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San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council Launches Food Assistance Program

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 14:14
San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council Launches Food Assistance Program

Keith Maddox is the executive secretary-treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council.

We are in an unforeseen crisis. Just a few weeks ago none of us could have predicted the economic impact created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our members and our neighbors are in a financial and food crisis. Our entire labor council operation has converted to an emergency team focused on securing member benefits and running a substantial food distribution operation. To date we’ve distributed more than 150,000 pounds of food and served over 5,000 families in need. In the coming days, our distribution will provide food to more than 2,000 families per week, as our operations continually expand. I wish to commend our staff team for the work they are doing to keep this operation running, in the face of the health crisis swirling around them.

Our ability to provide for our members would not be possible without the support of a number of our unions. A big thanks to Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 465, Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 122 and United Domestic Workers (UDW)/AFSCME Local 3930 for assigning staff to our labor council food distribution in the City Heights community in San Diego, including scheduling appointments. Our team is ordering food to support our City Heights food bank, for the Unions United-United Way of San Diego County food bank, and for UNITE HERE Local 30’s and IBEW Local 569’s distributions to their members. We have secured a steady stream of food product and have recently opened an Imperial Valley distribution site for our members.

Last week, for the fourth Saturday in a row a team of labor council volunteers joined in solidarity to provide food to more than 1,000 families in need. These distributions to the general public have been in partnership with Feeding San Diego and the San Diego Food Bank. A big shout out to the unions serving on our logistics committee—Ironworkers Local 229, the San Diego Education Association, UDW, Local 122, UFCW Local 135 and Local 569. They are leading this effort with our labor council staff to make sure our distributions run efficiently, and the safety of our volunteers is maintained. In addition, we have had a large turnout of over 100 volunteers each week willing to provide a helping hand, and we thank them all. 

I’d like to acknowledge both locals 30 and 122 for the effort they are making to support their impacted members. Both unions have essentially lost their entire memberships to layoffs. Many of these workers lost their jobs more than a month ago, due to conventions and major conferences canceling. They are hurting. Yet these two unions, with strong leadership and commitment, have assisted their members in filing unemployment claims, guiding them with utility and worker assistance processing, and making sure they are getting food for those most in need. This is a time that we all need to do our part to help these workers, and all of the other members who have lost their jobs and their paychecks!

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR UNION MEMBER FOOD: Providing food for our union members impacted by this health and economic crisis requires a constant purchase of food. You can support our efforts by sending union contributions to the labor council’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit fund that is certified to receive and distribute food with both the San Diego Food Bank and Feeding San Diego. All funds received will go to providing food for our union members in the coming days and weeks. A big shout out to Local 135, AFT Local 1931, OPEIU Local 30, California Teachers Association and San Diego Gas & Electric for their contributions to a Partnership for a Better San Diego. We’ve also secured more than 110 online donations from individuals. 

UNIONS: Make checks out to A Partnership for a Better San Diego and mail or deliver to our labor council office. If you have questions, please contact Sandra Williams: swilliams@unionyes.org.

INDIVIDUAL DONORS: Send contributions by clicking: Union Member Relief Program.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION: All affiliated local unions have been provided a form to request assistance for their members. Please provide the labor council with names of those you wish to receive food. Once received, the labor council staff or staff from our member unions will call to set an appointment time. Food assistance is by appointment only. The Unions United food pantry is fully functional. You can contact its operation directly. You also will need to provide the information to schedule an appointment for food assistance.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 04/20/2020 - 15:14

Tags: COVID-19

Finding Ways to Help: The Working People Weekly List

Wed, 04/15/2020 - 10:11
Finding Ways to Help: 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.

Boston-Area Union Members Form Volunteer Brigades: "The Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC) is coordinating union members’ volunteer efforts, working closely with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to focus on areas where there is the greatest need for help. The mission of the labor council’s volunteer brigades is to care for the most vulnerable people in Boston. Hundreds of union members, both laid off and currently working, have already started volunteering to serve their neighbors during this crisis."

Rhode Island AFL-CIO Helps Coordinate Distance Learning: "With American students learning from home, teachers, school staffers and their unions are stepping up in a variety of ways to create innovative solutions to meet the educational needs of young people during the coronavirus pandemic."

Service and Solidarity: Kennita Jones: "Kennita Jones is a roll mixer and has been working at Schmidt Baking Co. for 19 years. She is a member of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 68 in Baltimore. Like so many of America’s workers deemed essential, Jones still leaves her family nearly every day and goes to work—despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk to her own health and that of her family's, she's proud to be doing important work during a crisis."

In Memoriam: Union Members Lost in COVID-19 Pandemic: "As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the United States, our sisters, brothers and friends in the labor movement are among the first casualties. It is important for us to work together during this crisis to prevent further deaths. It is important to thank those who are doing the work to keep us safe and fed. It is important to remember those who we lost because of the coronavirus."

Shame on Corporations Using COVID-19 Pandemic to Attack Workers: "While the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks its havoc on the world's population, working people are on the front lines, joining together to save lives and keep the United States running. And many are paying the ultimate price. The latest numbers from the CDC show that nearly 400,000 Americans have contracted the virus and more than 12,000 have died. We're currently facing one of the most challenging events in recent history. And some greedy corporations are using this time to attack these working people, attempting to use a crisis to roll back the rights of the very people who are dying while keeping America running."

Protect Essential Workers Now: 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."

Fighting the Coronavirus: Service and Solidarity: "Meet Shekina Givens. She is an AFGE member and lead transportation security officer for the Transportation Security Administration and works at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport. She and her co-workers are in constant danger of getting COVID-19, but they show up for work to protect the traveling public every day. Learn more about her and other TSA workers during these dangerous times."

Economy Loses 701,000 Jobs in March; Unemployment Jumps to 4.4%: "The U.S. economy lost 701,000 jobs in March, and the unemployment rate jumped by nearly a point to 4.4%, according to figures released [April 3] by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics."

Big Win on Back Pay: Worker Wins: "Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with a victory on back pay for NABET-CWA workers at CNN and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life."

On the Front Lines: 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."

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 04/15/2020 - 11:11

Prioritize Essential Workers: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Tue, 04/14/2020 - 11:39
Prioritize Essential Workers: 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:

The @DPEaflcio has compiled important information about government relief for federal student loans during the COVID-19 pandemic - https://t.co/CzcufnycDE pic.twitter.com/jSqmxpuNRd

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) April 14, 2020

AFGE:

The @CDCgov is prioritizing business over the safety of workers. We urge @CDCDirector to reissue guidance that treats essential workers as a priority. #EssentialNotExpendable

— AFGE (@AFGENational) April 15, 2020

AFSCME:

The urgent need to make sure front-line workers have the protective equipment they need was the focus of a Facebook Live chat between AFSCME President Lee Saunders, @AFSCME93 Executive Director Mark Bernard and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). https://t.co/6c7kSQ3byl

— AFSCME ✊🏽 (@AFSCME) April 15, 2020

Air Line Pilots Association:

We salute ALPA #pilot Lt. Col. @KaiKahele (HAL) for answering the call to service in the @HiAirGuard. Thank you to all of our members who are continuing to help fight the #Covid19 pandemic on the #frontline. https://t.co/tN7HqoEkk6

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) April 15, 2020

Alliance for Retired Americans:

Trump’s #BigPharma allies are poised to profiteer off of the #COVIDpandemic. Tell your legislators we need affordable COVID drugs. Sign the petition today #NoPandemicProfiteering https://t.co/tNeuQO5xEv pic.twitter.com/73BroffPpa

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) April 15, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union:

“To not be paid at all—that’s a shock,” said Local 1764 Loudoun County bus driver Sandra Vigil, who supports five children and was laid off by Transdev.” https://t.co/FQ2NNp9nsu #1 #transit #COVID19

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) April 15, 2020

American Federation of Musicians:

Rather than accuse us of cheating the system, Senator Graham should be figuring out how to support the millions of musicians & other working people who lost our jobs! https://t.co/77sGd1vOKI via @greenvillenews

— AFM (@The_AFM) April 15, 2020

American Federation of Teachers:

Before the #COVID19 pandemic, 40% of Americans couldn't pull together $400 for an emergency expense. It's time that the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share. #IDemandAFairTaxCode pic.twitter.com/3QS0PXsc1b

— AFT (@AFTunion) April 15, 2020

American Postal Workers Union:

This is a great initiative from @DMIAPWU https://t.co/QBF2lISrEy

— APWU National (@APWUnational) April 15, 2020

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

Leaders, members, and allies of APALA mourn, remember, and celebrate the life of former Executive Director, Jin Sook Lee.

Thank you for your lifelong fight for social justice and the international movement for workers' rights and gender justice 💐 💐 💐https://t.co/8gIAer8HT0 pic.twitter.com/tyef22lYvF

— Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (@APALAnational) April 15, 2020

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

Remembering our brothers at jetBlue who we lost over the last week from COVID-19. Our hearts go out to the entire jetBlue family, @transportworker & @WeAreALPA.

We will Never Forget Jared Lovos, Manuel Gomez, Ralph Gismondi, Kevin McAdoo, and Ray Pabon. pic.twitter.com/a3DiKw7hfY

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) April 15, 2020

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

Essential workers who are exposed to #COVID19 and forced to keep working endangers public health. We’re calling on the @CDCDirector to retract these dangerous guidelines and put workers’ safety first. #EssentialNotExpendable pic.twitter.com/fZcFBpa9rc

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) April 15, 2020

Boilermakers:

Thank you ❤️ to the men and women who are going to work every day to make sure we have food, hardware and other necessities 🛒 during this awful crisis. And thank you for representing them, @UFCW pic.twitter.com/IVuLM1Ll3l

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) April 15, 2020

Bricklayers:

Instead of the @CDCgov guidance, essential workers need: Enforced safety & health protections; Guaranteed paid sick leave for all workers; Workers’ compensation protections and benefits. #EssentialNotExpendable #COVID19 #1u pic.twitter.com/Ng90ySnbFb

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) April 15, 2020

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

Ask Congress to protect kids and provide emergency #ChildWelfareCOVID funding.https://t.co/sGmroAhpsa pic.twitter.com/YuanVmtt5C

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) April 15, 2020

Communications Workers of America:

Call center workers are speaking out to demand companies like @OfficialAlorica, @CyraCom, @TheResultsComp take action to protect workers from COVID-19! #1u #ProtectCallCenterWorkers
Read more: https://t.co/OZv5PR2wN9 pic.twitter.com/eiEYwk7WlC

— CWA (@CWAUnion) April 15, 2020

Department for Professional Employees:

Healthcare professionals should not be laid off during a pandemic. #1u https://t.co/Av3mvCTCcR

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) April 15, 2020

Electrical Workers:

Alaska #IBEW coordinates a major mask-making project for Fairbanks Memorial Hospital https://t.co/jLV7D3cyvc

— IBEW (@IBEW) April 15, 2020

Fire Fighters:

The #IAFF has developed a resource for first responders on treating patients who may have been exposed to the #Coronavirus. Please review for the latest information and guidance. pic.twitter.com/2xUNlLVkwA

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) April 14, 2020

Heat and Frost Insulators:

Having quality infectious disease control can prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as the Coronavirus. Learn about infectious disease control and how the Insulators have been at the forefront, here:https://t.co/HhFsWIf5V8

— Insulators Union (@InsulatorsUnion) April 14, 2020

IUE-CWA:

Too many workers don’t have paid sick or family leave in the face of the COVID-19 panic. Call your senator now and demand they extend paid sick days & paid family leave to ALL workers by passing the P.A.I.D. Leave Act (S.3513): 1-855-980-2231! pic.twitter.com/Ew0Kfgn7Na

— IUE-CWA (@IUE_CWAUnion) April 9, 2020

Jobs With Justice:

THREAD: Today, JWJ sent letters to the five largest corporate landlords DEMANDING they:

📢 Forgive unpaid rents during the COVID crisis
📢 Cease evictions and foreclosures
📢 Support housing relief

If no response — we strike #OurHouseOurRules

Join us: https://t.co/tUBIkblXUw pic.twitter.com/4ho7ipGm8V

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) April 15, 2020

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

See our letter asking @CDCgov to retract its dangerous guidelines for essential workers exposed to #COVID19. Worker safety is essential! #EssentialNotExpendable: https://t.co/PITCYeKi2w

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) April 15, 2020

Laborers:

Make sure ALL #COVID19 safety measures are in place! #Coronavirus #SafetyFirst pic.twitter.com/lHR5rwEviT

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) April 15, 2020

Longshoremen:

Sister of ILA President Harold Daggett @ILAUnion @TheILAmobileApp Passes Away from Coronavirus. Bettejane Daggett Jaeger Was 75https://t.co/hVjUiXljRT pic.twitter.com/xhjppPxMEd

— Int'l LongshoreAssoc (@ILAUnion) April 8, 2020

Machinists:

Shoutout to Aaron Roberson and the many other members of @IAM264Boston who are working hard to keep @MBTA rolling for healthcare workers and others on the front lines of the #COVID19 crisis https://t.co/TVZrnz6lZm

— Machinists Union ✈️🚊🚀 (@MachinistsUnion) April 15, 2020

Maritime Trades Department:

Public service workers on the #COVIDfrontlines are facing unprecedented situations. @senatemajldr@GOPleader: We need at least $300 billion in direct and unrestricted aid to state & local govts so that local communities have the resources they need to weather this pandemic.

— MaritimeTrades (@Maritime_Trades) April 9, 2020

Metal Trades Department:

A comprehensive U.S. manufacturing policy is needed now more than ever | Economic Policy Institute https://t.co/BbXyU8dAjl

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) April 14, 2020

Mine Workers:

This grant means the Career Centers can continue doing their unmatched work, which is especially important in these very difficult times. – @CecilRoberts https://t.co/86827flZUm

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) April 14, 2020

Musical Artists:

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the AGMA Relief Fund has graciously received donations and support from around the world. We want to take a moment to thank the media outlets (like @cnn, @vulture, @billboard) for including the AGMA Relief Fund in its resource lists!

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) April 9, 2020

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

Cloth and surgical face masks are another layer of protection we may choose for ourselves. Here are some tips from our NATCA OSHA Reps and NATCA's Industrial Hygienist.

Never touch the inside of the N95 respirator. Wash hands immediately after removing the mask. pic.twitter.com/sy7qHkgxnj

— NATCA (@NATCA) April 15, 2020

National Association of Letter Carriers:

Episode 8 of You Are the Current Resident Podcast is out! Executive VP Renfroe gives an update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen here: https://t.co/oQG40nB9Aa #YATCRPod

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) April 9, 2020

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

The federal #Covid19 response excludes undocumented workers from relief. What about the rest of us? #YNosotrosQue- will California do better, Gov @GavinNewsom?

Let's ensure immediate aid to all workers in California.#EssentialAndExcluded #WorkerMigrantJustice

— NDLON (@NDLON) April 13, 2020

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

To ensure domestic workers & caregivers can keep doing essential work on the frontlines, we need #CareForAll.

That means protections & benefits for essential workers, allowing care workers to prioritize their health, and family care benefits for essential workers & caregivers.

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) April 15, 2020

National Nurses United:

.@MNnurses president to Minnesota lawmakers: We are at war. We are the nurses. We are on the front line. We head into the hospitals every day with what little PPE we have and that’s our armor.#ProtectNurses #COVID19 https://t.co/o0NJXoefWF

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) April 15, 2020

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

At least 28 professional drivers in New York City have died of COVID-19, and tens of thousands more are facing financial ruin, forced to choose between staying home and risking their lives. Drivers need benefits immediately in order to survive.

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) April 14, 2020

NFL Players Association:

You heard the man 🗣

(Active players + FAs: https://t.co/POArHF9LDb) https://t.co/gWJbDMqfsO

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 14, 2020

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Now THIS is amazing. @IBEW volunteers in MO are partnering w/ a local group to “adopt a family” by providing grocery shopping & delivery services to community members in need, while also sewing face masks for the elderly 🙌#BuildingTradesWhateverItTakeshttps://t.co/jObc5PIkzc

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) April 15, 2020

Office and Professional Employees:

If workers on the front lines are as essential as the government says, then they deserve far more comprehensive protections than the @CDCgov’s interim guidelines. #EssentialNotExpendable #1u pic.twitter.com/K5UGuMrJKq

— OPEIU (@OPEIU) April 15, 2020

Painters and Allied Trades:

Construction is the 6th largest industry in the US economy. During #COVID19, we don't have the luxury to work from home.

Healthcare coverage is on the line for workers like Tiffany. We need @RepSteveStivers, @RepDaveJoyce & @MikeTurnerOH to fight for #WorkersFirst in Congress. pic.twitter.com/tL11B7x92F

— GoIUPAT✊ (@GoIUPAT) April 15, 2020

Pride At Work:

The Postal Service must not be allowed to fail. #Savethe PostOffice https://t.co/HvpFofirlF

— Pride at Work (@PrideatWork) April 12, 2020

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

PASS sends condolences to family of sailor aboard USS Roosevelt who succumbed to COVID-19. Many PASS members are vets who could have served with you. When it is time time to bring all of you home, our members on Guam & around nation stand ready to assist.https://t.co/Em085AfPWj

— PASS (@PASSNational) April 13, 2020

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

People are struggling to cope mentally as they stay inside during lockdown.

But throughout this crisis, many workers out there are on the front lines providing essential services to keep things running.

We must honor essential workers with proper protection and fair pay! pic.twitter.com/ozaCeF5lGN

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) April 15, 2020

SAG-AFTRA:

The information you’re looking for, all in one place!
Click the link https://t.co/ZHBtTembC3 and find your resources by state or local #sagaftramember #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/6VwiBblcYG

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) April 15, 2020

Solidarity Center:

Workers in #Mexico who are fired unlawfully during #COVID-19 may have to wait at least 4 yrs before their complaints are resolved, lawyers warn, potentially leaving tens of thousands with no income or state benefits. #coronavirus @ProDESChttps://t.co/T2UbMJfT8f

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) April 15, 2020

TCU/IAM:

ICYMI: Local Lodge 90 President Charlie Quinn (@LIRR) spoke to @WNYC about his experience working during the pandemic, and concerns about bringing the virus home. Stay safe, Charlie! #HeroesMovingHeroes CC: @MachinistsUnion @TTDAFLCIO @OneRailUSA https://t.co/fyU5wdH3IS pic.twitter.com/1gpa0IGXgW

— Transportation Communications Union/IAM (@TCUnionHQ) April 14, 2020

The NewsGuild-CWA:

That's why the NewsGuild is proposing a news industry stimulus in the next package -- to protect jobs and strengthen reliable news coverage. https://t.co/CKrh17oUGz https://t.co/RXXbTMcwje via @business

— NewsGuild (@newsguild) April 15, 2020

Theatrical Stage Employees:

Susan is the Hair and Makeup Supervisor for the new Broadway show, “Girl From The North Country”. During the COVID-19 crisis, Susan has been doing her part by donating masks, checking on her family, friends and colleagues. #IATSE #Memberstoryhttps://t.co/8I06maHP0T pic.twitter.com/vsvCOcEXix

— IATSE (@IATSE) April 14, 2020

Transportation Trades Department:

From TTD Pres. Larry Willis: If a [rail] carrier finds itself short on active employees, its first option must be found in the abundant supply of out-of-work railroaders, not in administrative intervention to be exempted from safety-critical regulations. https://t.co/DLpmbUsTOj

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) April 15, 2020

UAW:

Social distancing is hard on all of us, including kids at home while schools are closed. Keep them occupied and share a bit of union history with these coloring pages! https://t.co/VChxJGDuBM

— UAW (@UAW) April 14, 2020

Union Veterans Council:

This did not need to happen. https://t.co/yrF1x6sdbY

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) April 13, 2020

UNITE HERE:

“Words on a paper are one thing. Actions in reality are another thing.” - @DTaylorUH

It's time for hospitality industry leaders like @Marriott to take real action to protect their workers.#COVID19 #uniteherehttps://t.co/29OIcxzS7T

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) April 15, 2020

United Food and Commercial Workers:

Wondering how you can support grocery workers who help feed our families and keep us safe? #ShopSmart on your next grocery trip by wearing a mask and giving people plenty of space.

Check out https://t.co/nmUiv1Y70o and RT to spread the word. Together we can make a difference. pic.twitter.com/XgE676QAW1

— UFCW (@UFCW) April 13, 2020

United Steelworkers:

We are not expendable. That's why we're urging @CDCDirector to retract guidelines that endanger essential workers. Workers exposed to #COVID19 must self-quarantine to protect their safety & health and ours! #FlattenTheCurve #EssentialNotExpendable More: https://t.co/XbmAnv3oTT pic.twitter.com/NZsz10UueM

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) April 15, 2020

United Students Against Sweatshops:

@Northeastern RAs like Alana, pictured here, are being kicked off of campus during the pandemic without being provided any housing refunds, financial assistance, or even PPE for those who are still working. Read Alana’s story here: https://t.co/Go1OvkGqDB #StudentWorkerWednesdays pic.twitter.com/IGYcMlF8Ef

— USAS (@USAS) April 15, 2020

Utility Workers:

Our members are working tirelessly during the #COVID19 /#coronavirus pandemic to provide vital services for our families and communities. Give a like and retweet to show your appreciation! pic.twitter.com/Xsr6W1VumE

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) April 15, 2020

Working America:

Good ideas to combat coronavirus
👍front line worker protections
👍paid sick leave
👍cash payments to households
👍investment in social safety net

BAD ideas to combat coronavirus
❌corporate tax cuts
❌payroll tax cuts
❌industry bailouts#IDemandAFairTaxCode #PeopleOverProfits

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) April 15, 2020

Writers Guild of America, East:

The WGAE has filed a ULP against @NBCUniversal for #unionbusting. Read about it in Realscreen.https://t.co/CuSN34v04X

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) April 15, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 04/14/2020 - 12:39

Boston-Area Union Members Form Volunteer Brigades

Mon, 04/13/2020 - 09:10
Boston-Area Union Members Form Volunteer Brigades Greater Boston Labor Council

The Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC) is coordinating union members’ volunteer efforts, working closely with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to focus on areas where there is the greatest need for help. The mission of the labor council’s volunteer brigades is to care for the most vulnerable people in Boston. Hundreds of union members, both laid off and currently working, have already started volunteering to serve their neighbors during this crisis.

 

The labor council’s volunteer brigades are focusing on three emergency needs: providing child care, making phone calls to neighbors and delivering food. Darlene Lombos, the executive secretary-treasurer of GBLC, is in daily contact with Walsh and his office to ensure that union members are volunteering for the public good in ways that are most helpful.

“It’s about connecting the dots and making sure union members are protecting the most vulnerable. What we thought was not possible—it’s quite incredible, in a crisis like this, to see how possible some of these things are,” Lombos said. “The solidarity here is just amazing. This is an incredible opportunity to deepen that solidarity.”

The Boston Teachers Union has enlisted more than 1,000 volunteers to supply urgent child care services. Multilingual members of UNITE HERE Local 26 are being sent to neighborhoods with large immigrant populations to respond to their needs. And members of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 11, all of whom are laid off, have been making food deliveries across the city.

Other union members are making phone calls from home to remind and help their neighbors fill out census forms. The Metropolitan Boston Building and Construction Trades Council is donating personal protective equipment to health care professionals.

Rachael Running, the communications organizer at GBLC, has been highlighting individual workers on the labor council’s website and social media channels. “Our Front-Line Heroes campaign is giving a voice to individual workers and paying respect,” Running said. “It’s also a way to celebrate our affiliates.”

The GBLC leadership praised the work of affiliate unions fighting to create a fairer economy after the crisis subsides. “Unions that are doing impact bargaining are doing incredible work to set the floor for other workers that are nonunionized,” Lombos said. She also commended the cooperation between union and nonunion employees on the front lines.

To workers who are suffering across the country, Lombos shared a message of solidarity: “We have your back. We respect you, we honor you, and we’ll be here to organize with you.”

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 04/13/2020 - 10:10

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Shame on Corporations Using COVID-19 Pandemic to Attack Workers

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 10:09
Shame on Corporations Using COVID-19 Pandemic to Attack Workers

While the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks its havoc on the world's population, working people are on the front lines, joining together to save lives and keep the United States running. And many are paying the ultimate price. The latest numbers from the CDC show that nearly 400,000 Americans have contracted the virus and more than 12,000 have died. We're currently facing one of the most challenging events in recent history.

And some greedy corporations are using this time to attack these working people, attempting to use a crisis to roll back the rights of the very people who are dying while keeping America running.

Here are the corporations that have used the pandemic to attack the rights of working people.

Amazon: A coalition of labor and community organizations, including the AFL-CIO, wrote: "We write to you today shocked at reports that Amazon warehouses are not practicing the protocols necessary to protect the well-being of your workers and of the public. And we are outraged to hear that not only did Amazon executives NOT promptly address the concerns being articulated by your own workers, but you actually fired one of the lead whistleblowers immediately following his courageous action [March 30]. We call for the swift reinstatement of Chris Smalls to reassure all workers and observers that speaking out about improvements needed to health and safety practices right now is not only tolerated, but WELCOMED as critically important to all of our well-being."

Everlane: Employees who voted to join a union at the end of 2019 were laid off before the company recognized the union. "According to one of the laid-off employees (who has requested anonymity, but who we’ll call Megan for this article) the local Communications Workers of America (CWA) union sent a letter to Everlane seeking job reinstatement and union recognition. The union members asked for formal recognition on March 23, just days before the layoffs. The intention to unionize was first announced at the end of 2019, but because of the 'high turnove'” rate of the role, according to Megan, they weren’t able to reach a strong enough majority until March. Megan added that Everlane did not respond to the unionization effort before they were laid off." Everlane has denied the layoffs were related to the union drive.

Kennedy Center: After President Donald Trump signed relief legislation that included $25 million for the Kennedy Center, management laid off National Symphony Orchestra members. The District of Columbia Federation of Musicians/AFM Local 161-710 accused the Kennedy Center of violating the collective bargaining agreement that covers the orchestra members. The co-chair of the federation, Steve Wilson, said: "Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter illegally decided to stop paying us, and refused to promise to continue our healthcare past May. We have, throughout, been willing to collaborate and discuss ways to work with Kennedy Center management during this challenging time. Illegally breaking our contract isn't an option here." After the union complained, the center reversed its decision.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago): "Lauri Mazurkiewicz, a nurse who lives outside Chicago, grew nervous when she was repeatedly exposed to patients diagnosed with covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. 'This is so contagious. It’s spreading so fast. I need an N95 mask....She happened to have an N95 and began wearing it during her rounds at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, she said, but was told the hospital was prohibiting the use of N95 masks and using regular surgical masks instead....She sent an email warning her colleagues that those masks were less effective. She was fired shortly afterward—the result, she alleged in a lawsuit against the hospital, of her attempts to 'disclose public corruption and/or wrongdoing.'"

Oklahoma Heart Hospital (Oklahoma City): "Kevin Readel, another nurse in Oklahoma City, said he was fired for a similar reason—but in his case, it was for insisting on wearing a mask while with patients. He said he was told 'point blank that I can’t wear a mask' because it 'could cause fear and anxiety amongst the other nurses and the patients.' He filed a suit against Oklahoma Heart Hospital South for wrongful termination, claiming that 'the hospital was more concerned about the perception of due diligence than actually performing due diligence.'"

Powell's Bookstore: After announcing that the bookstore would lay off most of its workforce because of the coronavirus pandemic, Powell's said they were hiring 100 workers, full-time and with benefits. "The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 5, says only 49 of those 100-plus staffers were laid off in the first place. The others 'are management staff, doing frontline bookseller, shelver and shipping work, instead of the union workers who were trained to do this work and did that work every day....While frontline booksellers, shelvers and shippers remain on layoff status, Powell’s has trumpeted the fact that ‘over 100 workers’ have been brought back to work. While we understand the difficult nature of the situation COVID-19 has created in our society, we remain incredibly disappointed in how Powell’s has dealt with this situation and treated workers.'"

Select Specialty Hospital (Oklahoma City): A nurse, Laura Moreno, was told she could not wear a protective mask in the hospital's common areas. "I was told if I wanted to wear a mask, I would not be working there. So I said I’m not willing to put my life at risk, and my contract was terminated....But by the next afternoon, after The Post had contacted the hospital, she said hospital officials 'had completely changed their tune' and decided to allow nurses to wear masks throughout the hospital and not just in patient rooms. On Friday, she went back to work."

This list will be updated as more stories come in.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 04/09/2020 - 11:09

Tags: COVID-19

Rhode Island AFL-CIO Helps Coordinate Distance Learning

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 14:51
Rhode Island AFL-CIO Helps Coordinate Distance Learning Rhode Island AFL-CIO

With American students learning from home, teachers, school staffers and their unions are stepping up in a variety of ways to create innovative solutions to meet the educational needs of young people during the coronavirus pandemic.

In Rhode Island, the AFT and the National Education Association (NEA) are working closely with Gov. Gina Raimondo, and the Rhode Island AFL-CIO is helping coordinate their efforts.

After Raimondo decided to close all of Rhode Island’s schools on March 23, one of the first things she did was reach out to the leaders of AFT and NEA to ask for their help with developing distance learning programs so students would continue to receive a quality education. The unions together represent about 12,000 teachers and school support staff across Rhode Island.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be perfect, but it’s been phenomenal so far,” said Pat Crowley (NEA), the newly elected secretary-treasurer of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO. “Teachers are going above and beyond the call of duty, improvising as they go along and getting lesson plans ready for this new world.”

Crowley, in his new role with the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, has been helping to coordinate communication between Rhode Island’s unions, the governor’s office, and other government officials. He’s also been working with AFT and NEA leaders and the Department of Education to answer member questions about distance learning, certification and pension credits. He said concerns are being addressed almost immediately and in the spirit of collaboration.

Support staffers are paying close attention to the needs of their students, including their safety and mental health. Rhode Island school district employees have all hands on deck. For example, school bus drivers in some school districts are dropping off food at students’ homes.

Crowley praised the tireless efforts of all essential workers during this time of crisis: “If you see someone working on the front lines, chances are pretty good they’re a union member. We have pulled together to share information, and the communication between our unions has really been something to see.”

“Even with social distancing, the strength of the labor movement comes from our social solidarity,” he said. 

Union members are certainly being put to the test, and the members who teach and work in Rhode Island’s public school districts are passing with flying colors.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 04/08/2020 - 15:51

Tags: COVID-19

Service and Solidarity: Kennita Jones

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 13:50
Service and Solidarity: Kennita Jones

Kennita Jones is a roll mixer and has been working at Schmidt Baking Co. for 19 years. She is a member of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 68 in Baltimore. Like so many of America’s workers deemed essential, Jones still leaves her family nearly every day and goes to work—despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk to her own health and that of her family's, she's proud to be doing important work during a crisis.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 04/08/2020 - 14:50

Tags: COVID-19

Protect Essential Workers Now: In the States Roundup

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 09:27
Protect Essential Workers Now: 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.

Find state-by-state COVID-19-related resources here.

California Labor Federation:

| ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ |
| HAZARD PAY |
| PPE & PAID |
| SICK LEAVE |
| FOR ALL |
| ESSENTIAL |
| WORKERS |
|________ |
(\__/) ||
(•ㅅ•) ||
/   づ

— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) April 6, 2020

Colorado AFL-CIO:

#COVID19Colorado #COVID19 #UnEmploymentClaims pic.twitter.com/ya90TRNHay

— Colorado AFL-CIO (@AFLCIOCO) April 2, 2020

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

At least 3 @UFCW members in CT have contracted #COVID19. These workers are tired and scared. Please remember to keep 6 feet from these workers and other customers and when possible, send only one family member to the store at a time. https://t.co/TlC21YBBzT

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) April 6, 2020

Florida AFL-CIO:

Florida has one of the worst Unemployment Systems in the country, thanks to Rick Scott.

With thousands of Floridians out of work,Governor DeSantis must act now to fix our broken system.

Click here to sign the petition: Florida workers need relief!https://t.co/mUkkYDYyfU pic.twitter.com/zL3OCZC4sS

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) April 6, 2020

Georgia AFL-CIO:

#wearethefrontline and the workers who are keeping our state healthy and safe need strong protections. Thank you @StateRepRhondaB for standing work workers!! https://t.co/N964NwtDHR

— Georgia AFL-CIO (@AFLCIOGeorgia) April 3, 2020

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

Our #FrontlineWorkers are vulnerable because the Trump administration squandered nearly two months when they should have been bolstering our national inventory and increasing the production of personal protective equipment (PPE). https://t.co/tCybFiwDbC

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) April 7, 2020

Iowa Federation of Labor:

Has your employer offered you extra leave due to COVID-19? pic.twitter.com/qUb01ZjkKX

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) April 6, 2020

Maine AFL-CIO:

Do you have a question about applying for unemployment insurance? Do you need help filing? Our experienced staff members can help! Just click the link, fill out the form and we will be in touch. https://t.co/8a9juKj8LO

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) April 1, 2020

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

Please contact your State Rep and Senator to ask them to sign on and help slow the spread of #COVID19. #1u #Solidarity https://t.co/GBtxe0gxQd

— Massachusetts AFL-CIO (@massaflcio) April 2, 2020

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

Contractor cuts cleaning staff during pandemic https://t.co/b3dovlRgxP

— streetheat@dclabor.org (@DCLabor) April 7, 2020

Michigan AFL-CIO:

There's plenty you can still do while following @GovWhitmer's #StayHomeStaySafe order: pic.twitter.com/JPMFFkY06E

— miaflcio (@MIAFLCIO) April 2, 2020

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

Shutdown of music venues sidelines musicians https://t.co/0YhJZQw0v7 #1u pic.twitter.com/TMVeC8te7b

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) April 6, 2020

Missouri AFL-CIO:

Researchers have long known that unionized workplaces – whether in mining, construction, manufacturing or warehouses – are significantly safer for employees than non-union workplaces. https://t.co/oRdtJmxVs6

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) April 7, 2020

Montana AFL-CIO:

.@SteveDaines spiking the football for legislation he voted against is pretty on-brand. https://t.co/9PGtU9pIrr

— Montana AFL-CIO (@MTaflcio) April 3, 2020

Nebraska State AFL-CIO:

Tell Trump to use the National Defense Production Act to produce desperately needed protective equipment healthcare and other workers need to keep themselves, patients and the public safe.
Sign here: https://t.co/ukfLR0Lz6q

— Nebraska State AFL-CIO (@NE_AFLCIO) April 3, 2020

New York State AFL-CIO:

Opinion | The federal government has an agency with the power to protect doctors, nurses, delivery workers and other “essential personnel” on the pandemic front lines. It’s time to use it. https://t.co/zrAn1SwBJ7 via @politico

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) April 7, 2020

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

SHAME: Mission Health seeks second union hearing delay, blames pandemic https://t.co/LuU8ZitDiA. #COVID19 #AVL #1u

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) April 6, 2020

Ohio AFL-CIO:

Need a quick and easy way to navigate questions about unemployment compensation benefits? The #Ohio @AFLCIO has you covered.

Click here: https://t.co/bzaQsjPckC

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) April 7, 2020

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Five Years and Counting: Online Voter Registration Won’t Be Ready in 2020https://t.co/JkbZqVucLj

— Oklahoma AFL-CIO (@OK_AFL_CIO) April 3, 2020

Oregon AFL-CIO:

New #podcast episode! How the spread of #Coronavirus is impacting working people, and what you can do, right now, to help frontline workers.https://t.co/4xWYxvrpzP

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) April 5, 2020

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

President @RWBloomingdale gives his state of the unions speech at our 44th Constitutional Convention! #Solidarity #PPENow pic.twitter.com/GFvLVUj2XO

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) April 6, 2020

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

Firefighters fear coronavirus-fueled supply shortages soon https://t.co/yHR4YMIWcO via @nbcnews #1U #Unions #UnionStrong #IAFF #Firefighters

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) April 6, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO:

Workers need immediate intervention from Congress. Their livelihoods are on the line.
The CARES Act does not go far enough. Congress must ensure frontline workers are protected on the job and workers are kept on the payroll. https://t.co/bmdKz6jME9

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) April 6, 2020

Virginia AFL-CIO:

.@GovernorVA Maybe we have to say it a little louder, Twitter is a little crowded today *clears throat*: 🗣WILL YOU PROTECT WORKING VIRGINIANS BY SIGNING ONTO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE LEGISLATION? #WorkerVoices #AskGovNortham #WorkersFirst pic.twitter.com/VpDJSaz3DO

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) April 2, 2020

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

ATTN: If you have an absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by today, April 7, or hand delivered by 8:00 p.m. April 7 to:

your municipal clerk’s office
your polling location
a designated absentee ballot drop-off location

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) April 7, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 04/07/2020 - 10:27

Fighting the Coronavirus: Service and Solidarity

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 08:08
Fighting the Coronavirus: Service and Solidarity

Meet Shekina Givens. She is an AFGE member and lead transportation security officer for the Transportation Security Administration and works at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport. She and her co-workers are in constant danger of getting COVID-19, but they show up for work to protect the traveling public every day. Learn more about her and other TSA workers during these dangerous times. 

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 04/06/2020 - 09:08

Tags: COVID-19

Economy Loses 701,000 Jobs in March; Unemployment Jumps to 4.4%

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 11:24
Economy Loses 701,000 Jobs in March; Unemployment Jumps to 4.4%

The U.S. economy lost 701,000 jobs in March, and the unemployment rate jumped by nearly a point to 4.4%, according to figures released Friday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

In response to the March job numbers, AFL-CIO Chief Economist William Spriggs said:

Though the recent spikes in unemployment claims were not captured in the March report, we experienced our steepest monthly decline in payrolls in this report since March 2009. Especially hard hit were the lowest wage sectors of the economy: leisure and hospitality and brick and mortar sections of the retail industry. Going forward, based on the unemployment claim numbers, things will get worse.

He also tweeted:

Bad news, @BLS_gov reports drop of 701,000 in March (for the week that ended before the increase in crowd reduction orders) boosting the unemployment rate to 4.4%. The household survey reported 1.048 million increase in temporary layoff versus a smaller 172,000 permanent job loss

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 3, 2020

The average hourly earnings gain of 3.1% over last year is tainted because of the 701,000 jobs lost, 417,000 were in food and drinking service establishments and another 29,000 in accommodations. Leisure & hospitality is the lowest wage industry. @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 3, 2020

Payrolls dropped (moving leftward on the graph) in almost all industries, with the biggest losses in leisure & hospitality. Higher wage industries (moving up in the graph) had fewer job losses. This change, in part boosted average wage growth to 3.1% over last year. @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/gfSTYtcKmh

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 3, 2020

There was a big spike in the household survey of people reporting being on temporary layoff (the aqua colored line at the bottom) compared to permanent job losses (darker blue line). @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/438erLf8Fw

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 3, 2020

The biggest job loss, 459,000 jobs, was in leisure & hospitality. The frustration is that back in January and February it was well known that it may become necessary to limit public gatherings and to shut down this industry. So, this is not a shock. It is poor planning. @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/hLEZzEVyMu

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 3, 2020

For those who do not understand American workers, and think that boosting the replacement rate of wages lost by increasing unemployment insurance, note that when Americans see massive job losses, they stop leaving jobs. This current job loss is planned, we have to plan better. pic.twitter.com/5GYf1eixgj

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 3, 2020

The monthly labor report is two separate surveys, one of households and one of payrolls from establishments. So, they don't have to always agree. The establishment survey reported a drop of 701,000 people on payroll, households (shown here) reported 1,223,000 people lost jobs pic.twitter.com/QZ6YWKrmqE

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 3, 2020

Last month's biggest job losses were in leisure and hospitality (-459,000), health care and social assistance (-61,000), professional and business services (-52,000), retail trade (-46,000), construction (-29,000), other services (-24,000), manufacturing (-18,000) and mining (-6,000). Federal government employment added 18,000 jobs, primarily 2020 Census workers. Employment in other major industries—including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and financial activities—changed little over the month.

In March, unemployment rates rose among all major worker groups. The rate was 14.3% for teenagers, 6.7% for blacks, 6.0 % for Hispanics, 4.1% for Asians, 4.0% for adult men, 4.0% for adult women and 4.0% for whites.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) showed little change in March and accounted for 15.9% of the unemployed.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:24

Big Win on Back Pay: Worker Wins

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 11:03
Big Win on Back Pay: Worker Wins

Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with a victory on back pay for NABET-CWA workers at CNN and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life. 

NABET-CWA Workers Win $76 Million in Back Pay from CNN: Locals 11 and 31 of NABET-CWA have negotiated one of the largest back pay settlements in the history of the NLRB. CNN is required to bay $76 million to hundreds of broadcast technicians who were fired when CNN terminated a subcontract with Team Video Services. NABET-CWA President Charlie Braico said: “After more than 15 years, this settlement agreement finally delivers justice for workers who experienced serious hardship in their lives due to CNN’s union-busting practices. This incredible settlement in workers’ favor should send a very clear message to CNN and to other employers that union-busting is illegal and has consequences.”

University of California-Santa Cruz Trades Workers End Strike with New Contract: Dozens of carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other trades workers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, ended a strike with victory as they ratified a new contract representing for the 49 AFSCME Local 3299 members. Electrician Joe Baxter said: “I’m just really proud of our people that we held the line and were able to get a fair and good contract. In the end, I felt like UCSC came through and gave us a fair contract.”

King County, Washington, Water District Workers Win New Contract: Members of the Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 302 capped months of negotiations with a victory as the commissioners of King County Water District 19 approved a union contract, the first in the district's history. Shop steward Dominic Jovanovich said: “It was definitely tense at first, but we knew our supporters would come out for us and show solidarity because we know that organized labor is strong together. We were happy the board made the right decision and we’re excited to move forward.”

Joliet Marijuna Workers Join UFCW: A majority of the 95 employees at the Cresco Labs marijuana cultivation facility in Joliet, Illinois, voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). This is the first successful organizing drive in Illinois since recreational marijuana use was legalized. The workers are seeking better pay and more comprehensive health benefits.

Sports Illustrated Editorial Employees Vote for NewsGuild Representation: More than 90% of the editorial employees have voted to join the The NewGuild of New York-CWA. The new unit covers some 80 writers, editors, producers and other editorial staff in print, digital and video. Top issues for the workers are job security, severance, layoff protections, pay equity, workplace safety, diversity in hiring and advancement, and a voice in editorial strategy. Senior writer Jenny Vrentas said: "As journalists, we hold the teams and athletes we cover accountable. It is our responsibility to do the same in our own workplace. We are unionizing to ensure that Sports Illustrated is a safe, inclusive place to work, where all employees are treated equally and can continue to perform our jobs at a high level.”

Google Cafeteria Workers Join UNITE HERE: Approximately 2,300 cafeteria workers at Google campuses in the California Bay Area have voted to be represented by UNITE HERE. The workers are technically employed by a subcontractor, Compass Group, through its subsidiary, Bon Appétit Management Co. Compass and UNITE HERE are negotiating the first contract for the unit.

NewsGuild Members at The New Republic Ratify Ambitious Contract: Newsroom workers at The New Republic unionized in 2018 in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Now those workers have secured their first contract, which contains ambitious diversity provisions, progressive policy to prevent sexual harassment, and industry-leading intellectual property and privacy rights. Unit Chair Alex Shephard said: “This contract solidifies an important goal behind why we organized: To protect and live the values that The New Republic has espoused in its pages for over 100 years. The strength of our union is reflected in this contract, and I’m proud to have stood alongside fellow Guild members in crafting an agreement that fosters an environment of collaboration, transparency, growth, and sustainability.” 

St. Louis Metro Workers Secure New Contract: The negotiations took months, but the members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 788 won a new contract from St. Louis Metro Transit. Some 1,500 working people voted to approve the new contract, which includes higher starting pay, protections against rising insurance costs, and increased pay for night and weekend work. Overall, wages and benefits for the workers will see an increase of $26 million over three years. Reggie Howard, president of Local 788, said: “It was a long fight. But we feel really good about it.”

USW Members at Clearwater Paper Agree on New Contract: Workers at Clearwater Paper have been working without a contract since 2017. The members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 712 approved an agreement that would cover more than 800 employees. Contract negotiations have been long and contentious with the membership almost unanimously rejecting what Clearwater previously said was its last and best offer. The new contract runs through 2025.

Food and Water Workers' Union Voluntarily Recognized: Nearly 80 workers at Food & Water Action (and its affiliated organization, Food & Water Watch) from around the country voted to be represented by the Nonprofit Professionals Employee Union (NPEU), IFTPE Local 70. Management will voluntarily recognize the new unit. The workers said: “As an organization, we advocate for union power in the WATER Act and a real Green New Deal because we recognize the critical importance of protecting union labor and not leaving workers behind in our fight for a better world. We believe that a union will allow us to truly live up to our values; will give us a tangible way to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace; and will show the rest of the world how truly invested we are in the right of workers to make a fair living on a livable planet.”

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:03

Tags: Organizing

In Memoriam: Union Members Lost in COVID-19 Pandemic

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 09:37
In Memoriam: Union Members Lost in COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the United States, our sisters, brothers and friends in the labor movement are among the first casualties. It is important for us to work together during this crisis to prevent further deaths. It is important to thank those who are doing the work to keep us safe and fed. It is important to remember those who we lost because of the coronavirus.

This list includes those deaths we have currently learned of. If you aware of additional union members we should include on this list, please send details to kquinnell@aflcio.org and we will add them to the list.

Mark Blum of New York, SAG-AFTRA: "Though he was perhaps best known for the 1985 film 'Desperately Seeking Susan,' in which he starred alongside Madonna and Rosanna Arquette, he most recently appeared in supporting TV roles on the HBO series 'Succession,' the Netflix drama 'You' and Amazon's 'Mozart in the Jungle.' He was a staple in the New York theater community, frequently appearing on Broadway, including the revival of 'Twelve Angry Men,' though he appeared off Broadway much more often." SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said: “This is a painful loss to our SAG-AFTRA family. Mark Blum understood that all performers working in this industry share the same employers and that our strength depends on our unity. He was a visionary. Mark will be deeply missed, and our hearts go out to his wife, Janet Zarish, his friends and all of his loved ones.”

Raul Clarke of New York, Transport Workers: TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said: “I offer my deepest condolences to all of our Local 100 members at Big Bus here in New York and across the country. I can only hope and pray that this dark cloud over our country passes quickly.”

Oliver Cyrus of Brooklyn, New York, Transport Workers: "We have lost a second union brother to the coronavirus. [Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority] Bus Operator Oliver Cyrus out of the Manhattanville Depot passed away today. Local 100 Vice President Richard Davis, who has known Brother Cyrus for most of his 21 years on the job, said he was 'a quiet, humble man. He was well liked by all his co-workers. The workers at Manhattanville are all very upset. There's a somber mood at the depot.'"

Scott Elijah of New York, Transport Workers: In addition to his work for New York City Transit, Elijah was pastor of the Bethany AME Church in Yonkers. President Utano said "I wish I had the words to say to bring comfort to Brother Elijah’s family, his friends and co-workers in Track. But I don’t. I can only wish that the support our union will bring to his family now and into the future will bring them strength in their moment of grief."

Paul Frishkorn of Philadelphia, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA: "Earlier this week, we lost a respected, longtime member of the American Airlines family, who tested positive for COVID-19. Our hearts go out to Paul’s loved ones, many of whom work for American."

Ernesto Hernandez of New York, Transport Workers: Transit Authority Surface Vice President J.P. Patafio called Hernandez "a kind man who was loved and respected by his co-workers and [he was a] hard worker. His death is a shock to us all."

Araceli Buendia Ilagan of Miami, Florida, nurses union, SEIU: Roy Buendia said: “My dearest sister, we admired you for your dedication on your profession….You’re a true ‘hero’ in this fight against COVID-19.”

Patrick Patoir of Coney Island, New York, Transport Workers: TWU Local 100 Vice President Shirley Martin, who worked with Patoir for 29 years: "Patrick was one of the most beautiful souls I have ever known. He was always the first to help. If you wanted something done, ask Patrick. Everyone at Pitkin is in mourning. Many of his co-workers where in tears when they found out." Patrick’s brother, Wendell, is a Machinist at the Coney Island Wheel and Axle Shop. Patrick leaves behind his grieving wife and four children.

Peter Petrassi of Long Island City, New York, Transport Workers: Interim New York City Transit President Sarah Feinberg said: "Our hearts are absolutely broken. Peter was a vital member of our team, and a valued friend. We are honored to have worked with him, and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones."

Dez-Ann Romain of Brooklyn, New York, School Administrators: Allison Farrington, principal of Research and Service High School in Brooklyn, said: “She loved her kids, she loved her community, she loved service. You could see it in how she and her students would look at each other. I can’t imagine what they are dealing with now.”

Scott Ryan of Everett, Washington, Amalgamated Transit Union: ATU International President John Costa said: “The tragic reality of this devastating and deadly pandemic has now taken the life of one of our own. I hope the entire continent will join us in a moment of silence tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET to remember Local 1576 shop steward Scott Ryan, who was just 41 years old. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Brother Ryan and his sisters and brothers of Local 1576 in Lynnwood, Washington.”

Caridad Santiago of New York, Transport Workers: IB ImageStations Division Vice President Lynwood Whichard said Santiago's passing is a "terrible loss to the Local 100 family. She was a wonderful mother, loved by everyone. We are all praying for her family to get through this time of grief."

Warren Tucker of New York, Transport Workers: IB ImageStations MTA Bus Vice President Peter Rosconi said that Tucker's passing was "tough to take. All of MTA is in mourning." Division Vice Chair Mike Capocci said, "He was such a sweetheart. This is such a shame."

An autoworker (name withheld) from Wayne, Michigan, UAW: UAW President Rory Gamble said: "I’m very sad to report that we had one more UAW member fall to the virus yesterday, from Ford Michigan Assembly in Wayne, Michigan. I want to extend our sincere sympathies to family and friends."

An autoworker (name withheld) from Sterling Heights, Michigan, UAW: President Gamble said: "Today, I am so sorry to report that one of our members at FCA Transport in Sterling Heights, Michigan, has died from the virus. I, along with Vice President Cindy Estrada and the entire International Executive Board extend our heartfelt sympathies and prayers to our dear brother’s family and friends."

Two autoworkers (names withheld) from Dearborn, Michigan, UAW: Gamble said: "We have been notified today that two more members of our UAW family have fallen to the virus. One member worked at Ford Motor Company's Dearborn Stamping [plant] and a skilled trades brother who worked at the Ford Data Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Our prayers and support go out to their families and communities."

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 04/02/2020 - 10:37

Tags: COVID-19

On the Front Lines: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 10:23
On the Front Lines: 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:

We are proud to do our part in support of the actors & stage managers out of work due to COVID-19, and have established the #CurtainUpFund. We hope that anyone who is able to support @TheActorsFund's vital social services and financial aid will join us - https://t.co/dbAvIoWxUM pic.twitter.com/6qfBHH7WIg

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) March 24, 2020

AFGE:

We've been requesting better protection for TSA officers since January.

We urge all agencies to follow TSA's example and take the necessary steps to protect front-line workers. #COVID19 #1u via @hugomartin @latimes https://t.co/vSuCmZrpjy

— AFGE (@AFGENational) March 30, 2020

AFSCME:

In Arizona, paramedic Seth Cribb and his co-workers, members of AFSCME Local 2960, wait.

“There is a sense that it’s the calm before the storm.” But when the storm hits his community, those on the #COVIDfrontlines with Seth will need the proper equipment to fight this pandemic. pic.twitter.com/SmKhzfWfac

— AFSCME ✊🏽 (@AFSCME) March 31, 2020

Air Line Pilots Association:

Thank you to the House and the Senate for putting #aviation frontline workers first and passing the #CARESAct! Join us in sending a #ThankYou note to your Members of Congress: https://t.co/413pd2Wdmh pic.twitter.com/Mvmphiu184

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) March 27, 2020

Alliance for Retired Americans:

#PandemicProfiteering will continue unless we do something. Sign our petition to demand that Congress takes action to make sure greedy pharmaceutical corporations don't do this during the Coronavirus outbreak: https://t.co/vGdT9RqGz9 https://t.co/D1Hdf8wGVo

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) March 30, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union:

#Transit workers are heroes, too — and we need to get them protected https://t.co/9QY6OxQqPu #COVID19 #FrontlineHeroes

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) March 31, 2020

American Federation of Musicians:

Learn more about expanded unemployment—including benefits for 1099 workers. https://t.co/hkj8jNvCDK pic.twitter.com/ZaRJ1oRK3k

— AFM (@The_AFM) March 31, 2020

American Federation of Teachers:

We are proud to announce the launch of https://t.co/DF9IZyjj2i, a new site to help families & educators adapt to online learning due to COVID19. A free collection of the best online learning experiences & activities for kids curated by @CommonSense & organized by grade&subject. pic.twitter.com/PAa9As5Hc0

— AFT (@AFTunion) March 31, 2020

American Postal Workers Union:

👏 A round of applause to our postal workers, health care workers, grocery workers and other front line fighters! 👏 #ClapBecauseWeCare #APWUnited https://t.co/8VIgzILZiE

— APWU National (@APWUnational) March 30, 2020

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

The #2020census counts people where they “eat and sleep most of the time,” so incarcerated folks will be counted at the location of their prison, not their residential address.

Check out https://t.co/t7CinP846U for more info#CountUsIn #AAPI2020 pic.twitter.com/PvjCyGHqeE

— Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (@APALAnational) March 30, 2020

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

Airline relief is structured to put #WorkersFirst. From the UK to Denmark, countries are using government aid to keep people in their jobs w/ the continued paychecks they’ve built their lives around. Don’t let Sec. Mnuchin screw it up. Watch @AliVelshi & @sheelahk discuss w/ us. pic.twitter.com/j0ofwdaStz

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) March 29, 2020

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

The @BCTGM is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our President @DavidBDurkee.

Forever a union organizer, he often quoted Mother Jones. Today he would urge us all to: “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” Our full statement: https://t.co/Qv5Pdr0SQq

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) March 31, 2020

Boilermakers:

Check out this special edition IBB Update with info and resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic: https://t.co/f27O7z8cqm. Please forward and share! To receive future issues of the IBB Update straight to your email, subscribe here: https://t.co/TggnW0jpYi

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) March 26, 2020

Bricklayers:

In Canada, brothers and sisters of our building trades union are also donating extra masks to support frontline workers: https://t.co/DRTElW9eu9 #1u #solidarity #coronavirus #COVID19

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) March 31, 2020

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

It is with tremendous sadness that we inform the CBTU family of the passing of Rev. Joseph Lowery, a civil rights legend and a loyal friend of CBTU and unions. He is irreplaceable. R.I.P. great warrior. Your feet can rest now. #RestNowJoeLow #CivilRights https://t.co/jUheabvgoF

— CBTU (@CBTU72) March 28, 2020

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

Equal Pay Day 2020: a day recognizing when the average woman in the United States will have finally earned what her male peer earned during the 2019 calendar year. #EqualPay

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) March 31, 2020

Communications Workers of America:

.@ATT made the right decision to cancel stock buybacks & agree to boost pay during this crisis. Let's restore balance to our economy & ensure that recovery money benefits working people & doesn't just go into the pockets of CEO's and hedge fund managers. https://t.co/Artr2ZDOq9

— CWA (@CWAUnion) March 31, 2020

Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO:

Are you a professional who has lost work due to #COVID19? Here's how you access economic relief from the #CARESAct https://t.co/RScDU8ojAi pic.twitter.com/fXYT7hnLo2

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) March 31, 2020

Electrical Workers:

"Nobody knows how long this crisis is going to go on, and offering these lights is a great, out-of-the-box way to help.” https://t.co/g61HGS8kQR

— IBEW (@IBEW) March 30, 2020

Fire Fighters:

RT @TheVaPFF: COVID-19 added to list of reportable diseases under Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 - @IAFFNewsDesk https://t.co/ARnQ9Nr3pZ

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) March 30, 2020

Heat and Frost Insulators:

This is the latest update (March 27) from CPWR concerning COVID-19. Please share this with your Insulators Brothers and Sisters, families and friends.https://t.co/S9EjCocsTj

— Insulators Union (@InsulatorsUnion) March 30, 2020

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

During this crisis, Local 21 members are showing the value of public service. This is especially true of our union siblings working in healthcare, who are extremely vulnerable right now. We can only protect all of us if we protect frontline workers. https://t.co/VQsBzi9p0D

— IFPTE Local 21 (@IFPTE21) March 31, 2020

International Labor Communications Association:

Historical perspective via our board member @chelseaconnor who leads this comms shop https://t.co/x7jiolVfZ3

— Labor Communications (@ILCAonline) March 25, 2020

Ironworkers:

Read General President Eric Dean's remarks in Chicago-based @inthesetimesmag about the impact of #COVID-19 on the construction industry. #COVID19 #COVID2019https://t.co/oTVHheWrS2

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) March 27, 2020

Jobs With Justice:

Help us continue to hold bad actors like @amazon accountable during the #COVID19 pandemic.

Sign up and become a member of our #UnifiedAction Team to receive more specific actions you can do from home on behalf of working people ✊https://t.co/ABDQ64hiq2

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) March 31, 2020

Laborers:

#LIUNA on CARES Act: Response package is a step forward but does not address many critical issues. https://t.co/BOLevgSIRJ

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) March 30, 2020

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

Farmworkers continue to work the fields lacking proper protections, vital safety information and training. They play an essential role in our nation’s food supply chain. LCLAA supports all efforts aimed at their protections and safety! Si se puede! #Trabajadoras #CesarChavezDay pic.twitter.com/ncvuWFP7O8

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) March 31, 2020

Machinists:

Today is #EqualPayDay and we can’t forget the fact that women EACH lose an average of $10,000+ to the wage gap each year – the equivalent of several months of rent. Amidst the #COVID19 pandemic, too many families are scrambling to be able to pay rent tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/ggWEoPjjjV

— Machinists Union ✈️🚊🚀 (@MachinistsUnion) March 31, 2020

Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association:

USNS MERCY in San Pedro on Friday. M.E.B.A., MM&P & SIU civilian mariners make this vessel go! 1,000 beds on board will help relieve area hospitals dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. pic.twitter.com/6Ng9ePJz1h

— M.E.B.A. (@MEBAUNION) March 30, 2020

Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO:

COVID-19 | Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO
The Metal Trades Department has posted new guidance regarding COVID-19 in Oregon and Washington State and guidance from the Department of Homeland Security. Visit the COVID-19 page to download the files. https://t.co/QEHKhl7evR pic.twitter.com/xoNXfb5goW

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) March 24, 2020

Mine Workers:

We must keep our miners, their families and communities safe! Time for @MSHA_DOL to act! https://t.co/xreUH7EkHy #wearestillworking #protectus

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

Musical Artists:

AGMA members impacted by the #COVID19 pandemic qualify for government economic support. Here’s an overview of how to access your benefits. Contact AGMA for more information. #1u #AGMAendures pic.twitter.com/zGN2MSMfTj

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) March 27, 2020

National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-CWA:

NABET-CWA BULLETIN, UPDATE #4: COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)#COVID19 https://t.co/YQ4mOySC6X

— NABET-CWA (@NABETCWA) March 30, 2020

National Association of Letter Carriers:

Episode 6 of You Are the Current Resident Podcast is out! Executive VP Renfroe gives an update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen here: https://t.co/i6VA5AE4nG #YATCRPod

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) March 27, 2020

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

Immigrants, we get the job done!

Now let's make sure all immigrant workers are included in local and state responses.#WorkerMigrantJustice@chefjoseandres https://t.co/yV9OKxv1Or

— NDLON (@NDLON) March 28, 2020

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

The #COVID19 crisis is impacting domestic workers worldwide, and workers everywhere are organizing for better protections. https://t.co/16rXrNoxpW

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) March 31, 2020

National Nurses United:

THIS is why it is urgent to #ProtectNurses.

Sign the petition: https://t.co/ioXz5vl3Jy #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/HF7499Nu0Y

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) March 30, 2020

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

Here is our latest eblast on resources available to drivers.

***NYC Uber drivers can apply for unemployment benefits NOW***

Please click link for info on what’s available for all drivers - yellow, green, app

And call our office with any questions. https://t.co/wbIQudwDlV

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) March 31, 2020

The NewsGuild-CWA:

Gannett’s furloughs jeopardize the public’s health. They should reconsider & seek support for news operations that are essential during the pandemic. We’d support them in that — with conditions that protect workers & strengthen publications. https://t.co/6FBIXHxcJ4 @CWAUnin #1u pic.twitter.com/pumeIR9XR0

— NewsGuild (@newsguild) March 30, 2020

NFL Players Association:

One of the most inspiring #AthleteAnd stories there is. Thank you @MyronRolle for tackling this pandemic with all you've got! Stay safe! #coronavirus https://t.co/bfssKO3vQV

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) March 28, 2020

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Looks like Detroit is working to build 900 beds for hospital overflow!

“Construction at the center will be done by @TCFCenter employees and UNION labor in ‘the most efficient way possible.’”#BuildingTradesWhateverItTakeshttps://t.co/LetDYfunOl

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) March 30, 2020

Office and Professional Employees:

We MUST protect frontline professionals and the patients they heroically care for. Tell our lawmakers to use the Defense Production Act to rapidly produce crucial life-saving masks, gowns, gloves, defibrillators, and ventilators.

📝Add your name here: https://t.co/M6rwuGCEe2 #1u pic.twitter.com/ZwqEJ52Klf

— OPEIU (@OPEIU) March 26, 2020

Painters and Allied Trades:

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— GoIUPAT✊🏽 (@GoIUPAT) March 30, 2020

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

In this video, #OPCMIA GP Daniel E. Stepano discusses the steps your union is taking to protect the health and financial security of you and your family during the #coronavirus pandemic. Together, we will get through this — stronger than ever. https://t.co/Fjezod2CQH

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) March 30, 2020

Pride At Work:

Workers need union representation more than ever. Sign this petition to tell the @NLRB to resume elections immediately! https://t.co/1wFlcf15wq

— Pride at Work (@PrideatWork) March 31, 2020

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

PASS is proud to represent the technicians, safety inspectors, support staff & more at Fed Aviation Admin who are doing the nation's work during this natl emergency. Thank you @SecElaineChao for recognizing their dedication to the mission @FAANews #publicservice #aviationsafety https://t.co/iKwUyGRPMK

— PASS (@PASSNational) March 31, 2020

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

"Workers should be protected when speaking out about safety conditions during this crisis...It is unacceptable that Amazon has terminated Chris Smalls for doing that today rather than addressing their serious COVID-19 safety problems.” https://t.co/Ol1IQMUiKF

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) March 31, 2020

SAG-AFTRA:

Be vigilant and aware of various scams during this time. We have been made aware of fake casting notices purporting to be seeking models, referencing SAG-AFTRA and the COVID-19 crisis to solicit self-tape “auditions.” #sagaftramembers https://t.co/Jm8g1Clxc9 pic.twitter.com/NmKNuumx4O

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) March 31, 2020

Seafarers:

Includes section on #maritime Coronavirus Highlights U.S. Strategic Vulnerabilities Spawned By Over-Reliance On China via @forbes https://t.co/x8vsppySxd

— Seafarers Union (@SeafarersUnion) March 31, 2020

Solidarity Center:

A coalition incl @SolidarityCntr urges business & govts take steps to safeguard #migrantworker rights during #COVID19 incl providing pay to furloughed workers & protection for those still working. @afcmfa @PacificWIN @MigrantRights @GAATW_IS @GCMigration https://t.co/tHsJ4Ztaqx

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) March 31, 2020

TCU/IAM:

What’s in the stimulus bill for TCU members?

Here’s our breakdown of the bill:https://t.co/wZAVLbtN2l

cc: @MachinistsUnion @TTDAFLCIO @OneRailUSA

— Transportation Communications Union/IAM (@TCUnionHQ) March 30, 2020

Theatrical Stage Employees:

For International Transgender Day of Visibility, today we celebrate the beloved transgender members of our community. We will keep up the fight to eradicate the discrimination trans people still face, both inside and outside of the workplace. #IATSEpride #TDOV pic.twitter.com/7TU6L5jdsO

— IATSE (@IATSE) March 31, 2020

Transport Workers:

NYC is the center of the #coronavirus #pandemic and the transit system is ground zero for worker exposure. @TwuSamuelsen speaks about #COVID19's impact. #PPE #PPENow #PPEshortage #WeMoveNY https://t.co/cQlW9tBIWj

— TWU (@transportworker) March 31, 2020

Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO:

Transit workers are heroes, too.https://t.co/yGAUmWlZsk

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

UAW:

Thank you to our UAW brothers and sisters who are reentering their plants to produce vital medical supplies as hospitals across the country face shortages. https://t.co/FohBIrlTE4

— UAW (@UAW) March 31, 2020

Union Label and Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO:

Labor Leaders Rally Behind Federalizing Medical Supply Chain https://t.co/CMTPEKg8Gy

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) March 27, 2020

Union Veterans Council:

On behalf of the UVC, we would like to welcome all Vietnam Veterans home.
Thank you for your service!#VietnamVeteransDay #1u pic.twitter.com/1m4ZzIEc2C

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) March 29, 2020

UNITE HERE:

Get this: right in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, the Supreme Court is scheduled to issue a ruling that could put 800,000 immigrant youth in danger of being deported and put their jobs at risk.

📢📝https://t.co/0YqEkqQVjP pic.twitter.com/lk23E19DYU

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) March 31, 2020

United Food and Commercial Workers:

UFCW supports all @Instacart worker demands for safer workplace & right to organize. They're delivering food to families quarantined by #coronavirus outbreak & they need extra protections now. #1u

Learn more: https://t.co/K7DHsTeEc1 @Sarah___Clarke @matthewtelles @hashtagmolotov pic.twitter.com/RwidoMWpdu

— UFCW (@UFCW) March 30, 2020

United Steelworkers:

. @tedwheeler - Need some inspiration, watch this video of how one of our locals @ARportlandmaine, w/help from @IATSE members, turned their shop into a medical-mask making operation to help during the #COVID19 pandemic: https://t.co/ze4x0HCYZR #1u #USWUnity #ServiceSolidarity pic.twitter.com/JBeGwS1Nr7

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) March 31, 2020

United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers:

When properly installed, guardrails can prevent falls. Learn more at: https://t.co/6bFN4YtLbN #roofersafety365 pic.twitter.com/fAQQGJQt4Q

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) March 30, 2020

Utility Workers:

Peek behind the scenes into the challenges those in the utility sector face during #COVID19. Thanks to all of you doing this important work!👏🏿👏🏽👏🏻 https://t.co/I9ZmAE8zc9

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) March 31, 2020

Working America:

Working America's Exec. Director @MattMorrisonWA sat down with @TheAtlantic to talk about how Working America is adapting to #COVID19 and our vision for building a movement that shifts economic power from CEOs to working families. https://t.co/qGvOFtEjR8

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) March 30, 2020

Writers Guild of America, East:

$600 in unemployment benefits is a lifeline during this crisis, not a vacation. @WGAEast members who aren't able to go to work during this public emergency need the economic support that @LindseyGrahamSC @SenSasse @SenatorTimScott @SenRickScott are holding up. #COVID19 #1u

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) March 26, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 04/01/2020 - 11:23

The New Front-Line Workers: The Working People Weekly List

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 10:27
The New Front-Line Workers: 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.

The New Front-Line Coronavirus Workers: Grocery Clerks, Delivery Drivers: "Much of the American workplace has shut down, sending millions of employees home to wait out the coronavirus pandemic. Among those still on the job are grocery-store clerks, prison guards and delivery drivers. 'Who would have ever thought that we would be on the front lines?' said Joyce Babineau, a 67-year-old supermarket supervisor in Dartmouth, Mass., a coastal village 60 miles south of Boston."

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Discusses the Labor Movement’s Respose to the Coronavirus Pandemic: "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined Bloomberg TV this morning to talk about the labor movement's response to the coronavirus pandemic and why we need to invoke the Defense Production Act."

What Grocery Store Workers Need: "As of this writing, supermarket workers in Denver, Oregon and Washington state have tested positive for COVID-19. Here in New York City, two Trader Joe’s supermarkets have suddenly faced temporary closures after workers at the Soho and Union Square stores became confirmed cases of the disease. The closures at these stores, which have seen huge increases in customer traffic since the onset of the crisis, highlight the dangers grocery store workers—performing their jobs in close quarters with other workers and customers—are facing, typically for low pay and benefits. The situation is set to become even more precarious as more New Yorkers become ill, with the peak of the pandemic apparently still awaiting us weeks or even months in the future."

AFL-CIO's Trumka: Coronavirus Relief Package 'Not Perfect' but 'Going to Do a Lot of Good': "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka expressed support for the coronavirus stimulus package moving through Congress, although he said it's 'not perfect'."

‘Just Keep the Faith’: Workers Are Stepping Up to Beat Coronavirus: "The Machinists union and the AFL-CIO have circulated a brief video of [Trevar] Smedal as part of an effort to highlight the role union workers have played in addressing the coronavirus outbreak. Looking into the camera, he tells an anxious America, 'Just keep up the faith. I know that my co-workers, we’re going to show up every day and we’re going to get out as many as we can.'"

Nurses Call for More Protective Gear, Training in the U.S.: "In some parts of the country, nurses are already struggling to secure the equipment and training they need to safely care for their patients, while protecting themselves from the infectious disease. Without the proper protection or training, the risk is high for nurses, especially since they have the most direct contact with patients. To understand the impact this pandemic is having on nurses, The Takeaway spoke to Jean Ross, the president of National Nurses United, the largest organization of registered nurses in the United States, and Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, a registered nurse at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and the president of the New York State Nurses Association."

Who Is Most at Risk in the Coronavirus Crisis: 24 Million of the Lowest-Income Workers: "This week, unemployment claims soared as state and federal officials restricted public gatherings and shuttered stores to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. Using wage data from the U.S. Department of Labor and working conditions surveys from O*NET, we analyzed those who are most vulnerable."

Unions: “Essential” Workers Need More Coronavirus Protection: "Union leaders, representing workers that have been deemed 'essential' as Illinois battles the coronavirus, called Monday for more protective gear to guard members against infection."

Women's History Month Profiles: Roxanne Brown: "For Women's History Month, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various women who were, and some who still are, leaders and activists working at the intersection of civil and labor rights. Today, we are looking at Roxanne Brown."

Fighting the Coronavirus: Making Ventilators: "Trevar Smedal is a member of Machinists (IAM) Local 1406 employed at General Electric's Datex-Ohmeda in Madison, Wisconsin. He and his co-workers are in a race against the clock to produce ventilators needed in the worldwide fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the video to hear Trevar's story."

Put Workers First: In the States Roundup: "It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states."

Women's History Month Profiles: Jessie Lopez de la Cruz: "For Women's History Month, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various women who were, and some who still are, leaders and activists working at the intersection of civil and labor rights. Today, we are looking at Jessie Lopez de la Cruz."

Talking About COVID-19: 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."

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 03/31/2020 - 11:27

Coping with Coronavirus: Labor Podcast and Radio Roundup

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 09:48
Coping with Coronavirus: 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.

The Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, and Chris Garlock have launched a new show, the Labor Radio/Podcast Weekly, which includes clips from various radio shows and podcasts that talk about labor, unions and working people's issues. If you are interested in getting your clips onto the show, contact cgarlock@dclabor.org for more details.

Building Bridges: "Nurses Blast Government and Hospital Readiness for Coronavirus," with Deborah Burger, practicing nurse, co-president of National Nurses United (NNU) and president of the California Nurses Association. 

CTU Speaks!: Co-hosts Andrea Parker and Jim Staros speak with Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) officers, President Jesse Sharkey and Vice President Stacy Davis Gates, about the COVID-19 pandemic and its far-reaching impact on schools, the union, the city and the world. Then they interview Emily Hecht, the CTU delegate at Vaughn Occupational High School about how the school community is responding to the urgent needs of students and parents.

Heartland Labor Forum: Talking with members of the League of Women Voters about their 10 recommendations for assuring that tax giveaways actually serve the public good, not private greed.

Labor History Today: Talking to Kurt Stand about his last days of work before the COVID-19 shutdown, Carl Goldman about the 1913 textile strike in Haldeon, New Jersey, and Jessica Pauszek about Tough Annie, a wealthy woman who supported working women in London during the struggle for women's suffrage.

Union City Radio: Union City Radio is aired seven days a week during the COVID-19 crisis. Recent episodes have interviewed teachers, transit workers, firefighters and hotel workers.

Union Strong: A day in history that changed workplace safety.

Willamette Wake-Up: Talking about labor and the Green New Deal with Mike Ellison and Marty Hart-Landsberg. 

Workers Beat: The show airs 9 a.m. every Saturday morning on KNON 89.3 FM in Dallas. Hosted by Gene Lantz.

Your Rights At Work: Helping D.C. workers cope with COVID-19 and discussing whether or not the stimulus bill is good news for America's workers.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 03/31/2020 - 10:48

Tags: Podcast

Women's History Month Profiles: Roxanne Brown

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 10:03
Women's History Month Profiles: Roxanne Brown AFL-CIO

For Women's History Month, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various women who were, and some who still are, leaders and activists working at the intersection of civil and labor rights. Today, we are looking at Roxanne Brown.

Roxanne Brown currently serves as international vice president at large for the United Steelworkers (USW). She has served USW's membership for more than two decades.

During her career, she has helped advance legislation to strengthen U.S. defense procurement laws and shape environmental policies to benefit USW members with jobs. She helped build bridges between USW members and the Environmental Protection Agency to achieve mutually beneficial goals. She worked to rally 20,000 people to protect the steel industry from foreign dumping.

She was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in New York. Through the And Still I Rise program, Brown wrote about her work. Here are some key excerpts.

On the challenges of moving to clean energy:

Much of the work that we’re trying to do is to help design good, sensible and reasonable clean energy policies that take my members into account on the industrial side, and in the building and construction trades. We want to ensure that all of us play a role in this new, emerging economy.

On the gender wage gap:

We have to create that equality across the board. Every wage gap that exists is money that’s leaving the pockets of women all over the country. I grew up in a single-family household. My mom was a single mom. Every penny counts when you’re a single mom. The labor movement understands that. This is why wage equality has been one of its biggest fights.

On how she got into union work:

I grew up around unions, but didn’t know what they were. I’m from Jamaica. My family settled in New York. The women in my family worked in healthcare and food services. An aunt who worked for the county hospital was a member of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA). She would take me to union picnics and union parties, but I had no idea what CSEA was. I just thought it was the hospital party. That was my very first experience with unions. I started with the Steelworkers when I was 19 years old. 

On why she loves her fellow union members:

My very first day with the Steelworkers, I met a group of legislative interns who were members. That is when I fell in love with my union, because I fell in love with our members. They were nontraditional and diverse. They were from all walks of life. We’re the largest union in the paper sector; the oil sector; chemicals and rubber; and the auto industry. We actually have more people working in the auto industry than the United Auto Workers because our members make the components for automobiles—steel, aluminum, seats, glass and tires—literally everything.

On diversity in the labor movement:

It is very helpful for the future and growth of our union for our members to be more comfortable with diversity, particularly as more and more public sector workers are organized and we get more nurses, bus drivers, and cab drivers in the fold. For our union to fully move into the 21st century, it needs to be inclusive. I’m part of us moving in that direction.

On the purpose of unions:

I want young people, people of color, immigrants, and women to know that unions are about power. They are about economic power. They are about educational power—because those wages allow people to send their kids to school. They are about financial power for the future, because a lot of these union jobs have very strong retirement benefits associated with them.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 03/30/2020 - 11:03

Fighting the Coronavirus: Making Ventilators

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:37
Fighting the Coronavirus: Making Ventilators

Trevar Smedal is a member of Machinists (IAM) Local 1406 employed at General Electric's Datex-Ohmeda in Madison, Wisconsin. He and his co-workers are in a race against the clock to produce ventilators needed in the worldwide fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the video to hear Trevar's story.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:37

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Put Workers First: In the States Roundup

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 08:03
Put Workers First: 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.

Find state-by-state COVID19-related resources here.

Alaska AFL-CIO:

Here’s what we are watching today as part of our #AtHomeAction.#akleg #akgov pic.twitter.com/PLARNXmQnU

— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) March 24, 2020

Arizona AFL-CIO:

Our @afscme2384 Brothers and Sisters need Personal Protective Equiptment (PPE’s) to SAFELY do their jobs! @MayorGallego @CityofPhoenixAZ @PHXDistrict5 @PhxDistrict8 @Pastor4Council @PhxDistrict7 https://t.co/eXU1DPpU1T

— Arizona AFL-CIO (@ArizonaAFLCIO) March 23, 2020

Arkansas AFL-CIO:

Please call your Senators and ask that they put workers FIRST. Workers are keeping this nation together right now. Workers MUST stick together. #1u #ARLabor #ARUnions https://t.co/hKTYwa3eO6

— Arkansas AFL-CIO (@ArkansasAFLCIO) March 23, 2020

California Labor Federation:

.@Uber's proposal drew sharp criticism from labor unions. “A ‘third way’ is just a euphemism for creating a new underclass of workers with fewer rights and protections,” said @ArtPulaski executive secretary-treasurer of the California Labor Federation https://t.co/TBauHtnKBs

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

Colorado AFL-CIO:

With the freedom to join a union, public service workers have the voice on the job they need to advocate for better resources & training to respond to #Covid_19. Call your Representative @ 1-877-682-6145 & tell them to support the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act #PSFN

— Colorado AFL-CIO (@AFLCIOCO) March 12, 2020

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

The #COVID19 pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of our worker protection and health care systems. Contact the Governor and your legislators to urge them to ensure the health and economic security of all working people in Connecticut: https://t.co/KhyvtS14Wi pic.twitter.com/3IbNEXxMq9

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) March 23, 2020

Florida AFL-CIO:

The current administration has quietly pushed for rules making it harder for public sector unions during the pandemic.

There’s nothing more disgusting than union busting, especially during a crisis!https://t.co/ZL4R9lfIXr

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

Georgia AFL-CIO:

.@BrianKempGA grocery store, pharmacy, and food production workers ARE emergency service providers. Include us in your emergency declaration so we can keep on feeding America during this crisis. Send a message to Gov Kemp & share this link: https://t.co/8Sal2ukE8r #1u #gapol

— AFL-CIO Georgia (@AFLCIOGeorgia) March 25, 2020

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

Using power and privilege to exploit the weak and vulnerable in the face of a common threat is morally repugnant. #1u #coronavirus https://t.co/SMUUbQ41Tz

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

Maine AFL-CIO:

How many will die before @GDBIW & the @USNavy begin taking the #COVID19 crisis seriously?

Tell Assistant Navy Secretary James Geurts, GD CEO Phebe Novakovic, BIW President Dirk Lesko & BIW VP @jonfitz207 to protect workers & the public! https://t.co/Q7rlmQRdmz #mepolitics

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) March 24, 2020

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

A message from President Steve Tolman regarding the working people's priorities during COVID-19 response efforts: https://t.co/jYlMqrMdlk

(1/x) #mapoli #1u pic.twitter.com/tYJVFgq9BJ

— Massachusetts AFL-CIO (@massaflcio) March 24, 2020

Metropolitan Washington (D.C.) Council, AFL-CIO:

“It’s very bad”: DC hotel workers cope with COVID-19 - Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO https://t.co/wlHcfAkOTC

— MetroDCLaborCouncil (@DCLabor) March 25, 2020

Michigan AFL-CIO:

Please help our brothers and sisters fighting on the frontlines to #stopthespread. If you have any of these critical materials, please ship or drop them to the regional emergency management coalition site that’s closest to you: https://t.co/WUENUtfiML #coronavirus #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/5hcy3OTCor

— Michigan AFL-CIO (@MIAFLCIO) March 23, 2020

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

With N-95 collection drive, @mnnurses gear up for challenge ahead https://t.co/6L3GqqUMU8 (via @unionadvocate) #1u #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/meufG4X1ZS

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

Missouri AFL-CIO:

🚨 Gov. Parson continues to drag his feet on decisive action that will help workers and protect our communities. Working families across Missouri are hurting during this crisis. We need Governor Parson to lead. We need you to take action now! ✊ https://t.co/xCUUjR7fRk

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

Montana AFL-CIO:

It took a pandemic for the world to realize how grossly irresponsible billion-dollar corporations like @McDonalds are by not giving their workers paid sick leave. https://t.co/xTo9FCDpAb

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

Nebraska State AFL-CIO:

While public health officials work to limit the spread of the #coronavirus (#COVID19), we're asking for your help with another potential public health issue: a severe shortage of blood for patients. Healthy donors are urged to make an appt w/ the @RedCross https://t.co/rLmGbhXoBn pic.twitter.com/ulyUTEVMnT

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

New Jersey State AFL-CIO:

Today the State Senate passed over two dozen bills to assist residents, workers and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Of particular interest to the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its members are bills assisting workers. https://t.co/l3ebOseoit

— New Jersey AFL-CIO (@NJAFLCIO) March 19, 2020

New York State AFL-CIO:

Learn more about the #COVID19 relief available to workers at https://t.co/mLU3X9pTLC

Stay safe, Stay #UnionStrong! pic.twitter.com/nKrqqQZkbc

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) March 20, 2020

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

ICYMI: the House Select Committee on #COVID19 wants your input on how they should act during this unprecedented time. Public comment portal here: https://t.co/jEs7DBp5KQ #ncpol #ncga

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) March 25, 2020

North Dakota AFL-CIO:

Call 1-866-832-1560 and Tell @SenJohnHoeven and @SenKevinCramer to put working people like us first, not big business and the 1%. Now is not the time for crony capitalism.#1u #ndpol #aflcio pic.twitter.com/mXBgFiUKRh

— North Dakota AFL-CIO (@NDAFLCIO) March 22, 2020

Ohio AFL-CIO:

That’s our Senator! Always and forever standing up for working people. https://t.co/vLAZOW4byh

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) March 25, 2020

Oregon AFL-CIO:

.@OregonGovBrown issued an executive order today urging Oregonians to stay home. Here's 4 ways you can help fight #COVID19 and protect workers while social distancing: https://t.co/pRPcIOWXft@AFLCIO #1u #UnionStrong

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) March 23, 2020

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

We want protective equipment and hazard pay, because our co-pays are so high.- @Teamsters Local 249 #COVID19 @AlleghenyLabor https://t.co/MJoyeMvjeE

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

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

Visit our website for Coronavirus COVID-19 resources.https://t.co/DPfzhJxBNj#1U #coronavirus #COVID19

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) March 19, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO:

"There’s so much we could have done, and should have done, that would have made our ability to respond so much more effective. There’s nothing inevitable about what’s happening right now; we’ve been warning the state about this for years.” - @RickTxAFLCIO https://t.co/ZsBqzyEgxa

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

Virginia AFL-CIO:

#SocialDistancing is not social isolation.
Safe activities:
🌻Yard work
🎲Family game night
🚶‍♀️Going on a walk
📲Calling or texting a friend or older neighbor
🍝Cooking a meal
💻Virtual trivia nights
📕Reading a good book
🎮Playing video games
📺Streaming a show#COVID19VA pic.twitter.com/lvrKmyA2Ns

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) March 25, 2020

Washington State Labor Council:

Get the latest information on how to apply for unemployment benefits in Washington state, including eligibility for workers temporarily laid off due to the governor's "stay home" order. @ESDwaWorks https://t.co/VWKo4Z3yvT

— WA State AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) March 25, 2020

West Virginia AFL-CIO:

1/2 Members of IUPAT District 53 (construction trades) are gathering N95 Respirators & protective suits, distributing to local healthcare/nursing home facilities. This load of 75 masks/150 suits headed to facilities in Parkersburg area. Keep up good work, stay safe👊! #wvpol pic.twitter.com/i3BX9EFXZX

— West Virginia AFLCIO (@WestVirginiaAFL) March 23, 2020

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Evers Administration Issues 'Stay-At-Home' Order For Wisconsin, https://t.co/Qn9ptxJczh

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) March 25, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 03/26/2020 - 09:03

Women's History Month Profiles: Jessie Lopez de la Cruz

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:03
Women's History Month Profiles: Jessie Lopez de la Cruz AFL-CIO

For Women's History Month, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various women who were, and some who still are, leaders and activists working at the intersection of civil and labor rights. Today, we are looking at Jessie Lopez de la Cruz.

In 1919, Jessie Lopez was born in Anaheim, California. Her family was poor enough that she began working in fruit and vegetable fields at five. Her family soon began working as migrant farmworkers, and they were hit hard by the Great Depression. 

While working in San Juan Capistrano in 1932, Jessie was asked to help translate during a strike of Mexican workers, as she had the best English of the workers, who were mostly Mexican. In 1938, she married another farmworker, Arnold de la Cruz, and they went on to have six children.

She continued as a farmworker for decades before becoming inspired to start organizing workers. She wouldn't become an organizer until she was in her 40s. Her husband, Arnold, began working with César Chávez and the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) in 1965. Meetings were held in the couple's home, and soon Jessie began to volunteer as well.

After the NFWA became the United Farm Workers (UFW), Jessie became the top recruiter in the union. She led or participated in a variety of actions, such as picketing stores, to advocate for the safety of Mexican American workers and against employer corruption and abuse. 

UFW established its first hiring hall in 1968 and Jessie became the manager. Her tireless efforts led her to even more exposure and activity in organizations like the Fresno County Economic Opportunity Commission, Central California Action Associates, California's Commission on the Status of Women.

Jessie worked to improve UFW as well. Her advocacy led the union to expand opportunities for women in leadership positions, despite strong opposition.

She retired from UFW in 1993 and spent her retirement working with California Rural Legal Assistance and her local Catholic charity. After she died in 2013, her biography was adapted into a television miniseries.

Watch a video with more about the story of Jessie Lopez de la Cruz:

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:03

Talking About COVID-19: Labor Podcast and Radio Roundup

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 08:10
Talking About COVID-19: 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.

America’s Work Force: The Benefits of Mechanical Insulation: Insulators Union Labor Management Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini talking about the benefits mechanical insulation offers to mechanical systems and the companies where it is properly installed and maintained.

Belabored Podcast #193: Work in the Time of Coronavirus: As the coronavirus spreads across the world, we discuss what it means for workers in health care, the gig economy and other front-line industries.

Building Bridges: What Is to Be Done: Forging a systemic response to address the health and economic crisis of the pandemic, with Dean Baker, senior economist and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Heartland Labor Forum: It's been 55 years since Selma: How far have we come? Also updates on how the pandemic is affecting Kansas City workers.

IAFF Podcast: Managing Your Retirement Accounts in the Era of COVID-19: "IAFF [Fire Fighters] Financial Corp Chief Financial Officer Carrie Tucker sits down with Mark and Doug to discuss the recent stock market volatility, how it is affecting retirement accounts and what firefighters should be doing during this unprecedented time."

Labor History Today: The Great Postal Strike, Watergate and “Casey Jones, the Union Scab.”

Labor Live@5 (D.C.): A D.C.-based women's social justice a cappella group, SongRise, encourages perseverance, raises awareness, breaks down barriers, touches hearts and inspires action through song. 

State of the Unions: A discussion with Matt Morrison, executive director of Working America, about how the affiliate union is mobilizing millions of workers from all demographics who otherwise lack representation at work.

UCOMM: Understanding the NFLPA Contract Battle: Plus, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) on the PRO Act, teachers fight for more funding and more.

Union City Radio: Resources to help survive the economic impact of coronavirus.

Union Strong: COVID-19 relief for working people.

Willamette Wake-Up: The crisis in private sector pensions with Don McIntosh.

WorkWeek: The San Francisco housing and homeless crisis with San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston, port safety with ILWU Local 10 President Trent Willis and more. 

You Are the Current Resident (NALC): A discussion with Executive Vice President Brian Renfroe and Mark Sims, COVID-19 updates and more.

Your Rights At Work (D.C.): The latest on workers and the coronavirus.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 03/24/2020 - 09:10

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