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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Relief Efforts Continue for Louisiana’s Labor Movement as the State’s Working Families Recover from Hurricane Laura

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 08:09
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Relief Efforts Continue for Louisiana’s Labor Movement as the State’s Working Families Recover from Hurricane Laura

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

The labor movement is continuing to lead recovery efforts in southwestern Louisiana, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Laura. The Louisiana AFL-CIO, led by President Louis Reine (SMART), and its affiliates have been collecting bottled water, food and other essential items to distribute to union members and families affected by the storm. Over Labor Day weekend, items continued to be distributed from the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) Local 198 union hall in Lake Charles. The hall is being used as a staging area for the labor movement’s relief efforts.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:09

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Allegheny-Fayette Labor Council Restores Veterans Memorial as Part of Weekend of Service

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 07:45
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Allegheny-Fayette Labor Council Restores Veterans Memorial as Part of Weekend of Service

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

In place of the Pittsburgh area labor movement’s usual Labor Day parade and in-person celebrations, members of the Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council led a weekend of action and community service in southwestern Pennsylvania. Some 20 volunteer union members helped restore the 28th Ward Veterans Memorial on Sunday. “This is more than just a monument, this is a place of honor,” labor council President Darrin Kelly (IAFF) told KDKA-TV. “Labor has many traditions, but its biggest tradition will always be its commitment to service to this great country….Projects like this give people hope.” Union members who are veterans took part in the restoration. The Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council also held a food distribution event on Friday and a park beautification event on Saturday.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 09/11/2020 - 08:45

Tags: Community Service, COVID-19

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: FLOC Petitions Reynolds American to Comply with CDC Guidelines on COVID-19

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 09:31
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: FLOC Petitions Reynolds American to Comply with CDC Guidelines on COVID-19

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

The Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) is demanding tobacco company Reynolds American comply with the federal government’s health and safety recommendations to save farmworkers in North Carolina from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Now is the time to stop allowing wealthy corporations like Reynolds American to continue making billions off of the labor of farmworkers while refusing to do anything to support our communities during a crisis,” said FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez. “All of the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)] recommendations require significant investments of money to comply with in agriculture, and these corporations have failed in their responsibility to save lives in the supply chains they created. Reynolds could meet with farmworkers and commit to funding additional housing and transportation to limit crowding and fund paid leave to incentivize compliance with CDC guidelines.” Sign the petition here.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 09/10/2020 - 10:31

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Happy Labor Day: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 08:43
Happy Labor Day: What Working People Are Doing This Week

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

Actors' Equity:

We've released a new set of public resources for producers including info on testing for COVID-19 and a preproduction safety worksheet. We are updating regularly as new info becomes available and encourage producers to explore, share and use these tools. https://t.co/GfhhKsNXLi pic.twitter.com/6RUiVgjhlt

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

AFSCME:

Thank you @SenWarren for speaking with AFSCME member and leader Miren Algorri. We cannot thank essential workers with pink slips. https://t.co/XhNoMcOVYz

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) September 9, 2020

Air Line Pilots Association:

During this pandemic, the irreplaceable value of #union representation has never been more apparent for workers. -@ALPAPresident Capt. Joe DePete #UnionStrong pic.twitter.com/8vMLKTanUb

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) September 9, 2020

Alliance for Retired Americans:

We need to #SaveUSPS because millions of seniors rely on the Post Office for delivery of essential goods like Social Security checks and medicine. pic.twitter.com/wscCpsWY8q

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) September 9, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union:

Int. President John Costa joined with ATU Canada, New Brunswick Locals 1182-Saint John and 1290-Moncton, elected officials and transit allies for a virtual zoom rally on the importance of public transit funding during the pandemic and in the future. #TogetherWeFightTogetherWeWin pic.twitter.com/QDgwlWoibN

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

American Federation of Musicians:

If your management won’t commit to paying you and wrings its hands at the challenges of this season, point them to FWSO, or any number of other institution working to keep music playing in their communities—and paychecks coming to musicians. #Unionmusic https://t.co/59O107OuyY

— AFM (@The_AFM) September 8, 2020

American Federation of Teachers:

As AFT President @rweingarten wrote in her latest post: This is a #LaborDay like no other. Read more: https://t.co/E2t8vc5fg1 #IamAFT #1u pic.twitter.com/6yVt22Mg98

— AFT (@AFTunion) September 7, 2020

American Postal Workers Union:

Patients who rely on the U.S. Postal Service for their prescription drugs may have experienced “significant” delays in their deliveries... (1/2)#SaveUSPS https://t.co/W0vo8eeOdr

— APWU National (@APWUnational) September 9, 2020

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

8% of the @USPS workforce is AAPI. 40% are women.

These are GOOD UNION jobs!

For these workers - a USPS job has meant a steady income with adequate benefits to provide support to their families and communities.

Take Action to #SaveUSPS today -->https://t.co/dr2qPLWP5k pic.twitter.com/rjQqXJLggx

— Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (@APALAnational) September 9, 2020

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

.@AFAUnitedMEC is here loud and proud. Extend the Payroll Support Program and save the jobs of Flight Attendants and aviation workers! #ExtendPSP #ReliefNow pic.twitter.com/eo3m4j25TG

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) September 9, 2020

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

An extensive list of American plants that have shuttered, workers left with destroyed communities and livelihoods. WHO still believes President Trump's empty promise of bringing jobs back to America? Check out this info on American manufacturing by @MachinistsUnion #1u https://t.co/puC7M3i52p

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) September 9, 2020

Boilermakers:

On Labor Day, let's stand with our #Boilermaker brothers & sisters from Local 146, locked out of their jobs at CESSCO since June 28. Watch: https://t.co/1Ekrys11d6

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) September 7, 2020

Bricklayers:

As A. Philip Randolph said: “Freedom is never given, it is won.” Get active in your Local! pic.twitter.com/nTb9OJHUD2

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) September 6, 2020

California School Employees Association:

Op-Ed by @CSEA_Now President Ben Valdepeña: This #LaborDay, and every day, we must value all classified staff as “essential.” Via @latimesopinion https://t.co/vr9koRHWOZ

— CSEA (@CSEA_Now) September 7, 2020

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

#LaborDay 2020 is perilous: We must defeat anti-worker, anti-black, anti-democratic candidates, from the White House to city councils to state attorneys offices. So, enjoy the holiday brought to you by the labor movement and make a plan to vote. https://t.co/UiAn2wEnxO #1u #Vote pic.twitter.com/ABwBUtgnbx

— CBTU (@CBTU72) September 7, 2020

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

Want to share why it is important to vote? Share a short video on social media and start and finish this sentence, “Women are the CLUW (clue) to Vote because…” Please make sure to tag us @CLUWNational (Twitter & Instagram) and @CLUWomen (Facebook).

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) September 6, 2020

Communications Workers of America:

If Congress doesn't act now, thousands of aviation workers will be out of a job on October 1. Union members are taking action.

Tell Congress to save aviation jobs #1u: https://t.co/amc8XHZwOz https://t.co/6C5SYUIzNX

— CWA (@CWAUnion) September 9, 2020

Department for Professional Employees:

Organizations that claim to be advancing social justice or progressive need to walk the walk by recognizing their employees' unions. #1u https://t.co/yliStugwtx

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

Electrical Workers:

America's clean-energy future will be union-built. https://t.co/7lCvEvVAYZ

— IBEW (@IBEW) September 8, 2020

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

We got their attention! Please sign and share this petition in support of organizing farmworkers on Labor Day! Reynolds can save lives now! #boycottVUSE https://t.co/01AdkPeDYC

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) September 7, 2020

International Labor Communications Association:

This is our kind of positive #FridayFeeling in advance of #LaborDay2020 #1u https://t.co/q4tOaU86Ul

— Labor Communications (@ILCAonline) September 4, 2020

Ironworkers:

Happy Labor Day from the folks who brought you the weekend. #labordayweekend #laborday2020 pic.twitter.com/MLU59F4RUZ

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) September 4, 2020

Jobs With Justice:

Trump's Postmaster Louis DeJoy implemented policies to cut shifts and reduce mail trips, which caused backlogs nationwide — and this was during a pandemic, when folks needed their packages more than ever 😷

To #SaveUSPS, DeJoy must be held accountable.https://t.co/iOMfFzv5T3

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) September 9, 2020

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

It’s finally September!🥳 We are less than 3 weeks away from National Voter Registration Day, are you #VoteReady?✍️@AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/hFkXMl2Owu

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) September 8, 2020

Laborers:

DYK, the money & benefits you earn as a #LIUNA member, depends on #PrevailingWage laws that protect you & your community‘s standard of living? This November, ask candidates running for office....will you FIGHT with LIUNA for Prevailing Wages?

WATCH NOW: https://t.co/6gmQYMiKcS pic.twitter.com/L1SsE33T7H

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) September 9, 2020

Longshoremen:

@ILAUnion @TheILAmobileApp Robert E. Gleason, Who Served As International ILA Secretary-Treasurer
For More Than Two Decades, Passes Away At Age 82https://t.co/pXU3zTfRN0 pic.twitter.com/CJtVnAUvez

— Int'l LongshoreAssoc (@ILAUnion) September 5, 2020

Machinists:

President Trump’s promises to stand up for U.S. workers, protect our jobs from leaving the country and bring our jobs home from countries like Mexico and China have been broken. https://t.co/B3BBx2mnwO

— Machinists Union ✈️🚊🚀 (@MachinistsUnion) September 9, 2020

Metal Trades Department:

MTD Salutes Retiring HFIAW President McCourt; Lauds IBEW’s Appointment of Cooper as IVP | Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO https://t.co/5RGNvBCEVj pic.twitter.com/0oNCH8zQvB

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) September 9, 2020

Mine Workers:

72 years ago today, the first UMWA pension check was issued to Horace Ainscough of Rock Springs, WY.#UMWA #UnionStrong #AnniversaryPost pic.twitter.com/XJEcFyE0ya

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) September 9, 2020

Musical Artists:

SOLIDARITY FOREVER features AGMA artists of @MetOpera. The score was written by Met AGMA Committee Chair Ned Hanlon, the Met’s Jeremy Little, & AGMA Eastern Counsel Sam Wheeler to encourage members to stay strong #unionstrong @AFLCIO @DPEaflcio FULL VID: https://t.co/neGe8WIYeo pic.twitter.com/Zh3t6K64vC

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) September 8, 2020

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

On #LaborDay we honor the men and women who work hard to provide the services we depend on every day. Please enjoy this video honoring unions and the valuable role they play—especially our own Union—in improving the lives of each member and our country. https://t.co/aFjPkmOwFH pic.twitter.com/p54aLiMwdr

— NATCA (@NATCA) September 7, 2020

National Association of Letter Carriers:

While delivering a package to a customer, carrier Shandrika Moody was chased by a dog. She used a repellent spray on the dog & went inside her vehicle to inform her supervisor. When the carrier saw the dogs attack an elderly pedestrian, she rushed to help. https://t.co/d7iAbo5xWT pic.twitter.com/MdQc1n2s1t

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) September 9, 2020

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

Honoring immigrant workers on Labor Day and demanding justice and dignity. Immigrants are essential. Period.

Via @LaColmenaNYC https://t.co/vsF1kZlhEn

— NDLON (@NDLON) September 8, 2020

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

This #LaborDay, watch this special online tribute to #HonorEssentialWorkers putting their lives on the line for this country. https://t.co/OXJmJ1rqk0

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) September 7, 2020

National Federation of Federal Employees-IAM:

Wishing all of our selfless, dedicated, hardworking members, their families, and working people everywhere a safe #LaborDay.https://t.co/qkkisWWdbW

— NFFE (@NFFE_Union) September 3, 2020

National Nurses United:

Join nurses from across the country this Friday evening as we each light a candle to honor the nurses who have fallen as a result of insufficient PPE and infection control policies during the #COVID19 crisis.#ProtectNurses

RSVP ➡️ https://t.co/8HY4Emv5N0 pic.twitter.com/7NJVwMUR4r

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) September 8, 2020

NFL Players Association:

A word for the rookies: "My best advice is to find a true, veteran professional in the building & pick his brain on how he got to where he is now. Self-educate yourself on your finances, nutrition & recovery and just enjoy the moment." - @KJ_WRIGHT34
🔗: https://t.co/PBR9LyLRCt pic.twitter.com/VTI7xPd9fD

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 7, 2020

North America's Building Trades Unions:

“While we won’t gather together for #LaborDay celebrations this year, now more than ever we recognize what workers mean to our city, our state, and our NATION.”

Fantastic LTE from @CleBCTC business manager, Dave Wondolowski 👏https://t.co/fS80XfR8pi

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

Office and Professional Employees:

As the economy worsens from the COVID-19 crisis, too many employers are responding by committing wage theft — stealing employees wages, minimum wage violations, etc. — even more. #1uhttps://t.co/ibK3Fjv12J

— OPEIU (@OPEIU) September 4, 2020

Painters and Allied Trades:

The power workers have extends far beyond the job site to every level of society, and we used that power to show solidarity with one of our own. @Jimmy_iupat https://t.co/a8hPgTA29X

— IUPAT (@GoIUPAT) September 9, 2020

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

The construction industry has one of the highest suicide rates compared to other industries, but this doesn't have to be the case. CPWR's Hazard Alert provides ways to help prevent suicide in construction and find support. Remember, you are not alone. https://t.co/vaYkNfeKrn pic.twitter.com/SSejv0B1wv

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) September 8, 2020

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union-UFCW:

Have you filled out the census yet? If not visit https://t.co/YVP5peaCed now. Looking for more information on it? Visit our website: https://t.co/VexR1RRRcm #LaborDay2020 #LaborWeek2020 #NYCUnionMade #1U pic.twitter.com/jGrOAGVl9v

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) September 9, 2020

SAG-AFTRA:

We celebrate the life of Kevin Dobson, #sagaftramember since '66. An accomplished actor and Army vet, he also served his union on military and senior committees. We are grateful for his service and send our condolences to his family and friends. https://t.co/f6RTboEEg9

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

Solidarity Center:

Even in countries where #domesticviolence seems to have decreased, experts say cases aren't being reported. School closures mean teachers & social workers are unable to report abuse & evidence also shows its rising w/ restricted movement & financial woes.https://t.co/z0eJ5b2Lha

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) September 9, 2020

TCU/IAM:

A TCU/IAM report shows that Amtrak is likely to save less than $50 million after factoring in all costs attributable to the furloughs.

We must save this vital rail network for riders and workers.
https://t.co/z2CfY8zz4e

— Transportation Communications Union/IAM (@TCUnionHQ) September 4, 2020

The NewsGuild-CWA:

Many Americans have little or no access to local news. And it's getting worse.
*45%* of newsroom jobs were cut from 2008-2017, and COVID-19 ravages them further. Here's how threats to local journalism are harming your community — and how you can help #SaveTheNews. pic.twitter.com/MS70qFdFpH

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

Theatrical Stage Employees:

Increasing workers’ rights will be an essential component of the Biden-Harris recovery plan. That includes enacting the PRO Act, which would dramatically level the playing field for workers to organize and collectively bargain without fear of retaliation. https://t.co/YcCqB7QJB3

— IATSE (@IATSE) September 8, 2020

Transport Workers Union:

.@twusamuelsen explains how the federal govt is abandoning essential #frontline transport workers in every sector amid this pandemic @realDonaldTrump @MTA @thehill @krystalball@esaagarhttps://t.co/rivifmYVD6

— TWU (@transportworker) September 9, 2020

Transportation Trades Department:

Amy Griffin, an @Amtrak employee and @transportworker member tells @TransportDems how she was exposed to #COVID19 while working. Now, despite working through the pandemic, she and her coworkers face furlough notices. pic.twitter.com/Br7HV1t7Bn

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) September 9, 2020

UAW:

A new documentary is giving viewers an inside look at how the UAW and Ford teamed up to fight COVID-19. https://t.co/gop0uGXM9B

— UAW (@UAW) September 6, 2020

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

Opinion: Unions can help America build back better after COVID-19 https://t.co/2fcEP457AT

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) September 8, 2020

Union Veterans Council:

Our Vets Are
Heroes, Not Losers
No Matter What Trump Says!#1u #VetsVote #NationalDisgrace pic.twitter.com/7paItHvfpm

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) September 4, 2020

UNITE HERE:

During this pandemic the hospitality industry has been among the hardest hit.

Right to Work states like Florida are working from now to Nov. 3 to dump Trump and ensure we remain #UnionStrong. https://t.co/xZI2aFuyWM

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) September 7, 2020

United Food and Commercial Workers:

Americans across the country can feed their families because of all the brave #Iowa meatpacking workers stepping up during this pandemic.

Thanks to @GreenfieldIowa for standing with these hardworking Iowans to call for the strong protections that our frontline workers need. https://t.co/ACB9f8185E

— UFCW (@UFCW) September 3, 2020

United Steelworkers:

USW Backs Biden-Harris Made-in-America Plan https://t.co/Qn8qGUDgeY #USWVotes

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) September 9, 2020

United Students Against Sweatshops:

While @GonzagaU gave students a “choice” to return to campus, mandatory in-person classes forced many students to return. Student/worker safety is more important than your profits! @Gonzaga_Prez meet our demands. Sign & share: https://t.co/HjMyl1qykn. #ZagsHelpZags #COVIDonCampus

— USAS (@USAS) September 8, 2020

Roofers and Waterproofers:

Next week is the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls! Pause work to talk to employees about fall hazards, protective methods, and your company’s safety policies and goals. Learn more at https://t.co/Gg9Pj5HIDW #StandDown4Safety #roofersafety365 pic.twitter.com/lN5NrOK6u8

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) September 8, 2020

Utility Workers:

Where there’s a natural or man-made disaster, utility workers are on the scene alongside firefighters, law enforcement, paramedics, and other first responders amidst perilous conditions to mitigate these disasters.

Show your support: https://t.co/UOcHkePFRI

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) September 9, 2020

Working America:

🗳️ Join Working America and @PowerThePolls in making sure our election runs smoothly! #PowerThePolls https://t.co/MuTYBftHwH

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) September 1, 2020

Writers Guild of America, East:

Labor Day is the perfect day to talk to your coworkers about forming a union!

Get the facts! Read the report from CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies where union members and staff talk about the gains WGAE has won in 5 years of organized digital news.https://t.co/dG6MDXG3qE

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) September 7, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:43

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Labor Movement Leads Recovery From Hurricane Laura

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 08:09
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Labor Movement Leads Recovery From Hurricane Laura

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

Early in the morning of Aug. 27, Category 4 Hurricane Laura roared through the border of Louisiana and Texas as one of the most powerful storms in history to hit the area. In the wake of significant damage to parts of Louisiana, Louis Reine (SMART), president of the Louisiana AFL-CIO, reported union members from across the Gulf Coast have stepped in to help. The state federation, along with the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) Local 198 and Teamsters locals 270 and 968, hosted a milk giveaway on Saturday for those in need. A relief staging location has been established in Lake Charles, Louisiana, at Local 198.

“Even though Baton Rouge and New Orleans came out fairly well, Lake Charles still had some significant damage, and millions are still without power. Our Electrical Workers (IBEW) hall down there was completely destroyed. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a hurricane [primarily] occupy one state at once. We’re going to be looking to gather bottled water, cleaning supplies, food, rakes, trash bags and more, as well as setting up a gift card relief fund,” Reine said. “The people of Louisiana have proven they are always up to a challenge and will face this challenge as we have faced others in the past. We will come together to rebuild our state. The labor movement in Louisiana, along with its neighbors and friends, will be there to lend a hand as our brothers and sisters face these challenges.”

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW) announced that the federation is donating $20,000 to support the Louisiana AFL-CIO’s relief efforts following the hurricane and the loss of life and property that it caused in the state. “We are at our best when the labor movement comes together to support our sisters and brothers during challenging times,” Shuler said. “Hurricane Laura caused widespread property damage and resulted in the tragic deaths of at least 16 people. The Louisiana AFL-CIO is doing incredible work to support communities around the state that have been hit the hardest by this devastating storm. The AFL-CIO is proud to play our part to get workers back on their feet.”

In Iowa, the Hawkeye Area Labor Council has been continuing to support members of the Cedar Rapids community—hit hard last month by a devastating wind storm—through its nonprofit entity and has been coordinating with the United Way and Teamsters Local 238 around a relief effort housed at the Local 238 hall. As efforts there are winding down, union members loaded up leftover supplies, including water and food, onto pallets to send to hurricane stricken parts of Louisiana and Texas. The Texas AFL-CIO is collecting funds to distribute to our sisters, brothers and friends in Louisiana. Click here to donate to the labor movement’s relief effort.

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

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Roofers and Waterproofers

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 10:00
Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Roofers and Waterproofers

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

Name of Union: United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers

Mission: To provide a collective voice for the brothers, sisters and friends in the union, ensure members have the protection of a contract and dignity on the job and to provide members with training, brotherhood, sisterhood and friendship and an opportunity to make a difference.

Current Leadership of Union: Kinsey M. Robinson serves as international president and James A. Hadel serves as international secretary-treasurer. The organization also has 10 international vice presidents: Douglas Ziegler (First), Thomas Pedrick (Second), Paul F. Bickford (Third), Richard R. Mathis (Fourth), Daniel P. O'Donnell (Fifth), Robert Peterson (Sixth), Michael A. Vasey (Seventh), Michael Stiens (Eighth), Brent R. Beasley (Ninth) and Joseph Pozzi (Tenth). 

Number of Members: 22,000

Members Work As: Applying all types of roofing and waterproofing systems, including but not limited to: all low-sloped roofing systems (vegetative and solar photovoltaic roofs), structural waterproofing, steep-sloped roofing systems and air barrier applications.

Industries Represented: The construction industry across the United States.

History: On June 5, 1903, the American Federation of Labor chartered the International Slate and Tile Roofers Union of America and on Nov. 6, 1906, AFL chartered the International Brotherhood of Composition Roofers, Damp and Waterproof Workers. In 1919, the two unions met in Pittsburgh and merged to become the United Slate, Tile and Composition Roofers, Damp and Waterproof Workers Association. By World War II, the combined union grew to more than 7,000 members. The post-war construction boom led to membership doubling by 1950, with membership peaking in 1978. That year, they adopted the current name, the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers. The union continues to focus on training, safety and cooperation in an effort to provide the safest and best-trained roofers and waterproofers in the industry.

Current Campaigns/Community Efforts: The Journeyman Waterproofer and Roofer Magazine, Personal and Professional Standards of Conduct, Women in Roofing, Political Action, Community Outreach, Apprenticeships, Safety and Health, Education and Training and Help Wanted.

Learn More: WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram, Youtube.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 09/08/2020 - 11:00

Shuler at March on Washington: We Must Do Better

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 09:54
Shuler at March on Washington: We Must Do Better

On Aug. 28, the 2020 Virtual March on Washington was held to honor the 57th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream Speech." Among the distinguished speakers in the lineup of the 2020 march was AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW), who spoke to labor's commitment to continue the work of the 1963 march and to do better for our Black members, friends and neighbors. Watch Shuler's speech:

An excerpt:

Whether it’s in professional sports...or in our communities...we in the labor movement are feeling excruciating pain, anger and grief. We will do our part to end racism in our economy, our politics, our workplaces and our union halls. 

And on top of the widespread racism throughout our country’s institutions, COVID-19 is exposing the cracks that were already poisoning our system. A system that denies housing and health care and opportunity to far too many people of color. That’s why Black and Brown people are more likely to lose their jobs or get sick and die in this pandemic. 

We have to do better. Now...NOW is the time to do the work and pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act that are sitting in the Senate.

As a White person, I know that I will never experience the same pain and trauma that Black people have been feeling over and over again.

All I can say is I understand what I can’t possibly understand. But I choose to stand. And to kneel. And raise a fist. And shed a tear. And say a prayer. And fight like hell to make real change. 

As one united labor movement, we stand with our Black members, friends and neighbors.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 09/08/2020 - 10:54

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: SIU-Crewed New York Waterway Ferry Rescues Man in the Hudson River

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 09:45
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: SIU-Crewed New York Waterway Ferry Rescues Man in the Hudson River

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

The crew aboard the New York Waterway ferry Empire State, members of the Seafarers (SIU), rescued a man from the Hudson River last Thursday morning, the third rescue in three years for Capt. David Dort and deckhands Gregorio Pages and Andrew Galarza. The crew was just leaving the Brookfield Place/Battery Park City Terminal en route to Hoboken, New Jersey, at 7:30 a.m., when they saw a man in the water near Pier 25. “We were just about to back out when I saw something in the water. The deckhands deployed as we moved up and they got him out,” Dort said. “This is why we do our drills.” In 33 years, New York Waterway crews have rescued nearly 300 people from the waters of New York Harbor, including 143 people rescued from U.S. Airways Flight 1549, the most successful marine rescue in aviation history.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 09/08/2020 - 10:45

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Bishop John Stowe's 2020 Labor Day Mass Homily

Mon, 09/07/2020 - 16:36
Bishop John Stowe's 2020 Labor Day Mass Homily

When Kentucky legislators proposed anti-union “right to work” legislation in 2017, Bishop John Stowe of the Lexington Diocese spoke out boldly in defense of Catholic social teaching on unions and worker justice. The following remarks were delivered by Bishop Stowe at the Catholic Labor Network’s first annual livestreamed Labor Day mass:

The beautiful account of creation found on the first pages of Scripture demonstrates God’s work and artistry. It reveals God’s generosity: God gives humanity dominion over all He has made. By giving us fertility and the command to multiply, God invites us to work as co-creators. Just as in the Eucharistic liturgy we offer up “what earth has given and human hands have made”; there is a partnership into which we have been invited by the All Powerful and All-Loving creator. When the work of our hands and minds, when our skills and training engage our intelligence and our sense of wonder and curiosity, when we truly partner with God to share in the ongoing work of creation-we can celebrate work, celebrate accomplishments, celebrate advances in technology and the increase of production of the fruits of the earth. We can see how work is indeed dignified, humanizing, and how it is a major factor in our sense of satisfaction with our lives.

This Labor Day finds us in the midst of a global pandemic. It invites us to consider not only the dignity of human work as a share in God’s creation, but calls us to deepened solidarity with those who have been labeled “essential workers” but too often treated as expendable when it comes to the profit margin. Those whose work in the vast field of health care and care of the elderly; in the various occupations that harvest, ship, stock, sell and prepare our food; in countless incarnations of the service industry; in the delivery of our mail (and ballots) and in a variety of government and human services; now even in the classroom and in so many venues where the threat of infection is real their compensation and benefits rarely reflect the nobility of their designation as essential.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, has referred to this moment in which we are not only facing ongoing infection and the climbing death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic but are also having to face the consequences of the systematic racism that has infected our society since the times of colonization, as an “apocalyptic time”: not only in the scary sense in which we popularly use that word, but in its more original and biblical sense- that of uncovering what has been hidden. The remnants of human enslavement and the great discrepancies in the treatment of workers, especially those of color and the poor, are made all the more obvious as some of us have the opportunity to work from the safety of our homes while others have no such option. The Gospels present Jesus, the Eternal Son of God who enters into our human existence, as one who is not afraid to get his hands dirty. Jesus is not afraid to enter into the messiness of the human condition, he is unafraid of breaking bread with those considered sinners, he does not hesitate to touch the suffering even when it would render him unclean in the eyes of many, he does not hesitate to perform the essential work of healing and liberation on the sabbath. Jesus sees all of this as his mission, the work he is sent to do- the essential “work of the Father,” as it is called in John’s Gospel.

Jesus prepared himself to do the work of building the Kingdom by first experiencing the human condition in a family, like all of us. He learned a trade, was known as the carpenter’s son, used his own hands to shape, carve and build the wood that earth has given. He gathered fishermen and a tax collector to share in his mission. He preached and he exemplified solidarity with the human family- beginning at his baptism, when he the sinless one, took his place in line with the sinful awaiting the chance to be washed clean and he remained in their company through his crucifixion between two criminals. The carpenter’s son is in our midst as we face this pandemic and continue to struggle for the rights of workers in solidarity.

Recent popes have helped us meditate upon the potential of dignified work as a path to holiness, a path which can very well include, but must also transcend, what the world considers “satisfaction”. We progress from the satisfactory to the noble when our work is more than about remuneration. From the children of Adam and Eve, who tilled the land and tended flocks, to our contemporaries at keyboards designing artificial intelligence- work has the capacity to transform our world, to build upon the marvelous gifts of creation- to again combine “what earth has given and human hands have made” to create an offering to be presented to the Father.

Modern Social Catholic Teaching began with the question of work. When Pope Leo XIII wrote the encyclical that would become the basis for our social doctrine, the industrial revolution was well underway. Means of production were advanced by the use of machinery, human labor fueled the engines of industry, but the connection between what a person produced and what society consumed was no longer so clear. When the laborer could not afford to purchase what his or her sweat produced, there was a disconnect. Despite all outward signs of progress, poverty was increasing among the working class who had to work longer hours in unsafe conditions.

Pope Leo was not at all content that Karl Marx and those who shared his atheistic materialist framework should be the only ones talking about the “alienation of labor”. The disciples of the carpenter from Galilee should have something meaningful to offer the masses whose labor was diminishing, rather than building up, their dignity. Leo wrote, and inscribed into Catholic teaching, a foundational premise that workers had the right to organize to advocate collectively for fair pay and safe working conditions. He argued for a sense of the common good and for maintaining the proper balance between capital and labor, with each recognizing the need for the other and cooperating for the common good.

When subsequent popes have addressed the pressing social needs of their times, the question of the dignity of work remained the touchstone. Saint John Paul II, who had worked in a factory while attending an underground seminary, insisted that work must be “subjective”, that is the worker should exercise autonomy and dominion, rather than allowing work to become “merchandise”, bought and sold at the lowest price.

Our Catholic tradition has beautiful and meaningful things to say about the dignity and nobility of work; but what about that work which no one wants to do or that has become demeaning? A substantial part of my diocese is in the coal country of Appalachia. The extractive industries, first of timber then of coal, dominated that local economy. They provided work. Countless workers in the mines could take pride in their role of fueling industry and as they frequently say down here, “keeping the lights on.” But there was another side to that story as big companies found it more expedient to pay nuisance fines than to maintain mine safety standards and when miners who put food on the table and educated their children from their hard work underground suffered from black lung and sacrificed much of the quality of their lives. It is no wonder that coal miners feel the heaviest part of the burden when important environmental regulations and economic factors have terminated their work- they are stuck within the polluted environment but have few if any options for alternative employment.

We should also consider the plight of those whose back-breaking labor brings food to our tables- and yes, even to our Eucharistic table. Exposure to chemicals and pesticides in addition to the work itself are creating a pattern of workers trapped in a cycle that allows them to feed themselves but makes life-threatening illness almost inevitable.

We know that the need for laborers draws people from places where the opportunities for work to support a family are quite limited, places where poverty and desperation create endless cycles of violence. Yet for decades we have failed to create just immigration policies for the vast majority of hard working immigrants and create legal pathways so that they can fully participate in the society they help to build and sustain. As we prayerfully offer our own labor for sanctification, we must also be mindful of those whose work and whose very selves are exploited in the most undignified ways through human trafficking.

In just a few moments, we will place the “fruit of the earth and work of human hands” on the altar. Let us be mindful of all of our work and unite it to the labor represented in these elements. When the bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ, we celebrate the work of our redemption as we are nourished by the very one who invites us to share in his work as he has shared in solidarity with ours.

May our nourishment at this table strengthen and sustain us to be co-workers with the Creator and to work for the enhanced dignity of all whose labor is consumed in our society. May it strengthen us to discover what is being revealed in our times and respond in solidarity and justice.

Dennis Loney Mon, 09/07/2020 - 17:36

Tags: Labor Day

Economy Gains 1.4 Million Jobs in August; Unemployment Declines to 8.4%

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 09:10
Economy Gains 1.4 Million Jobs in August; Unemployment Declines to 8.4%

The U.S. economy gained 1.4 million jobs in August, and the unemployment rate declined to 8.4%, according to figures released Friday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The improvements reflect the continued resumption of economic activity that previously was curtailed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Payroll employment was up 1.4 million in August and the unemployment rate fell to 8.4% in August in today's @BLS_gov report. This report shows that trends in labor force participation did not spike up from dropping the $600 in additional unemployment insurance. @AFLCIO

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

 

The @BLS_gov numbers for June and July were adjusted downward in this August release of the Employment Situation. June was down 10,000 and July 29,000 from before for a total of 39,000 less than previously reported. @AFLCIO

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

 

With hours down, average weekly pay looms large in the monthly Employment Situation report from @BLS_gov . Hours edged up in August, so weekly pay edged up from July from $1,012.92 to $1,019.66 after falling since May. This is not adjusting for inflation. @AFLCIO

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

 

The unemployment rate improved for all levels of educational attainment. For those who were high school dropouts, the rate is down to 12.6% below its peak of 21.2% in April. Notice that rate of 12.6% is lower than the THE Black unemployment rate of 13.0% @AFLCIO @rolandsmartin pic.twitter.com/ERD63fNH04

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

 

Unemployment rates fell for all categories and types of workers in August. Significantly, it fell for women maintaining families, from 12.4 to 10.4%; and for part-time workers from 12.6 to 9.0%. These workers makeup a large share of the hardest hit industries.@AFLCIO @IWPResearch

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

 

And here is the second part of the bad news, the increase in the number of workers struggling with longer spells of unemployment. The increases in those unemployed longer than 15 weeks, especially the long term unemployed (over 26 weeks) at 1.6 million, is hard to clear. @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/GnFxEcU31I

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

 

The increasing duration of unemployment creates a problem of scarring for those workers: it's harder to re-attach to the labor market. The long term unemployed suffer huge losses in their household balance sheet. Dropping the $600 in UI supplement looks cruel. @AFLCIO

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

 

For further context on the August #JobsReport, the US unemployment rate is far higher than for the major economies. The @OECD shows in July how US unemployment was much higher than for the EU or Japan. While the US labor market is improving, we have made some clear errors. AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/r2BgBpybXy

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

 

And, again, on unemployment duration in the August #JobsReport the large ,number of workers unemployed 15-26 weeks (above Great Recession levels) and transitioning to 26 weeks or more (now on a path like the start of the Great Recession, are big issues ahead. @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/cvmGOiEQtI

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

Last month's biggest job gains were in government (344,000), retail trade (249,000), professional and business services (197,000), leisure and hospitality (174,000), education and health services (147,000), transportation and warehousing (78,000), other services (74,000), financial activities (36,000), manufacturing (29,000), and wholesale trade (14,000). Employment changed little in mining, construction and information in August.

In August, the unemployment rates declined for teenagers (16.1%), Black Americans (13.0%), Hispanics (10.5%), Asians (10.7%), adult women (8.4%), adult men (8.0%) and White Americans (7.3%).

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

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 09/04/2020 - 10:10

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Labor Movement Steps Up to Provide Disaster Relief Following Hurricane Laura

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 08:30
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Labor Movement Steps Up to Provide Disaster Relief Following Hurricane Laura

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

In response to the devastating destruction of Hurricane Laura, which hit the Gulf Coast the hardest last week, a relief staging location has been set up at United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) Local 198 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Over the weekend, Local 198, Teamsters locals 270 and 988, and the Louisiana AFL-CIO hosted a milk giveaway (pictured above). Unfortunately, the Electrical Workers (IBEW) union hall in Lake Charles was destroyed. President Rick Levy (TSEU/CWA) of the Texas AFL-CIO is working on delivering generators to Louisiana AFL-CIO President Louis Reine (SMART). The Louisiana AFL-CIO is also organizing a gift card drive for those in need.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 09/04/2020 - 09:30

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Boilermakers Score Legislative Victory in New Jersey

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 08:40
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Boilermakers Score Legislative Victory in New Jersey

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

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB) and Boilermakers Local 28 were successful in their efforts to enact a state law that will require New Jersey high-hazard facilities, including refineries and certain chemical plants, to employ a skilled and trained workforce. The measure, signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Aug. 13, will require 60% of the workforce to be graduates of approved apprenticeship programs, or equivalent, by 2024. The law also requires workers at high-hazard facilities to receive the state prevailing wage rate for their given occupation. “We have a lot of nonunion [workers] coming into the area that just aren’t trained,” said Local 28 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer James Chew. “Before, we’ve had issues of very shoddy maintenance done where people get hurt. With this bill, we’ve tried to nip it in the bud so our workers are safer, and we can put longevity into these plants so they don’t shut down for accidents.”

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 09/03/2020 - 09:40

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Labor Radio Podcast Network Expands to More Than 60 Members in Four Countries

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 12:19
Labor Radio Podcast Network Expands to More Than 60 Members in Four Countries

Launched in April, the Labor Radio Podcast Network has recently expanded to more than 60 labor-related shows in four countries. The voices of the working class often get overlooked in the corporate-controlled media. The goal of the network is to help raise the voices of working people and organized labor to demand and achieve better treatment from workplaces and elected officials.

“The explosive growth in members of the Labor Radio Network in a few short months is testament to a movement that will continue to expand in the coming months and years,” said network founder and producer Chris Garlock, who is also communications director for the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO. Garlock hosts and produces several labor radio and podcast shows, including Union City Radio and Your Rights At Work on WPFW 89.3FM, the Labor History Today podcast and the new Labor Radio Podcast Weekly podcast. 

The Labor Radio Podcast Network is both a one-stop shop for audiences looking for labor content and a resource for labor broadcasters and podcast hosts. Resources include a weekly podcast (Labor Radio Podcast Weekly, available on most podcast platforms) summarizing shows produced by network members, marketing on social media, a website listing network shows and how audiences can find them, a database for contacting expert guests, access to a private listserv for network members, and a weekly video call to increase solidarity and support among members.

Visit the links below to hear the voices of working people.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 09/02/2020 - 13:19

Tags: Podcast

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

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 09:31
AFL-CIO Launches New Web Tool to Help Workers Win Safety Protections at Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: CSEA Helps Members Impacted by Wildfires

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 09:10
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: CSEA Helps Members Impacted by Wildfires

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

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

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

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Are You Ready to Vote? In the States Roundup

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 07:46
Are You Ready to Vote? In the States Roundup

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

Alaska State AFL-CIO:

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

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

California Labor Federation:

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

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

Colorado AFL-CIO:

https://t.co/tKuvMxPOjo

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

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

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

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

Florida AFL-CIO:

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

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

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

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

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

Iowa Federation of Labor:

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

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

Kentucky State AFL-CIO:

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

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

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

Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO:

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

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

Michigan State AFL-CIO:

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

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

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

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

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

Missouri AFL-CIO:

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

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

Montana State AFL-CIO:

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

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

Nevada State AFL-CIO:

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

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

New Hampshire AFL-CIO:

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

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

New Jersey State AFL-CIO:

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

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

New York State AFL-CIO:

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

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) September 1, 2020

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

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

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

Ohio AFL-CIO:

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

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

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Demand Safe Schools!

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

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

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

Oregon AFL-CIO:

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

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

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

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

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

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

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

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

Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council:

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

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

Texas AFL-CIO:

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

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

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

Virginia AFL-CIO:

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

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

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

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

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) September 1, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 09/02/2020 - 08:46

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

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:00
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: SAG-AFTRA Celebrates Women’s Equality Day

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

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

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

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

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

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 09:33
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: CBTU Launches ReadySetVote Website with Resources for Voters

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

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

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

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service, CBTU

Demand Justice: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 11:59
Demand Justice: What Working People Are Doing This Week

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

Actors' Equity:

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

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

AFGE:

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

— AFGE (@AFGENational) August 27, 2020

AFSCME:

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

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) August 27, 2020

Air Line Pilots Association:

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

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) August 26, 2020

Alliance for Retired Americans:

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

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) August 27, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union:

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

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

American Federation of Musicians:

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

— AFM (@The_AFM) August 26, 2020

American Federation of Teachers:

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

— AFT (@AFTunion) August 25, 2020

American Postal Workers Union:

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

— APWU National (@APWUnational) August 27, 2020

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

📢🗞️APALA NEWS🗞️📢

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

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

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

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

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) August 27, 2020

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

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

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) August 21, 2020

Boilermakers:

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

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) August 26, 2020

Bricklayers:

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

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) August 26, 2020

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

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

— CBTU (@CBTU72) August 26, 2020

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

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

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) August 27, 2020

Communications Workers of America:

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

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

— CWA (@CWAUnion) August 26, 2020

Department for Professional Employees:

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

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

Electrical Workers:

https://t.co/YzBrZbtvbf

— IBEW (@IBEW) August 26, 2020

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

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

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

Fire Fighters:

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

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) August 27, 2020

Heat and Frost Insulators:

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

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

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

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

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) August 26, 2020

Jobs With Justice:

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

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

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

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

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

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) August 26, 2020

Laborers:

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

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

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) August 25, 2020

Longshoremen:

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

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

Machinists:

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

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

Metal Trades Department:

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

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

Mine Workers:

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

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

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

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

— NATCA (@NATCA) August 26, 2020

National Association of Letter Carriers:

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

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) August 26, 2020

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

Rent week is approaching.

We belong in our homes.

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

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) August 27, 2020

National Federation of Federal Employees-IAM:

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

— NFFE (@NFFE_Union) August 21, 2020

National Nurses United:

NNU on the Shooting of Jacob Blake

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

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

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) August 27, 2020

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

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

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

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

NFL Players Association:

Players: we have a page dedicated to voting resources:

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

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

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) August 27, 2020

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Make TODAY the day.

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

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

Office and Professional Employees:

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

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

Painters and Allied Trades:

The numbers speak for themselves.

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

— IUPAT (@GoIUPAT) August 26, 2020

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

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

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) August 26, 2020

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

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

— PASS (@PASSNational) August 26, 2020

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

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

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) August 27, 2020

SAG-AFTRA:

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

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

Seafarers:

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

— Seafarers Union (@SeafarersUnion) August 27, 2020

Solidarity Center:

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

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) August 27, 2020

TCU/IAM:

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

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

The NewsGuild-CWA:

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

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

Theatrical Stage Employees:

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

Now their speakers are bashing working people and their unions.

Disgraceful.

— IATSE (@IATSE) August 25, 2020

Transport Workers Union:

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

— TWU (@transportworker) August 26, 2020

Transportation Trades Department:

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

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

UAW:

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

— UAW (@UAW) August 25, 2020

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

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

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

Union Veterans Council:

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

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

UNITE HERE:

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

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) August 26, 2020

United Steelworkers:

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

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) August 27, 2020

United Students Against Sweatshops:

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

— USAS (@USAS) August 27, 2020

United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers:

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

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) August 26, 2020

Utility Workers:

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

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

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) August 27, 2020

Working America:

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

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) August 20, 2020

Writers Guild of America, East:

"We’re seeing increased interest in organizing."

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

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) August 25, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 08/28/2020 - 12:59

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

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 08:40
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IUPAT Members Donate School Supplies to Students in Rockford, Illinois

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

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

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

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

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