunteering, as the pandemic forced RACS to spread out its services.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 10/15/2020 - 09:35

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Working People Rise Up: In the States Roundup

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 15:34
Working People Rise Up: 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.

California Labor Federation:

Uber, Lyft and Doordash are spending $189,000,000 to write themselves out of labor law. Prop 22 is designed to keep drivers POOR and App-based rideshare companies RICH. Enough with the corporate greed! Make sure you vote #NoOnProp22!!! pic.twitter.com/1TzTEVWPva

— California Labor Federation #NoOnProp22 (@CaliforniaLabor) October 15, 2020

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

In CT, the median penalty assessed by OSHA for a workplace fatality was less than $4,000. This is unacceptable. @AFLCIO #1u https://t.co/QW7FdimOBg

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) October 9, 2020

Florida AFL-CIO:

“In Miami, it’s very difficult to make it on $275 dollars a week,” said Gonzalez, referring to Florida’s unemployment compensation payment. The federal boost of $600 per week is gone. “It’s basically impossible to survive with that money.”https://t.co/Q7k8BA4JfA

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) October 13, 2020

Georgia State AFL-CIO:

We’re past due for relief but @sendavidperdue and @SenatorLoeffler still can’t do what is morally required 8 months into the pandemic. Georgia’s working families deserve better. #HEROESActNow #Labor2020 #1u #unionstrong pic.twitter.com/f7Z3vXvu6w

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

Idaho State AFL-CIO:

We are happy to endorse @EllisforIdaho, a long time @iaff149 member! #1U #IdahoVotes #LaborVotes #IdahoPolitics #Solidarity #Labor2020 pic.twitter.com/8l7skjq1jD

— Idaho State AFL-CIO (@IdahoAFLCIO) October 7, 2020

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

Instead of using bailout money to keep workers, at least two companies restored the full pay of their top management.https://t.co/uVH7r7sMio

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) October 14, 2020

Iowa Federation of Labor:

Advocates plead for housing aid as eviction cliff looms https://t.co/X2N0CbZ2l5

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) October 15, 2020

Maine AFL-CIO:

Pretty sleazy that the Collins campaign is taking credit for ending the strike at BIW. The truth is, she refused to get involved, while taking tens of thousands of dollars from BIW executives in the lead up to the strike. https://t.co/Q54yVkDeRS #ShadySusan #FakeNews #mepolitics

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) October 15, 2020

Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO:

Thank you, @NCStateAFLCIO for the training and the phone bank tonight. MD/DC union members are excited to call union members in North Carolina. pic.twitter.com/UEDuGpyAKr

— Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO (@MDDCStateFed) October 6, 2020

Michigan State AFL-CIO:

Yes or no: do @migop “leaders” agree?

This shouldn’t be a hard question - yet they’d rather play politics than keep people healthy & safe. https://t.co/DavQIwwMpU

— Michigan AFL-CIO 😷 (@MIAFLCIO) October 6, 2020

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

19 days to make a difference. Have you voted? #1u #Labor2020 pic.twitter.com/850GmNboNA

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) October 15, 2020

Missouri AFL-CIO:

Amendment 3 is not reform, it's a trick. The politicians behind Amendment 3 know they can't win if voters learn what's in the fine print of their plan. We are voting #NoOn3. pic.twitter.com/A5S49Jb1mQ

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) October 14, 2020

Montana State AFL-CIO:

Visit https://t.co/7n5V9j3fz6 to see all of our endorsed candidates! #voteunion #unionstrong #mtpol #VOTE pic.twitter.com/mlpSMje6Em

— Montana AFL-CIO (@MTaflcio) October 13, 2020

Nevada State AFL-CIO:

In Washoe County, we were joined by over 100 volunteers to lit drop for @voteNatha, @Wendy4NVSenate, @AssmSkipDaly, & @JoeBiden! Huge thank you & shout out to IUOE local 3 for making today a huge success! #Labor2020 is in full swing with over 10,000 doors being lit dropped! pic.twitter.com/HxqR3Ws62P

— Nevada State AFL-CIO (@NVAFLCIO) October 11, 2020

New Hampshire AFL-CIO:

A MAZING! https://t.co/sLQEMFdxX3

— NewHampshire AFL-CIO (@NHAFLCIO) October 14, 2020

New York State AFL-CIO:

Agricultural workers in NY only earn overtime when they work more than 60 hours/week while workers in other industries earn overtime after working 40/week. Rectifying this inequality is a matter of human rights, dignity in the workplace & basic justice.https://t.co/xvdZkKldxa

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) October 15, 2020

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

REMINDER for our eager early voters in NC: @JessicaHolmesNC is the Fighter We Need as NC Labor Commissioner https://t.co/VlK05iZpHz via @ncstateaflcio #1u #ncpol

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) October 14, 2020

Ohio AFL-CIO:

Whenever working people rise up, we as @AFLCIO members are in full #Solidarity. #SafetyMatters

🇺🇸✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻🇺🇸 https://t.co/xtq23jv37W

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) October 13, 2020

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Delivering Election Mail - Video

Check out this great video sent to us from Ken Mayfield, President of the NALC Branch 458, regarding the USPS and their promise to deliver Absentee Ballots "securely, accurately, and on time."https://t.co/5PRBbIAke3

— Oklahoma AFL-CIO (@OK_AFL_CIO) October 15, 2020

Oregon AFL-CIO:

When workplace outbreaks push our state’s #COVID numbers up, unions must step up and defend our freedom to #worksafe. 5k cases from worksites. 24 dead. #OregonOSHA must do better. Speak up @ https://t.co/UYxxMGRMnC

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) October 15, 2020

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

We know that @JoshShapiroPA is fighting for workers, and our democracy, across the Commonwealth. We are proud to support him for @PAAttorneyGenhttps://t.co/sKk6Rhj5WF

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) October 13, 2020

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

#1u #UnionStrong #UnionYes #Solidarity https://t.co/L97HvNTJKO

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) October 13, 2020

Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council:

As we enter the final push towards Election Day, we'll be highlighting our impressive list of labor-endorsed candidates. First up is @GlennforSenate running for SD 10 in Chattanooga. Learn more about Glenn here: https://t.co/SH4YqzCGY2 pic.twitter.com/x1BGhMOOJl

— Tennessee AFL-CIO (@tnaflcio) October 14, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO:

Our country is counting on the Texas labor movement to deliver. Right now, Texans are voting in record numbers! Let's keep our foot on the gas and win this - TOGETHER. #1u #TXLabor2020 #Election2020 @AFLCIO

Join us tonight! Register HERE: https://t.co/niItEcyxFj pic.twitter.com/CKd2JXzPIM

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) October 15, 2020

Washington State Labor Council:

Thank you, @GovInslee and the people of Washington, for keeping our blue state off this list! #COVID19 #MasksSaveLives https://t.co/4LgHXEYWpi

— Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) October 12, 2020

West Virginia AFL-CIO:

Jim Justice now follows Mitch Carmichael’s lead and supports Right to Work? That’s not what he told us 4 years ago when he was begging for our endorsement. The choice is now even more clear: Vote @BenSalango ! #wvpol #righttoworkiswrong

— West Virginia AFLCIO (@WestVirginiaAFL) October 14, 2020

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Have questions about voting early or by mail? View our guide at https://t.co/2OS2lPnw9M to learn more about your voting options! pic.twitter.com/5b7nqvVjSl

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) October 14, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 10/14/2020 - 16:34

Make a Family Plan to Vote: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 14:59
Make a Family Plan to Vote: 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:

Actors' Equity is fighting for diversity, inclusion and the principles of equal opportunity for all who work in the theatre industry. By submitting your self-ID, you can help Equity fight against hiring bias and discrimination. https://t.co/p2c1r3DgSY pic.twitter.com/lguGMytUCI

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) October 8, 2020

AFGE:

All while @SecWilkie and @realDonaldTrump team up to take away VA workers’ right to a union and a fair contract! https://t.co/3ty6yPqjPr

— AFGE (@AFGENational) October 8, 2020

AFSCME:

By walking away from negotiations on COVID-19 #stimulus legislation, @realDonaldTrump has shown the true measure of his callousness and cruelty today. He simply doesn’t care. Read more about this tragic failure of leadership: https://t.co/qrZGSow3cS pic.twitter.com/4CoVBnZeRo

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) October 6, 2020

Air Line Pilots Association:

Attention ALPA pilots! ALPA has partnered with Cage Marshall Consulting to create a series of webinars for ALPA members who may need assistance or guidance during this current aviation industry downturn.

Register here: https://t.co/oKKruIfmdQ

*ALPA member number is required. pic.twitter.com/B6H3YONw32

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) October 8, 2020

Alliance for Retired Americans:

Are you planning to:

☑️ Vote early
☑️ Vote by mail
☑️ Vote on Election Day

Whatever you choose, just make sure to vote. (visit https://t.co/bsxrGohd0z to get #VoteReady) pic.twitter.com/JtnIticfUD

— Alliance for Retired Americans (@ActiveRetirees) October 5, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union:

As hero ATU members transport people during the #COVID19 pandemic, they deserve #hazardpay as essential workers on the frontlines. #TogetherWeFightTogetherWeWin #1u pic.twitter.com/EwsUtUJppW

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) October 8, 2020

American Federation of Musicians:

TY @questlove https://t.co/59QUWRrZ4b Many of our fellow musicians depend on residuals to earn a living and to feed their families. @The_AFM is asking the networks for a fair wage for #tvmusicians, healthcare benefits and parity in pay with other creatives. #RespectUs #FairPay pic.twitter.com/rIU7IxXdPM

— AFM (@The_AFM) October 8, 2020

American Federation of Teachers:

"#DoYourJob Mr. President get us the protective equipment we need to do our jobs, to save lives." Today, AFT has joined fellow unions & environmental allies to sue the federal government for its failure to provide #PPEforAll. @rweingarten https://t.co/97p6zlslAi

— AFT (@AFTunion) October 8, 2020

American Postal Workers Union:

APWU's Labor 2020 campaign is fighting to defend the public Postal Service this election season - sign up here to volunteer. *Do not click, share, react to or read this post on work time or USPS/federal property. https://t.co/j6nuexhyWg

— APWU National (@APWUnational) October 8, 2020

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

More than 11 million AAPIs are eligible to vote this year. Make sure everyone in our communities has access to their voting rights! Join APALA’s weekly text and phone banks! 📣

Phone bank: https://t.co/0vnPqAnWOo
Text bank: https://t.co/XUQ9YmBgcA pic.twitter.com/O1FudQ5Ifr

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

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

Tweet your members of Congress: https://t.co/PFfgWQZ9pu

Write your members of Congress: https://t.co/QUhCsGIXtG

Sign up to RSVP or Host #ExtendPSP #ReliefNow Events: https://t.co/iQQcW2KKBT

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) October 8, 2020

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

September is Pet Health Insurance month and @UnionPlus has you covered with exclusive union member discounts on pet insurance. Get a free quote TODAY 👉 https://t.co/zXbCkCmxH0 #1u pic.twitter.com/Ulf0H32ZB0

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) September 23, 2020

Boilermakers:

Congratulations to the 2020 #BoilermakersUnion scholarship winners! 🎉🎓 Read more here: https://t.co/XnT9GXwWM4 pic.twitter.com/GJW4IxKQUC

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) October 8, 2020

Bricklayers:

.@bacmwlocal7 apprentices getting the best masonry training in the business. 👷 https://t.co/0oTdSNfoR5

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) October 6, 2020

California School Employees Association:

#AB2234 will give school personnel commissions independence from district influence, ensuring staff receive fair hearings. Thank you @EdChau49 for sponsoring and @GavinNewsom for signing! https://t.co/GLQrrFGL6U

— CSEA (@CSEA_Now) September 10, 2020

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

PAY ATTENTION
There’s only 27 days until Election Day. Have you made your FAMILY PLAN to vote? No excuses. Get specific! Go to https://t.co/UiAn2wEnxO to get started. #2020Election

— CBTU (@CBTU72) October 6, 2020

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

📣 This is it: October voter registration deadlines are approaching in over 25 states for the fall elections. Check the voter registration deadlines here: https://t.co/uSL4Wps50n Don’t miss your chance to make your voice heard: https://t.co/zRFmBHJ5Mv pic.twitter.com/5riCoWxLvM

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) October 5, 2020

Communications Workers of America:

BREAKING: Labor unions representing millions of frontline workers joined environmental groups to sue the government for failing to provide #PPEforAll.https://t.co/HynuS1xzll

— CWA (@CWAUnion) October 8, 2020

Department for Professional Employees:

Kickstarter is paying for retaliating against an employee who helped organize their coworkers. #1u https://t.co/x1yGeVNoxx

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) October 8, 2020

Electrical Workers:

#IBEW photo contest deadline has been extended to Nov.1. https://t.co/7ygxHIAO0F

— IBEW (@IBEW) October 7, 2020

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

Black/Brown Unity Coalition is working to expand on code of conduct with police https://t.co/JJ0o1Jsv81 via @toledonews

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) October 5, 2020

Fire Fighters:

RT @SPFFAL534: While digging through union documentation we discovered these inaugural meeting minutes of the SPFFA; affiliating with the IAFF @IAFFNewsDesk dated Sept 23rd, 1937. A treasured piece of union history. @opffa @iaff13thdvp pic.twitter.com/6lLBTjjQwa

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) October 8, 2020

Heat and Frost Insulators:

You won't find your latest edition of the USA Magazine in the mailbox because it should be in your inbox!
Check it out, USA went digital!
Find all the great content at your fingertips. https://t.co/ybPZM84kqK

— Insulators Union 🦎 (@InsulatorsUnion) October 8, 2020

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

#WhenWeStrikeWeWin ! https://t.co/FG7E6Uqnzm

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) October 8, 2020

International Labor Communications Association:

You're on deadline! It's time to submit your best work of 2019 into our Labor Media Awards contest. You can't win if you don't enter. Deadline is approaching. https://t.co/Z5ZipUIwY2 pic.twitter.com/UJyWtkL6ai

— Labor Communications (@ILCAonline) September 11, 2020

Ironworkers:

Recent studies are casting serious doubt about the safety, resiliency, sustainability, and efficiency of Mass timber and engineered wood products like CLT. For more information, visit https://t.co/AqvFvJLIPQ pic.twitter.com/SMwVRanZfD

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) October 7, 2020

Italian American Actors:

GIAA - the Guild of Italian American Actors - is proud to join our sister union @ActorsEquity in endorsing @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris @carlofiorletta, GIAA president https://t.co/fy77Y2dcGd

— GIAA (@GIAA_Union) September 21, 2020

Jobs With Justice:

Seven months into a pandemic -- and we're STILL asking thousands of frontline workers to go to work WITHOUT the PPE they need 😷

Unions and activists have had no choice but to sue 👉 https://t.co/BszKDsP62w pic.twitter.com/h2Hp9vBqhT

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) October 8, 2020

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

Click here if you haven't registered✍🏽https://t.co/rvlwDWgH8Y...#Changeisintheballot #VoteReady #2020elections #Vote

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) October 8, 2020

Laborers:

The COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented global threat to our health and welfare, our economy, and our way of life! #VOTE for the candidate who has your back! #LIUNAVotes2020 #LIUNAForBiden #Covid

LEARN MORE: https://t.co/2aHuUtEd6S pic.twitter.com/LF3q41pNoi

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) October 7, 2020

Longshoremen:

@ILAUnion @TheILAmobileApp – ILA Employees covered under MILA will not experience a loss or reduction of the MILA coverage they had in the 2020 Contract year caused by COVID-19. https://t.co/r9OFHCBpRB

— Int'l LongshoreAssoc (@ILAUnion) October 1, 2020

Machinists:

In Pennsylvania, @IAM_Local_1776 is getting out the vote for #TeamJoe! pic.twitter.com/x1LMpSzJ8e

— Machinists Union ✈️🚊🚀 (@MachinistsUnion) October 6, 2020

Metal Trades Department:

The Coalition Chronicle spotlighted MTD President James Hart in its September edition. In the article, the newsletter highlighted President Hart's recent presentation to the DSB discussing the labor perspective on the issue of industrial capability ... https://t.co/14OQjyBKRB pic.twitter.com/s7rpdgNRYz

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) September 30, 2020

Mine Workers:

During these troubling times, we want to give a shout out to our members in Local Union 8431! These aviation bus drivers are located in Denver, Colorado. Thank you for all that you do! #1u pic.twitter.com/rLKvcXegCm

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) October 1, 2020

Musical Artists:

That’s a wrap! To access the entire series of safety webinars -- co-hosted by AGMA and @SDCweb and featuring our medical experts -- login to MyAGMA and, from the dropdown menu, select “COVID-19: A Collective Response.” pic.twitter.com/BoVLtwyy8x

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) October 2, 2020

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

Meet Tom Morello our honorary NATCA Brother and Union Activist:
We are so proud and honored that our brother @tmorello is speaking out to support @NATCA, NCF, and #SuicidePrevention. Please watch as our brother and legend calls on us to support one another, NCF, and @afspnational pic.twitter.com/Aq2nob3YUf

— NATCACharitable (@NATCACharitable) October 8, 2020

National Association of Letter Carriers:

An elderly customer's full mailbox alerted carrier Karl Herklotz. He informed a neighbor, who in turn called police to do a welfare check. The woman was found on the kitchen floor & had broken her hip. She's recovering in the hospital. #HeroesDelivering https://t.co/UroMgiVkjj

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) October 8, 2020

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

We’re EXTREMELY excited to work with @ernestoyerena + @obeygiant for the distribution of these incredible posters! #StopFascism #AltoAlFascismo #VoteAgainstHate #VotaContraElOdio #SoloElPuebloSalvaAlPueblo #MutualAid #UnmaskHate

More info: https://t.co/RceJATMGDo pic.twitter.com/Dd7oyG4bHl

— NDLON (@NDLON) October 3, 2020

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

The legacy of Black domestic workers is one of leadership and courage. Because of our ancestors, we are powerful. Learn about the #UnbossedAgenda and the work we’re doing to bring it to life. https://t.co/Xuv972UduE

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) October 8, 2020

National Federation of Federal Employees:

In what seems like the longest twelve months ever, NFFE ended the Fiscal Year in active fashion on the #legislative front. https://t.co/pawyXPx7sX

— NFFE (@NFFE_Union) October 5, 2020

National Nurses United:

We are heartbroken to learn of the death of NNU member Sally Solon Fontanilla, RN, who lost her life on the front line of #Covid19.

Our solidarity is with her family during this challenging time, and with all nurses in the fight for optimal PPE.https://t.co/KOdq2aMP6V

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) October 8, 2020

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

Cabbies are doing a SLOOOOOWWWW DOWN for debt relief.

No more bankruptcies! No more suicides! pic.twitter.com/Vbr2LLihlx

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) October 8, 2020

NFL Players Association:

The signs of a mental illness can sometimes be subtle–check in with someone you trust, or take the NFL Life Line Wellness Check: https://t.co/YJB2wg8Y0W. #mentalhealthawareness pic.twitter.com/uWdsBz34EM

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) October 8, 2020

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Throwing it wayyyy back today.

Watch this video of #BuildingTrades union members from 1929 😱 https://t.co/aAUXxpcvM5

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) October 8, 2020

Office and Professional Employees:

A president who cares about working people wouldn’t have intentionally reduced the effectiveness of OSHA. #BuildBackBetter https://t.co/S0tqbxmnao

— OPEIU (@OPEIU) October 7, 2020

Painters and Allied Trades:

When we stand together as workers, we have the power to improve the lives of the entire working class and the ability to transform this country so it works for all of us.

— IUPAT (@GoIUPAT) October 8, 2020

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

“At least 33 million workers are being hurt by the coronavirus recession... Fiscal aid to S&L govts and extending the unemployment insurance provisions of the CARES Act...would create or save 5.3 million and 5.1 million jobs...” https://t.co/u38yLwmmD7

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) October 8, 2020

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

From the beginning, current administration & political appointees have attacked bargaining rights of federal workers. JFK granted those rights in 1962 declaring they contribute "to the effective conduct of public business." PASS will continue to fight for our members' rights. #1u https://t.co/9noLlPgRBI

— PASS (@PASSNational) October 5, 2020

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

The #NYHeroAct creates enforceable safety standards to protect NY's essential workers. “It should have happened a long time ago,” said RWDSU member and #COVID19 survivor Beena Martinez. #ProtectNYHeroes

Read more from @StevenWishnia in @LaborPressNY: https://t.co/vY3dd5Mgks pic.twitter.com/geS89ixGcj

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) October 8, 2020

Roofers and Waterproofers:

Construction workers who work on roofs or other high places are at risk of being struck by lightning. Protect yourself during a storm: https://t.co/w5NYMoB4ja #roofersafety365 pic.twitter.com/MCoK1ENPN1

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) September 30, 2020

SAG-AFTRA:

What's your voting plan? Here's a handy checklist to make sure you're ready! https://t.co/KX2bPtjV5B https://t.co/Bh8usvGCed #sagaftramembersvote #sagaftravotes #VOTE #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/VESnapWCaX

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) October 8, 2020

School Administrators:

Our schools, which he demanded open in-person, lack the #PPE, #Plexiglass and technology to continue to operate safely in-person or connect all students online and cannot wait until after the election for a funding infusion.

— The School Leader (@AFSAUnion) October 7, 2020

Solidarity Center:

In #Bangladesh, 1 million+ garment workers have been fired or furloughed due to cancelled orders and buyers’ refusal to pay. Despite a govt package of $500m+ to factories to help mitigate job losses, workers report not being paid for 2 months or more.https://t.co/m2CfmPWkrx

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) October 8, 2020

The NewsGuild-CWA:

With the loss of 1/4 of newspapers in the past couple of years, we’ve lost journalists showing up community board meetings and keeping us informed on the issues that matter. We must support local journalists and #SaveTheNews.

— NewsGuild-CWA (@newsguild) October 8, 2020

Theatrical Stage Employees:

The "Friends" apartment became one of the most popular dwellings in the world thanks to ADG Local 800 Member John Shaffner. https://t.co/71t6xYpy8w

— IATSE (@IATSE) October 8, 2020

Transport Workers Union:

TWU International Representative Theotis James is doing some phone banking for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. You can also be part of the fun - tonight! Click on the link below to sign up. #GOTV #Election2020 #Labor2020 #Vote2020https://t.co/7OGvgLjtR2 pic.twitter.com/ux9ZFagw9f

— TWU (@transportworker) October 8, 2020

Transportation Trades Department:

Hours after Trump announced his positive Covid-19 test, his administration rejected a plan by transportation labor unions to require masks on planes & trains. Read more in @RollingStone:https://t.co/VGu9onon6J

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) October 3, 2020

UAW:

All voters deserve to have their voices heard without interference or misinformation.

For the information you need to cast your ballot, visit https://t.co/IE8ZROeUPc. https://t.co/SWKlg9aNBZ

— UAW (@UAW) October 2, 2020

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

Trump’s Manufacturing Record Stinks, Newest Data Shows | Washington Monthly https://t.co/iVPb16WKlw

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) October 1, 2020

Union Veterans Council:

Not just the flu... https://t.co/loU6Apa7xa

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) October 6, 2020

UNITE HERE:

#COVID19 turned us into frontline workers. We keep travel safe by protecting the health of our guests – but we need PPE & social distancing to do it. Thanks for the shout-out Sen. @KamalaHarris! #VPDebate

But when it comes to knocking in battleground states... we got it covered! pic.twitter.com/vZkW2Cr1DL

— UNITE HERE #TakeBack2020 (@unitehere) October 8, 2020

United Food and Commercial Workers:

BREAKING: 56,000 @StopandShop grocery workers just secured #HazardPay for bravely stepping up this past summer to keep families fed as #COVID19 continues.@UFCW will keep fighting until all America's brave frontline workers get #HazardPay they deserve. https://t.co/K7BlxHdY8B pic.twitter.com/fbl0L46whq

— UFCW (@UFCW) September 25, 2020

United Steelworkers:

Five weeks of free union education https://t.co/Z5yDhp9Amt #USWUnity

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) October 8, 2020

United Students Against Sweatshops:

USAS Coordinating Committee signed on and joined the @DenverLaborFed, and you should too! Justice for #ElijahMcClain ✊🏾 Drop the charges on anti-racist organizers! #DropTheChargesCO #1u https://t.co/OWEP2pHrCV

— USAS (@USAS) October 3, 2020

Utility Workers:

Ready to vote? Our union values and the ability to organize and have your voice heard is on the ballot this November. Don’t leave your future to chance - make your voting plan today. https://t.co/td0rVFohBX pic.twitter.com/XV1fzO9NSD

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) October 8, 2020

Working America:

Outdated labor laws and cuts to worker protections have worsened the effects of the pandemic and failed American workers. Workers’ rights are human rights.https://t.co/cxGIsakQTv

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) October 8, 2020

Writers Guild of America, East:

Collective bargaining will ensure that creative professionals at Parcast have a seat at the table. We look forward to negotiations and we welcome the @ParcastUnion to the Guild.

Read the full WGAE statement here: https://t.co/ZfkKUfuomP https://t.co/F4r93DtjWg

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) October 6, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 10/14/2020 - 15:59

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Wyoming AFL-CIO and Affiliates Register New Voters in Cheyenne

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 08:24
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Wyoming AFL-CIO and Affiliates Register New Voters in Cheyenne

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 held a voter registration drive outside at the Cheyenne Historic Depot Plaza on Oct. 3, as part of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 279’s annual chili cook-off, supporting the local’s Fill the Boot campaign in raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. It was the single best registration drive in Wyoming this year, a place where local races are often won and lost by a handful of votes. Another voter registration drive will be held Oct. 10 at the Electrical Workers (IBEW) hall. State federation Executive Secretary Tammy Johnson (USW) said: “We had a fabulous event with our brothers and sisters from IAFF, IBEW, Laborers (LIUNA), AFGE and the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The Wyoming State AFL-CIO is proud to be part of a giving, vibrant and growing union movement.”

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 10/14/2020 - 09:24

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: ‘Drive Thru to Beat the Flu’ Event Hosted by Hawaii State AFL-CIO

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 08:44
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: ‘Drive Thru to Beat the Flu’ Event Hosted by Hawaii State 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.

The Hawaii State AFL-CIO’s Labor Community Services Program partnered with My Health Solutions in anticipation of an active flu season amidst a global pandemic. To combat the “twindemic” of COVID-19 and influenza, a drive-through flu vaccination clinic called Drive Thru to Beat the Flu was held in Honolulu last Saturday and Sunday. “Our clinic was available to everyone with or without insurance. So many of our people have either been furloughed or have lost their jobs and their health insurance due to COVID-19. We know a healthier community is a way to get people back to work and create more stability in our lives. We intend to take this program to the neighboring islands in November,” said Catherine Lederer (AFSCME), director of the Labor Community Services Program. Some 700 people were vaccinated over the two days.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 10/13/2020 - 09:44

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Henry L. 'Hank' Lacayo

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 10:38
National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Henry L. 'Hank' Lacayo CSUCI

Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling labor leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Hispanics and Latinos have made to our movement. Today's profile features Henry L. "Hank" Lacayo.

A longtime staple of labor, political and academic circles in California, Henry L. "Hank" Lacayo was a force from his beginnings in the labor movement in the 1950s all the way up to his passing in 2017. He was born in Los Angeles in 1931 but moved to Mexico when he was young. He returned to California for high school. Upon graduating, he joined the Air Force. After his military service ended, Lacayo went to work at North American Aviation (later Rockwell International) in 1953. Within a few years, he not only became involved in UAW Local 887, he quickly rose to a full-time employee of the local and served as editor of its newspaper.

UAW President Walter P. Reuther encouraged Lacayo to continue his labor activism, and in 1962, he was elected president of Local 887, a position he held for 10 years. He represented more than 30,000 working people at Rockwell, both as union president and chief national negotiator for UAW-Rockwell contracts. His hard work led to an assistant director position for the UAW Western Region, covering nine states, along with serving as the region's political director.

In 1974, he moved to Detroit to work at UAW's national headquarters. He served as an administrative assistant to three UAW presidents and was appointed national director of the political and legislative department and later national director of the public relations and publications departments. He retired from the UAW in 1986 but continued in public life.

He created H.L. & Associates, a consulting firm representing clients in labor and management, government, community relations, senior citizen advocacy and international affairs. He actively participated in the California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) institute that bears his name, the Henry L. "Hank" Lacayo Institute for Workforce & Community Studies. He also advised presidential administrations, from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. He devoted time to civic duties, including strengthening the Ventura County Community Foundation and establishing the Destino Hispanic Legacy Fund that provides scholarships and other funding to the Latino community. Lacayo received an honorary doctorate from CSUCI and was inducted into the Pacific Coast Business Times Hall of Fame in 2012.

Check out this video tribute to Lacayo:

This post originally appeared on the AFL-CIO blog in 2018.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/09/2020 - 11:38

The Right to Vote Safely: The Working People Weekly List

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 09:39
The Right to Vote Safely: 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.

National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Henry L. 'Hank' Lacayo: "Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling labor leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Hispanics and Latinos have made to our movement. Today's profile features Henry L. 'Hank' Lacayo."

FLOC Co-Hosts Black/Brown Unity Coalition Peace Rally: "On Saturday, members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) co-hosted the Black/Brown Unity Coalition peace rally. At the end of 2017, the coalition came together and signed a historic code of conduct agreement with the Toledo Police Department that brought reform to the department and developed a community grievance mechanism."

ILA Secures Contractual Protections for Members Impacted by COVID-19: "Thousands of members of the Longshoremen (ILA) are set to benefit from an amendment to the union’s master contract with their employers at the United States Maritime Alliance Ltd. (USMX). ILA International President Harold Daggett told members in a letter sent last week that those covered under the union’s contract will not experience a loss of health care coverage because of any reduction in their 2020 work hours caused by COVID-19."

A Big Organizing Win in the South: Worker Wins: "Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with one of the largest hospital organizing victories in the South since 1975 and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life."

Texas AFL-CIO Fights for the Right to Vote Safely: "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, an anti-worker politician, is making a last-minute attempt to suppress votes ahead of unexpectedly competitive elections in the Lone Star State. With a month left to vote, Abbott signed an executive order on Thursday limiting each county to only one drop-off site for those voters who wish to turn in their ballots early. Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy (TSEU/CWA) responded, calling it an attempt to suppress the right to vote."

National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Esther López: "Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling labor leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Hispanics and Latinos have contributed to our movement. Today's profile features Esther López."

Economy Gains 661,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment Declines to 7.9%: "The U.S. economy gained 661,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate declined to 7.9%, 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."

MM&P Backs COVID-19 Relief Funding for Maritime Security Program: "Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) thanked the House leadership and supports the new version of the HEROES Act, introduced in Congress earlier this week to provide COVID-19 relief. The legislative package includes emergency funding for the Maritime Security Program, which provides America’s military access to a variety of vessels, including privately owned U.S.-flag ships operated by members of MM&P and other U.S. maritime unions."

Poor People’s Campaign Marches on the Supreme Court: "The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, led 100 leaders of different faiths in a silent march from Capitol Hill to the Supreme Court to honor the lives of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Breonna Taylor, and to remind us all of the importance and urgency of voting. 'My brothers and sisters, I would rather not be here to render judgment on what’s going on. But I do know there comes a time when the men and women of God have to call it,' Barber explained."

Vote for Worker-Friendly Candidates: In the States Roundup: "It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states."

UWUA Helps America’s Veterans Transition to Good Jobs: "The Utility Workers’ (UWUA’s) Power for America Training Trust Fund (P4A) announced last week it is the recipient of a $200,000 Lumina Foundation grant to help service members successfully transition into post-military careers."

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/09/2020 - 10:39

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: FLOC Co-Hosts Black/Brown Unity Coalition Peace Rally

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 08:00
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: FLOC Co-Hosts Black/Brown Unity Coalition Peace Rally

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 Saturday, members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) co-hosted the Black/Brown Unity Coalition peace rally. At the end of 2017, the coalition came together and signed a historic code of conduct agreement with the Toledo Police Department that brought reform to the department and developed a community grievance mechanism. The rally served as a call to action for all members of the community to unite and join the Black/Brown Unity Coalition to implement this agreement citywide. FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez said: “The job of the citizenry and the democratic society is for the people to take control, to reform, to change and to bring some kind of reconciliation to the harmful things in our institutions. But it takes a united front of citizens, of residents, of human beings to compel institutions to change.”

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/09/2020 - 09:00

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: ILA Secures Contractual Protections for Members Impacted by COVID-19

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 09:59
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: ILA Secures Contractual Protections for Members Impacted by COVID-19

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.

Thousands of members of the Longshoremen (ILA) are set to benefit from an amendment to the union’s master contract with their employers at the United States Maritime Alliance Ltd. (USMX). ILA International President Harold Daggett told members in a letter sent last week that those covered under the union’s contract will not experience a loss of health care coverage because of any reduction in their 2020 work hours caused by COVID-19. “Your officers are grateful for our USMX partners, who recognized that their ILA workforce became America’s heroic front-line workers during this COVID-19 pandemic, bravely and consistently keeping cargo moving in and out of our nation’s ports,” Daggett wrote to eligible members. “Health care coverage for our ILA workers covered under the national health care plan is an essential part of our ILA-USMX master contract. We are now assured that crucial benefits will continue in contract year 2021.” The new contract year began Oct. 1.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 10/08/2020 - 10:59

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Texas AFL-CIO Fights for the Right to Vote Safely

Mon, 10/05/2020 - 08:44
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Texas AFL-CIO Fights for the Right to Vote Safely

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.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, an anti-worker politician, is making a last-minute attempt to suppress votes ahead of unexpectedly competitive elections in the Lone Star State. With a month left to vote, Abbott signed an executive order on Thursday limiting each county to only one drop-off site for those voters who wish to turn in their ballots early. Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy (TSEU/CWA) responded, calling it an attempt to suppress the right to vote:

“All working families need to know about our power to change Texas at the polls is [yesterday’s] attempt by Gov. Greg Abbott to rig his own rules at the 11th hour to suppress the vote. Poll after poll shows Republicans losing their decades-old grip on power. Abbott's desperate order must not stand, and working families will not stand for it. In the most important election of our lives, working families will vote in record numbers no matter what Abbott says or does.”

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 10/05/2020 - 09:44

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Esther López

Fri, 10/02/2020 - 12:38
National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Esther López UFCW

Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling labor leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Hispanics and Latinos have contributed to our movement. Today's profile features Esther López.

López first connected with the labor movement in high school. Because she was bilingual, she volunteered to register Latino voters and get them to the polls. From there, she never turned back.

As her post-school career progressed, she began to play an active role in improving labor conditions in Illinois. She served as deputy chief of staff for the state's Department of Labor before going on to lead the department.

In November 2006, López joined the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) as director of the Civil Rights and Community Action Department. She served on the front lines of battles against voter suppression, ending exploitation of refugees, expanding opportunities for women and pursuing LGBTQ equality, including overseeing the launch of UFCW's LGBTQ constituency group, OUTreach. She created the UFCW's Union Citizenship Action Network (UCAN), which focused on helping union members get on the path to ctizenship. She is recognized as a national leader on immigration reform and civil, human and labor rights.

López has helped transform the UFCW into a more diverse union. She developed and administered two diversity surveys that helped UFCW leadership become more reflective of the union's membership.

In 2016, López was elected to the position of international secretary-treasurer for UFCW, and she was re-elected at the union's 2018 convention in Las Vegas. She also currently serves on the national boards of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Jobs With Justice, the Center for Community Change, the National Consumers League and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.

This post originally appeared on the AFL-CIO blog in 2018.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/02/2020 - 13:38

Economy Gains 661,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment Declines to 7.9%

Fri, 10/02/2020 - 11:12
Economy Gains 661,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment Declines to 7.9%

The U.S. economy gained 661,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate declined to 7.9%, 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 September job numbers, AFL-CIO Chief Economist William Spriggs tweeted:

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 661,000 in September, and the unemployment rate declined to 7.9 percent. Employment dropped for women, so this decline reflects lower labor force participation for women. @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 2, 2020

 

#JobsReport unemployment rate dropped, but the share of white women and of Black men who were employed dropped, both their labor force participation rates dropped, so the 7.9% unemployment rate is not showing that much improvement for workers. @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 2, 2020

 

#JobsReport for the second straight month, the unemployment rate for high school dropouts fell, this time from 12.6 to 10.6%--that rate for high school dropouts is lower than THE Black unemployment rate of 12.1%. @AFLCIO @gbenga_ajilore @rolandsmartin @CBTU72

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 2, 2020

 

The job market remains a challenge: 1) for women who head families, their unemployment rate only fell from 10.4 to 10.0%; 2) for Blacks the unemployment rate is 12.1%; 3) for immigrant women the unemployment rate is 11.2%; 4) the Hispanic unemployment rate is 10.3%. @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 2, 2020

 

#JobsReport as a rising share of the unemployed are long term unemployed (over 26 weeks) it gets increasingly difficult to clear the backlog. The other challenge is getting them help since regular state unemployment insurance maxes out at 26 weeks; why the #HeroesAct is important pic.twitter.com/hDvhyg9ij1

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 2, 2020

 

#JobsReport and the challenges of the market are complicated by this developing switch from falling temporary layoffs to rising permanent job losses. January will start with a very scarred labor market. What has appeared quick healing is now calcifying. @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/k6BigT5izS

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 2, 2020

 

#JobsReport numerous research studies done of the Great Recession showed that unemployment insurance generosity played a role in keeping people in the labor force. The loss of $600 in Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation does not appear to have made LFPR increase. @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 2, 2020

 

#JopbsReport in the private sector, all industries showed some growth, with most of the job bounce back in the heavily hit restaurant and retail sectors. But, payroll growth has moderated overall. @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/tWoaT5VNwe

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 2, 2020

Last month's biggest job gains were in leisure and hospitality (318,000), retail trade (142,000), health care and social assistance (108,000), professional and business services (89,000), transportation and warehousing (74,000), manufacturing (66,000), financial activities (37,000), other services (36,000), information grew (27,000), construction (26,000) and wholesale trade (19,000). Government (-216,000) and private education (-69,000) saw job losses. Employment changed little in mining over the month.

In September, the unemployment rates declined for Black Americans (12.1%), Asians (8.9%), adult women (7.7%), adult men (7.4%) and White Americans (7.0%). The rates for teenagers (15.9%) and Hispanics (10.3%) showed little change over the month.

The number of long-term unemployed workers (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) rose in September.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/02/2020 - 12:12

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: MM&P Backs COVID-19 Relief Funding for Maritime Security Program

Fri, 10/02/2020 - 09:48
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: MM&P Backs COVID-19 Relief Funding for Maritime Security 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.

Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) thanked the House leadership and supports the new version of the HEROES Act, introduced in Congress earlier this week to provide COVID-19 relief. The legislative package includes emergency funding for the Maritime Security Program, which provides America’s military access to a variety of vessels, including privately owned U.S.-flag ships operated by members of MM&P and other U.S. maritime unions. “Increased funding is needed to maintain the supply chain for American troops overseas and keep the U.S. flag flying aboard merchant ships engaged in international trade,” said MM&P President Donald Marcus. The legislation provides an additional $500,000 in fiscal year 2021 for each vessel participating in the Maritime Security Program.

The union explained that additional funding is necessary due to the unexpected costs associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the provision of personal protective equipment and expenses incurred in providing sufficient crew and relief crews in U.S. and foreign ports. The loss of revenue because of a severe reduction of cargo in many sectors of the industry, as well as the losses incurred by vessels delayed in quarantine while battling COVID-19 outbreaks, has led to a funding shortage. “American merchant mariners have dangerous jobs under the best of circumstances. Today, during COVID-19, grave risks to health and safety and the pressures of extended assignments and isolation aboard ship create working and living condition hardships for seafarers that have been unmatched in living memory during peacetime. However, whether it be in war or in a crisis like COVID-19, the U.S. merchant marine delivers,” Marcus said, “and American merchant mariners continue to do their duty as they always have, with the highest degree of professionalism and patriotism.”

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/02/2020 - 10:48

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Poor People’s Campaign Marches on the Supreme Court

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 08:28
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Poor People’s Campaign Marches on the Supreme Court

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 Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, led 100 leaders of different faiths in a silent march from Capitol Hill to the Supreme Court to honor the lives of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Breonna Taylor, and to remind us all of the importance and urgency of voting. “My brothers and sisters, I would rather not be here to render judgment on what’s going on. But I do know there comes a time when the men and women of God have to call it,” Barber explained. “This isn’t about left or right, this is about sin and unrighteousness. It’s about time we use that word in Washington, D.C. It’s about time we call it what it is.” Faith leaders spoke on the steps of the Supreme Court about the injustice America is experiencing. Watch the full event here.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 10/01/2020 - 09:28

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Vote for Worker-Friendly Candidates: In the States Roundup

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 11:47
Vote for Worker-Friendly Candidates: 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:

On Day 26 of Labor Month, we thank our nurses like Kimberly Kluckman, member of @AlaskaNurses and nurse at Providence, who are on the frontlines of #COVIDー19. Again, for their sake, let’s remember to mask up, wash our hands, and socially distance.#alaskaunionstrong #nursesrock pic.twitter.com/wtnu66oBYK

— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) September 26, 2020

California Labor Federation:

We can smell the desperation through the app. Shameful. #NoOnProp22 https://t.co/PY2S3q1wY6

— California Labor Federation #NoOnProp22 (@CaliforniaLabor) September 28, 2020

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

.@AFSCMECT4 Exec. Dir. Jody Barr: "Once again, the state ends up hiring outside consultants rather than partnering with workers to find savings and plan for the future." https://t.co/D0RZlPcirI

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) September 28, 2020

Florida AFL-CIO:

Happening Now: The Florida AFL-CIO joins State Senator @JoseJavierJJR and Labor and community leaders to discuss Florida’s minimum wage, Amendment 2, and protecting the Citizens’ Initiative process.https://t.co/Inr9XfzJE1

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) September 29, 2020

Georgia State AFL-CIO:

Final Round: @KimforGeorgia @MatielynJones @AuforGA @SenGloriaButler and @SarahZBeeson! 🗳 #Labor2020 pic.twitter.com/L82zaUq3po

— Georgia AFL-CIO (@AFLCIOGeorgia) September 28, 2020

Illinois AFL-CIO:

Union workers now have a voice as Illinois looks to build more clean energy projects. Thanks for your work, @climatejobsil. #twill

— Illinois AFL-CIO (@ILAFLCIO) September 14, 2020

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

From silencing their voices to depressing their incomes to endangering their lives, the president has consistently abused working Americans.

https://t.co/SbBg6xiUWl

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) September 28, 2020

Iowa Federation of Labor:

Postal workers say they are ready for the mail-in voting surge https://t.co/MBkCQhdAeW

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) September 27, 2020

Maine AFL-CIO:

SOLIDARITY! #UnionStrong https://t.co/Y5K4TUjSGj

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) September 23, 2020

Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO:

Take the pledge to commit to social, racial, and economic justice. #PoorPeoplesCampaign https://t.co/FVLjimLOtg

— Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO (@MDDCStateFed) September 15, 2020

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

Tonight, we mourn the loss of one of the greatest Supreme Court Justices in our nation’s history. Justice Ginsburg spent her career fighting for working families. We all owe her a debt of gratitude. #ThankYouRBG #solidarity #1u pic.twitter.com/ORxrhtP6El

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

Michigan State AFL-CIO:

Today's the day that Michiganders can officially vote! Get your ballot and everything you need to know at https://t.co/FCFnPA6zHA pic.twitter.com/0riLxiPoZb

— Michigan AFL-CIO 😷 (@MIAFLCIO) September 24, 2020

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

35 days remaining to cast your vote. Have you voted? Have you made a plan to vote? Visit https://t.co/zUaVrYcD3o to get started. #1u #Labor2020 #mnvotes pic.twitter.com/cl1lXVxSTk

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) September 29, 2020

Missouri AFL-CIO:

There is no doubt that @nicolergalloway will fight for us as Governor. We must elect her as our next Governor. She is from a union family and will fight for all workers. pic.twitter.com/ALjCPmdh9H

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) September 24, 2020

Montana State AFL-CIO:

About $800,000 are now missing from public schools. Elsie Arntzen says she doesn't "have a good answer for you when it comes to how to make the funds whole as a result of this." This is why we endorsed Melissa Romano. #mtpol https://t.co/9VBfnE8AcD

— Montana AFL-CIO (@MTaflcio) September 23, 2020

Nebraska State AFL-CIO:

Vote-by-mail requested ballots begin arriving this week. Sign the envelope, put a stamp on it and mail ASAP. #1u pic.twitter.com/xl3mASobjG

— NE State AFL-CIO (@NEAFLCIO) September 28, 2020

Nevada State AFL-CIO:

Today and throughout the week, we're rolling out endorsement highlights for candidates that will need your vote this year! To see our full list of endorsements, visit the link below! Ballots will be mailed out Oct. 2nd or 3rd in Washoe, Oct. 7th in Clark.https://t.co/FWXPKUA4Dd pic.twitter.com/OYo0bRKSAr

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

New Hampshire AFL-CIO:

Congratulations to Sen. Melanie Levesque on her endorsement from the New Hampshire AFL-CIO! We need her fighting for NH's working families and the residents of NH's 12th District. #nhpolitics pic.twitter.com/BkFjM1up5s

— NewHampshire AFL-CIO (@NHAFLCIO) September 28, 2020

New Jersey State AFL-CIO:

https://t.co/gEri7j1Lwg

— New Jersey AFL-CIO (@NJAFLCIO) September 17, 2020

New York State AFL-CIO:

Want to help Get Out the Vote for Labor! Sign up for a phone bank to re-elect @MaxRose4NY and the rest of labor's endorsed slate. Email Lucia Gomez from the @CentralLaborNYC at lgomez@nycclc.org pic.twitter.com/6LKqn5JL4I

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) September 18, 2020

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

We are SO PROUD to endorse @ElectAlHeggins for NC House District 76! Learn more about her campaign at https://t.co/2Iq9x9rugH. #ncpol #ncga #1u pic.twitter.com/YA1b4XNU7L

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) September 17, 2020

North Dakota AFL-CIO:

https://t.co/s8ya1ss5w2 #ndpol #1u #labor2020 pic.twitter.com/ef1jthF6cT

— North Dakota AFL-CIO (@NDAFLCIO) September 17, 2020

Ohio AFL-CIO:

And some wonder why we endorse more @OHDems then @Ohiogop? One party is focused on all working families, the other on conspiracy theories. https://t.co/lop66m3sZW

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) September 29, 2020

Oregon AFL-CIO:

“This call by a top federal civil rights watchdog is a major milestone in the difficult history of so-called sheltered workshops and other 'subminimum-wage' employers. They pay tens of thousands of people with disabilities an average wage of $3.34 a hour.” https://t.co/lIYR5HOv8n

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

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

“We’re not here for a fight, but we’re not afraid of one either.” - @Darrinkellypgh @AlleghenyLabor @PGHGuild https://t.co/evG1ESBBvM

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

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

Rhode Island minimum wage to rise $1 this weekhttps://t.co/yHCmuCa3d5 #1u #FightFor15

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) September 29, 2020

Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council:

Another day, another chance for the Senate to do what's right and provide working families real relief from COVID-19 by passing the HEROES Act. pic.twitter.com/qSPwkcBZmk

— Tennessee AFL-CIO (@tnaflcio) September 29, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO:

Banding Together! | Presented by The Texas AFL-CIO and Sponsors https://t.co/enTlgahjMM

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) September 23, 2020

Virginia AFL-CIO:

Today is #NationalVoterRegistrationDay Virginians joining in the fight must register by Oct 13th! 🗓 Head over to 🔗https://t.co/6HcnxZS4rR to register to vote or head into your local registrar’s office to fill out an application. Don’t delay, get registered TODAY! ✅ #vote pic.twitter.com/IwMtvsGBNl

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) September 22, 2020

Washington State Labor Council:

April Sims and Joe Mizrahi: "Workers need an advocate in Congress to advance our interests, not one who tries to stall, slow or weaken progress that would make lives better." #1u #Labor2020 #waelex https://t.co/I8OccMbFcs

— Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) September 15, 2020

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

The N95 shortage America can’t seem to fix https://t.co/hbYiwqVca2

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) September 26, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 09/30/2020 - 12:47

A Big Organizing Win in the South: Worker Wins

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 09:33
A Big Organizing Win in the South: Worker Wins

Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with one of the largest hospital organizing victories in the South since 1975 and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life. 

In Landslide Organizing Victory, Asheville Nurses Vote to Form a Union with National Nurses United: By an overwhelming vote of 70% in favor, nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, have emphatically delivered one of the largest hospital organizing victories in the South since 1975. Some 1,800 registered nurses (RNs) at the for-profit health care facility have been engaged in an organizing struggle for many months to form a union with NNU. What began as a robust grassroots effort before the pandemic became even more urgent as COVID-19 swept across the community. The nurses at Mission Hospital will now have a strong voice on the job to collectively fight for workplace safety and improved care for their patients following the vote tally that concluded early this morning. Along the way, the Mission RNs prevailed over a heavily funded anti-union campaign by the hospital owner, HCA Healthcare, one of the largest for-profit hospital systems in the United States. “We could not be more proud of the unity, the perseverance and the patient advocacy and dedication of the Mission RNs to their patients, their colleagues and their community,” said Bonnie Castillo, RN, executive director of NNU and California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee. “At a time when nurses are in a daily battle with the deadly fight for their patients and their own lives in the era of COVID-19, they have demonstrated incomparable courage and resilience that is an inspiration to all of us.” The North Carolina State AFL-CIO, under the leadership of President MaryBe McMillan (IUOE), strongly supported NNU’s organizing campaign over the past year.

Health Care Workers in Chicago Win New Agreement After 10-Day Strike: Health care workers, including nurses and other workers, at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago won a tentative agreement after 10 days on strike. Some 4,000 members of SEIU Local 73 and 1,300 members of the Illinois Nurses Association (INA) had been out on strike demanding safer conditions for nurses, workers and patients, fair wages, and appropriate staffing ratios. Members of Local 73 won 7% wage increases over the term of the agreement, as well as a minimum wage of $15 per hour for all its members. The INA won a commitment from management to hire 160 full-time nurses to improve staffing ratios and secured fair wage increases. The Chicago Federation of Labor, under the leadership of President Bob Reiter (IUOE), has been heavily involved in supporting the unions throughout the strike.

Independent Union Members at Honeywell Affiliate with IBB: In an overwhelmingly affirmative decision, workers at a Honeywell plant in Geneva, Ohio, who belonged to an independent union, voted on Sept. 4 to affiliate with the Boilermakers (IBB). The more than 200 new members of IBB were eager to increase their power and longevity by joining forces with an established union. “The times have really changed over so many decades, and they were ready for something more in their organized efforts,” said IBB organizer Jody Mauller. “Our new Boilermaker brothers and sisters understand the potential power they have as members of a union that spans the United States and Canada and has a proven history of success dating back over 100 years.” The members at Honeywell manufacture a variety of products that connect main gas lines to the gas meters at individual homes, and their new affiliation with IBB went into effect on Sept. 17.

Newly Formed AFSA Local in Denver Wins Recognition: On Thursday, the Denver Board of Education voted to recognize the newly formed Denver School Leaders Association, the newest local union of the School Administrators (AFSA). Working with the Denver Area Labor Federation (DALF), the members of the newly formed local set to work on a grassroots lobbying campaign to seek school board recognition. After just three months, the principals and assistant principals convinced the school board that they deserved a voice on the job, and that the district would be better for it. DALF President Josh Downey (SEIU) said: “On behalf of our affiliates, we are so proud to have been a small part of this victory. Once again, this demonstrates that elections have consequences. When we do the work to elect school board members, or city council members, or county commissioners, it pays off! When we stand with people who stand with us, good things happen. Workers earn a voice on the job, and our school districts, our cities, our counties are better for it.” The Denver School Leaders Association-AFSA will now be able to negotiate a contract with the school district.

Hub Project Staff Join Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU): Workers at The Hub Project have unionized with NPEU and requested voluntary recognition from management. In a statement, The Hub Union said: “We, the staff of The Hub Project, are united by our commitment to make The Hub Project as equitable and effective an organization as possible. As such, we have joined with the Nonprofit Professionals Employees Union and are excited to add our workplace alongside many other organizations dedicated to fairness, transparency, and worker solidarity."

Innovation Law Lab Staff Join NPEU: Workers at Innovation Law Lab have formed Law Lab United, a union affiliated with NPEU. Management has expressed enthusiasm for recognizing the new union. Law Lab United said, in a statement: “We are thrilled to announce that staff members at Innovation Law Lab have formed a union–Law Lab United! Amidst great uncertainty and political struggle, we believe the mutual support, solidarity, and collective participation of union membership is more important than ever. We have joined the Nonprofit Professionals Employees Union and are excited to build with other organizations dedicated to critical social justice work. We are proud of the work our organization has done and we will continue to fiercely advance the fight for migrant justice. Our union is an embodiment of our individual and organizational values and will help sustain and deepen our work.”

Congressional Progressive Caucus Center Workers Win Voluntary Union Recognition: The Congressional Progressive Caucus Center voluntarily recognized the CPC Center Union, a new affiliate of NPEU. Representatives of the new union said: “We are so excited to officially have our union recognized today! We look forward to working with management to negotiate our first contract that will uphold our commitment to justice and workers’ rights.”

Scholars Strategy Network Staff Vote Unanimously to Join NPEU: Staffers at the Scholars Strategy Network voted 100% in favor of organizing with NPEU. Union  representatives said: “We are thrilled to announce that SSN staff has come together to organize with NPEU. As an organization working to strengthen democracy, we believe that a union aligns well with our mission and will make SSN a more effective and democratic organization. We look forward to bargaining with management in good faith for our first contract.” 

Packet/Gazette Guild Makes History in South Carolina: Newsroom employees at The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette (which share a newsroom) in South Carolina voted to form the Packet/Gazette Guild, which would be the state's "first active newspaper union." The new union will be an affiliate of The NewsGuild-CWA. Reporter Rachel Jones said: “I’m proud of the work that I do at the Packet, and I’m equally proud of the efforts my colleagues and I are making to improve our workplace. Creating these protections for our newsroom will ultimately lead to better coverage of Beaufort County, and it’s an honor to lead the way in organizing for the Carolinas.”

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 09/30/2020 - 10:33

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