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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Bloomingdale: ‘We Must Not Be Satisfied by Platitudes and Cosmetic Change’

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 10:20
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Bloomingdale: ‘We Must Not Be Satisfied by Platitudes and Cosmetic Change’

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

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale (AFT) issued a statement on Monday in reaction to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man who was shot in the back in Kenosha:

“We were shocked by yet another police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha. Video shows a Kenosha police officer shooting Jacob Blake multiple times in the back at point blank range as he tried to get into his car. The horror was magnified by the presence of Mr. Blake’s young children in the vehicle. This is a shameful day for Kenosha, Wisconsin, and our nation.

“The Wisconsin AFL-CIO extends deepest sympathy to Mr. Blake and his family and hope for his quick and complete recovery. Black Lives Matter. The time is long overdue to address systemic racism and police violence against communities of color.

“In this unprecedented time in America, we must not be satisfied with platitudes and cosmetic change. We must take a hard look at the factors that have led to Black people unjustly facing violence at the hands of those charged with protecting us and take meaningful steps to address them.”

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/27/2020 - 11:20

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: St. Paul Regional Labor Federation Holds Jobs and Resource Fair

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 09:20
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: St. Paul Regional Labor Federation Holds Jobs and Resource Fair

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

The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, led by President Kera Peterson (IAM), held a job and resource fair to connect displaced workers with good union jobs in industries like construction, manufacturing, public schools, health care, hospitality, retail and public services. In addition to connecting job seekers with union jobs, the labor council has held information sessions on local and national union history and the advantages of union membership.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 08/26/2020 - 10:20

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: SAG-AFTRA Keeps Members Educated About Safe Reopening

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 08:24
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: SAG-AFTRA Keeps Members Educated About Safe Reopening

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

SAG-AFTRA hosted a livestream event this month on the return to work in the entertainment industry. The presentation comes when productions around the country either are preparing to reopen or already have done so. In her opening remarks, President Gabrielle Carteris said, “It’s really important that [members] are empowered and understand what’s taking place so you can decide if you feel safe enough to go back to work.” The event highlighted the work SAG-AFTRA has done with their employers and other unions to ensure workers in the entertainment sector can return to work as safely as possible.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 08/25/2020 - 09:24

Tags: Community Service, COVID-19

#SaveThePostOffice: In the States Roundup

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 14:56
#SaveThePostOffice: 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.

Alaska State AFL-CIO:

Union women know how important it is to vote—we vote on Election Day and in our unions, too. #100YearsOfVoting https://t.co/cdf2fKCfxf pic.twitter.com/0rldJ4bSw4

— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) August 18, 2020

Arizona AFL-CIO:

#SaveUSPS #usmailnotforsale #SaveThePostOfficeSaturday #saveourpostoffice https://t.co/rj6jQ1F9aB

— Arizona AFL-CIO (@ArizonaAFLCIO) August 24, 2020

California Labor Federation:

Having a #union on the job can be life-changing. It's still the surest path to economic security that exists. Precisely why the future must be #UnionStrong https://t.co/lmxHKH3BLZ

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

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

Postal workers & mail carriers are rallying outside the Bishops Corner Post Office this morning to #SaveThePostOffice! @AFLCIO #1u pic.twitter.com/hZJg0UeX0c

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) August 25, 2020

Florida AFL-CIO:

The United States Postal Service is one of America’s most trusted institutions. Union leaders are calling for funding for this vital service.https://t.co/DK3VhyYLC6

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

Georgia State AFL-CIO:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Lucy Stone, Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Maria W. Stewart. Let’s honor their work and make sure our voices are heard this November! #100YearsOfVoting pic.twitter.com/QLelPx5rQE

— Georgia AFL-CIO (@AFLCIOGeorgia) August 18, 2020

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

The USPS is one of America’s greatest institutions. It connects people across the country—urban, suburban, rural.

It’s a beloved & effective agency because of dedicated public servants who work for it. These are quality jobs that support working families. #SaveThePostOffice pic.twitter.com/J5S9pcLKkC

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

Iowa Federation of Labor:

Our #SaveThePostOffice Day of Action demands:
$25B in relief funding 💰
Reverse service cuts ⛔ ✂
Proper staffing for full delivery 📬
Join us! https://t.co/4a07R0DaBq

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) August 25, 2020

Kentucky State AFL-CIO:

“TARC workers protest, demand hazard pay

A group, including US Senate candidate @AmyMcGrathky, held a protest at TARC headquarters Thursday.”https://t.co/m2q2SgUFaN

— Kentucky AFL-CIO (@aflcioky) August 14, 2020

Maine AFL-CIO:

Fortunately, @SaraGideon will vote to repeal @SenatorCollins' disastrous mandate that is bankrupting the Postal Service. #mepolitics #RetireCollins #VoteGideon #SaveTheUSPS pic.twitter.com/OrAH7WSZG1

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) August 18, 2020

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

We stand with @massteacher @AFTMass educators all across state to reopen #OnlyWhenItsSafe. pic.twitter.com/zUQwjET4Mc

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

Michigan State AFL-CIO:

REQUEST YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT TODAY!!!https://t.co/wt8cWr2ITc

— Michigan AFL-CIO 😷 (@MIAFLCIO) August 20, 2020

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

70 Days until Election Day, 24 Days until early voting begins in Minnesota. Learn how to vote early by mail at https://t.co/RNagT5Xy1s #1u #Labor2020 #MNVotes pic.twitter.com/rG1uAI34kx

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

Missouri AFL-CIO:

🇺🇸 @nicolergalloway has released her first TV commercial today. We need a Governor that shows urgency to fight back against the coronavirus. Nicole will be that Governor. Governor Parson has proved he is not up to the task. https://t.co/saj4jOt6Gi

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

Montana State AFL-CIO:

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

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

Nevada State AFL-CIO:

🚨We're sounding the alarm! @APWUnational needs your help #SaveTheUSPS, demand Congress #FundTheUSPS. https://t.co/zUoavRWPSq

— Nevada State AFL-CIO (@NVAFLCIO) August 19, 2020

New Jersey State AFL-CIO:

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO urges all members to know the facts about a VBM election. https://t.co/GVDRY45EOy

— New Jersey AFL-CIO (@NJAFLCIO) August 25, 2020

New Mexico Federation of Labor:

Union women know how important it is to vote—we vote on Election Day and in our unions, too. #100YearsOfVoting https://t.co/69iH8oA4j9 @NMDEMS @AFLCIO

— NMFL (@NMFLaflcio) August 18, 2020

New York State AFL-CIO:

Listen to the full episode at https://t.co/DegEqE5Bv9

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) August 25, 2020

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

"What workers need are presidential leadership and the passage of the #HEROESAct.” @marybemcmillan on President Trump’s Food Line Photo Op in Mills River https://t.co/uWpRvYBTIv via @ncstateaflcio #RNCConvention2020 #ncpol #1u

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) August 24, 2020

Ohio AFL-CIO:

Thanks @KingJames for speaking up for your fellow #Union Sisters, Brothers and all your siblings working hard to keep Akron moving. https://t.co/vmBQVZiDiz

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) August 23, 2020

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Today marks the 100 year anniversary of Women's Right to Vote!

One of our own, Cassandra Hammond from LiUNA 107, will be speaking in a Roundtable to celebrate Women's Right to Vote and discuss working women's issues.

Tonight at 5:30pm https://t.co/iFchL8vIHx

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

Oregon AFL-CIO:

The Oregon Cares Fund provides cash grants to Black individuals, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led non-profit organizations who have experienced financial adversity due to COVID-19. Read more here: https://t.co/CX3DDroDeX

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

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

We must vote, and do it early. Our sisters and brothers of the #USPS are doing their part to protect your vote. Make yourself heard and VOTE EARLY. #VoteByMail #DemConvention2020

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) August 21, 2020

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

#1U #APWU @aflcio #USPS #USPSisEssential https://t.co/b4z3greHL7

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) August 25, 2020

Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council:

Done quietly at the end of last week, this will have chilling effects on Tennesseans' First Amendment AND voting rights. A cruel and unnecessary piece of legislation signed by a governor who isn't even willing to meet with his constituents.https://t.co/S5Zrc94KlV

— Tennessee AFL-CIO (@tnaflcio) August 24, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO:

The City of Houston should not use irresponsible contractors on their public projects. @houmayor @AirportsHouston @houstonzoo #ExploitationFreeZones

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

Virginia AFL-CIO:

Currently: Delegates are learning about voter registration in Virginia and becoming certified to register members to vote. Thanks @vaELECT ! We are learning so much! pic.twitter.com/RAiQqpILe7

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) August 21, 2020

Washington State Labor Council:

When the so-called "Freedom Foundation" isn't busy attacking unions and advocating for lower wages, they are undermining public health during a pandemic. This garbage jeopardizes lives! Despicable.

Stay masked up, Washington, so we can open up! 😷👍 https://t.co/mgYXdfUhf2

— Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) August 21, 2020

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Candlelight vigil remembers Wisconsinites lost to COVID-19 https://t.co/tyztYFQ8Fc

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) August 24, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 08/24/2020 - 15:56

It's Always the Right Time to Do the Right Thing: The Working People Weekly List

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 11:04
It's Always the Right Time to Do the Right Thing: The Working People Weekly List

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

From the Front Lines: Britney's Story: "'It’s always the right time to do the right thing.' My union leader, William Voltz, always says that Martin Luther King Jr. quote. My name is Britney Andrews. I am a union shop steward with UNITE HERE Local 23 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before the coronavirus forced me out of work, I had been a bartender at Phillips Famous Seafood at the Charlotte airport for three years."

AFSA Hosts Town Hall on Strategies to Reopen Schools: "Last week, members of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) participated in an 'Ask Ernie' online town hall with President Ernest Logan. The event focused on sharing strategies on the issue of reopening schools."

Labor Movement in Milwaukee Holds Food Drive, Calls Out Johnson for Opposing the HEROES Act: "The Milwaukee Area Labor Council, led by President Pam Fendt (LIUNA), held a 'Be a Hero' food drive yesterday. For the past week, union members have been pledging to donate food to support families in need."

Save the Post Office: 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."

Iowa’s Labor Movement Responds to Devastating Wind Storm in Cedar Rapids: "A wind storm that hit the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area last week with hurricane-force winds has left tens of thousands of people without shelter and electricityTent cities have popped up in neighborhoods due to widespread damage to the roofs of homes and apartment complexes."

Bloomingdale Sends Support to Organizing Workers at Milwaukee Art Museum: "On Aug. 7, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale (AFT) sent a letter of solidarity and support to 150 workers at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) who are seeking union representation with Machinists (IAM) Local Lodge 66."

Are You Ready to Vote?: "One hundred years ago today, after a seven-decade campaign, the 19th Amendment gave the vote to millions of women across the United States. And although achieving women’s suffrage in 1920 was a major victory, it was another 45 years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 eliminated voting barriers for women of color."

ATU and Kentucky AFL-CIO Rally for Hazard Pay, Workplace Safety in Louisville: "Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1447 protested Thursday outside Transit Authority of River City (TARC) offices in Louisville, Kentucky, to call for hazard pay and stronger safety measures to protect members during the COVID-19 pandemic."

The Strength and Solidarity of Our Membership: Worker Wins: "Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with a series of wins in Maine and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life."

NATCA Members Deliver Thanks to Hospital Staff Who Saved One of Their Own from COVID-19: "When Chelsea Corcoran, a member of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) in Houston, Texas, fell severely ill with COVID-19, the staff at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital did everything they could to save her life and the lives of the twins she was carrying."

South Carolina’s Labor Movement Comes Together to Provide Food Relief to Families in Need: "Members of the Charleston Central Labor Council, the South Carolina AFL-CIO, the Greater Charleston chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute and their community allies teamed up last Thursday to provide food relief for some dozens of union families in the Charleston, South Carolina, area."

Washington State Labor Council Launches First-of-Its-Kind Naturalization Legal Aid Program: "The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) is launching a program to offer legal aid to permanent residents seeking naturalization. The program will prioritize union members, helping members obtain the resources and legal aid needed to become citizens."

New Jersey Unions Distribute 2,000 Food Kits to Unemployed Workers During Heavy Rain: "Driving rain and thunder couldn’t stop New Jersey’s working people from helping out Atlantic City families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO, in connection with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, distributed more than 2,000 food kits to laid-off union members and their families."

Working People Demand Action: In the States Roundup: "It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states."

Economy Gains 1.8 Million Jobs in June; Unemployment Declines to 10.2%: "The U.S. economy gained 1.8 million jobs in July, and the unemployment rate declined to 10.2%, according to figures released Friday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The improvements reflect the continued resumption of economic activity that previously was curtailed because of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Activision Blizzard Game Workers Take Collective Action to Reduce Pay Inequities: "Employees of video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. are comparing their salaries after an internal company survey revealed that more than half of the company’s workers were unhappy with their pay. Activision Blizzard had promised pay increases after conducting a pay equity study, but many game workers have expressed frustration about the raises provided."

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 08/24/2020 - 12:04

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: AFSA Hosts Town Hall on Strategies to Reopen Schools

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 10:04
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: AFSA Hosts Town Hall on Strategies to Reopen Schools

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

Last week, members of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) participated in an “Ask Ernie” online town hall with President Ernest Logan. The event focused on sharing strategies on the issue of reopening schools. Logan said that safety and the mental health needs of students must be the highest priorities. “This is an opportunity for us to really talk about how we transform and be transformative, and what education looks like in the future,” he explained. “We need to talk about what it is that we need to do for our children, so that we’re able to allow them to be productive citizens going forward that can take part in the real cultural and civic life they should have.”

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 08/24/2020 - 11:04

Tags: Community Service, COVID-19

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Labor Movement in Milwaukee Holds Food Drive, Calls Out Johnson for Opposing the HEROES Act

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 07:59
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Labor Movement in Milwaukee Holds Food Drive, Calls Out Johnson for Opposing the HEROES Act

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

The Milwaukee Area Labor Council, led by President Pam Fendt (LIUNA), held a Be a Hero” food drive yesterday. For the past week, union members have been pledging to donate food to support families in need. For each donation pledge, the Milwaukee Area Labor Council tweeted at U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, letting him know working people in Wisconsin were standing up for each other, since he took a vacation instead of standing up for families and passing the HEROES Act. Yesterday, all of the union members who made a pledge stopped by the Milwaukee Area Labor Council parking lot to donate their food and to support families in need.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 08/21/2020 - 08:59

Tags: Community Service, COVID-19

From the Front Lines: Britney's Story

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 15:00
From the Front Lines: Britney's Story

“It’s always the right time to do the right thing.” My union leader, William Voltz, always says that Martin Luther King Jr. quote.

My name is Britney Andrews. I am a union shop steward with UNITE HERE Local 23 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before the coronavirus forced me out of work, I had been a bartender at Phillips Famous Seafood at the Charlotte airport for three years.

On Aug. 11, 2020, my union, ally organizations and I helped organize a food drive in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Charlotte as part of the nationwide action to call on senators to extend the $600 for unemployment insurance. Also, I was one of the 6,000 people fasting that day as part of the Virtual #FastAction. While that day was a long and rough one, it was transformative. I am inspired that over 6,000 fasters participated in the virtual event. The whole action really made me think about what my own neighbors may be going through that I don’t know about. It opened my eyes to a bigger picture. If I could do that action every week, I would. I felt like I was making a difference, even though I’m just one person.

We gave out food and gift cards in front of Tillis’ office to demonstrate the need that is in the community. And to remind Tillis that “It’s always the right time to do the right thing.”

The people we gave food to said “thank you” and “it’s greatly appreciated.” In fact, at one point a public transit bus that came by, the driver asked what we were doing, and a passenger took a bag of food. The need in Charlotte and the rest of the U.S. is real. The news doesn’t show us the real problems in the world.

Fasting while giving food to others was transformative. It made me think about what my own neighbor might be going through that I don’t know about. I think it is fantastic that 6,000 people joined the fast on such short notice.

I’ve fasted for doctor’s appointments before, but hadn’t had to do it for a whole day. Just fasting for a 24-hour period, I felt like my own stomach was eating itself. It was a horrible feeling. I can’t imagine how children, or any other human being, go without food for one day, much less multiple days. You just never know what someone is going through until you’ve gone through it. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have my own child sitting there and not be able to feed him. I would feel like less of a parent.

My children didn’t quite understand that I was fasting. I have two 5-year-olds, a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old. My husband and my mom were really supportive about the fast and the action. In fact, my mom is one of those people who will purchase more than she needs, so she can give the extra to people who are in need. Before the pandemic and being furloughed from the airport, I was able to donate school supplies for kids who may not have been able to get them. Now the shoe is on the other foot and I’m the parent struggling just to make sure that I can get everything on the school supplies list.

HMS Host, the company I work for, has notified me and my co-workers that we will be permanently laid off if we are not recalled back to work by October 15. This means I would lose my seniority and recall rights. My health insurance has already been cut off for months now. If feels like HMS Host is only interested in what their workers can do for them now, and that if you can’t do anything for them now, they’re not going to take care of you. 

It's not my fault that this happened. It’s not the government’s fault that this happened, but this is why we have a government to take care of the American people when unforeseeable things do happen.

The community needs to come together. I’m talking about the union. I’m talking about my neighbors, your neighbors, that aren't in unions. I’m talking about EVERYONE! Everyone speaking up together so that our voices can be heard. Why does it have to be about politics? The United States starts with UNITED; we need to come together and stand for what’s right! It shouldn’t be about the money and dividing people. 

Thank you to all the people who participated in the fast, all those people who have been calling in to their senators, and all those taking action. I wish Senator Tillis would have a conversation with one of us. He would get a feel for what one individual person, along with thousands of others, are going through in his state and what obstacles they’ve faced that they haven’t been able to overcome. But he hasn’t answered our calls, emails or questions. None of our questions or pleas have been answered, much less resolved. While this current moment is hard, and more trying times will come, I am glad to be part of our union and to have so many people taking action with me. I don’t think I would have the perspective I do now if I hadn’t met William and joined the union. I’m not giving up on keeping my job and I’m not giving up on this fight. I just want the senators to know, “It’s always the right time to do the right thing.”

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/20/2020 - 16:00

Tags: COVID-19

Save the Post Office: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 09:50
Save the Post Office: What Working People Are Doing This Week

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

Actors' Equity:

ICYMI - We asked Equity members who have personal experience with COVID-19 to share their story living with the disease. Hear from member @bstokesmitchell and Equity Eastern Region Principal Councilor Allyson Tucker about how the disease affected their family. pic.twitter.com/YzoV5cqJHc

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) August 19, 2020

AFGE:

Union women know how important it is to vote—we vote on Election Day and in our unions, too. #100YearsOfVoting https://t.co/hxEJV35hkD

— AFGE (@AFGENational) August 18, 2020

AFSCME:

Participating in the #2020census helps determine how many resources our kids’ schools can afford — things like books, computers, facility management & upkeep. We all want children to be able to learn & grow in a safe, clean environment. https://t.co/NH7hA8LWm9 pic.twitter.com/zMelGdCBQy

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) August 18, 2020

Air Line Pilots Association:

ALPA Pilots: This Fight Is Personal—It’s Time to Speak Up!

Take action in our latest social media campaign: https://t.co/j8jPmrsHwW pic.twitter.com/lh8OrKGJB9

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) August 17, 2020

Alliance for Retired Americans:

ICYMI: Older voters in Minnesota won't have to worry about having to risk their health in order to make sure their ballot is counted. Republicans dropped their appeal to our voting rights lawsuit! https://t.co/NM3tgkIKjp pic.twitter.com/thw1Vfbtkb

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) August 18, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union:

This is why all public transit riders should be required to wear masks. https://t.co/XRtIvFX01J

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

American Federation of Musicians:

A program designed to promote music and those who make should not be taking the path of least cost and minimizing the very people and industry it promotes. #musicians #TheVoice https://t.co/mntZanvDLF

— AFM (@The_AFM) August 14, 2020

American Federation of Teachers:

"So many classrooms are quiet right now. The playgrounds are still. But if you listen closely, you can hear the sparks of change in the air." — @DrBiden #DemConvention #AFTvotes pic.twitter.com/5l0188jzp5

— AFT (@AFTunion) August 19, 2020

American Postal Workers Union:

The @usmailnot4sale campaign has a page of resources for members of the public who want to help #SaveThePostOffice https://t.co/yKtAW959gT

— APWU National (@APWUnational) August 13, 2020

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

📢🗞️APALA NEWS🗞️📢

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

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

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

The PSP is the best way to protect our jobs, keep our airlines intact, continue serving all of our communities, and have the ability to recover once the virus is contained. #ReliefNow #ExtendPSP

SENATE: 888-848-4824
HOUSE: 888-907-9365 https://t.co/CkgYK2mUh6

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) August 18, 2020

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

The threat to our public Postal Service is too great for anyone to sit on the sidelines right now.#SaveTheUSPS https://t.co/KqiNie3Gvx

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) August 15, 2020

Boilermakers:

Spread the word for our sisters and brothers at @TSSAunion and all affected. #UnionStrong https://t.co/kUj7OG1Kiz

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) August 17, 2020

Bricklayers:

✊ Solidarity with BAC Local 4 Southern California in their persistent action against 🐀 Amalfi 🐀 in Los Angeles. #NoScabs #Scabby pic.twitter.com/umE59Xzsk6

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) August 16, 2020

California School Employees Association:

This is just one example of how school staff can and should be utilized to provide one-on-one attention for students during distance learning. Classified staff are #EssentialWorkers now more than ever. https://t.co/hdWPWP1sb6

— CSEA (@CSEA_Now) August 16, 2020

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

Today, we commemorate the work of Luisa Capatillo. She launched herself as a labor leader and organizer at an agriculture workers' strike (1905) in Puerto Rico. In 1912, Capatillo was also known as the first Puerto Rican woman to wear pants in the streets of Havana. pic.twitter.com/jm9XnZZtps

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) August 19, 2020

Communications Workers of America:

We stand with @ucwcolorado demanding safety and transparency at @CUSystem @CUBoulder to make this a safe semester. https://t.co/jLpTlRuxUu

— CWA (@CWAUnion) August 17, 2020

Department for Professional Employees:

This is what happens when we come together and support each other. #SaveThePostOffice https://t.co/8FwosEbkkp

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

Electrical Workers:

Too often anti-worker politicians want to eliminate everything we worked for. They think we won't notice. The best way to hold these politicians
accountable is to vote. Register and Vote: https://t.co/kgn5QaaJLP #IBEWVotes2020

— IBEW (@IBEW) August 19, 2020

Fire Fighters:

How #firefighters stay cool while fighting fires an extreme heathttps://t.co/BRADyav7bS

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) August 19, 2020

Heat and Frost Insulators:

"Being an insulator has changed my life for the better. It has become something that I will never regret, and I love it." To hear more about what Natalie and others have to say, watch this video: https://t.co/OAo1IvGmvO

— Insulators Union 🦎 (@InsulatorsUnion) August 19, 2020

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

Multinational corporations spending money on smear campaigns rather than paying their workers? Shocking. https://t.co/p1cAfnuCqA

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) August 17, 2020

International Labor Communications Association:

Here comes another week of online meetings. Since they're inevitable, you want to put your best electronic face forward. #1u #MondayMotivaton https://t.co/JURUZCAGWo

— Labor Communications (@ILCAonline) August 10, 2020

Ironworkers:

Total of 17.3 direct jobs are created per megawatts of generation over 25-year lifetime of an offshore project. #offshorewindhttps://t.co/xr1wkwKhQI

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) August 17, 2020

Jobs With Justice:

“They are threatening us to scare drivers and make us feel less empowered."@Uber + @lyft are both billion-dollar tech giants, but when it comes to following the law and giving drivers healthcare, they are petulant little babies 👶👶 https://t.co/Oz9xLWNbCQ

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) August 19, 2020

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

Voting elevates our voices and ensures the advancement of our families and communities! Will you vote? Comment below, tell us why voting is important to you! #100YearsOfVoting #Trabajadoras@AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/fb0fSihjD3

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) August 18, 2020

Laborers:

No, You’re Not Imagining Things. Mailboxes Are Actually Being Ripped From The Ground. #SaveTheUSPSNOW https://t.co/UlDfxcNfOb

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) August 17, 2020

Longshoremen:

Meet Colby Douglas,21, Special Olympics Golf Medal Winner in swimming, who spent 136 days in hospital battling COVID-19. Colby is part of the ILA Family.His father, George Douglas is a member of ILA Local 1804-1. https://t.co/EuJZcHsm0w

— Int'l LongshoreAssoc (@ILAUnion) August 17, 2020

Machinists:

It’s National #AviationDay and airline workers are facing the worst crisis in the industry’s history. Thousands could be furloughed on October 1.

Tell your Senators to support a clean extension of the airline #PayrollSupportProgram: https://t.co/h3WVjeb4TU pic.twitter.com/uS3na3Yl93

— Machinists Union ✈️🚊🚀 (@MachinistsUnion) August 19, 2020

Metal Trades Department:

The Federal Agency designed to protect workers is trying to destroy unions and weaken labor rights - NationofChange https://t.co/jzgfReXsf5

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) August 13, 2020

Mine Workers:

.@CecilRoberts makes an impassioned plea to #SaveTheUSPS! Call your member of Congress and Senators and tell them #USMailNotForSale #1u https://t.co/L7VIGKzXQx

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) August 18, 2020

Musical Artists:

From @OPERAAmerica: How do you craft an administrative resume that draws upon your experience as a performing artist? Learn how to adapt your resume to highlight your strengths and skills in an administrative setting. Link in below for more info: https://t.co/jb7AckDHzf pic.twitter.com/QIbpepe5p6

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) August 14, 2020

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

You’ll see some familiar faces of leaders across our Union in a video that was aired as part of EAA’s virtual Spirit of Aviation Week last month. Their voices are the voices that guide members of the flying public home safely 365 days a year. https://t.co/r1R22u4qbX

— NATCA (@NATCA) August 17, 2020

National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-CWA:

COVID-19 Return to Work Safety Protocols #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/eDbkm2vu4X

— NABET-CWA (@NABETCWA) August 17, 2020

National Association of Letter Carriers:

#HeroesDelivering for America! In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Postal Service is providing an essential service, and letter carriers are delivering critical goods to those in need. pic.twitter.com/WpT2vW3cSa

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) August 18, 2020

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

#HappeningNow! Caravan of excluded workers in Long Island demand @NYGovCuomo and the #LongIslandSix lead equitably and end the exclusion of NY’s immigrant workers! Will @KevinThomasNY @ToddKaminsky get behind the bill to #FundExcludedWorkers?? #YNosotrosQue pic.twitter.com/hPQf5JGCUR

— NDLON (@NDLON) August 19, 2020

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

“My eyes were watery, my face was covered in ash.” — Rosa, a California house cleaner who was on the frontlines of the Getty fire recovery efforts without PPE or health care protections.

She wants to pass #SB1257 and ensure workplace safety for all! https://t.co/6uYYGFCxxq

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) August 18, 2020

National Nurses United:

A message from @AFLCIO President Richard Trumka to RNs at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC as they begin to vote to form a union in the midst of #COVID19:

"Unions are meant for moments just like this one. Nothing is stronger than solidarity." #1u pic.twitter.com/dNHHqhG8nq

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) August 19, 2020

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

🚖 ✊🏾🚖 ✊🏾 https://t.co/K9NncwMXnZ

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

NFL Players Association:

#AthleteAnd Advocates – The time is now. Register to vote. Make your voice heard.

Players: you can check if you're registered and get access to your state's voting info here: https://t.co/LrVnWVyc5O https://t.co/EEkfuDUEoC

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) August 17, 2020

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Hear directly from #BuildingTrades members about why joining a union can change your LIFE.

(via @NYCBldgTrades)

Full Video: https://t.co/rrH9J1acNt pic.twitter.com/rmwwi3AUVb

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) August 18, 2020

Office and Professional Employees:

We owe it to those who came before us & those who'll come after us to not only exercise our hard-fought right to vote—but to take seriously the duty to vote for candidates who defend the rights of those whose livelihoods & liberties are being trampled on.#100YearsOfVoting

— OPEIU (@OPEIU) August 18, 2020

Painters and Allied Trades:

Senator @KamalaHarris has a 100% lifetime @AFLCIO voting scorecard.

Our union is working hard to defeat the lifelong union buster in the White House and is excited to get her and @JoeBiden elected in November.

— IUPAT (@GoIUPAT) August 12, 2020

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

“The right to collective bargaining is key to solving the crisis of economic inequality. ... The importance of unions has been even further heightened by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the national protests around racial justice.” @EconomicPolicy https://t.co/OreBmWjVMO

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) August 19, 2020

Pride@Work:

Congress has failed to deliver ANY relief to millions of immigrant workers who’ve been on the front lines but thus far excluded from government support. The House took action. @SenMajLdr, when will the Senate? #FundExcludedWorkers

— Pride at Work (@PrideatWork) July 16, 2020

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

It's National Aviation Day! PASS members at FAA & DoD know aviation is more than airplanes/airports. Equipment, radar, certification, mapping & more! Our members protect world's largest, safest, most complex air traffic control system. #NationalAviationDay #publicservice pic.twitter.com/N8FGWwAali

— PASS (@PASSNational) August 19, 2020

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

Essential workers - mostly Black and Latinx - are still not protected from #COVID19. As cases are rising to new heights across the country, New York must #ProtectNYHeroes and prevent a second wave.

Tell your state legislators to #ProtectNYHeroes: https://t.co/lmU4GGrNy9 pic.twitter.com/jxVBeIBlb9

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) August 19, 2020

SAG-AFTRA:

A Conversation with U.S. Representative @RepJudyChu (D-CA) (Replay)https://t.co/XSv2KWg3Wl

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) August 13, 2020

Solidarity Center:

483 aid workers were killed, kidnapped or wounded in 2019, the highest number since 1997. Health workers made up more than 40% of the fatalities—higher than any previous year recorded.https://t.co/0m7be6Oi4V

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) August 18, 2020

TCU/IAM:

Congress must act to #SaveTransit. Without $32 billion in emergency funding, our transit systems could face irreversible harm, the consequences of which will impact working families, essential employees & our economy.https://t.co/QenXyQaLqa pic.twitter.com/IedZkWvgA3

— Transportation Communications Union/IAM (@TCUnionHQ) August 11, 2020

The NewsGuild-CWA:

Hedge fund owners are systematically destroying #localnews—this can't stand. We need Federal support to protect newsrooms and jobs. Write your senators to help #SaveTheNews. https://t.co/xWtqIb7Q17

— NewsGuild-CWA (@newsguild) August 18, 2020

Theatrical Stage Employees:

IATSE Local 600 Southern Young Workers were in attendance at the Stone Mountain protests Saturday to take a stand against racism. #UnionProud #UnionStrong pic.twitter.com/FpDje3PZVw

— IATSE (@IATSE) August 18, 2020

Transport Workers Union:

This year – more than ever – we must support our aviation workers on the frontlines of #COVID19 Please send a letter to Congress today, urging them to renew the #CARESAct and pass a clean extension of the #PSP thru 3/31/21 #NationalAviationDayhttps://t.co/AxAUELYotR pic.twitter.com/lCfmSC9xVI

— TWU (@transportworker) August 19, 2020

Transportation Trades Department:

Although achieving women’s suffrage in 1920 was a major victory, it was another 45 years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 eliminated voting barriers for women of color. #100YearsOfVoting https://t.co/FUfqVBhPcq pic.twitter.com/MwoZLo1Tp7

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

UAW:

“We have to help our members, their families and our friends understand what the candidates stand for and how they will help UAW members, working Americans and their families. That has always been a strong part of the UAW’s mission." https://t.co/1csH95ItuH

— UAW (@UAW) August 19, 2020

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

Uber, Lyft Must Convert Drivers Into Employees, Judge Rules - Bloomberg https://t.co/3cksjxixch

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) August 11, 2020

Union Veterans Council:

Vets Pay Price as Attacks Mount on the USPS.

Veterans have fought to preserve democracy and freedom -- the postal service and our voting rights are key parts of this.#SaveThePostOffice #PostalService @APWUnational @NALC_National
https://t.co/dnmHCzgn4r

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) August 17, 2020

UNITE HERE:

One of our country’s most vital public services — the @USPS — is under attack. What do we do, fight back!

We need the Senate to act now and pass the HEROES Act. Tell your Senator: https://t.co/7MD99b7VTa #TakeBack2020.

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) August 19, 2020

United Food and Commercial Workers:

America's governors can save over 40,000 lives with strong mask mandates in all 50 states. @UFCW stands with @JoeBiden in calling for action to protect all American workers on frontlines of #COVID19.

New @Marc_Perrone statement: https://t.co/B7R9M0xIDppic.twitter.com/FFdZOXnpUT

— UFCW (@UFCW) August 13, 2020

United Steelworkers:

Dying Young: The Health Care Workers in Their 20s Killed by COVID-19 https://t.co/5tt8VNePHM via @khnews

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) August 19, 2020

United Students Against Sweatshops:

USAS alum: We need YOUR support! With campus reopenings putting students and workers at risk, we need a strong student movement to fight back. Donate now to help USAS train the next generation of labor movement leaders at our Virtual Summer Conference: https://t.co/KjFizOVl4D

— USAS (@USAS) August 14, 2020

United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers:

This year's National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is being held Sept. 14-18! Visit https://t.co/Gg9Pj5HIDW to find resources to help you prepare. #roofersafety365 pic.twitter.com/0k8DWbpkhy

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) August 19, 2020

Utility Workers:

Wherever there is a need, utility workers can always be counted on to step up!

Read more by @maholley99 in the @STLLaborTribune about how members of local 455 helped local charities that benefit children in Saint Louis, Missouri: https://t.co/XoBpCDScyk

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) August 18, 2020

Working America:

"This has sent a lightning bolt of electricity across a base that has been watching and waiting and looking for a reason to be excited about this race."

Read @WorkingAmerica Exec Director @MattMorrisonWA's full reaction to the announcement of @KamalaHarris as the Dem VP pick ⬇️ https://t.co/wzfF66iQxQ

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) August 12, 2020

Writers Guild of America, East:

Welcome @ChalkbeatGuild to the WGAE! https://t.co/AgaaxUZv16

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) August 18, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/20/2020 - 10:50

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Iowa’s Labor Movement Responds to Devastating Wind Storm in Cedar Rapids

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 07:59
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Iowa’s Labor Movement Responds to Devastating Wind Storm in Cedar Rapids

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

A wind storm that hit the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area last week with hurricane-force winds has left tens of thousands of people without shelter and electricityTent cities have popped up in neighborhoods due to widespread damage to the roofs of homes and apartment complexes. The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and the Hawkeye Area Labor Council brought together a strong contingent of union members on Saturday to help clear rubble and downed trees, deliver food and water, and perform welfare checks on elder residents in the community. State federation President Charlie Wishman (AFT) and Secretary-Treasurer Peter Hird (IBEW) helped lead Saturday’s event, which was sponsored by a number of elected officials who are former or current union members. The Hawkeye Area Labor Council, the Iowa Federation of Labor, the United Way and Teamsters (IBT) Local 238 are collaborating on a disaster relief effort in the greater Cedar Rapids area, collecting donations of food, water, toiletries, baby supplies, and batteries and flashlights.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/20/2020 - 08:59

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Bloomingdale Sends Support to Organizing Workers at Milwaukee Art Museum

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 08:23
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Bloomingdale Sends Support to Organizing Workers at Milwaukee Art Museum

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

On Aug. 7, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale (AFT) sent a letter of solidarity and support to 150 workers at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) who are seeking union representation with Machinists (IAM) Local Lodge 66. “By raising your voices together for dignity and respect, you help guarantee that the Milwaukee Art Museum lives up to its prestigious reputation. Strong unions and good collective bargaining agreements lift up all workers, creating a vibrant economy and recovery for all,” she wrote. “I wish you strength and solidarity in the ongoing efforts to create a workplace where your voices will be heard.” MAM workers join a recent wave of art museum organizing campaigns across the country, including workers at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and, most recently, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where 89% of workers voted to unionize.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 08/19/2020 - 09:23

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Are You Ready to Vote?

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 10:46
Are You Ready to Vote?

One hundred years ago today, after a seven-decade campaign, the 19th Amendment gave the vote to millions of women across the United States. And although achieving women’s suffrage in 1920 was a major victory, it was another 45 years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 eliminated voting barriers for women of color.

That’s a lot of hard-fought, hard-won years of women making a difference through our voices and our votes. And nobody knows this better than union women, who vote at the voting booth and in our unions.

As we approach this historic 2020 election, mobilizing working women to vote is paramount to the goals of electing female candidates and candidates who advocate for women. Women are also critical to getting this country back on track in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and ending its disproportionate impact on women, especially women of color. We know that even as our vote is more crucial than ever, it is also more imperiled, with renewed voter suppression efforts and attacks on voting rights and our democracy.

Are you ready to vote? Go to www.workersfirstvoteunion.org to make sure you’re ready, registered and empowered to vote.

As we commemorate this centennial anniversary, let us lift up the names of our ancestors who made this day possible: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Lucy Stone, Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Maria W. Stewart and many others.

We honor their work by making sure our voices are heard this November! Get ready to vote at www.workersfirstvoteunion.org.

We also invite you to our virtual event, a roundtable discussion to celebrate women’s right to vote while uplifting the issues affecting working women. Please join us for a conversation between myself, AFT President Randi Weingarten, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Executive Director Alvina Yeh, Laborers (LIUNA) Women’s Caucus Co-Chair Cassandra Hammond, and Institute for Women’s Policy Research President and CEO Dr. C. Nicole Mason today at 6:30 p.m. ET. Click here to RSVP now.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 08/18/2020 - 11:46

Tags: Labor 2020

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: ATU and Kentucky AFL-CIO Rally for Hazard Pay, Workplace Safety in Louisville

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 10:23
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: ATU and Kentucky AFL-CIO Rally for Hazard Pay, Workplace Safety in Louisville ATU

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

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1447 protested Thursday outside Transit Authority of River City (TARC) offices in Louisville, Kentucky, to call for hazard pay and stronger safety measures to protect members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local 1447 President Theo Hamilton activated 75 bus drivers to participate at the rally, and the Kentucky AFL-CIO and other affiliated unions participated in solidarity. “This virus is like a bullet. It has no eyes. It’s catching everybody,” Hamilton told WDRB News. “A lot of my drivers are afraid—afraid to death—to come to work.” Five members of the local union have already been infected with the coronavirus.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 08/18/2020 - 11:23

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

The Strength and Solidarity of Our Membership: Worker Wins

Mon, 08/17/2020 - 12:10
The Strength and Solidarity of Our Membership: Worker Wins

Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with a series of wins in Maine and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life. 

Bath Iron Works Win Spotlights Series of Victories in Maine: After a successful strike, workers at Bath Iron Works reached a tentative agreement that protects seniority and maintains current subcontracting levels, which will preserve quality jobs in Maine. IAM Local S6 President Chris Wiers said: “What we were able to accomplish at the negotiating table is a testament to the strength and solidarity of our membership. They were educated on the issues, and our negotiating committee knew they had the backing of our membership. I am incredibly proud of our entire team, and we’re excited to get back to work building the best ships in the world for the U.S. Navy.” Elsewhere in the state, Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 4 negotiated a new three-year contract with Eurovia Northeast Paving that gives members a 9% raise and creates new jobs. And members of the Waterville Professional Firefighters (IAFF Local 1608) ratified a new contract with significant improvements to members’ retirement plan.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Workers Win Historic Organizing Victory: After a yearlong campaign that had to overcome the pandemic shutdown and opposition from management, workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art won a major victory, with 89% voting to form the Philadelphia Museum of Art Union (PMA Union). The new union, affiliated with AFSCME District Council 47, is now one of the largest unionized museum workforces in the United States and makes PMA the first major museum with wall-to-wall union coverage for employees.

Interactive Romance Game Workers Score Major Gains After Strike: After a 21-day strike conducted remotely, writers for the mobile game Lovestruck will see increased transparency at work and pay increases averaging 78%. While the writers are independent contractors and their right to strike isn’t protected under labor law, they took a brave stand and prevailed. The writers, all of whom are women, nonbinary and/or LGBTQ, sought help from the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees-CWA to launch Voltage Organized Workers. Management at Voltage Entertainment USA, which produces the game, rejected the workers’ demands and the strike began. The writers used social media to gather community support and raise funds for a workers support fund. Earlier this month, the company and its workers reached an agreement, and the first successful game worker strike in the history of the industry led to a significant victory.

Congressional Progressive Caucus Center Workers Join NPEU: Staff members at the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center (CPC Center) have voted to join the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). They have requested voluntary recognition from management. In a statement, the union said: “We believe in unity and equity, and have dedicated our careers to serving and fighting for justice. We believe that unionizing will help uphold the CPC Center’s values and commitment to empowering and strengthening communities of all backgrounds across the nation. We are excited to join NPEU in solidifying our commitment to equity and justice in the workplace and beyond. We are thrilled management has signaled they will voluntarily recognize our union, and we look forward to reaching a formal agreement soon.”

Friends of the Earth Formally Recognizes New Employee Union: Management at environmental organization Friends of the Earth has voluntarily recognized Friends of the Earth Workers United (FOE Workers United) as the representative of their employees. FOE Workers United is affiliated as part of the NPEU. In a statement, the union said: “As Friends of the Earth staff, we are proud to be part of an organization with an outspoken mission of fighting for a more healthy and just world, and we believe this new union will strengthen that mission. Our membership is pleased to see Friends of the Earth live out its long-held values by recognizing our union. We are excited to work with management to strengthen our organization, both internally and externally.” 

Hearst Workers Vote to Unionize: In a historic union win, the digital and print staff of Hearst Magazines overwhelmingly voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). The new bargaining unit will include 500 members from Hearst Magazines’ editorial, video, design, photo and social staff across 28 digital and print brands, including Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health and Elle. The vote comes after workers expressed their desire to unionize last November and management refused to voluntarily recognize the bargaining unit. Upon organizing, Hearst staff outlined a plan to collectively bargain a contract that addresses issues such as diversity, transparency, compensation and editorial standards.

SAG-AFTRA Members Approve New TV/Theatrical Contract: With nearly 75% of members voting to approve, SAG-AFTRA approved new three-year contracts for movies, television and new media. The contracts include wage increases, better funding for benefits, improved residuals for streaming, new protections covering nudity and sex scenes, and measures to prevent sexual harassment. SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said: “I am grateful for the many members who got involved and used their voices to help set the priorities for this contract. This is a forward-thinking agreement that builds on the changing realities of the streaming business and positions our union to continue the fight for a safer workplace for all.” SAG-AFTRA also reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on a new contract for animation.

Nurses Ratify First Contract in Arizona: In a historic move, registered nurses at St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s hospitals in Tucson, Arizona, voted overwhelmingly to approve their first contract with the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU), the first union contract ever for registered nurses in Arizona. “This contract is a culmination of all the collective actions and the union strength of our nurses. What we have achieved here will give nurses at St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s a voice in patient care and working conditions moving forward,” said Christine Valenzuela, an intensive care unit RN at St. Mary’s Hospital. The three-year contract runs through May 31, 2023. Proud to vote yes on the first RN contract in the state, nurses say they also feel good about negotiating important patient care protections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virginia AFL-CIO Wins Emergency Temporary Standard to Prevent Workplace Infections: In a big victory for the labor movement, Virginia became the first state in the nation to enact an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for infectious diseases. The Virginia AFL-CIO, led by President Doris Crouse-Mays (CWA), took command of the statewide campaign to ensure the new coronavirus-related workplace safety standards were put in place. Earlier, Virginia’s Safety and Health Codes Board passed the ETS in a 9-2 vote. Crouse-Mays applauded the board’s action: “This is an important first step toward the protection of workers during this public health crisis, and we urge the members of the committee to continue to pass meaningful and positive standards that will promote job safety, protect workers and protect our community.”

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 08/17/2020 - 13:10

Tags: Organizing

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: NATCA Members Deliver Thanks to Hospital Staff Who Saved One of Their Own from COVID-19

Mon, 08/17/2020 - 10:33
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: NATCA Members Deliver Thanks to Hospital Staff Who Saved One of Their Own from COVID-19

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

When Chelsea Corcoran, a member of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) in Houston, Texas, fell severely ill with COVID-19, the staff at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital did everything they could to save her life and the lives of the twins she was carrying. “I wasn’t able to provide enough oxygen for all three of us,” she said. Thanks to the extraordinary care she received from hospital staff, she and her babies survived and are on the road to recovery. Corcoran’s union brothers and sisters expressed their gratitude by delivering lunch to doctors and nurses at the hospital’s intensive care unit. The gesture was part of the union’s “feeding the front lines” campaign to thank health care workers on the front lines fighting the coronavirus.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 08/17/2020 - 11:33

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: South Carolina’s Labor Movement Comes Together to Provide Food Relief to Families in Need

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 09:41
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: South Carolina’s Labor Movement Comes Together to Provide Food Relief to Families in Need Charleston Labor Council

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

Members of the Charleston Central Labor Council, the South Carolina AFL-CIO, the Greater Charleston chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute and their community allies teamed up last Thursday to provide food relief for some dozens of union families in the Charleston, South Carolina, area. Labor council President April Lott (AFGE) said, “Today, we were able to serve approximately 100 families with meat, milk, cheese, fruits and vegetables.” Last week’s food relief distribution was the third of six such events planned in Charleston, and it was staged at the Longshoremen (ILA) Local 1422 hall.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 08/14/2020 - 10:41

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Washington State Labor Council Launches First-of-Its-Kind Naturalization Legal Aid Program

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 09:58
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Washington State Labor Council Launches First-of-Its-Kind Naturalization Legal Aid Program The Stand

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

The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) is launching a program to offer legal aid to permanent residents seeking naturalization. The program will prioritize union members, helping members obtain the resources and legal aid needed to become citizens. In places like Yakima, permanent residents in the state who work in agriculture often are denied access to the political process, preventing them from using their voices to effectively advocate for safety and better work conditions.

“What we’ve seen in Yakima County is that you have ranchers that have the capital power to do things like union-busting, or lobby and spend money on trying to create policies that are anti-labor,” said Dulce Gutiérrez (OPEIU), an organizer with WSLC. “With a largely immigrant workforce, it’s difficult, sometimes impossible, for working people to advocate for themselves and their families.”

The new program will help permanent residents navigate the process for naturalization and help them register to vote, so they have a voice in choosing the elected officials who make policies that directly affect their lives.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/13/2020 - 10:58

Tags: Community Service, COVID-19

Working People Demand Action: In the States Roundup

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 11:10
Working People Demand Action: 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.

Alaska State AFL-CIO:

Call @lisamurkowski and @SenDanSullivan NOW and tell them to pass the #HEROESActNOW to invest in infrastructure which creates good jobs during this crisis. pic.twitter.com/LdSIMMjsS5

— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) August 7, 2020

Arizona AFL-CIO:

Mitch McConnell’s proposal offers:
- $0 for U.S. Postal Service
- $0 for state and local governments
- $0 for elections
- $0 for the uninsured/underinsured
- No safety standard to protect front-line workers from COVID-19
Pass the HEROES Act NOW! https://t.co/koS5ItFUff

— Arizona AFL-CIO (@ArizonaAFLCIO) August 5, 2020

California Labor Federation:

We're with you judge. We've all lost patience with these law-breaking, worker-exploiting, tax-cheating companies and their mansion-buying, tone-deaf execs. Hey @Uber @lyft, why don't you just do what the judge says and follow the damn law??? #NoOnProp22 https://t.co/I9kYz98VJj

— California Labor Federation #BlackLivesMatter (@CaliforniaLabor) August 12, 2020

Colorado AFL-CIO:

Public benefits are expiring, and many Coloradans are not back at work full time. Evictions leave people exposed and in danger. @GovofCo, we need you. #KeepColoradansHoused https://t.co/vWSPLj9a17

— Colorado AFL-CIO (@AFLCIOCO) August 10, 2020

Florida AFL-CIO:

Unemployed Floridians continue to face uncertainty after the expiration of federal unemployment benefits. https://t.co/uV6D3tzBaO

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) August 12, 2020

Georgia State AFL-CIO:

Working families are fed up with inaction at all levels of government. This week, we're calling on Georgia’s Senators to hold a vote on and pass the #HEROESAct- a road map to rebuilding America and saving working families. We need action now. #gapol pic.twitter.com/3xMP9dxPP5

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

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

Hailed as “heroes” at the onset of the pandemic, supermarket employees now say they are overworked, overwhelmed and feeling expendable again.https://t.co/HkqrUzv8Xk

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) August 12, 2020

Iowa Federation of Labor:

The Coronavirus’ impact on veterans, families, and America’s for-profit healthcare systemsFrom VHPI at The Chicago Crusader: https://t.co/cb7wITDT4H

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) August 12, 2020

Kentucky State AFL-CIO:

From @WHAS11 “Unemployed Kentuckians honk for more federal help”

“We don’t need a ZEROS Act, we need a HEROES Act,” Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan said.https://t.co/h0nxTLp07d

— Kentucky AFL-CIO (@aflcioky) August 7, 2020

Maine AFL-CIO:

Wow! Did you know that @SenatorCollins helped pave the way for the destruction of the Postal Service by sponsoring a law to effectively defund it? Maybe it's time to elect a Senator like @SaraGideon who won't do the dirty work for corporate privatizers. #mepolitics https://t.co/2tiXpfiE2q

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) August 12, 2020

Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO:

The Governor is complaining about a problem that he created. The Attorney General is right: Mail everyone a ballot, like the Governor already did earlier this year. https://t.co/Ec8clvwOEz

— Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO (@MDDCStateFed) August 4, 2020

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

The #HEROES Act has been on @senatemajldr's desk for nearly 3 months. The Senate needs to pass it NOW. Working people across America are suffering every single day due to the inaction of Mitch McConnell and the @SenateGOP. https://t.co/ugHICTsk0D

— Massachusetts AFL-CIO (@massaflcio) August 5, 2020

Michigan State AFL-CIO:

33 candidates supported by the Michigan AFL-CIO won in yesterday’s primaries.

Congrats to all! pic.twitter.com/dWI6s4R3dj

— Michigan AFL-CIO 😷 (@MIAFLCIO) August 5, 2020

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

As heard on TV: Twins audio guy spills secrets of sound in an empty ballpark https://t.co/tayXAR3j5i A fun piece on @iatse745 President Chris Tveitbakk, who is doing some innovative work at Target Field this season. #1u @iatse745 pic.twitter.com/hsEfUf5stR

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) August 11, 2020

Missouri AFL-CIO:

🗳️ @nicolergalloway is putting the the work to be our next Governor. Can you take an hour out of your day to help her? Pick something that works for you here: https://t.co/LbWHxs875g pic.twitter.com/V5uaNbj3QD

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) August 11, 2020

Nevada State AFL-CIO:

Nevada is the hardest hit state due to COVID-19. Many of our brothers & sisters are out of work & depend on #ExtendUI. 589,438 initial claims filed since March, & the total for 2020 has hit 611,090 in Nevada.

June, our total workforce = Only 1.5M Peoplehttps://t.co/Nc6IKGNRuL https://t.co/ZIEHVBL5Ja pic.twitter.com/V77S3QYPfh

— Nevada State AFL-CIO (@NVAFLCIO) July 31, 2020

New Jersey State AFL-CIO:

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is stepping in where the government has failed, running its own coronavirus contact-tracing program for 1.3 million members https://t.co/i9rvXfBFRu via @bpolitics

— New Jersey AFL-CIO (@NJAFLCIO) August 12, 2020

New York State AFL-CIO:

Peter Ward has been a powerful #UnionStrong force for workers in NY and beyond. We wish him the best in retirement and thank him for his innovative ideas and strategic vision that has led to a better life for his members and a model for others. @NYHTC https://t.co/po1X96NgUp

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) August 12, 2020

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

Dear @SenThomTillis, #DoYourJob and pass the #HEROESAct now! #1u #ncpol #HEROESActNOW #Charlotte pic.twitter.com/zdGNSrciKV

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

Ohio AFL-CIO:

We think millions of women, especially women of color, are waiting for the day where they're the "safe" pick. We can't over-hype the significance & achievement of @KamalaHarris as a VP candidate. We'll continue to fight for the day when women running for office are the safe pick https://t.co/Hh15vwGkUN

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) August 11, 2020

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

The OKC CLUW Chapter - 2020 Union T-Shirt Quilt Fundraiser is here!

Ticket Prices:
1- $1
6 - $5
12 - $10

Make checks payable to CLUW and mail to:
3400 SW Ave OKC, OK 73109

The drawing will be held at the end of the OK AFL-CIO COPE Convention.

More info, Call: 405-634-4030 pic.twitter.com/ZNSJwOTOos

— Oklahoma AFL-CIO (@OK_AFL_CIO) August 4, 2020

Oregon AFL-CIO:

Nationwide, working people are struggling to afford everyday essentials needed to survive the unprecedented economic devastation caused by the pandemic.

☎️ Call 866-832-1560 to tell the Senate take #FastAction to #Savethe600https://t.co/SgIZoidgSB

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) August 11, 2020

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

"There’s pride in the job. DeJoy’s decision to try and ruin that by forcing carriers to leave mail and essentially turn their backs on the duties of the position is what is causing the most internal confusion." @APWUnational @NALC_National https://t.co/IZ1GuXW78X

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) August 12, 2020

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at https://t.co/1ertVltmLk under the "Resources" tab.

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in RI.

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) August 4, 2020

Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council:

Construction sites are emerging as another hot spot for COVID clusters.https://t.co/57JB9GonPM

— Tennessee AFL-CIO (@tnaflcio) August 12, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO:

Via @unitehere23 - HAPPENING NOW - Unemployed workers lined up for food at the office of Senator @JohnCornyn #savethe600 #FastAction #1u pic.twitter.com/ygBxwRYS5s

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) August 11, 2020

Virginia AFL-CIO:

📞Hotline time ☎️📱 — have you called ? pic.twitter.com/agsppYX24C

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) August 4, 2020

Washington State Labor Council:

The WSLC is proud to offer this critically important service. Thank you—and congratulations—to our Union, Community & Naturalization Organizer Dulce Gutiérrez for all of her hard work making this happen! #ImmigrantsMakeAmericaGreat #Citizenship #1u https://t.co/9lAZ5JBthc

— Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) August 6, 2020

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Join our worker-powered efforts to get frontline workers virus protection at https://t.co/frvizpINzV pic.twitter.com/IZG0IgMQwe

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) August 12, 2020 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 08/12/2020 - 12:10

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: New Jersey Unions Distribute 2,000 Food Kits to Unemployed Workers During Heavy Rain

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 09:58
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: New Jersey Unions Distribute 2,000 Food Kits to Unemployed Workers During Heavy Rain New Jersey AFL-CIO

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

Driving rain and thunder couldn’t stop New Jersey’s working people from helping out Atlantic City families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO, in connection with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, distributed more than 2,000 food kits to laid-off union members and their families. Volunteers from the Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the Operating Engineers (IUOE) and UNITE HERE helped Operation Feed Atlantic City go smoothly. The state federation plans to continue similar food distribution events as long as there is a need and President Charles Wowkanech (IUOE) attributes the success of the program to the generosity of the affiliates and members throughout the state.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 08/12/2020 - 10:58

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Colorado Restaurant Workers Rally for Unemployment Insurance Extension and Distribute Groceries to Unemployed Workers

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 09:06
Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Colorado Restaurant Workers Rally for Unemployment Insurance Extension and Distribute Groceries to Unemployed Workers Chase Woodruff

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

Colorado Restaurant Workers United, a joint project of Denver DSA and UNITE HERE Local 23, rallied outside of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s downtown Denver office in support of the extension of federal unemployment benefits. In addition to delivering the message “We Feed You, Don’t Let Us Starve,” the participating organizations bagged and distributed groceries to unemployed working families. Participating along with Restaurant Workers United were Local 23, the Colorado AFL-CIO, the Denver Area Labor Federation, Denver DSA, SEIU Local 105 and Colorado Jobs With Justice.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 08/11/2020 - 10:06

Tags: COVID-19, Community Service

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