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Economy Gains 128,000 Jobs in October; Unemployment Up Slightly to 3.6%

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 09:21
Economy Gains 128,000 Jobs in October; Unemployment Up Slightly to 3.6%

The U.S. economy gained 128,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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

Unemployment rates for whites and Blacks continue to converge, last year, Black over white unemployment was 6.2:3.3 and now is at 5.4:3.2.  A reminder of what some @federalreserve argued couldn't happen without extreme inflation. Full employment is good for everyone @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) November 1, 2019

After last year's revisions downward, and a continuation of the trend to start the year, the good news is @BLS_gov has revised August and September numbers up a combined 95,000.  This brings average payroll gains to 176,000 over the last 3 months; a good sign. @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) November 1, 2019

Jobs in food services continue to grow--despite the industry whining about increased minimum wages.  Last month @BLS_gov reported gains of 48,000 with a 3 month average gain of 38,000.  The House has passed @BobbyScott bill to #Fightfor15, but Mitch McConnell--crickets.  @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) November 1, 2019

September and October, Local government employment has finally recovered to its July 2008 level, over 11 years ago.  That means we still have fewer @AFSCME  @IAFFNewsDesk, @AFTunion   per person than back then. Lower public investment is not good. @AFLCIO @RepRoKhanna pic.twitter.com/z9eiDemkDk

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) November 1, 2019

Part of the average wage problem is that lower than average wage industries (the bottom half of the graph) are showing much greater job gains (the farther right on the graph) than higher wage industries: Why state minimum wage increases are pushing up wages. #Fightfor15 @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/igabWzyQyP

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) November 1, 2019

It is troubling that despite many improvements in unemployment rates, long term unemployment remains a bigger problem than before 2008.  It helps explain the frustration many people experience, despite low unemployment rates.  @AFLCIO #JobsReport pic.twitter.com/jOr7WwzpQe

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) November 1, 2019

Despite a slightly accelerated rate of job growth the last 3 months, the broadest measure of labor market slack (including those who are part-time but want full-time work and discouraged workers) has been essentially flat. @AFLCIO  #JobsReport pic.twitter.com/Se0UyzMiiS

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) November 1, 2019

#OneJobShouldbeEnough @IWPResearch @HeidiatIWPR 5.7% of women are working two jobs, and the number working two full-time jobs is up over last October.  #Fightfor15 America needs a raise.  @BobbyScott got the House to pass a raise, Mitch McConnell is doing nothing! @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/NjWZlsnUdN

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) November 1, 2019

The problem for the long-term unemployed is not easily explained by some skill bias, since unemployment rates for all education levels have fallen back to 2008 levels--though the college educated are a slight bit higher. @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/AseiIaI9D4

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) November 1, 2019

Last month's biggest job gains were in food services and drinking places (48,000), professional and business services (22,000), social assistance (20,000), financial activities (16,000), and health care (15,000). Manufacturing employment decreased by 36,000 and federal government employment was down 17,000 as a large group of temporary census workers completed their work. Employment in other major industries, including mining, construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, and information, showed little change over the month.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for teenagers (12.3%), blacks (5.4%), Hispanics (4.1%), adult men (3.2%), whites (3.2%), adult women (3.2%) and Asians (2.9%) showed little or no change in October.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) declined in October and accounted for 21.5% of the unemployed.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 11/04/2019 - 10:21

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Flexing Labor’s Muscle

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 10:49
‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Flexing Labor’s Muscle AFL-CIO

On the latest episode of “State of the Unions,” podcast co-host Tim Schlittner talks to union member and Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (Wis.) about strikes, trade, health care, LGBTQ equality and the freedom to form a union. 

Listen to our previous episodes:

State of the Unions” is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and anywhere else you can find podcasts.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 10/30/2019 - 11:49

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UAW Members at GM Ratify New Agreement

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 07:41
UAW Members at GM Ratify New Agreement UAW

The longest and largest automotive strike in decades came to an end this week as UAW members employed by General Motors Co. ratified the tentative agreement between the union and the automaker. Nearly 50,000 UAW members went on strike Sept. 16 seeking fair wages, affordable quality health care, profit sharing, job security and a defined path to permanent seniority for temps. With the victory of the UAW members, working people across the country lauded the strikers and thanked them for standing up against corporate greed. Here's what people said:

Terry Dittes, UAW vice president and director of the UAW-GM Department:

General Motors members have spoken. We are all so incredibly proud of UAW-GM members who captured the hearts and minds of a nation. Their sacrifice and courageous stand addressed the two-tier wages structure and permanent temporary worker classification that has plagued working class Americans.

UAW President Gary Jones:

We want to once again thank our members’ families and their local communities for their outpouring of support. Our members not only joined together in solidarity but felt the support of their whole community throughout this important stand.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA)

I’ve never felt prouder to be a union member. Backed by millions of brothers, sisters and friends across the country, UAW members stood together to win the fair treatment that they’ve earned over years of selfless sacrifice. I commend the UAW’s national negotiators for standing firm to deliver on what their members demanded and hope this will bring an end to one of the most courageous fights I have ever seen.

This is the latest victory in a wave of collective action happening across America. Working people won’t allow greed to dictate our lives, and we won’t tolerate a system that’s been rigged against us. Bosses everywhere should take note—we’re not going to take it anymore.

UAW:

Today, after five weeks of intense negotiations, the UAW GM National Negotiators and UAW GM Vice President Terry Dittes announced the achievement of a Proposed Tentative Agreement with General Motors.

— UAW (@UAW) October 16, 2019

The National Negotiators, elected by their local unions, achieved major wins for members in the Proposed Tentative Agreement. The negotiators voted to recommend the National Council accept the Proposed Tentative Agreement as the agreement represents major gains for workers.

— UAW (@UAW) October 16, 2019

The number one priority of the national negotiation team has been to secure a strong and fair contract that our members deserve,” said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, Director of the UAW GM Department.

— UAW (@UAW) October 16, 2019

There is no change to health care and no additional costs to members in the UAW-GM Tentative Agreement. #Bargaining2019 pic.twitter.com/vn68vIybiv

— UAW (@UAW) October 18, 2019

The UAW-GM Tentative Agreement provides a defined path to permanent seniority for temporary workers and includes improved time off policies and new restrictions on GM's use of temporary employees. #Bargaining2019 pic.twitter.com/HI81ltsdeR

— UAW (@UAW) October 19, 2019

The UAW-GM Tentative Agreement maintains and extends the benefits of the current Legal Services Plan. #Bargaining2019 pic.twitter.com/1p1G0MuV6q

— UAW (@UAW) October 20, 2019

UAW General Motors members ratified the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement this evening ending the longest automotive strike in 50 years. https://t.co/Ijap4brQdX

— UAW (@UAW) October 25, 2019

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

The #UAWStrike in photos 📸 https://t.co/h6TLUjmpnf

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) October 29, 2019

Florida AFL-CIO:

After one of the longest strikes in modern history, UAW members achieved their goals of better pay and fair treatment. The strike shows that when we fight together, we win! https://t.co/xGQwI7TFHd

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) October 29, 2019 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 10/30/2019 - 08:41

LGBT History Month Pathway to Progress: The Founding of Pride At Work

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 10:55
LGBT History Month Pathway to Progress: The Founding of Pride At Work AFL-CIO

History has long been portrayed as a series of "great men" taking great action to shape the world we live in. In recent decades, however, social historians have focused more on looking at history "from the bottom up," studying the vital role that working people played in our heritage. Working people built, and continue to build, the United States. In our series, Pathway to Progress, we'll take a look at various people, places and events where working people played a key role in the progress our country has made, including those who are making history right now. In honor of LGBT History Month, we will take a look at the founding of Pride At Work (P@W).

Prior to 1969, the labor movement mostly ignored issues that affected LGBTQ working people. The events at Stonewall Inn and the rebellion that followed woke up many in the ranks of labor to the need to step up efforts to include all workers, including our LGBTQ siblings. After Stonewall, unions began to recognize that discrimination based on sexual orientation was another assault on working people, one that victimized union members and weakened efforts at solidarity among working families. 

As the 1970s began, the AFT was the first union to pass a resolution against discrimination based on sexual orientation. In 1974, the Teamsters worked with the LGBTQ community members in San Francisco on a boycott against the anti-union Coors Brewing Co. Over the next few decades, support for LGBTQ rights in the labor movement continued to grow. The AFL-CIO passed a resolution that called for legislation to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. More and more unions started creating LGBTQ caucuses and opened up space for LGBTQ workers to be activists and open about their sexual orientation.

While some unions took the lead, the labor movement was largely silent on issues related to LGBTQ rights and issues. This lead LGBTQ union activists to come together to form Pride At Work. The activists met in New York in 1994, the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion. Earlier efforts at organizing had led to groups such as the Lesbian and Gay Labor Alliance (in the San Francisco Bay Area), the Lesbian and Gay Labor Network (New York) and the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network (New England). Efforts such of these would eventually be consolidated into a larger LGBTQ workers organization, Pride At Work. In 1997, the organization was officially recognized by AFL-CIO as a constituency group.

Among Pride At Work's first campaigns were efforts to pressure Chrysler to ban anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Chrysler made the requested changes in 1999 and Ford and General Motors soon followed. Domestic partner benefits were gained a year later. Later, in 2005, P@W successfully convinced the AFL-CIO to support marriage equality. In 2012, the AFL-CIO supported the legal case that led to the national legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Today, Pride At Work continues to educate the labor movement and wider culture about the importance of unions for LGBTQ workers and the value those workers provide employers. Pride@Work also supports electoral candidates that support LGBTQ workers and helps LGBTQ working people run for political office.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 10/29/2019 - 11:55

Tags: Pride at Work

Egregious Worker Rights Violations Cause Thailand to Lose Trade Benefits

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 11:39
Egregious Worker Rights Violations Cause Thailand to Lose Trade Benefits

On Friday, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced it will withdraw preferential tariffs for many imports from Thailand due to egregious, ongoing worker rights violations in the country. As highlighted in submissions by the AFL-CIO going back to 2013, the government of Thailand actively retaliates against workers and allows the worst forms of exploitation and abuse, including forced labor, to proliferate throughout its economy.

Numerous reports document rampant forced labor in the fishing sector, however, extreme worker rights violations are present throughout the Thai economy, with both Thai workers and migrant workers facing repression and abuse. The government severely limits all workers’ ability to form and join unions, does not enforce collective bargaining and prevents workers from striking. The meager protections that do exist are not enforced. 

The Thai government targets independent labor leaders and activists. The government fined seven leaders of the State Railway Union of Thailand (SRUT) $760,000 for protesting unsafe conditions following a deadly train derailment in 2009. In November 2018, the State Railway began deducting the fines from its monthly pay or retirement checks, leaving some with as little as $9 a month in take-home pay. The fines have been condemned by Thailand’s own National Human Rights Commission, but the Thai government has only increased repression in the past months. In February, the National Anti-Corruption Commission, a body that is supposed to investigate high-level government corruption, began to investigate SRUT leaders over their health and safety initiative. They are now being prosecuted under the criminal code.

Employers are allowed to retaliate against workers who organize with impunity. When companies illegally fire workers who try to organize, Thai labor officials often pressure the workers to accept meager buyouts. Mitsubishi Electric’s Thai subsidiary sent workers who tried to form a union to military re-education camps, forced them to issue personal public apologies to the company and eventually locked out all union members. Thailand’s Labor Relations Committee issued a ruling that the locked-out workers should be reinstated, but the company simply ignored it without consequence. Companies can even bring criminal defamation claims against workers and advocates who publicize abuses. For example, migrant workers who reported severe abuses at the Thammakaset chicken farm have been repeatedly sued by the company.

Thai laws enshrine systemic discrimination against migrant workers, including barring them from forming unions, which creates a vulnerable underclass ripe for exploitation. Trafficked migrant workers are trapped at sea, sometimes for years, forced to sleep in cramped quarters and fed as little as a plate of rice a day. Those too ill to work are sometimes thrown overboard. Unfortunately, human trafficking and forced labor are not confined to sea work, but appear across the economy, including in agriculture, construction and domestic work. 

These abhorrent practices must end. Thailand was the second largest recipient of preferential trade benefits under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) in 2017. The decision to suspend benefits sends a strong message that countries should not seek a competitive advantage in global trade by artificially lowering labor costs through oppression. This is a rare example of a U.S. trade policy that attempts to create incentives to protect and respect human rights, and it is welcome news that is finally being applied in Thailand. Workers should share in the wealth they create, and we hope that the economic pressure of GSP suspension will lead the Thai government to change course and allow workers to exercise their fundamental rights.  

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 10/28/2019 - 12:39

Tags: Thailand

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 10:17
Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

Name of Union: National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA).

Mission: To advance the status, professionalism and working conditions of all air traffic controllers and other aviation safety-related employees through collective bargaining, political action and other lawful concerted activity.

Current Leadership of Union: Paul Rinaldi has served as president of NATCA since 2009. He is the sixth person to hold that position. In July 2018, Rinaldi won re-election to serve an unprecedented fourth three-year term. Prior to being elected president, Rinaldi served as executive vice president for three years. He previously served as an air traffic controller at the Dulles International Airport control tower for 16 years. Working with Rinaldi, Trish Gilbert serves as executive vice president. She also has been in that position since 2009 and is serving an unprecedented fourth term. Prior to her election, Gilbert worked for 21 years as an air traffic controller at Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center. Rinaldi, Gilbert and 10 regional vice presidents make up NATCA’s National Executive Board.

Number of Members: 15,878.

Members Work As: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controllers, traffic management coordinators and specialists, flight service station air traffic controllers in Alaska, staff support specialists, engineers and architects and other aviation safety professionals, as well as Department of Defense and private sector Federal Contract Tower air traffic controllers. 

Industries Represented: All aspects of aviation safety in the United States.

History: In 1968, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) formed. The union represented air traffic controllers until 1981 when it went on strike, and President Ronald Reagan fired all of the striking controllers.

In the mid-1980s, with the help of AFGE, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and John F. Thornton, who had been active in PATCO, FAA controllers began organizing a new union. The NATCA founding convention was held in late 1986. In addition to forming the new organization, this organizing effort brought solidarity back to the profession. In 1987, NATCA was certified by the Federal Labor Relations Authority as the exclusive representative of air traffic controllers.

NATCA quickly realized the importance of how politics affect federal employees’ rights, pay and working conditions. In 1989, it embarked on its efforts to become a legislative and political powerhouse.

Throughout the 1990s, NATCA worked zealously to transform pay for controllers, working with Congress to exclude FAA from the statutory pay system in 1996, and ultimately negotiating a new pay system based upon air traffic volume and complexity in 1998. 

The same year, NATCA became a direct affiliate of the AFL-CIO and organized the FAA’s Engineers and Architects bargaining unit, its first unit of non-operational FAA employees.

In 2006, after several months of bargaining, the FAA walked away from the table in order to exploit a provision of the 1996 collective bargaining law and, on Labor Day weekend, unilaterally imposed terms and conditions of employment, including a 30% cut to the pay bands at that time. This attempt at union busting only made NATCA stronger. The membership rallied and became more politically active. Solidarity soared as Rinaldi coined the phrase, “our collective spirit is their enemy.” 

Shortly after President Barack Obama was sworn in, he ordered the parties back to the table and a fair collective bargaining agreement was reached in short order. NATCA then moved forward with half-a-million grievances that reached the arbitration stage during the imposed work rules. 

NATCA worked hard to change the law to ensure that no work rules would ever be imposed again, and Congress passed binding mediation-arbitration for all future negotiations. 

The 2009 agreement allowed NATCA to forge a new collaborative relationship with the FAA, working together to develop and implement new technologies and procedures to make the National Aviation System (NAS) safer and more efficient. The parties developed the “Partnership for Safety,” which includes programs to address safety concerns in the operation, fatigue education and awareness, managing distractions in the NAS, and professional standards, among other things.

Always pushing the envelope for federal sector bargaining, NATCA’s 2016 agreement with the FAA formalized the collaborative process to ensure that it was not subject to the political winds.

Current Campaigns/Community Efforts: Every day, NATCA members control more than 70,000 flights as over 2 million passengers move through our NAS. Most of NATCA’s members are federal employees, and NATCA fights to protect federal workers and their rights. NATCA has long advocated for a stable, predictable funding stream that supports air traffic control services, staffing, hiring and training, long-term modernization projects, preventative maintenance and ongoing modernization to the physical infrastructure of the United States. Current stop-and-go funding jeopardizes the safety, efficiency and capacity of the NAS. This year’s 35-day government shutdown pushed the system to the brink of unraveling.

Although NATCA is busy with its advocacy efforts 365 days a year, its advocacy culminates each year at its annual lobbying event NATCA in Washington.

NATCA’s commitment to safety and training is on display each year with its Communicating For Safety (CFS) event that has become the world’s largest aviation safety conference. At CFS, NATCA presents the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards to recognize the best saves by controllers and other aviation safety professionals each year.

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Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 10/28/2019 - 11:17

Building Pathways: In the States Roundup

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 13:55
Building Pathways: In the States Roundup AFL-CIO

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

Alabama AFL-CIO:

Senior Senator from Alabama in the making! #alpolitics https://t.co/E4dUuHqQ7N

— Alabama AFL-CIO (@AlabamaAFLCIO) October 14, 2019

Alaska AFL-CIO:

Congrats to @NEAAlaska member Jesse Bjorkman for winning a seat on the KPB Assembly. Your dedication to students, parents, educators and now citizens of the KPB is just what working people need! #solidarity #1u pic.twitter.com/wIQaO6mTvA

— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) October 15, 2019

Arkansas AFL-CIO:

It is a rainy Saturday in Minneapolis but the Women Build Nations ladies did not let that keep them from a HUGE banner parade this afternoon. #1u #nabtu #ARLabor #ARUnions #womeninthetrades https://t.co/foFHsrKhO3

— Arkansas AFL-CIO (@ArkansasAFLCIO) October 5, 2019

California Labor Federation:

SF Court Engineers are fighting for their first contract! For years, the JCC has treated Engineers as second-class citizens with substandard training, low pay & no voice on the job. Rally w/ workers & support their struggle! More details here: https://t.co/D0rWSYSpCV @sflabor #1u

— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) October 15, 2019

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

In 2016, the CT Building Trades, in concert with the United Labor Agency, launched "Building Pathways CT," to put women and men through seven weeks of pre-apprenticeship training to qualify them to work in construction. @NABTU https://t.co/tAJkRYeNcC

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) October 15, 2019

Florida AFL-CIO:

“We still hope to hear about what Gov. DeSantis plans to do to retain experienced teachers who have devoted years to their students." Fedrick Ingram, President of the Florida Education Association said on the proposed raise.https://t.co/Ry1byxx9en

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) October 14, 2019

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

Poverty-level pay, harsh working conditions and gender discrimination are commonplace on the farms and plantations that supply tea, fruit and vegetables to the world’s supermarkets. #1u https://t.co/gddDll4wu0

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) October 14, 2019

Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO:

Were Iowa GOP Legislators At ALEC Gerrymandering Panel? - Iowa Starting Line https://t.co/F7LbJi0gPC

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) October 4, 2019

Maine AFL-CIO:

Check out the new Weekly Maine Labor News ➡️Ellsworth Nurses & Techs Fight for a Fair Contract, Maine AFL-CIO 32nd Biennial Convention & more! https://t.co/F0w8tv5RHD #1U #UnionStrong @AFLCIO @MeNursesUnion #mepolitics

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) October 10, 2019

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

Fighting for justice for women, immigrants, and low wage workers. @UNITEHERE26 members show us today with their strike at the Battery Wharf and everyday There Is Power in a Union! @billybragg #1u #solidarity #strike pic.twitter.com/zrYXetbJoM

— Massachusetts AFL-CIO (@massaflcio) October 4, 2019

Metro Washington (D.C.) Council AFL-CIO:

Bailey the picketing pooch, on the @UAW picket line in White Marsh pic.twitter.com/D7ECJsiCm8

— MetroDCLaborCouncil (@DCLabor) October 15, 2019

Michigan AFL-CIO:

We will continue to stand in solidarity with our UAW brothers and sisters. We know that when they win their fight for fair pay and affordable health care that it will be a victory for all working families. #StandWithUs #GMstrikehttps://t.co/AAZrtM29zQ

— Michigan AFL-CIO (@MIAFLCIO) October 9, 2019

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

AP analysis: Most states lack laws protecting LGBT workers https://t.co/KtacGkBUPx Minnesota has many protections on the books because workers advocated for them and we had lawmakers who listened. Another reason why elections matter. #1u #mnleg pic.twitter.com/0o68d3tgo2

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) October 15, 2019

Missouri AFL-CIO:

Congrats to our friend @walshgina! https://t.co/GnGiaxeuvR

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) October 6, 2019

Montana AFL-CIO:

The PRO Act would provide clear definitions and tests for when a worker is an employee, an independent contractor, or a supervisor, and when a boss is an employer. Tell @GregForMontana to support working Montanans and vote yes on H.R. 2474. pic.twitter.com/bC3hQM27ja

— Montana AFL-CIO (@MTaflcio) October 14, 2019

Nebraska State AFL-CIO:

The Nebraska State AFL-CIO is 63 years old today!

— NE State AFL-CIO (@NEAFLCIO) October 8, 2019

New Hampshire AFL-CIO:

Watch Pres. Glenn Brackett at today's NHDP Convention addressing 15,000 friends and allies at https://t.co/OQB8giXmQC. pic.twitter.com/WCm0GIk2CC

— NewHampshire AFL-CIO (@NHAFLCIO) September 7, 2019

New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO:

We stand with @UA_UNM as they prepare to vote!#Solidarity #1u https://t.co/Qj79kCjG7j

— NMFL (@NMFLaflcio) October 15, 2019

New York State AFL-CIO:

#UnionStrong volunteers out walking doors this weekend for local candidates that support working people! Check with your local Union or Area Labor Federation for volunteer opportunities. pic.twitter.com/hGAUlDE0Xd

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) October 12, 2019

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

#ncpol #1u #elections pic.twitter.com/mPOBCaPRC3

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) October 6, 2019

Ohio AFL-CIO:

#Ohio@AFLCIO⁩ President Tim Burga talks to what ⁦@TheDemocrats⁩ have done and are doing for ⁦@AFLCIO#Union members and all working people. Like ⁦@DNC⁩ Chair ⁦@TomPerez⁩ stated today, with these issues on the forefront, we are a battleground state pic.twitter.com/yQGhTPdNYY

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) October 15, 2019

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Check out our October Newsletter with information on The Future and Unions, Oklahoma Labor Hall of Fame, this years YELL Conference, Organizing Training, Union Made Halloween and more!

Check it out here: https://t.co/N1dYjUN2cS

— Oklahoma AFL-CIO (@OK_AFL_CIO) October 7, 2019

Oregon AFL-CIO:

Our newly elected president Graham Trainor sat down with @OregonBusiness to share insight into why unions are rising up for workers' rights and where our movement is headed.#1u #UnionStrong #OregonLaborhttps://t.co/xCYWVfj23G

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) October 15, 2019

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

Union members at @Mack trucks are standing up for living wages and respect for worker dignity! Show them your support! @UAW strong 💪! pic.twitter.com/NLBnnnD2HL

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) October 14, 2019

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

Read this week's E-News: https://t.co/v6umLj1t77 #1U #Union #Unions #UnionStrong #Solidarity #AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/QWyADYu0Bi

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) October 10, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO:

A historical marker went up to commemorate farm workers who went on strike in June of 1966. https://t.co/jllzP0BtzS via @kiii3news

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) October 14, 2019

Virginia AFL-CIO:

Unions Sue @USDA Seeking to Halt New Pork Processing Rules -- Read why here: https://t.co/XWFHPGVLAS @USDAFoodSafety @UFCW #UnionStrong #SafetyFirst #WorkerSafety pic.twitter.com/DN5Td7QYjf

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) October 8, 2019

Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO:

WSLC President Larry Brown joins business and environmental leaders in urging NO on I-976: "This isn’t just about commute times, it’s also about jobs." #NoOn976https://t.co/NIvEQGG6O8

— WA State AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) October 14, 2019

West Virginia AFL-CIO:

To those interested in running for the WV Supreme Court, please contact us. @WVStateBar 👇 pic.twitter.com/PfkjpKC2q4

— West Virginia AFLCIO (@WestVirginiaAFL) October 14, 2019

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Milwaukee bus drivers are pretty much superheroes at this point, https://t.co/5qh0JOboN4

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) October 13, 2019 Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/25/2019 - 14:55

Union Apprenticeship Works: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 09:45
Union Apprenticeship Works: What Working People Are Doing This Week AFL-CIO

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

A. Philip Randolph Institute:

This Friday on the campus of Savannah State, the Savannah State chapter youth program will be having a meet and greet on campus to discuss the importance of being a part of this organization! Please let all know to stop by our table on campus this Fri during Homecomings Yard Fest pic.twitter.com/q0myjLBKxV

— APRI National (DC) (@APRI_National) October 21, 2019

Actors' Equity:

Equity members have voted to ratify the tentative agreement with the Broadway League for a new contract – the last step required to approve the new contract.

Visit the Member Portal for more details - https://t.co/S5cppuLfmC pic.twitter.com/CkXzfOE0sU

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) October 16, 2019

AFGE:

"I am convinced that the path now chosen, if allowed to continue, will leave veterans with fewer options, a severely weakened VA, and a private health care system not designed to meet the complex requirements of high-need veterans." -- Former VA Secretary David Shulkin #SaveOurVA

— AFGE (@AFGENational) October 23, 2019

AFSCME:

AFSCME members help make the wheels of a unique bus go round https://t.co/vjAH8QERMY pic.twitter.com/f51YswuzbI

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) October 22, 2019

AFT:

It's time for @ChicagosMayor to keep her promises to Chicago's students & educators and #PutItInWriting in the contract. RT to support @CTULocal1 & @SEIU73! #FairContractNow #FundOurFuture pic.twitter.com/9V7cOFhycn

— AFT (@AFTunion) October 16, 2019

Air Line Pilots Association:

The FAA has FAILED to meet a key AVIATION SAFETY DEADLINE set by Congress last year. Congress mandated the full implementation of #SecondaryBarriers on all newly-manufactured passenger aircraft to prevent another 9/11-style terrorist attack. Implement secondary barriers NOW. pic.twitter.com/AtFcO7VZiP

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) October 17, 2019

Alliance for Retired Americans:

Indiana Alliance Member Pam Alvey needs 20 prescriptions to treat her diabetes and other chronic conditions. She has to pay more than $2,000 a month for her medicine. Retirees can't afford this any more. We need #LowerDrugCostsNow! #HR3 pic.twitter.com/YeTdo6A033

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) October 16, 2019

Amalgamated Transit Union:

International President John Costa joined with @AFLCIO Exec. VP Tefere Gebre, @MineWorkers President Cecil Roberts and union members in Northern Virginia to rally support for ATU Local 689 Cinder Bed workers. #TogetherWeFightTogetherWeWin pic.twitter.com/IUlfnsGZDP

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) October 19, 2019

American Federation of Musicians:

Musicians outside @NABShow again today. @Disney, @MGM_Studios, @NBCUniversal, @Sony, @Viacom, & @WarnerMediaGrp need to respect musicians by paying us fairly for ALL of our work on ALL platforms ALL the time! #1u #BandTogether ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏽🎬🎼 pic.twitter.com/lnA047Qg84

— AFM (@The_AFM) October 17, 2019

American Postal Workers Union:

APWU Assistant Clerk Craft Director (B) Lynn Pallas-Barber testifies now about the need for improvements in the contract specifically for PTF and PSE issues. #GoodContractNOW #APWUnited pic.twitter.com/Qc909BNoum

— APWU National (@APWUnational) October 23, 2019

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

APALA stands in solidarity with striking Chicago Teachers and Staff! ✊🍎#CTUSEIUStrike #FairContractNow @CTULocal1 @SEIU73
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How can you help?
✔️Attend your local picket line!
✔️Donate: https://t.co/aGyOFqFRwx
✔️More ways you can support: https://t.co/mhIXTe1k5E pic.twitter.com/td9A1CHvAr

— APALA (@APALAnational) October 23, 2019

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

In response to @afa_cwa's advocacy and Members of Congress, the Federal Aviation Administration told lawmakers it agrees that passenger aircrafts should carry “opioid antagonists - naloxone - in emergency medical kits.” https://t.co/1JkwC4OT9X

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) October 22, 2019

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

“What Washington doesn’t understand is that workers sat at the negotiating table and gave up raises because they were counting on these pensions when they retired.” -@SenSherrodBrown #SaveOurPensionshttps://t.co/AJ2ZcRS8w3

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) October 23, 2019

Boilermakers:

Great, easy-to-understand piece by @CarbonWrangler on industrial impact on climate change, and solutions. Give it a read: https://t.co/wVTasXyRL2 #CCUS

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) October 22, 2019

Bricklayers:

Union #apprenticeship works. #1u https://t.co/jMGUIuSCie

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) October 22, 2019

California School Employees Association:

Bus safety and the safety of students and classified employees is incredibly important to CSEA.

— CSEA (@CSEA_Now) October 22, 2019

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

Breaking Now:
Statement from @RepCummings’s wife, Maya, on his passing: “He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not out problem.” R.I.P. #1u pic.twitter.com/NcKpUc1Ev7

— CBTU (@CBTU72) October 17, 2019

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

CLUW Convention Reax https://t.co/I3zmksIUFY #CLUWSNAP2019

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) October 19, 2019

Communications Workers of America:

GREAT NEWS! After round-the-clock bargaining, CWA Local 1298 has reached a tentative agreement with Frontier Communications! The TA includes job security, raises, no increase for healthcare, & more - visit https://t.co/S2X6VPr9mh for more details. Congrats & GREAT WORK, 1298!! 💪 pic.twitter.com/BWO7eDfG0J

— CWA District 1 (@CWADistrict1) October 21, 2019

Department for Professional Employees:

Banning salary histories is an important step in closing the wage gap. #wagegap #1u https://t.co/1aDEk3YeNE

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) October 23, 2019

Electrical Workers:

Congratulations to the San Diego New Children's Museum employees on voting to join the #IBEW. @ibew465 pic.twitter.com/lHYFjmgpyo

— IBEW (@IBEW) October 21, 2019

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

Some of you signed a petition calling for 5 eastern NC farms to stop the human rights/labor abuse on their farms. If you still haven't signed, click below. Here is an update from the Rocky Mountain Telegram: https://t.co/8vwGVwHLWu https://t.co/miAxiysgkT

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) October 22, 2019

Fire Fighters:

RT @Durham668: Our inaugural #FireOps101 event was a HUGE success. Thanks to all involved! @PFFPNC @DougWStern @CityofDurhamNC @IAFFNewsDesk

Click here ⬇️ to see the videohttps://t.co/1hzDfOuRmR pic.twitter.com/BO6Zioavjh

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) October 23, 2019

Heat and Frost Insulators:

The Trainer Enhancement program is one of the many offered by the IIIATF designed to better our instructors and their teaching techniques, as they educate the next generation of Insulators.https://t.co/dVuHCXFt2O

— Insulators Union (@InsulatorsUnion) October 23, 2019

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

We know that the best way to improve safety is more unionized engineers! That’s why we continue to #organize at @Boeing ! https://t.co/PNABenwEL4

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) October 18, 2019

International Labor Communications Association:

Announcing the winners of our annual Labor Media Awards! Congratulations to our award-winning professionals #1u https://t.co/MVCMuxS8gh

— Labor Communications (@ILCAonline) October 19, 2019

Ironworkers:

Ten competitors from eight states, including New Mexico, competed in the annual apprenticeship competition at Iron Workers Local 495. #apprenticeshipcompetition https://t.co/JDwIBrSHxU

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) October 17, 2019

Jobs With Justice:

STRIKE! Join Jobs With Justice and the @TESACollective for a game of worker rebellion. We are excited to partner with TESA on this groundbreaking cooperative game. Click the link to support the campaign and learn more! https://t.co/oanRCt5szb pic.twitter.com/oOZtv470w5

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) October 21, 2019

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

Meet Rachel Macias, one of our 2019-2020 #Trabajadoras Fellows and part of the Chicago Metro LCLAA Chapter. To learn more about our Fellows gollow us on Facebook, Instagram & LinkedIn. pic.twitter.com/KhuOCa4zjy

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) October 22, 2019

Laborers:

We are #LIUNA. A strong, proud & united group of working class warriors! LIKE & SHARE IF YOU AGREE. #FeelthePower #QOTD #WednesdayWisdom #quotes pic.twitter.com/FVaek0DJIU

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) October 23, 2019

Longshoremen:

Senior @ILAUnion @TheILAmobileApp Vice President Ronald Capri Passes Away At 85. Services this Wed. & Thurs. in Union, NJ. https://t.co/P09IoScZgy pic.twitter.com/rMGGODJf89

— Int'l LongshoreAssoc (@ILAUnion) October 15, 2019

Machinists:

Great to host new IAM Financial Officers at IAM Headquarters after a long week of learning at our @IAMW3Center! pic.twitter.com/jOD2Zj5n4J

— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) October 18, 2019

Maritime Trades Department:

The MTD urges all to pro active & support the Protecting the Right to Organize Act. #BePROActive #SupportThePROAct#PROActDayofAction #PROAct

— MaritimeTrades (@Maritime_Trades) October 16, 2019

Metal Trades Department:

Are unions back? GM, Chicago teacher strikes show how unions can start winning again https://t.co/US75CmVpsR

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) October 18, 2019

Mine Workers:

Retired miners at @NRDems hearing and vote on miners pension and retiree health care legislation. pic.twitter.com/whEHrxJ8Rz

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) October 23, 2019

Musical Artists:

Griff Braun, AGMA’s Director of Organizing and Outreach, participated in a lively discussion this past Saturday evening with freelance dancers entitled “Freelance Dancer Round Table: Organizing for Power” #AGMA #UnionStrong #StepsonBroadway #DANC #StepsBeyondFoundation #WeAreAGMA pic.twitter.com/bFU7LM4SiC

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) October 21, 2019

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

NATCA’s NEB traveled to Detroit recently for the Strategic Leadership Meeting with FAA leadership. The NEB also met with members from the Region X Detroit Airports District Office, which has achieved 100 percent NATCA membership. Great job, #NATCAfamily! pic.twitter.com/gHAEZw3xRJ

— NATCA (@NATCA) October 23, 2019

National Association of Letter Carriers:

Legislation in Pennsylvania would let any voter mail in a ballot, eliminate the ballot option for straight party-ticket voting and move voter-registration deadlines closer to elections. https://t.co/guJxSRLfND #voting

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) October 23, 2019

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

Communities in Orange County🍊bring the call to action at #WeCelebrateSanctuaryHere Community Festival: Its time to #BringHumanRightsHome. Will local officials continue to enable hate groups or get on the right side of history?

#UnmaskHate #AltoSheriffs#ICEoutofLittleSaigon pic.twitter.com/wB1NA4UfSy

— NDLON (@NDLON) October 20, 2019

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

The moment that domestic workers in Philadelphia learned their hard work and organizing is paying off — we are one step closer to passing a #DomesticWorkersBillofRights in Philadelphia! pic.twitter.com/J2W5zzwDWk

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) October 23, 2019

National Nurses United:

Sherry a new grandmother at 49, with stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma, raised $20 of her $20,000 goal to pay for treatment.

For every viral story of fundraising for #healthcare, there are thousands of medical campaigns that don't get funded. #MedicareForAll https://t.co/N3SrqsIa8T

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) October 23, 2019

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

A pattern is emerging. They also skipped a NY hearing on how gig workers are (mis)classified. https://t.co/CcYmYhMXG3

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) October 18, 2019

The NewsGuild-CWA:

And all of @news_guild @CWAUnion will be rooting for you! https://t.co/EL2BA2nY8B

— NewsGuild (@news_guild) October 23, 2019

NFL Players Association:

.@MackHollins and @BostonScott2 took part in the @Eagles Charitable Foundation’s Vision to Learn event, where 50 students in need received eyeglasses. pic.twitter.com/cMuBi9y3lP

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) October 22, 2019

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Looks like a few Detroit high schoolers got familiar with the #BuildingTrades this week 👀

More than 500 (!!) Detroit-area students attended a local event with dozens of hands-on demonstrations! Check it out:
https://t.co/b1Y2OKPG0r

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) October 23, 2019

Office and Professional Employees:

“Under capitalism, there really is no more powerful weapon for ordinary workers than if they can collectively walk off the job and interfere with the only thing the employer cares about,” said @rsgexp. “Which is not about their workers.” #1u https://t.co/mkE9HEae99

— OPEIU (@OPEIU) October 23, 2019

Painters and Allied Trades:

When workers live in fear of deportation, they don’t feel they can report unsafe work conditions, and contractors exploit and abuse workers. A climate of fear only leads to worker injury and death. #hardrockhotel https://t.co/9gE2TzOIOf

— GoIUPAT✊🏽 (@GoIUPAT) October 22, 2019

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

The #OPCMIA is proud to be a member of the Building Trades Alliance in Alabama and Mississippi. And we are proud of Local 148’s outstanding cement mason apprenticeship program. @southernunions #1u. https://t.co/R2VGXNTePE

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) October 23, 2019

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

PASS in the house @CLUWNational this week! Dedicated FAA employees on leave to promote aviation safety at #CLUWSNAP2019. Great solidarity among union women; thrilled to join @lizshuler & others to organize & educate! @AFLCIO #1u #unionsolidarity #aviationsafety #publicservice pic.twitter.com/jqM5PGiklu

— PASS (@PASSNational) October 17, 2019

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

Congrats to the StoryCorps workers, @CWA1180 and @lenaruthsolow who once upon a time helped organize her coworkers at Babeland to become RWDSU members! https://t.co/bhzqi19jw5

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) October 23, 2019

SAG-AFTRA:

Breaking News: The #CASEAct ‘Copyright Small Claims Court’ bill passed the US House 410-6!!! This bipartisan victory wouldn't have happened without champion @RepJeffries, a passionate coalition of orgs/unions & the 1000s of artists who made their voices heard. #MySkillsPayBills

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) October 23, 2019

Solidarity Center:

Incredible interactive look at families trapped in #forcedlabor at #Pakistan brick kilns. https://t.co/TcRjU5urOv

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) October 23, 2019

TCU/IAM:

"We won’t take FCA’s decision sitting down. Our families and Roanoke would be disappointed if we did. And we need our elected officials to stop lying down, and stand up and fight." - Fred Owens, President of TCU Carmen Local Lodge 6016 CC:@MachinistsUnion https://t.co/gdJ4RC8er5 pic.twitter.com/IKTGZODeSu

— Transportation Communications Union/IAM (@TCUnionHQ) October 17, 2019

Theatrical Stage Employees:

Broadcast strong! Officers of broadcast locals @IATSE793 @iatse745 and @IATSE795 shared ideas and best practices at the Minneapolis Officers' Institute! pic.twitter.com/Ol0MYWMxXb

— IATSE (@IATSE) October 23, 2019

Transport Workers:

Today in Orlando: @JetBlue IFC New Advocates Training #AmericasFightingDemocraticUnion #OrganizeTheSkies pic.twitter.com/9CX7WEItcM

— TWU (@transportworker) October 21, 2019

Transportation Trades Department:

The findings of our new report should be a wake-up call for lawmakers & transit agencies. The ride-hailing industry’s explosive growth & popularity is based on a business model that exploits workers and undermines public transportation. Learn more: https://t.co/lDsvuCBAZY

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) October 16, 2019

UAW:

The generosity of local businesses, faith leaders, elected officials and regular citizens has allowed members to stand strong during this strike. Thank you to everyone who has contributed! https://t.co/94OWMr7KGy

— UAW (@UAW) October 23, 2019

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

Gig Workers Are Forming the World’s First Food Delivery App Unions https://t.co/7NwqeEUoWt

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) October 14, 2019

Union Veterans Council:

Great to be working with the @VVAmerica and @ConorLambPA to help save pensions for thousands veteran Coal miners. https://t.co/QofXuA7FnM

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) October 22, 2019

UNITE HERE:

Since authorizing a strike when released, workers at @AmericanAir hubs across the US have protested poverty conditions in the industry—including a civil disobedience action w/ over 50 arrested near @DFWAirport, AA's largest hub. 😲😲😲#AirportStrikeAlert 🐍| #1Job pic.twitter.com/JCcdR54O0X

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) October 23, 2019

United Food and Commercial Workers:

Fact: 80% of hourly workers have fluctuating, unpredictable schedules which is incredibly disruptive to family life.

Fact: #Union workers are far more likely to have advanced notice and consistent schedules than their non-union peers.#1u #familyvalues https://t.co/irapF9gF2n

— UFCW (@UFCW) October 23, 2019

United Steelworkers:

How We Ended Up With The Myth Of The Evil Labor Union https://t.co/55Z140FksV via @TPM #1u

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) October 23, 2019

United Students Against Sweatshops:

We are so excited to announce that the 23rd USAS National Convention will be held at UC Santa Barbara on February 21-22, 2020. Register here: https://t.co/iB872iv8at pic.twitter.com/DAHuvVnoin

— USAS (@USAS) October 18, 2019

United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers:

Local 30 #Roofer Jessica Perez is proof of what can happen when you enter a life-changing union #apprenticeship! Thanks to partnership between Baltimore/DC Bldg Trades + Goodwill Industries https://t.co/YywAYcuqat pic.twitter.com/vxpXIWn8Xd

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) October 22, 2019

Utility Workers:

Watch fellow union brothers and sisters each week on “Brotherhood Outdoors” on Sundays at 11 a.m. ET on the @unionsportsmen Channel! https://t.co/cOb8cFCSLs

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) October 22, 2019

Working America:

THREAD: Working America’s tracking data of our OH members was featured in a @nytimes op-ed last week by former ED Karen Nussbaum about what’s on the minds of Ohio voters ahead of 2020.

Spoiler alert: it's bold policies and real economic change. (1/7)https://t.co/G2dTIlYnER

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) October 23, 2019

Writers Guild of America, East:

Join BROAD CITY’s @ilazer in urging @NYGovCuomo to sign the Television Diversity Bill. You can call the Governor at 518-474-1041 and tell him to sign bills S. 5864A and A. 6683A #RepresentationMatters pic.twitter.com/GP0ImCRisa

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) October 22, 2019 Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 10/24/2019 - 10:45

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 10:33
Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association.

Name of Union: Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA)

Mission: To elevate and maintain the rights and advance and safeguard the economic and working conditions of its members for their better protection and advancement. 

Current Leadership of Union: Marshall Ainley has been MEBA’s president since January 2014. A 1982 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, he worked with the Military Sealift Command at sea and ashore for 10 years and earned his chief engineer’s license and Group 1 membership in the MEBA. He sailed with Maersk as chief engineer for the nine years before his election as MEBA president. Bill Van Loo has served as MEBA’s secretary-treasurer since 2006. Previously, he was elected twice to the position of MEBA branch agent in Baltimore and has served as a delegate at nine national MEBA conventions. He is a third-generation member who graduated from the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School in 1983 and sailed for 17 years before beginning his service as an official in 2002. In addition to Ainley and Van Loo, MEBA’s five-person executive board includes our coastal vice presidents: Executive Vice President Adam Vokac, Gulf Coast Vice President Erin Bertram and Atlantic Coast Vice President Jason Callahan.

Members Work As: Primarily engine and deck officers on U.S.-flagged vessels, but we also represent shoreside professionals at ports, offices and in the service industries.

Industries Represented: The maritime workforce.

History: MEBA is the nation's oldest maritime labor union, established in 1875. In the late 19th century, the forefathers of the MEBA fought to eradicate dangerous and deadly working conditions on early steam-powered vessels⁠—conditions that threatened not only MEBA brothers and sisters, but all passengers at sea. MEBA was the first union to bargain for a 40-hour workweek while at sea. MEBA helped secure overtime pay and night relief. The union won the right to man their own hiring halls and to have union representatives visit ships to ensure proper working conditions. The tenacity and vision of MEBA’s founding members was ultimately rewarded. Today, with thousands of marine engineers and deck officers, MEBA members are unparalleled in maritime training and experience. 

The leader in continuing education for maritime officers, the union’s training facility in Easton, Maryland, ensures that MEBA continues to be the finest source of maritime labor. The mission of MEBA’s Calhoon School is to provide professional MEBA marine engineers and deck officers with internationally recognized, state-of-the-art training and experience that enhances the safety, reliability and profitability of their vessels while preserving and protecting the natural environment. The school’s world-class bridge simulator allows the facility to offer the intensive, cutting edge training to deck officers that our engineers have typically enjoyed.

The MEBA draws the majority of our membership from the nation’s maritime academies. MEBA is proud to provide a wide variety of lucrative opportunities to Kings Point graduates. Marine officers crew the most technologically advanced ships in the U.S.-flag fleet, including tankers, a cruise ship, Great Lakes vessels and container ships. Members sail aboard government-contracted ships of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command and the Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Force, on tugs and ferry fleets around the country, as well as vessels and in various capacities in the shoreside industries.

MEBA’s expertise and proven track record of readiness, safety and loyalty in answering America’s call to action is unrivaled. In times of military contingency, members sail into war zones to deliver critical defense cargo to the nation's fighting forces. MEBA members braved the perilous waters of the North Atlantic and the dangers of the Murmansk Run during World War II. Members served in every U.S. conflict since 1875 from Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Members brought critical food-aid to starving people in Ethiopia, Somalia and in dozens of other regions around the world. As America watched the tragedy of September 11 unfold, MEBA was there, ferrying thousands of people to safety in New York. During the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the tsunami in southeast Asia and through other trying times, MEBA was there, with the professionalism, pride and patriotism that has long been the hallmark of the American mariner. 

MEBA members have continually answered the country's call for military sealift power at a moment’s notice⁠—fighting injustice around the globe⁠—and doing what's right for the country. MEBA's officers have repeated their substantial contributions to the nation’s defense since 1875, in times of both peace and war. While the future of the maritime industry is in question, one thing is certain, the members of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association will unceasingly fight to preserve America’s fourth arm of defense⁠—the U.S. Merchant Marine. 

Current Campaigns/Community Efforts: MEBA provides members with information through the publications Marine Officer and the Telex Times. The MEBA Political Action Fund makes sure that the voices of members are heard in the policy-making realm. The Calhoon Engineering School is the union’s continuing education facility that provides state-of-the-art training to keep members on the front-end of evolving industry needs and requirements. The American Maritime Congress is a research and educational organization. MEBA offers medical and retirement and other employee assistance plans along with a member help line.

Learn More: Website, Twitter, Facebook.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 10/21/2019 - 11:33

Building Solidarity in the Global Labor Movement: The Working People Weekly List

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 15:06
Building Solidarity in the Global Labor Movement: The Working People Weekly List AFL-CIO

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

Imagine a President Uniting People: "Imagine a president lifting 40 million citizens out of the poverty he had struggled under. Imagine a president making it easier for people who had been excluded from their nation’s wealth to get decent jobs, basic public services, a college education or technical training. Imagine a president uplifting his country on the world stage as a model for shared prosperity and an economy that works for working people regardless of their race. Imagine that president leaving office after two terms with an approval rating over 80%. Where do you imagine that president should be nine years after leaving office?"

Brazilian and U.S. Workers Confronting Common Threat Build Solidarity in the Global Labor Movement: "This week, the AFL-CIO joins much of the global labor movement in Brazil to participate in the 13th Congress of Brazil's largest labor organization, the Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT). Fred Redmond, AFL-CIO vice president and United Steelworkers vice president for human affairs, is leading the AFL-CIO delegation."

A Seat at the Table: Worker Wins: "Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with nurses banding together to make patients' lives better and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life."

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Laborers: "Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the Laborers."

Economy Gains 136,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment Declines to 3.5%: "The U.S. economy gained 136,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate declined to 3.5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "

Working People Show Solidarity with GM/UAW Strikers: "As the strike by UAW members at General Motors approaches three weeks, labor activists and their allies have shown their solidarity with the UAW members by joining them on the picket lines. Here are some highlights from those visits."

Live from the Picket Line: Labor Podcast and Radio Roundup: "In addition to the AFL-CIO's own 'State of the Unions,' there are a lot of other podcasts out there that have their own approach to discussing labor issues and the rights of working people. Here are the latest podcasts from across the labor movement in the United States."

Hey, New York Times, Women Wear Hard Hats, Too!: "In a tribute to the hard hat, which was invented 100 years ago, The New York Times curiously equates the safety gear with masculinity. But women wear hard hats, too, and always have."

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Dignity of Work: "On the latest episode of 'State of the Unions,' podcast co-hosts Julie Greene and Tim Schlittner talk to Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) about worker power, automation, trade and his decision to stay in the U.S. Senate."

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:06

The State of Working America: Labor Podcast and Radio Roundup

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:53
The State of Working America: Labor Podcast and Radio Roundup

In addition to the AFL-CIO's own "State of the Unions," there are a lot of other podcasts out there that have their own approach to discussing labor issues and the rights of working people. Here are the latest podcasts from across the labor movement in the United States.

Belabored Podcast: Riding for Deliveroo, with Callum Cant: An inside look at the gig economy. Plus: updates from the GM strike, a teachers’ strike looming in Chicago and more.

Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report: Striking Auto Workers need and deserve to win big!

Community Radio and Workers' Rights Movements: "This show looks at the role of radio in workers’ movements. These workers’ movements interrogate the relationship between a community and its systems of communication. From the mines in Bolivia to tomato fields in Florida, radio has served as a place for workers to organize and mobilize, build up spirits and solidarity. Some stations are worker-owned, supported by union dues or cooperative membership. Some begin as programming on local stations and grow to become their own stations or a network of programs. These case studies are an incomprehensive smattering of examples of how working people have utilized the airwaves to fight for rights in the workplace—to create accountability and build autonomy."

Heartland Labor Forum: "We’ll ask what Trump is up to with his apprenticeship proposal and find out from a union leader who knows what a real apprenticeship looks like. Then we ask if the U.S. Constitution can stand up to a presidency that’s out of control and unaccountable to Congress or the courts. Join us when we talk to longtime activist legal scholar Burt Neuborne with a new book called When at Times the Mob is Swayed: A Citizens Guide to Defending our Republic. Thursday at 6 p.m., rebroadcast Friday at 5 a.m. on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Labor History Today: Sex Workers Outreach Project Makes History in Minneapolis: On this week’s show: Dr. Jayne Swift on the historic city ordinance just passed this August that has the potential to change the face of the adult entertainment industry in Minneapolis. Plus, Steve Striffler on Solidarity: Latin America and the U.S. Left in the Era of Human Rights. Interviews by Patrick Dixon.

Resistance Radio: "An online complement to the recent Interference Archive exhibit showcasing the power of radio in the service of social movements and underrepresented communities. We’re sharing stories of the people, stations and organizations from around the world who have battled the system to bring their diverse programming onto the airwaves."

The State of Working America: The Economic Policy Institute has launched a new podcast, which "will give a voice to workers, and place their struggles in a larger policy context." The 30-minute podcasts address a wide range of issues, including: wage stagnation, inequality, worker power, racism, trade and education. New episodes on Tuesdays. 

UCOMM Live: Trump's Plan to Destroy Federal Unions: "On this week's show, we have a leaked memo on Trump's plan to destroy federal unions as he orders agencies to follow his anti-union executive order. In 2016 West Virginia repealed their prevailing wage law and the results are in for how bad that turned out. We explain Elizabeth Warren and Julian Castro's plan to strengthen collective bargaining and AT&T is under attack from a vulture capitalist.

Union City Radio: This week’s topics: What’s in that bacon? Sherrod Brown on automation; bus driver runs for Bowie City Council; Sherrod Brown on progressive populism; Kroger member wins back pay, gets job back after year-long suspension

Workers Beat: Airs on KNON radio in Dallas at 9 a.m. Saturdays. The most recent episode features Summer Lollie as guest. "Summer works for the Texas AFL-CIO but has assignments in the Dallas area. She attended the Sky Chef picket on October 9 and is familiar with the entire contract fight concerning food caterers for American Airlines. She has also been out on the General Motors picket lines."

Your Rights At Work: On this week's show: Maria Naranjo, district chair of SEIU 32BJ; Al Neal, sportswriter for People's World; Sam Weinstein, Utility Workers (UWUA) retiree active in British labor movement; Mark Gruenberg, editor for Press Associates Union News Service; and David Schloss, partner in the law firm of Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:53

Tags: Podcast

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Out of the Woods

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 09:38
‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Out of the Woods AFL-CIO

On the latest episode of “State of the Unions,” podcast co-hosts Julie Greene Collier and Tim Schlittner talk to Maine Senate President Troy Jackson (IUPAT, IAM) about his path to power and the experiences that have shaped his life and career.

Listen to our previous episodes:

State of the Unions” is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and anywhere else you can find podcasts.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:38

Tags: Podcast

Take Care of Yourself: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 08:42
Take Care of Yourself: What Working People Are Doing This Week AFL-CIO

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:

There is one week remaining to vote on the recently negotiated Production Contract. The negotiating team and National Council recommend that members vote to ratify this contract. To read more about the 2019 Production Contract, visit the Member Portal - https://t.co/a8hHBqSUjW pic.twitter.com/dz1COzzdli

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) October 8, 2019

AFGE:

“Just like we have a say in who should represent us in Congress, we deserve to have a say in matters that affect us in the workplace. That’s democracy.” #1u https://t.co/H5sjH5wPnq

— AFGE (@AFGENational) October 10, 2019

AFSCME:

“It’s been a long road, but I’m pleased that we reached our first contract. It’s been a tremendous experience affiliating and working with @wfsec28 to secure a contract that will make a significant difference in improving the well-being of our AAGs.” https://t.co/jigr3BQ6va

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) October 10, 2019

AFT:

With smaller class sizes, students would receive more individual attention & assistance. That's part of why @CTULocal1 is fighting for a #FairContractNow. https://t.co/fGNF23vNJ4

— AFT (@AFTunion) October 10, 2019

Air Line Pilots Association:

ALPA congratulates Capt. Kurtis Ludwig (DAL) on his induction to the “Hall of Fame” at @ERAUPrescott for his work on behalf of the ALPA ACE Club to promote the pilot profession and mentor aspiring aviators. Thank you for your service to the aviation industry! pic.twitter.com/sUlGEhd6Kh

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) October 7, 2019

Alliance for Retired Americans:

Drug prices are out of control. So today we're letting lawmakers across the country know that it's time for them to take action and put #PeopleOverPharma! pic.twitter.com/kC3nTx5kDQ

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) October 10, 2019

Amalgamated Transit Union:

After security concerns, #MATA experiments with bus driver shield https://t.co/Sg9UHeHBVU #publictransit #transit

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) October 10, 2019

American Federation of Musicians:

"They’re making billions & claiming poverty. People value music in movies," said @ChrisABmusic, an orchestrator, negotiating committee member, & #UnionMusician. #BandTogether #1u ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏽📽️🎬🎼 https://t.co/xpfvCyhG13 via @WSJ

— AFM (@The_AFM) October 8, 2019

American Postal Workers Union:

Interest arbitration hearings are continuing today and tomorrow at USPS Headquarters. #APWUnited pic.twitter.com/rbBwAiD2Ls

— APWU National (@APWUnational) October 10, 2019

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

🎉Announcing The APALA STORE LAUNCH! 🎉
Save the date for ✨Tuesday, November 15th✨ & pick up all new APALA merchandise & rep AAPI worker pride✊

Make sure to be following our social media to be updated including a secret #giveaway for a $20 value item. #APALAStoreLaunch pic.twitter.com/VdeZhhwJNi

— APALA (@APALAnational) October 10, 2019

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

ICYMI: Yesterday, @afa_cwa Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants & #labor allies took to the picket line in #HNL for a new contract. “We will not agree to concessions while Hawaiian Airlines makes record profits," said Sharon Soper, AFA Hawaiian President. #ContractNow #1u pic.twitter.com/bkXv6m68Fq

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) October 10, 2019

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

BCTGM retirees are outside the @WSJ #GlobalFoodForum to tell @dirkvandeput that corporate greed over the livelihood of American workers will not stand! https://t.co/o46n12Tp4N

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) October 7, 2019

Boilermakers:

ATTN: #Boilermakers L-696 (Wisconsin) and Fincantieri Marinette Marine are partnering to hire skilled trades people 👨‍🏭⛴️ For more information and how to apply visit: https://t.co/2wDF4JW4a7 pic.twitter.com/T1injLSpAN

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) October 10, 2019

Bricklayers:

GM has earned $35B in profits in the last 3 years, partly as a result of the concessions the workers made over a decade ago. But when it comes to reciprocity, the company adopted a hard-line approach in negotiations w/ workers. #UAWStrike #1u #solidarityhttps://t.co/T6kAIFePnB

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) October 10, 2019

California School Employees Association:

These are some pictures from one of last year's Maintenance & Operations Academies. It's important to attend trainings like this to stay up to date on workplace health and safety! pic.twitter.com/HvH31uPkDS

— CSEA (@CSEA_Now) October 10, 2019

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

You are invited to join us to celebrate the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Thirty Third Annual Ernest and De Verne Calloway Awards Banquet.

DATE: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019
Marriott Grand Hotel
LOCATION: 800 Washington Avenue St Louis, Missouri 63101 pic.twitter.com/fP23tQuoRv

— CBTU STL (@cbtu_stl) October 1, 2019

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

.@Equalmeansequal has rented a house in Virginia & hitting the ground, giving out free ice cream until Nov 6th. Sign up to join the fun & ensure Virginia becomes the 38th state to ratify #ERA. Help USA women get equal rights under law. https://t.co/66KS9doJpL #iScream4Equality pic.twitter.com/Rs48FOBUP1

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) September 29, 2019

Communications Workers of America:

AT&T workers in PR & the Virgin Islands played a critical role in making sure people could reach their loved ones in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Now, instead of doing the right thing & investing in good jobs, AT&T is doing a billionaire’s bidding by abandoning these communities.

— CWA (@CWAUnion) October 9, 2019

Department for Professional Employees:

We stand with @WHYYunion! #1u https://t.co/wY1tntFz5f

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) October 10, 2019

Electrical Workers:

Canada can't afford to go backward when it comes to workers' rights. Vote! https://t.co/RUR0qis87s

— IBEW (@IBEW) October 8, 2019

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

We are working with @OxfamAmerica to let you know the stories behind the food you buy @WholeFoods. https://t.co/kYn0OXGsSR

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) October 10, 2019

Fire Fighters:

On this #WorldMentalHealthDay, remember YOU matter. Contact the #IAFF Center for Excellence if you are struggling with depression, PTSD, anxiety or stress related issues https://t.co/cCY6sAS8X2 pic.twitter.com/kmchtdqmE8

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) October 10, 2019

Heat and Frost Insulators:

The HFIAW "Professional Craftsman Code of Conduct" (PCCC) is a program to promote jobsite excellence and customer satisfaction. Learn more about what makes the insulators quality of work so high here: https://t.co/CcZUZD17bU

— Insulators Union (@InsulatorsUnion) October 10, 2019

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

Incredible news!! Welcome to your union!! We look forward to bargaining a strong contract with @foodandwater and @fwaction! https://t.co/1HU3hnnLs4

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) October 10, 2019

Ironworkers:

The Iron Workers Local 155 in Fresno got involved in solar projects that popping up across the valley, fueled by federal and state tax incentives and California’s climate policies. #Cleanenergy #renewableenergy #ThursdayThoughtshttps://t.co/fZIXXAneEE

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) October 10, 2019

Jobs With Justice:

Once again, the NLRB has thwarted graduate employees from their freedom to join in union. They're still looking for ways to organize and earn a fair return on their work. https://t.co/gDbFn5svdG

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) October 10, 2019

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

Register today and join @LCLAA, unions, labor organizations, and other supporters to advocate for #Trabajadoras on #LatinaEqualPay Day on 11/20. Recent data shows that Latinas only earn ¢53 to the $1 white non-Hispanic make for the same work. https://t.co/CvDUvFlp7Q pic.twitter.com/0vg3OE35jY

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) October 7, 2019

Laborers:

#LIUNA in the news: Toronto’s construction industry is booming — creating a lot of potentially hazardous dust https://t.co/KK5h4TCYbO via @torontostar

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) October 10, 2019

Machinists:

ICYMI: Here’s an interesting story about a @MechLocal701 shop steward who’s fixing forklifts, and breaking the glass ceilings in the auto mechanics industry https://t.co/viuzVRQQ1L

— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) October 10, 2019

Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO:

GE, Who Paid Its CEO $15 Million Last Year, Just Froze Workers’ Pensions https://t.co/dCCrZMGxIu

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) October 7, 2019

Mine Workers:

UMWA on the picket line with our @UAW brothers and sisters at GM's Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky! United We Stand! #weareone #GMStrike #1u pic.twitter.com/WDYWx5ioSJ

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) October 3, 2019

Musical Artists:

What is DANC? Dance Artists’ National Collective (DANC) – check out this article to see what this organization is doing to advocate for freelance dancers!#UnionYes #UnitedWeDance #UnionStronghttps://t.co/2T64MuahGl

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) October 7, 2019

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

With the help of member donations and contributions, the @natcacharitable supported 34 backpack programs across the country. "We have given almost $65,000 worth of backpacks and school supplies," said NCF President Corrie Conrad. Give today: https://t.co/RzDf9E2mqn pic.twitter.com/agjUFBsYdg

— NATCA (@NATCA) October 10, 2019

National Association of Letter Carriers:

When his customer didn't collect her previous day's mail, our member, David Rink, was worried. The carrier alerted a neighbor, & when they both went to check on the woman, they heard faint cries for help. The woman was lying incapacitated on her floor. Paramedics arrived. #Heroes pic.twitter.com/xmg5v1SuO6

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) October 10, 2019

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

No excuses for giving platforms for those enabling, promoting or serving as conduits to white supremacists. #ImmConf #NotToday #ElPasoFirme #AltoSheriffs #UnmaskHate

— NDLON (@NDLON) October 7, 2019

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

“We can make the biggest change by building coalitions and building power in the local communities where we live and where we work. And if we can make change at the local level, then we can help drive change at the national level.” @MonicaRamirezOH https://t.co/S0YGVnh8ea

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) October 9, 2019

National Nurses United:

"No one should have to bargain for a human right."

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Our for-profit health care system isn’t working for anyone — union or non-union. It's time for #MedicareForAll! #1u https://t.co/JyFP3SNXVq

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) October 10, 2019

The NewsGuild-CWA:

$300 million in cuts are expected if GateHouse & Gannett merge. The NewsGuild & @CWAUnion is passing out flyers at 50+ GH-owned papers in 14 states today.

Tell @GateHouse_News: Hold the line on corporate greed. Put local journalism first.https://t.co/rCI9WKrfU1 pic.twitter.com/a5p6kZyFde

— NewsGuild (@news_guild) October 10, 2019

NFL Players Association:

You good?

Earlier this year we launched a comprehensive mental health and wellness committee with the @NFL that included adding a behavioral health clinician at each team facility and more on-the-go resources for players: https://t.co/BA1esnBgLo. #worldmentalhealthday

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) October 10, 2019

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Minneapolis... THANK YOU! What a great weekend for #TWBN2019!

Take a look back at some of the weekend's best posts 🔥✊https://t.co/d017IPWYzm

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) October 7, 2019

Office and Professional Employees:

Mergers & acquisitions don’t happen in a Wall Street vacuum—they happen in your backyard, costing you more & getting you less. We need #MedicareForAll to protect working people & those unable to work from attacks by Wall Street & insurance companies. https://t.co/0LPEIfywn8

— OPEIU (@OPEIU) October 10, 2019

Painters and Allied Trades:

Do you have questions about your pension? Check out our new video series! First up: "What is a Pension?" https://t.co/plMPwuJPQl

— GoIUPAT✊🏽 (@GoIUPAT) October 10, 2019

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

The #OPCMIA is proud to launch our Steel Edge Women web page. Please check it out here! https://t.co/tE1FAIf0gw

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) October 10, 2019

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

FAA Admin Steve Dickson came to PASS HQ today, met w our Exec Board, including Natl Pres Perrone & Natl VP Aguirre. PASS looks forward to partnering w Dickson on issues critical to workers we represent at FAA, safety of aviation system & safety of flying public. @FAANews @USDOT pic.twitter.com/AVqkrEXbpD

— PASS (@PASSNational) October 8, 2019

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

RWDSU members at Valley View Nursing Home in Norwich, NY, have ratified their first union contract!

Workers secured annual pay increases, more time off and guaranteed scheduling protections. Great job team! https://t.co/0V7if7dyle pic.twitter.com/gpU0L4ic6Z

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) October 10, 2019

SAG-AFTRA:

SAG-AFTRA to Hold Fourth National Convention Oct. 10-13 https://t.co/Lg9Q2e4qMl #unconventional pic.twitter.com/NCk85ZuKGa

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) October 8, 2019

Solidarity Center:

Happy to help support 1,117 #soccer players in #Colombia, women & men, seeking #rights and dignity at work through the Colombian Association of Professional Footballers (Acolfutpro). https://t.co/376cnIOXSN @AFLCIOGlobal #futbol

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) October 9, 2019

Theatrical Stage Employees:

Why so serious? Because it's our job! Bruce Hutchinson, retired @Local_706
make-up artist, brought Cesar Romero's Joker to life for an episode of "Batman" in 1967. #Tbt pic.twitter.com/rCLcqOQSQV

— IATSE (@IATSE) October 10, 2019

Transport Workers:

Day 2 of @JetBlue IFC Advocacy Training in Boston #AmericasFightingDemocraticUnion #OrganizeTheSkies pic.twitter.com/zZd6onkvyJ

— TWU (@transportworker) October 10, 2019

Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO:

TTD President Larry Willis: If lawmakers are serious about creating good jobs, buffering against an economic downturn, and boosting the U.S. economy, they should continue to look for opportunities to invest in #infrastructure. via @businessinsider https://t.co/BJCqU2oH2E

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) October 4, 2019

UAW:

We are standing up for:

✓Fair Wages
✓Affordable Quality Health Care
✓Our Share of Profits
✓Job Security
✓A Defined Path to Permanent Seniority for Temps

We stood up for GM and now it is their turn to stand with us! #Solidarity #UAWStrike #StandWithUS pic.twitter.com/LuRCQ0Hb9B

— UAW (@UAW) October 9, 2019

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

Workers at Kickstarter have majority support for their union, but the company refuses to recognize them. The time for voluntary recognition is now! Sending much love and solidarity to Kickstarter United. #1u #UnionsForAll https://t.co/OmAqTvhkH8

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) October 8, 2019

Union Veterans Council:

🚨UNION HIGHLIGHT🚨 @steelworkers International President & Union Vet Tom Conway hosted an incredible training & orginizing session with the newly launched #VetsOfSteel 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
If you’re a USW Union Vet drop a comment below 👇 #UnionVetMovement #1u pic.twitter.com/fcYFmU28pz

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) October 10, 2019

UNITE HERE:

We’re out in front of @DFWAirport Terminal D to show support to DFW Sky Chefs workers as they call on @AmericanAir to end poverty wages in the airline catering industry! #1job #AirportStrikeAlert pic.twitter.com/t9vDPFIsqM

— UNITE HERE Local 23 (@unitehere23) October 9, 2019

United Food and Commercial Workers:

Happy #CustomerServiceWeek! We’re proud to represent #UFCW members from across the U.S. From grocery stores to department stores, the excellent customer service that they provide is the reason consumers return to their stores and continue putting money back into local economies. pic.twitter.com/73kKUl8him

— UFCW (@UFCW) October 7, 2019

United Steelworkers:

One thing we are proud of is our interaction w/ our members, just having conversations about what’s important to them. Thank you to our Cement Council for this amazing week. #USWUnity pic.twitter.com/ffAuJHtNuN

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) October 10, 2019

United Students Against Sweatshops:

“This is the biggest severance victory USAS has ever won and I’m both grateful and proud to be a part of the fight. However, Nike still needs to be held accountable for choosing profit over people in Indonesia. While the supplier paid the workers $4.5 million in owed severance... pic.twitter.com/uNUGpuObnC

— USAS (@USAS) October 4, 2019

United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers:

Today is National Depression Screening Day. The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention provides free screenings for depression and other behavioral health disorders that can increase an individual’s risk for suicide. Go to https://t.co/fATdmCb8wT pic.twitter.com/o2x6BRtBlY

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) October 10, 2019

Utility Workers:

https://t.co/XLxu4LG5ah

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) October 10, 2019

Working America:

It's our 16th birthday!🎂🎈Since '03, we've been organizing working people to build political power & make real economic change. Ahead of 2020, this mission is more important than ever. Send us a b-day gift so we can do this for another 16 years: https://t.co/K8jti3liGp #1u pic.twitter.com/MVo9vO98Dv

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) October 10, 2019

Writers Guild of America, East:

Our statement regarding @splinter_news. pic.twitter.com/CSrNub1l2A

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) October 10, 2019 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 10/16/2019 - 09:42

National Hispanic Heritage Month Pathway to Progress: The San Antonio Pecan Strike

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 08:53
National Hispanic Heritage Month Pathway to Progress: The San Antonio Pecan Strike UTSA

History has long been portrayed as a series of "great men" taking great action to shape the world we live in. In recent decades, however, social historians have focused more on looking at history "from the bottom up," studying the vital role that working people played in our heritage. Working people built, and continue to build, the United States. In our new series, Pathway to Progress, we'll take a look at various people, places and events where working people played a key role in the progress our country has made, including those who are making history right now. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, today's topic is the San Antonio pecan shellers strike.

In the 1930s, pecans grown in Texas accounted for half of all of the nation's production. San Antonio was the center of the industry in Texas, as half the state's commercial crop grew within 250 miles of the city. The dominant company was the Southern Pecan Shelling Co., which produced as much as one-third of the nation's entire crop, depending on the year.

Working people in the industry faced low wages (averaging between $2 to $3 a week) and terrible working conditions. Shelling factories suffered from inadequate ventilation, poor illumination and a lack of indoor running water or toilets. The pecans produced a fine brown dust that contributed to diseases like tuberculosis. San Antonio had one of the highest rates of TB in the country as a result.

Owners had little or no regard for workers. One owner said: “The Mexicans don’t want much money. Compared to those shanties they live in, the pecan shelleries are fine. They are glad to have a warm place to sit in the winter. They can be warm while they’re shelling pecans, they can talk to their friends while they’re working.... If they get hungry they can eat pecans.”

Pecan shellers soon joined the International Pecan Shellers Union No. 172, a chapter of the United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, and Allied Workers of America, which belonged to the newly formed Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). On Jan. 31, 1938, the workforce of shellers, mostly Hispanic women, walked off the job. The 12,000 workers engaged in a three-month strike. The strike began after the Southern Pecan demanded pay cuts for the workers. Shellers, who had previously earned 6 or 7 cents a pound, saw their wages cut to 5 or 6 cents a pound. Crackers went from 50 cents per 100 pounds to 40 cents. 

The strike was originally led by Emma Tenayuca, who was active in various efforts to combat discrimination against Mexican Americans. She joined the women's auxiliary of the League of United Latin American Citizens in high school and was first arrested for protesting when she was 16. After high school, she worked several jobs, but her true calling was organizing. She began to organize with the Workers Alliance before later helping the pecan shellers.

Local officials were not happy about the strike. Police Chief Owen Kilday believed that the strike was part of a Communist plot to gain control of the west side of San Antonio. Tenayuca was arrested as soon as the strike started. Kilday said of her: “The Tenayuca woman is a paid agitator sent here to stir up trouble among the ignorant Mexican workers.” She was neither, her family had deep roots in San Antonio and her strike efforts were unpaid.

Other leaders feared that Mexican American laborers would become aware of their own power and would become more active. Protesters picketed over 400 local factories, but Kilday cracked down, eventually making more than 700 arrests. Gov. James Allred urged the Texas Industrial Commission to investigate the strike and the industry's reaction and found that police interference with lawful assembly was unjustified.

In the end, both sides agreed to arbitration and the initial settlement was for a 7- to 8-cent wage. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed soon after that would establish a minimum wage of 25 cents an hour. The CIO was afraid that the big jump in wages would lead to massive layoffs, and they joined with employers to lobby Congress to give the pecan industry an exemption.The exemption was denied, however, and over the next three years, 10,000 shellers were replaced by machines. While the pecan strikers ultimately failed to sustain the industry, their efforts were pivotal in expanding both labor rights and justice for Hispanic working people, in Texas and beyond.

Learn more about Tenayuca and the pecan strike.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 10/15/2019 - 09:53

Imagine a President Uniting People

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:43
Imagine a President Uniting People AFL-CIO

Imagine a president lifting 40 million citizens out of the poverty he had struggled under. Imagine a president making it easier for people who had been excluded from their nation’s wealth to get decent jobs, basic public services, a college education or technical training. Imagine a president uplifting his country on the world stage as a model for shared prosperity and an economy that works for working people regardless of their race. Imagine that president leaving office after two terms with an approval rating over 80%. Where do you imagine that president should be nine years after leaving office?

Imagine it or not, the president described above is in jail, unjustly convicted to prevent him from running again in 2018—even though he led in all the polls. His name is Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) traveled to Curitiba, Brazil, this week, joining the global labor movement to demand Lula’s release and present the country’s former president the 2019 George Meany–Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award. The AFL-CIO announced the award in March to recognize Lula’s lifelong work. In Brazil this week, the AFL-CIO extended its solidarity and support to Lula, the whole Brazilian labor movement, and the country’s vibrant social and political activists and groups who continue fighting for a better life and social justice.

Trumka said:

The AFL-CIO and its unions will work to engage American workers and their families who remember what it’s like to have a president who works for the people. The struggle to free Lula and defend democracy in Brazil is not just for Brazilians, but for all of us.

Lula Livre! Free Lula!

Lula said: 

They are talking about lightening my sentence or letting me finish it under house arrest, but I insist that I will stay right in this jail until I prove my innocence. I will not trade my dignity to get released. And I will keep fighting for all Brazilians and our democracy. We will prove that the judges and prosecutors and media lied to put me here and steal our democracy. We will take it back.

Lula is a political prisoner because of all the good he did to make development more equitable in Brazil, improving workers' rights, and the inclusion and access to social and human rights, in general. The AFL-CIO, its unions and the International Trade Union Confederation and the global labor movement are calling for Lula’s immediate release because of his life’s work for democracy and social justice and because of the many illegalities committed in the process that has put him in prison.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:43

Brazilian and U.S. Workers Confronting Common Threat Build Solidarity in the Global Labor Movement

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:26
Brazilian and U.S. Workers Confronting Common Threat Build Solidarity in the Global Labor Movement AFL-CIO

This week, the AFL-CIO joins much of the global labor movement in Brazil to participate in the 13th Congress of Brazil's largest labor organization, the Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT). Fred Redmond, AFL-CIO vice president and United Steelworkers vice president for human affairs, is leading the AFL-CIO delegation.

Addressing the entire congress, Redmond pointed out the many challenges workers face in both Brazil and the United States, calling for unity and solidarity to move forward. In particular, he denounced the anti-worker laws and policies being driven by right-wing presidents in Brazil and the United States to weaken unions and collective bargaining.

Redmond also lamented that the current presidents in both countries have risen to power and exercise it by increasing fear and hatred, especially racial prejudice, rather than by leading.

Finally, he rallied the hundreds of delegates to the global labor movement's call for the immediate release of Brazil's former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, unjustly imprisoned for the last year and a half. Redmond closed by announcing to the crowd the upcoming visit of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) to present the 2019 George Meany–Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award to Lula in prison. The decision to give the award to Lula was announced in March.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 10/10/2019 - 13:26

A Seat at the Table: Worker Wins

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:55
A Seat at the Table: Worker Wins OPEIU Local 40

Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with nurses banding together to make patients' lives better and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life.

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Registered Nurses Organize: Registered nurses at UChicago Medicine Ingalls voted 72% in favor of joining National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU). The hospital is in Harvey, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Cathy Vaughn, an RN in the special care nursery, said: "Nurses at Ingalls are so excited to have won a seat at the table! We are ready to begin advocating to improve standards for our patients. This victory means that decisions about patient care are made at the bedside, not in the boardroom."

El Paso Nurses Organize with NNOC/NNU: Registered nurses at the Providence East Campus in El Paso, Texas, vote to join NNOC/NNU, in an election certified by the National Labor Relations Board. Nearly 500 nurses will now be represented by NNOC/NNU. RN Lena Gonzalez said: “This victory is positive on so many levels. We won because nurses from throughout the hospital are ready to stand united as strong patient advocates. We know we can accomplish much more together as union members than any one individual ever could.” 

Google Contract Workers in Pittsburgh Vote to Join USW: Contract workers for Google in Pittsburgh voted to join the United Steelworkers. This is one of the first victories for the union, which is seeking to organize at Google and other tech companies. The Google workers say that the company does not provide sick days, pays substandard wages that aren't connected to inflation and that workers are forced to take vacation days during national holidays.

Kaiser Permanente Workers Avoid Strike After Reaching Tentative Agreement: Working people at Kaiser Permanente have won a new collective bargaining agreement after 85,000 employees from 11 unions threatened a nationwide strike. The new four-year deal comes after five months of bargaining. The tentative agreement, which must be approved by the members of the various unions, provides annual pay increases and new job training and educational opportunities for workers.

Fred Meyer Workers in Portland Win New Contract After Boycott: Portland employees at Fred Meyer stores have reached a tentative agreement with management. The workers, represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, still have to ratify the contract. In a statement, the union said: “Our boycott against Fred Meyer was highly effective, due to your hard work in building relationships with your communities, who stood strong and proud with us.”

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Members Agree to One-Year Contract: In advance of the concert season, members of the Musicians Association of Metropolitan Baltimore (Local 40-543 of the American Federation of Musicians) and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra reached an agreement on a one-year contract. Orchestra members had engaged in a 14-week work stoppage, during which time the musicians were locked out and did not receive paychecks. Local 40-543 Secretary-Treasurer Mary C. Plaine said: “Baltimore Symphony Musicians and Local 40-543 are grateful to all of our AFM sisters and brothers who through their verbal and financial support helped us reach this agreement. It is good to know we can count on our colleagues as we continue our fight to preserve and grow the artistic legacy of the BSO.”

After a Year of Negotiations, Auburn Community Hospital Workers Win Contract: Ending almost a year of negotiations, health care workers at Auburn Community Hospital, represented by AFSCME Local 3124, voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract that solidifies health insurance and increases wages, among other benefits. Maureen Coleman, president of AFSCME Local 3124, said: “Since negotiations began last fall, it’s been our priority to protect our health coverage by including it in our collective bargaining agreement. This will require ACH to negotiate the impact of any future changes to its employees’ health plan with us.”

Fiesta Henderson Hotel and Casino Workers Join Culinary Union: Workers at Fiesta Henderson Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas voted to be represented by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, affiliates of UNITE HERE. This is the seventh casino owned by Station Casinos Las Vegas to unionize since 2016. Culinary Workers Union Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Argüello-Kline said: “We call on Station Casinos to immediately to negotiate and settle a fair contract for the workers at Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, Sunset Station, Palms, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station and Boulder Station.”

Writers and Assistant Producers at WBBM Newsradio Agree to New Contract: News writers and assistant producers at WBBM in Chicago, WCBS in New York and KNX in Los Angeles have reached an agreement with Entercom Communications, which owns the CBS-affiliated stations. Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East, which represents the workers, said: “This contract was won with incredible solidarity across three geographically separate stations. Together, we were able to secure a contract that makes significant financial gains and guarantees important workplace protections.”

Southern California Grocery Store Workers Avert Strike After Reaching Agreement: Some 47,000 grocery store workers at Vons, Pavilions and Ralphs averted a strike after the parent companies (Albertons and Kroger Co.) of the three chains reached an agreement. The workers, represented by UFCW, had previously authorized the strike. UFCW Local 135, in San Diego, responded to the announcement: “We are proud to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached with both companies. We know the road to get here has been a long one for you and your co-workers. Your dedication to standing up for good jobs⁠—engaging tens of thousands of customers with over 200 community rallies and store actions⁠—has been the driving force behind getting a deal that you can be proud to have stood up for. Because you are part of a union family, you have a voice, and a vote. Let’s make it count.” The membership has since ratified the contracts.

Employees at McLaren Macomb Hospital Join OPEIU: More than 300 employyes at McLaren Macomb hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan, have voted to join OPEIU. The vote to associate with Local 40 was successful by 172-113. The workers covered include clerical associates, couriers, critical care techs, dispatchers, lab assistants, patient access reps, patient sitters, pharmacy techs and several other classifications. Local 40 President Jeff Morawski said: “This is the proudest day in the history of Local 40. The workers’ voices were heard loud and clear, and I am excited and proud to welcome them to Local 40. When workers win an election to form a union, everyone wins.”

CWA Members Reach Deal with AT&T Southeast: More than 20,000 employees at AT&T in nine states have reached a "handshake deal" on a new collective bargaining agreement. CWA District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt said: “CWA members’ spirit and solidarity over the last four days showed the company that we would not back down until they bargained with us in good faith. This was a historic strike that showed the power that working people have when they join together.”

Harvard Graduate Students Reach Tentative Agreement with University: After meetings throughout the summer, the Harvard Graduate Students Union (an affiliate of UAW), reached tentative agreements on three contracts. But the graduate students say there is still work to be done. Bargaining committee member Cole M. Meisenhelder said: “On many remaining issues, the administration has told us ‘we have nothing else to say.’ As long as the administration refuses to negotiate over the health plan or denies student workers a neutral process for cases of discrimination or harassment, we will not be able to come to tentative agreements on these issues. This includes the creation of funds totaling more than half a million dollars to assist bargaining unit members in covering the costs of dental and dependent health care, as well as child care. As the negotiations are ongoing, we look forward to continuing to work on these important issues at the bargaining table.”

Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Vote Overwhelmingly to Join AFA-CWA: Flight attendants that work for Cathay Pacific Airlines voted by 97% to be represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson said: “We are so proud to welcome our sisters and brothers at Cathay Pacific who chose to join with AFA Flight Attendants around the world. Their Cathay Cabin Crew counterparts in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Canada all have contracts with higher pay, benefits and job security. It's past time for these hardworking U.S.-based Flight Attendants to have a contract that lifts up good American jobs. Cathay Pacific Cabin Crew will surely enrich AFA’s history that includes decades of Flight Attendants working together to raise the bar for our entire profession.”

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:55

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Laborers

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 09:08
Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Laborers

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the Laborers.

Name of Union: Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)

Mission: To help working men and women unite for a stronger voice in the economies and governments of the United States and Canada. As an affiliate of the AFL-CIO and North America’s Building Trades Unions, LIUNA works predominantly to help construction craft laborers improve their lives through collective bargaining, organizing, training programs, safer job sites and the enforcement of workers’ rights.

Current Leadership of Union: Terry O’Sullivan became the general president of LIUNA in 2000 and has since been elected to three terms. He first joined the union in 1974. He served in several previous positions, including vice president and Mid-Atlantic regional manager; assistant to the general president; chief of staff; Tri-Funds administrator; assistant director of the Construction, Maintenance and Service Trades Department; and administrator of the West Virginia Laborers’ Training Center. O’Sullivan is a San Francisco native. Armand E. Sabitoni serves as general secretary-treasurer and as New England regional manager. In addition to O’Sullivan and Sabitoni, LIUNA is governed by a 14-member general executive board.

Number of Members: 500,000

Work Members Do: Construction of highways, bridges, tunnels, transit systems, buildings, industrial plants and manufacturing facilities; construction and maintenance of energy infrastructure, including renewable energy projects, pipelines, and natural gas and nuclear plants; environmental remediation of lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials; weatherization and landscaping. In addition, the union represents 70,000 public service employees who provide health care services, maintain parks and, through the affiliated National Postal Mail Handlers Union, process mail.

Industries Represented: Construction and public service. These working men and women are employed by various agencies, including the Postal Service, the Indian Health Service, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Park Service. 

History: The first recognized union for laborers was formed in Philadelphia in 1836. In 1903, American Federation of Labor President Samuel Gompers called for a convention to establish an international union of construction laborers and the International Hod Carriers and Building Laborers' Union was founded. (A hod is a tray connected to a pole handle that is used to shoulder loads of construction materials, such mortar or brick.)

At its first convention, the union represented more than 8,000 laborers in 17 different cities, most of whom were immigrants seeking a better life. In 1912, the union changed its name to the International Hod Carrier's Building and Common Laborers of America. By the end of the decade, the union had nearly 550 locals and more than 96,000 members. As the union grew, it became a stronger voice for immigrant and African-American workers. In the 1920s, the union chartered its first public sector local.

Pensions were a key issue for laborers before World War II. Most members worked for multiple contractors during their careers, making it impossible to earn pensions. The union established portable multi-employer plans, which have helped secure retirement for millions of working people.

During World War II, the union suspended all dues and pledged full support for the National Defense Program. By 1941, membership neared 300,000. After the war, a massive construction boom helped membership exceed 430,000.

In 1965, the union changed its name to the Laborers' International Union of North America, or LIUNA for short. The union’s successful fights for healthcare and expanding pension coverage became vital organizing tools.

In the ensuing decades, the union expanded it's focus on member benefits, political organizing and training. Many locals began to offer additional services, from health clinics to drug and alcohol rehabilitation resources. Its political organizing strength became sought after by candidates for state, local and federal office. Its training programs grew to invest tens of millions of dollars each year to help new members develop careers and enable existing members to find additional opportunities. In this era, the union adopted its stylized LIUNA Feel the Power mark and recognizable orange brand.

Current Campaigns/Community Efforts: The union strives to harness the power of its half-million members by encouraging the aggressive use of mobilization, organizing and communications tools at each of its 400 local unions. The LIUNA Action Network mobilizes members to take a stand on important issues. See how every new member is equipped to be an integral and active part of the union with a Member Orientation Guide. Through the LIUNA Training and Education Fund, members have access to free world-class skills training, enabling them to expand their work opportunities. Through various organizing efforts, the union fights to help non-union workers improve their lives by uniting with the union and by defending the rights of all workers, whether immigrant or native born. LIUNA also supports constituency groups for women, African Americans and Latinos. To see the amazing work LIUNA members do, visit Great Projects. Check out LECET's labor-contractor initiative, which helps connect skilled workers with the contractors who need them. To learn how the union strives to make job sites safer and workers healthier, visit the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund and its publication Lifelines

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Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:08

Economy Gains 136,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment Declines to 3.5%

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 12:58
Economy Gains 136,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment Declines to 3.5%

The U.S. economy gained 136,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate declined to 3.5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

In response to the September job numbers, AFL-CIO Chief Economist William Spriggs said: "It is surprising the rate of job creation has slowed, and the rate of labor force participation has stayed almost constant but this lower job growth is sufficient to keep the share of people with jobs rising slightly, and unemployment falling. It clearly reflects the slowing growth rate of the American workforce as the Baby Boom ages." He also tweeted:

The unemployment rate for white men and Latinos are virtually equal at 2.9 and 3.0% though because Latinos have a much higher labor force participation rate, a higher share of Latinos are working 77.6 compared to 69.7% for whites @Marietmora @UnidosUS_Econ @AFLCIO #JobsReport

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 4, 2019

The broadest measure of labor market slack fell to 6.9% in September.  With weak wage growth and moderate job growth, the labor market is still tightening.  But the Census report on record levels of inequality are showing employment a weak antidote to address that trend. @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 4, 2019

The "reference week" for the @BLS_gov September jobs report was just before the @UAW strike of GM, but employment in motor vehicle manufacturing slipped 4,000.  So, little evidence of a speed up to increase inventory ahead of the strike. #JobsReport @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 4, 2019

The lack of broad income growth leaves retail floundering despite low unemployment.  @BLS_gov reports over 11,000 jobs lost in September in retail.  This is another sign of how this recovery is weakened by growing inequality. #JobsReport @UFCW @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 4, 2019

Last month's biggest job gains were in health care (39,000), professional and business services (34,000), government (22,000), and transportation and warehousing (16,000). Employment declined in retail trade (-11,000). Employment in other major industries, including mining, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, information, financial activities, and leisure and hospitality, showed little change over the month. 

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for teenagers (12.5%), blacks (5.5%), Hispanics (3.9%), adult men (3.2%), whites (3.4%), adult women (3.1%) and Asians (2.5%) showed little or no change in September.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) rose in September and accounted for 22.7% of the unemployed.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/04/2019 - 13:58

Working People Show Solidarity with GM/UAW Strikers

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 11:05
Working People Show Solidarity with GM/UAW Strikers AFL-CIO

As the strike by UAW members at General Motors approaches three weeks, labor activists and their allies have shown their solidarity with the UAW members by joining them on the picket lines. Here are some highlights from those visits.

I had the opportunity to join striking @UAW members at the @GM Bedford Casting Operations plant in Bedford, Indiana this afternoon, I relayed to them that the 12.5M members of the @AFLCIO are supporting them and standing in solidarity with them. #1u #GMStrike pic.twitter.com/NERf2vSJF2

— Richard Trumka (@RichardTrumka) October 1, 2019

I was honored to be in Detroit this weekend walking the picket line with @UAW brothers and sisters—I'll be walking the line in spirit until GM workers get the fair deal and respect they deserve! #1u pic.twitter.com/GAcZ6tb98p

— Liz Shuler (@lizshuler) September 23, 2019

Always proud to stand with UAW members fighting for good jobs and fair wages. I’m hopeful the UAW and GM can negotiate and ratify a contract quickly so Michigan’s autoworkers can get back on the job as soon as possible, as this is so important to our economy. pic.twitter.com/BnVAFIlm9D

— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) September 16, 2019

As workers were on the picket lines Monday night, GM decided to terminate insurance coverage for thousands of UAW members and their families.

The UAW activated the strike fund to help fill the gap and ensure that no one loses their care. pic.twitter.com/1aJPw7wAta

— UAW (@UAW) September 18, 2019

We are standing together and standing up for our families, our communities, and our fellow workers. #StandWithUS #SolidarityForever pic.twitter.com/0reIsQ1YYs

— UAW (@UAW) September 19, 2019

Thank you to @TheDemocrats Chair @TomPerez for joining striking workers yesterday at the Tonawanda Engine Plant #StandWithUS pic.twitter.com/z0vkSTV7U6

— UAW (@UAW) September 19, 2019

At the @UAW strike in Detroit. An auto worker here has been at this picket line every day — and she has lost her voice. I let her know that I am here to be a voice for her. #UnionStrong #StandwithUS pic.twitter.com/0aumy9CW0h

— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) September 19, 2019

Today General President Jim Hoffa today joined UAW members on strike at the General Motors Lake Orion Assembly Plant... read more: https://t.co/vUNhIKdl8t pic.twitter.com/izR4dZ91Ee

— Teamsters (@Teamsters) September 20, 2019

I’m always proud to support working Kansans, good jobs and fair wages. It’s important for GM and UAW to pursue swift resolution of differences and get employees back to work as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/IYT20BedmZ

— Laura Kelly (@LauraKellyKS) September 19, 2019

I’m always proud to support working Kansans, good jobs and fair wages. It’s important for GM and UAW to pursue swift resolution of differences and get employees back to work as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/IYT20BedmZ

— Laura Kelly (@LauraKellyKS) September 19, 2019

I stand with @UAW. Support unions! pic.twitter.com/6tNB9C1oSu

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) September 20, 2019

@UAW in Dallas demanding a CONTRACT! #uawstrike @TexasAFLCIO affiliates showing support for our sisters and brothers ✊🏾💥✊🏽👩🏾👨🏻🧔🏽👩🏼‍🦰🧒🏻 pic.twitter.com/frw2wmL7pS

— Montserrat Garibay (@MontseTXAFLCIO) September 21, 2019

I was proud to stand with @UAW members at the Orion Assembly in #MI08. Cars were honking to show their support, and workers told me the public support they’ve felt from the community has been overwhelming. pic.twitter.com/14hVe9DEiY

— Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin) September 21, 2019

Today, I proudly stood alongside @UAW members on strike in Kansas City as they fight for a fair contract. Everything that defines a middle class life is because of unions fighting for worker protections. I stand with you, and America stands with you. pic.twitter.com/5tejdcZXnJ

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 22, 2019

Today, I proudly stood alongside @UAW members on strike in Kansas City as they fight for a fair contract. Everything that defines a middle class life is because of unions fighting for worker protections. I stand with you, and America stands with you. pic.twitter.com/5tejdcZXnJ

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 22, 2019

The workers of @UAW are fighting for fair wages and good benefits—and I have their backs. When unions win, all workers win. pic.twitter.com/xC2di0jzLH

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) September 22, 2019

Even kids understand you need to support your workers! NYSUT stand in solidarity with striking workers! @UAW @NYSAFLCIO @nysut @WilliamsvilleTA pic.twitter.com/UFdhvcINMO

— Michelle Licht (@MichelleLicht) September 22, 2019

We’re out on the picket line with @UAW in Arlington, Texas alongside @TheIronworkers, @transportworker and @TCCLC_AFLCIO. This is one of 12 gates where strikers are running picket lines 24/7 #StandwithUS #1u pic.twitter.com/ftBQQeGwXd

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) September 24, 2019

All workers have the right to stand up for fair wages, better working conditions, and investment in their local communities.

Honored to walk the picket line with @UAW in Parma today. pic.twitter.com/quZrnyM2Vh

— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) September 23, 2019

#Solidarityhttps://t.co/CvwAWQfsND

— UAW (@UAW) September 24, 2019

Visiting with striking GM workers in Lordstown, Ohio. https://t.co/WTWNnoLr7M

— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 25, 2019

Thank you to @RepDebDingell for standing with UAW members on strike for fair wages, quality health care and job security! https://t.co/W3cqaH1mx3

— UAW (@UAW) September 24, 2019

I stand with workers, not the corporations making record profits. pic.twitter.com/zH7O1Treoc

— Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) September 29, 2019

Ford workers in Kentucky are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their UAW brothers and sisters on the picket line. #SolidarityForever https://t.co/4N5qp3csub

— UAW (@UAW) September 26, 2019

CWA 1122 and 1115 members stood with UAW local 646 members today in solidarity #onedaylonger #1U #unionstrong pic.twitter.com/qScLbMJIVg

— CWA 1122 (@cwa1122buffalo) September 18, 2019

It’s past time corporations realize the heart of their business isn’t profit, it’s people. Proud to stand with our @UAW Local 239 family this morning in White Marsh, MD in their fight for quality health care. pic.twitter.com/1lv6NfVQGs

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 28, 2019

SATURDAY: Join South Bend Mayor @PeteButtigieg on the picket line in Reno: https://t.co/3GRzvuJjrf pic.twitter.com/d8W98piu69

— UAW (@UAW) September 26, 2019

Standing with workers on picket lines is something I've done my entire life — that's what I do and what I believe. I was proud to stand with striking @UAW General Motors workers in Michigan. We're going to win the fight against corporate greed. pic.twitter.com/qG7v5bWlr6

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 26, 2019

Senator @KamalaHarris will stand with UAW members on the picket line at the Reno Distribution Center tomorrow! Join them to show your support: https://t.co/OxDXsuQk28 pic.twitter.com/xPXhxJavWA

— UAW (@UAW) October 2, 2019

✊🏼 @MOAFLCIO was out in force today at the Hold the Line Rally at the @UAW2250 hall this morning. #1u #GMStrike pic.twitter.com/bt5wEWPfBC

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) September 27, 2019

.@UAW strikers at the Langhorne GM plant addressing the crowd!! #UAWStrike #UAW #Solidarity #UnionStrong #1u pic.twitter.com/1hClIqjh3J

— Philadelphia AFL-CIO (@PhillyAFLCIO) September 28, 2019

The Arlington TX NAACP continues to stand with UAW Local 276 and GM employees on Day 14 of the national strike.

If you would like to join us in marching, praying, and donating, we will continue on October 6th at 2PM.#SolidaritySunday@UAW @TCCLC_AFLCIO @AFLCIO @NAACP pic.twitter.com/hh9hll0syr

— Arlington, TX NAACP (@ArlingtonNAACP) September 30, 2019

Proud to stand in solidarity with my @UAW brothers and sisters today. I hear you, I stand with you, and I believe in your fight for fairness and equity. 👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/hxtjrQn7sM

— Jocelyn Benson (@JocelynBenson) September 29, 2019

One day longer. One day stronger. #1u #GMStrike pic.twitter.com/50BLN01emn

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) September 27, 2019 Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/04/2019 - 12:05

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