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Live from the Picket Line: Labor Podcast and Radio Roundup

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:47
Live from the Picket Line: Labor Podcast and Radio Roundup

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

Follow the links below to find podcasts. They also can be found wherever you listen to podcasts:

Heartland Labor ForumWhat would happen to a school teacher who thinks she has the answer to the world’s problems and starts teaching in parks and on street corners, and people stop to listen and like what they hear? This week on the Heartland Labor Forum we present a radio play about such a teacher. Tune in to find out how the powers that be react and what the teacher’s message might be. Thursday at 6 PM, rebroadcast Friday at 5 AM on KKFI 90.1 FM or streaming at www.kkfi.org.

Labor History TodayAFL-CIO president Richard Trumka talks with Labor History Today’s Joe McCartin about the current state–and the future–of the American labor movement. Plus, Mark Potashnick on Jim Pohle, the founder of the American Union of Pizza Delivery Drivers, class action law suits, and the app-based revolution in food delivery services.

Tales from the Reuther LibraryIn a two-episode series titled “Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman: A Memoir of Wobbly Organizer Matilda Rabinowitz Robbins," artist Robbin Légère Henderson discusses her exhibition of original scratchboard drawings featured in the illustrated and annotated autobiography of Henderson’s grandmother, Matilda Rabinowitz Robbins, a Socialist, IWW organizer, feminist, writer, mother, and social worker.

UCOMM LiveUnderstanding Impeachment Process: Trump is trying to cut funding for school lunches, leaving half a million kids hungry at school. Nerds who work for a Google contractors have organized with the Steelworkers union, we take a look at what their issues are. Chicago teachers are preparing to strike after the city refused to give them a fair contract that helps their lowest-paid employees. Trump is trying to take away collective bargaining rights for graduate students, we look at why these students need the right to join a union. Police have been some of Trump's strongest supporters, even as other public employees have been attacked by him. LaGrange tries to explain why this is going on. Plus the House has opened an impeachment inquiry into Trump, we explain what impeachment means and what the process is for getting rid of him. The Met's may be out of the playoffs, but 12 teams are continuing on, UCOMM makes our picks on who will make it the World Series.

Union City RadioAirs weekdays at 7:15 AM on WPFW 89.3 FM. Topics: Workers take to the streets; Strike averted at Kaiser; Fresh momentum; BSO musicians reach tentative contract agreement; and DC Labor supports DC statehood.

Union Strong: Scabby the rat is a powerful tool for organized labor and that’s exactly why the rat is now at the center of a legal battle. The National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel is after Scabby and his inflatable friends attempting to either restrict or outright ban the use of them at protests. On this podcast we discuss the impact Scabby has and speak to an attorney at the forefront of the NLRB case.

Willamette Wake UpThe September Salem labor radio segment will run this Friday, at around 8:10 AM (PST), on Salem's KMUZ community radio station. The station broadcasts at 88.5, 100.7 and at https://kmuz.org/. This week we're talking to local community leader and activist Elisa Andrade on paid family medical leave in Oregon and what comes next in the efforts of Family Forward Oregon for equity. Our last show featured Sam Hughes from UFCW Local 555 talking about grocery chain union contract negotiations and Fred Meyers. We ran that at just the right moment. If you don't have the basics down about what's going on at the grocery stores and the possibility of a strike, listen to our last show here.

Your Rights At WorkCarl Goldman (AFSCME, ret) and UAW 229 shop steward Guy White, reporting live from the UAW picket line in White Marsh, Maryland. “Case Closed” with David Schloss, injury attorney and partner in the law firm of Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP. Mark Gruenberg, PAI News, on the passage of the Pro Act by a key House panel.
Airs Thursdays 1-2 PM (EDT) on WPFW 89.3 FM.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/04/2019 - 10:47

Tags: Podcast

Hey, New York Times, Women Wear Hard Hats, Too!

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 08:28
Hey, New York Times, Women Wear Hard Hats, Too! Ironworkers

In a tribute to the hard hat, which was invented 100 years ago, The New York Times curiously equates the safety gear with masculinity. But women wear hard hats, too, and always have.

The Times article leads off with: "The hard hat was designed 100 years ago as protective gear for miners and other laborers, but it has grown to become a symbol of status and masculinity."

We know better, though, and present to you many photos through the years of strong union women wearing this iconic headgear. 

AFL-CIO AFL-CIO AFL-CIO AFL-CIO AFL-CIO NABTU NABTU Ironworkers NABTU NABTU NABTU Ironworkers Ironworkers Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 10/03/2019 - 09:28

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Dignity of Work

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 09:53
‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Dignity of Work AFL-CIO

On the latest episode of “State of the Unions,” podcast co-hosts Julie Greene and Tim Schlittner talk to Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) about worker power, automation, trade and his decision to stay in the U.S. Senate. 

Listen to our previous episodes:

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

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 10/02/2019 - 10:53

Tags: Podcast

Time to Be Loud: The Working People Weekly List

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 11:35
Time to Be Loud: 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.

Now’s the Time to Be Loud. Register to Vote: "We're not staying quiet anymore."

New Trump Overtime Rules Will Cost Workers $1.4 Billion in First Year Alone: "The Trump administration’s Labor Department issued new overtime rules this week that take away $1.4 billion of workers’ pay every year compared to the Obama administration rules they replace. The amount of this pay cut for working people will increase enormously over time."

A Pregnant Target: "Those bundles of joy cost bundles of money, so Victoria Whipple, a quality control worker at Kumho Tire in Macon, Georgia, had been working overtime to get ready for her new arrival."

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

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

Solidarity with Autoworkers: 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."

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: A Huge Deal: "On the latest episode of 'State of the Unions,' podcast co-hosts Julie Greene and Tim Schlittner check in with AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council Executive Director Brad Markell about the UAW strike at General Motors and interview Veena Dubal, an associate law professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, whose work helped pave the way for passage of A.B. 5, the landmark pro-worker legislation in California."

U.S. Labor Movement Supports Mexico's Working People: "At a meeting Saturday in Chicago, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) assured Mexican-American political, labor, community and religious leaders that the U.S. labor movement will work to ensure that any new trade agreement raises the standards of living for all working people across North America."

Pittston, Solidarity and Labor's Future: 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."

Nearly 50,000 UAW Members at GM Go on Strike: "As of midnight Sunday, UAW members at General Motors have gone on strike. The 2015 collective bargaining agreement between UAW and GM expired Saturday after GM offered an inadequate new contract. Nearly 50,000 workers are now on strike. They are demanding fair wages, affordable health care, a share of profits, job security and a defined path to permanent seniority for temporary workers."

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 10/01/2019 - 12:35

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Painters and Allied Trades

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 10:24
Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Painters and Allied Trades AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the Painters and Allied Trades.

Name of Union: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)

Mission: To shape members' communities through an abiding commitment to service, by fighting passionately for workers’ rights that benefit all working families and through effective and aggressive political mobilization.

Current Leadership of Union: Kenneth E. Rigmaiden serves as general president. Rigmaiden graduated from California State University in San Jose in 1977 and immediately enrolled in the floor covering apprenticeship training program of IUPAT Local 1288. He completed the training and fulfilled the state of California's apprenticeship standards in 1980.

He quickly became involved in the local and, over the next six years, served as an executive board member, trustee, vice president and then president of the union. He also taught floor covering installation to apprentices. 

In 1986, Rigmaiden was elected as the local's business representative and later served in the same role for IUPAT Local 12, which he helped form through the combination of several other locals in his area. He rose to become a general representative and then an assistant to the general president of the international union. In 2002, he was elevated to the position of executive general vice president; and in 2013, he was unanimously elected general president.

George Galis serves as general secretary-treasurer and IUPAT has five general vice presidents—William D. Candelori Jr., Robert Kucheran, Harry Zell, Mark Van Zevern and James A. Williams Jr.—and two general presidents with emeritus status, James A. Williams and A.L. "Mike" Monroe.

Number of Members: 160,000

Members Work As: Industrial and commercial painters, drywall finishers, glaziers and glass workers, sign and display installers, floor covering installers and many more.

Industries Represented: The construction industry, public sector, trade shows and others.

History: The union that would become IUPAT was organized originally as the Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators of America in 1887. Within a year, the union had grown to more than 100 locals and 7,000 members. By the turn of the century, the Brotherhood was publishing "The Painter and Decorator" to provide news on the industry.

In 1921, the union opened its first real home, a four-story office building, in Lafayette, Indiana. Most of the offices of the union remained in that location until 1967, when its headquarters was moved to Washington, D.C. Over the years, IUPAT members have worked on many notable projects, with a highlight being a facelift of the White House before the inauguration of President Richard Nixon. In 1970, expanding membership led to a new name, the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades.

The growing female membership of the union led General President Michael Monroe to rebrand as the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. In 2010, IUPAT moved its international headquarters to a new home in Hanover, Maryland. The new HQ building is part of a campus that includes a residence hall and an international training center.

Current Campaigns/Community Efforts: IUPAT encourages its members and all workers to engage through its educational From the Front Lines series on all digital platforms to understand the challenges facing the labor movement today and what we are all doing to address them. The Labor-Management Cooperation Initiative helps bring together workers and contractors to provide a unified voice to industry leaders. IUPAT Job Corps helps working people find quality jobs in the finishing trades. The IUPAT Pension Fund helps working people in the finishing trades prepare for retirement. The CORE Program helps community members learn from the industry what issues and concerns are most important. Channel 1 videos help people keep up with the latest news from the industry.

Learn More: Website, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 09/30/2019 - 11:24

Pathway to Progress: Sept. 11

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 14:15
Pathway to Progress: Sept. 11 IAFF

History has long been portrayed as a series of "great men" taking great action to shape the world we live in. In recent decades, however, social historians have focused more on looking at history "from the bottom up," studying the vital role that working people played in our heritage. Working people built, and continue to build, the United States. In our new series, Pathway to Progress, we'll take a look at various people, places and events where working people played a key role in the progress our country has made, including those who are making history right now. Today's topic is the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Sometimes, progress comes from focused activism that pressures policymakers and other actors to create change. Other times, progress comes from the ways people live their lives and do their jobs. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are a perfect example of this idea, as union members responded to chaos and horror with courage and grace, many giving their lives in service of the country they loved.

Without even getting into the history of the building and staffing of the World Trade Center and Pentagon, union members were part of every aspect of that day. Of the nearly 3,000 who directly died because of the attacks, some 600 were union members, as were most of the people who have died of 9/11-related illnesses and injuries since then. Nearly 2,100 people have died since the attacks, and the number of those who have died since Sept. 11, 2001, is expected to pass the number who died in the attacks by 2021.

People's first thought is of the 90,000 first responders, union members who did as we always do and rushed into the chaos to help people. Since then, 55,000 of them have registered with the World Trade Center Health Program and that number is expected to continue growing. Many others worked on the recovery, cleanup and rebuilding efforts and hundreds of thousands of working people lived in the areas affected by the environmental hazards caused by the attacks.

In addition to the firefighters, law enforcement personnel and emergency medical teams that responded on 9/11, you also had the union members working in the building, from restaurant workers to communications workers stationed at television transmitters atop the building. Transport workers moved people to and from the affected areas. 

In addition to the unions that responded on 9/11, many others joined the rescue and cleanup crews. Members from multiple unions worked to reconnect New York and Wall Street to the world and rebuild the Pentagon's communication system from the ground up. Members of the Motion Picture Studio Mechanics Union/IATSE put up lighting at Ground Zero to assist in rescue operations. Members of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local One, set up Yankee Stadium as the venue for the memorial service for first responders who died at the World Trade Center. Laborers cleaned up the debris and wreckage on-site. Comedian Jon Stewart, a member of several entertainment unions, used his platform to fight for federal assistance for workers, particularly first responders, who became ill as a result of 9/11. One World Trade Center, built on the site of the old World Trade Center, that provides a memorial for those lost, was built with union labor.

And that's just the beginning of the very diverse group of unions that participated in the recovery and rebuilding after 9/11. All in all, 49 unions participated in those efforts. Not only did these workers help their fellow Americans, they also demonstrated strength, resiliency and patriotism in the fact of unspeakable tragedy. And they showed us that the pathway to progress is built through solidarity.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 09/27/2019 - 15:15

Critical Mass: Elected Union Members Tip Scales Toward Justice in Collective Bargaining Win in Bay State

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 11:45
Critical Mass: Elected Union Members Tip Scales Toward Justice in Collective Bargaining Win in Bay State Massachusetts AFL-CIO

The Massachusetts Legislature last week overrode Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of a key collective bargaining bill and passed the strongest response to the Janus vs. AFSCME U.S. Supreme Court decision to date. The new law will allow unions to charge non-member employees for representation in arbitration cases and other disputes and is one of the most comprehensive state legislative responses to the court’s Janus decision, which unfairly prohibited those fees.

“Today the state legislature made a strong statement that unions are in the public interest and will remain a strong force for economic fairness in Massachusetts,” said Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman (IAM) after the bill became law. “The overwhelming bipartisan votes to override Governor Baker’s veto by the House and Senate this week demonstrate that unions are not a partisan issue in Massachusetts.”

Rep. Peter Capano (IUE-CWA), who was elected last fall with full union support, was instrumental in getting the bill passed in the Legislature. “We are helping workers raise themselves back up, and that’s why I’m proud to be part of this legislature here,” Capano said in his rousing inaugural floor speech as a union member legislator. “The labor movement is on the rise, and we are here today to help them do that.”

Tolman also thanked the leadership in the Legislature and all the legislators who overwhelmingly passed this important legislation. “On behalf of the members of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, I thank Speaker [Robert] DeLeo and Senate President [Karen] Spilka for their leadership, and all members of the legislature who stood with us,” he said.

Check out Capano's speech online.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 09/27/2019 - 12:45

A Pregnant Target

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 10:50
A Pregnant Target USW

Those bundles of joy cost bundles of money, so Victoria Whipple, a quality control worker at Kumho Tire in Macon, Georgia, had been working overtime to get ready for her new arrival.

She also got involved in union organizing at the plant, and management decided to teach her a lesson. It didn’t matter that Victoria had seven kids ranging in age from 10 to 1. Or that she was eight months pregnant. Those things just made her a more appealing target.

On Sept. 6, the day Kumho Tire workers wrapped up an election in which they voted to join the United Steelworkers (USW), managers pulled Victoria off the plant floor and suspended her indefinitely without pay, solely because she was supporting the union. In a heartbeat, her income was gone.

“It kind of stressed me out because of the bills,” she explained.

What happened to Victoria happens all the time. Employers face no real financial penalties for breaking federal labor law by retaliating against workers during a union organizing campaign. So they feel free to suspend, fire or threaten anyone they want. Workers are fired in one of every three organizing efforts nationwide, and the recent election at Kumho Tire was held only because the company harassed workers before the initial vote two years ago.

Legislation now before Congress—the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act—would curtail this rampant abuse.

The PRO Act would fine employers up to $50,000 for retaliating against workers during organizing campaigns. It would require the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to go to court to seek reinstatement of workers who are fired or face serious financial harm because of retaliation, and it would give workers the right to file lawsuits and seek damages on their own.

The House Committee on Education and Labor will take up the PRO Act on Wednesday, and it’s important that members of Congress understand exactly what’s at stake: Families like Victoria’s that might be only a couple of missed paychecks away from financial ruin.

They can’t afford to be pawns in a company’s sordid union-busting campaign.

Victoria began working at Kumho Tire a year and a half ago, after being laid off from her dispatching job at a distribution center. Her husband, Tavaris Taylor, recently started an over-the-road trucking job. They didn’t have much of a financial cushion for emergencies, and the suspension put their backs against the wall.

Instead of focusing on her family in the final weeks of her pregnancy, Victoria had to worry about money. It wasn’t healthy for her or her unborn child. And it wasn’t right.

When Victoria’s eldest child asked why she wasn’t going to work anymore, she just said she needed some time off. It would be wrong to burden a 10-year-old with the truth.

Victoria began borrowing gas money from her mom. She cut back her spending. She prioritized the bills and paid only those—rent, electricity and so on—that she considered absolutely essential.

She kept going to her doctor appointments, hoping the company’s insurance still covered her or that Medicaid would kick in if it didn’t. Victoria qualifies for Medicaid even though she works full time. The need for better pay is just one reason Kumho Tire workers voted to join the USW.

But Victoria’s main concern was giving workers a bigger voice in the workplace. She went to a union meeting and thought: “Maybe representation would help.”

That’s how she became a union supporter—and got crossways with a company that couldn’t care less about its workers, their families or federal labor law.

Victoria didn’t know how long her suspension would last or if management’s next step would be to fire her. That would be Kumho Tire’s kind of baby gift.

Then, out of the blue last week, a manager called Victoria and told her to return to work.  On Friday, her first day back after two weeks without pay, managers had the brass to ask her if she understood why she had been suspended.

Yeah, she understood all right.

Companies will do almost anything these days—even suspend a pregnant woman and escort her from the premises—to keep out unions and hold down workers. That’s especially true of Kumho Tire. Its egregious union-busting activities derailed workers’ attempt to join the USW two years ago.

Back then, Kumho Tire threatened union supporters’ jobs, interrogated employees about their union allegiance, threatened to shut down the plant if the union was voted in and made workers think they were being spied on. The conduct was so extraordinarily bad that an NLRB administrative law judge ordered Kumho Tire to assemble the workers and read a statement outlining the many ways in which it had violated their rights and federal labor law.

The NLRB also ordered this month’s election, in which workers voted 141 to 137 to join the USW. Thirteen challenged ballots will be addressed at an upcoming hearing.

The mistreatment of Victoria shows that Kumho Tire hasn’t changed its ways over the past two years. Unfortunately, employers have no incentive right now to follow the law.

The PRO Act would help to level the playing field. Besides fining companies for retaliation and giving workers the right to sue, the legislation would prohibit employers from holding mandatory anti-union presentations like the “town hall” meetings Kumho Tire forced Victoria and her co-workers to attend. Employers conduct the meetings to bully employees into voting against a union.

The legislation also would provide new protections once workers voted for representation. For example, if a company dragged its feet during bargaining for a first contract, a regular ploy to lower worker morale, mediation and arbitration could be used to speed the process along. And the PRO Act would prohibit employers from hiring permanent replacements for striking workers.

Members of Congress need to understand something. Workers aren’t looking to pick fights with their employers. They just want to do their jobs well, work in safe environments and earn enough money to care for their families. And some companies work productively with unions, including the USW, to improve working conditions and product quality.

But employers like Kumho Tire too often exploit their employees and resist any effort that workers make to improve their lot. When that happens, workers like Victoria will stand their ground. Now more than ever, they need the protections of the PRO Act backing them up.

Thomas Conway is the international president of the United Steelworkers. This post originally appeared at the USW.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 09/26/2019 - 11:50

New Trump Overtime Rules Will Cost Workers $1.4 Billion in First Year Alone

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 08:56
New Trump Overtime Rules Will Cost Workers $1.4 Billion in First Year Alone AFL-CIO

The Trump administration’s Labor Department issued new overtime rules this week that take away $1.4 billion of workers’ pay every year compared to the Obama administration rules they replace. The amount of this pay cut for working people will increase enormously over time.

Although the economic recovery that started in 2009 under then-President Obama is now officially more than 10 years old, workers’ wages are still barely budging. Something is clearly wrong with the economy. Workers are not getting our fair share of the profits we help produce.

The Obama administration tried to do something about this problem by making millions more workers eligible for overtime pay, restoring protections that have eroded in recent decades.

Instead of defending the Obama administration’s overtime rules against a poorly reasoned and seriously flawed district court decision, the Trump administration decided to replace them with a new set of rules that protect millions fewer workers.

The Obama rules would extend overtime eligibility to 3.2 million more workers than the Trump rules that replace them. In addition, the Obama rules would make it harder for businesses to misclassify millions of overtime-eligible workers⁠—5 million more than the Trump rules.

The Obama rules would extend overtime eligibility to millions more workers by raising the salary threshold, which is used to determine which workers are eligible for overtime. Workers who earn less than the salary threshold are automatically eligible; so the higher the threshold, the more workers covered. Under the Obama rules, the threshold would be $51,000 in 2020. This would actually be a lower threshold than if you simply adjusted the 1975 level for inflation⁠—which comes out to $56,500. By contrast, the Trump rules now set the threshold at only $35,568.

The Trump overtime rules also protect fewer and fewer workers every year as inflation eats away at the value of the salary threshold. The Obama overtime rules would put a stop to this constant erosion of overtime coverage by providing for regular automatic updates of the salary threshold. The Trump rules leave out this essential safeguard for working people. This is why the annual pay loss to workers of $1.4 billion in the first year alone will keep getting bigger every year.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 09/26/2019 - 09:56

Walking the Picket Lines: In the States Roundup

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 12:39
Walking the Picket Lines: In the States Roundup AFL-CIO

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

Alabama AFL-CIO:

Our Alabama and Tennessee AFL-CIO presidents walk the UAW picket line in Spring Hill, Tennessee. #UAWStrike #1U #SolidarityForever pic.twitter.com/aMxJgqNkXv

— Alabama AFL-CIO (@AlabamaAFLCIO) September 20, 2019

Alaska AFL-CIO:

Elections are coming to a city, town, or borough near you (excluding Anchorage and Mat-Su Borough)! #akvotes #voteak #akleg pic.twitter.com/XSjqBD26H8

— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) September 21, 2019

Arkansas AFL-CIO:

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!! 6th Annual Arkansas Union Sportsmen's Alliance Dinner. #1u #ARunions #ARLabor #UnionStrong #unionsportsmen pic.twitter.com/VpegjVpjr3

— Arkansas AFL-CIO (@ArkansasAFLCIO) September 22, 2019

California Labor Federation:

BREAKING #AB5 has been signed by @CAgovernor! Big thank you to all the gig workers, union members & activists who spent countless hours rallying to deliver this historic win. And thank you @LorenaSGonzalez for your leadership. We proved when working people stand together, we win! pic.twitter.com/a2EGog8CLh

— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) September 18, 2019

Colorado AFL-CIO:

The Colorado AFL-CIO proudly stands in solidarity with the striking UAW workers from GM and commends the Teamsters workers for standing in solidarity with UAW workers. Never scab, never cross a picket line! #1u #solidarity #UAWStrike

— Colorado AFL-CIO (@AFLCIOCO) September 16, 2019

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

#solidarity #1u https://t.co/f7JzB1zS1S

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) September 16, 2019

Florida AFL-CIO:

Today our sisters and brothers at National Nurses United are on strike in Hialeah and Lauderdale Lakes in order to improve working conditions for nurses and to improve conditions for the patients they serve. We stand in solidarity with them. pic.twitter.com/RWyXDgBbrM

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) September 20, 2019

Georgia AFL-CIO:

Join us tomorrow for the film premier highlighting the voter suppression & disenfranchisement of Georgia’s 2018 election. #FightToVote https://t.co/6nV89FfIp7

— AFL-CIO Georgia (@AFLCIOGeorgia) September 23, 2019

Idaho State AFL-CIO:

#1u #UnionStrong #IdahoUnions #AFLCIO #IDAFLCIO #LaborUnions pic.twitter.com/Z0Ao7YxIg7

— Idaho State AFL-CIO (@IdahoAFLCIO) September 10, 2019

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

“The Trump administration seeks to guarantee agribusiness unlimited access to a captive workforce of indentured servants.” #1u https://t.co/rh8Q8CVP1q

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) September 24, 2019

Iowa Federation of Labor:

Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act https://t.co/GcGYAJoTUt

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) September 24, 2019

Maine AFL-CIO:

Congratulations brothers & sisters! https://t.co/K5sW0GSfFT

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) September 24, 2019

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

Massachusetts just passed the strongest legislative response to the Janus vs. AFSCME U.S. Supreme Court decision in the nation. Read President Tolman's statement here. https://t.co/bsHMVoCQij pic.twitter.com/zsORZ8dacw

— Massachusetts AFL-CIO (@massaflcio) September 19, 2019

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

@NationalNurses⁩ registered nurses and activists stand (and walk) in solidarity with striking ⁦@UAW⁩ members at the GM plant in White Marsh, Maryland today. pic.twitter.com/YZIVjkV1ih

— MetroDCLaborCouncil (@DCLabor) September 20, 2019

Michigan AFL-CIO:

Pro-working family members of the Michigan legislature in #Solidarity with UAW members on strike. https://t.co/ADb7PZLI3b

— Michigan AFL-CIO (@MIAFLCIO) September 18, 2019

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

Amazing turnout. Lots of support for one fair $15 minimum wage at MSP Airport! #15forMSP #1u pic.twitter.com/IIFmRSj2as

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) September 23, 2019

Missouri AFL-CIO:

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— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) September 21, 2019

Montana AFL-CIO:

For instance, your Senators are the ones who confirm Cabinet Appointees like Eugene Scalia, who thinks it's acceptable for disabled workers to soil themselves on the job👇https://t.co/akmgezniwg

— Montana AFL-CIO (@MTaflcio) September 24, 2019

Nebraska State AFL-CIO:

Congratulations to the Inductees to the Nebraska AFL-CIO Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/sV9RdTq29Z

— NE State AFL-CIO (@NEAFLCIO) September 22, 2019

New York State AFL-CIO:

Special Episode of the #UnionStrong Podcast! Listen and join a @UAW International Union picket line near you. One day longer, one day stronger!e https://t.co/7D1lUOJjG2

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) September 18, 2019

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

Detroit rapper releases song in support of striking @UAW workers https://t.co/vNr7seL5JG via @local4news #GMStrike #1u

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) September 19, 2019

Ohio AFL-CIO:

It time workers realize our power, self worth, dignity & strength. For too long extremists used propaganda to make us feel worthless.

“Whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere, because a man can't ride your back unless it is bent” - Dr. King https://t.co/dvPx46pfxq

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) September 24, 2019

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Great turnout for the 2019 YELL Conference! pic.twitter.com/WcfOU2Gn9Z

— Oklahoma AFL-CIO (@OK_AFL_CIO) September 20, 2019

Oregon AFL-CIO:

Congratulations to our new officers, President Graham Trainor and Secretary-Treasurer Christy O'Neill!#OregonLabor #ORAFLCIOConvention pic.twitter.com/VrfBDbAXJs

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) September 23, 2019

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

Register, donate and sign-up today! Visit https://t.co/JSFZ8Ymgf5 for more information. #1U pic.twitter.com/FVRb7vxEUA

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) September 20, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO:

What the UAW Strike Looks Like, From Deep in the Heart of Anti-Union Texas #1u #GMStrike https://t.co/HZ2pazU1fK

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) September 23, 2019

Virginia AFL-CIO:

5 questions about labor strikes that you were too embarrassed to ask : Read about it here: https://t.co/80HZaafzNc Thanks @AlexiaCampbell for writing this piece! #Strike #Education #Union #WorkersFirst pic.twitter.com/r6gK91AtcQ

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) September 23, 2019

Washington State Labor Council:

The University of Washington needs to give @uw_housestaff physicians a fair contract with the wages they need to afford to live in King County. #careNOTcuts #1uhttps://t.co/xFBqaMChL9

— WA State AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) September 20, 2019

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Federal Workers Will Flood Washington to Resist Trump’s War on Unions, https://t.co/umUUP80bHU

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) September 24, 2019 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 09/25/2019 - 13:39

Now’s the Time to Be Loud. Register to Vote.

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 09:27
Now’s the Time to Be Loud. Register to Vote.

We're not staying quiet anymore.

Working people hit the streets last week, marching for climate justice and picketing alongside nearly 50,000 striking General Motors workers.

It was far from a one-off demonstration of our power. Those actions followed in the footsteps of activists, strikers, organizers and countless others who, all this year, have refused to accept a rigged, broken system.

Worker solidarity is at a boiling point. Hundreds of thousands of working people are joining the labor movement, and millions more say they're ready to follow suit if given the chance. 

Americans are driving a moment of collective action unlike anything we've seen in decades. From the workplace to the picket line to our communities, we're making our voices heard and fighting for the justice that we're owed.

It's a fight to peel back corporations' stranglehold on our economy and eradicate the inequities that still define our society. This is a struggle for massive changes in the way we work and live, putting our lives and future back into our own hands.

That sort of structural change requires new economic and political rules. And to win those new rules, we have to win some elections.

We've made plenty of noise in the streets. Now, it's time to make sure that noise is heard loud and clear at the ballot box.

The work of electing genuine advocates to office—from the White House to city councils—starts now. Our success in 2020 won’t be secured through ad buys or corporate fundraisers. Ultimately, it will be decided by the size and makeup of the electorate.

Who will be registered to vote, and who will turn out to cast a ballot? That’s the game. The other side is already playing, and we need to get moving.

In states across the country—including battlegrounds like Ohio, Wisconsin and Georgia—right-wing forces have changed registration rules, restricted access to polling places and even purged hundreds of thousands of people from the voter rolls.

They want us to be quiet. They want us to stay home. Because if we aren’t silenced, they know we will decide this election.

We can’t afford to sit this out. So, I have three asks for you this National Voter Registration Day.

First, check your voter registration status. You can do it right now. Go to your secretary of state’s website to see whether you’re registered to vote. And if you’re not, change that today.

Second, register your people. Talk to your family and your neighbors. Your friends. Your co-workers. Talk to young people and newly eligible voters. Talk to people who haven’t voted in years. Ask them if they’re registered to vote. If they don’t know, help them check. And if they aren’t, help them register.

Third, remember those conversations and make sure all of those people in your life turn out to vote. 

That’s the game plan. If we follow through with it, we can make sure that the votes cast next November represent who we are. We can make sure that our elected officials represent our communities. And we can make sure the policies they enact represent our best interests.

It’s on us to mobilize our communities. Nobody’s going to do it for us, and plenty of deep pockets are doing just the opposite.

We have the power to overcome that opposition and be heard. We do it every day. Let’s do it some more.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 09/24/2019 - 10:27

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: International Union of Police Associations

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 13:10
Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: International Union of Police Associations AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the International Union of Police Associations.

Name of Union: International Union of Police Associations (IUPA)

Mission: To improve the lives of law enforcement, to promote legislation that protects and affects public safety officers and to represent the needs of law enforcement officers and support personnel.

Current Leadership of Union: Sam A. Cabral serves as international president of IUPA. He began his law enforcement career in Defiance, Ohio, in 1965 and retired in 1991. In 1988, he was elected as international vice president of IUPA. He was elected international secretary-treasurer two years later and was first elected president of IUPA in 1995.

Michael V. Crivello serves as international vice president, and Hugh J. Cameron serves as international secretary-treasurer.

Members Work As: Rank and file law enforcement officers, EMS workers, corrections officers and law enforcement support personnel in the United States.

Industries Represented: Law enforcement and related support fields.

History: The history of IUPA began in 1954 with the founding of the National Conference of Police Associations (NCPA), which came together in response to the evolving demands of the law enforcement profession and the need to strengthen collective bargaining efforts. In 1966, the NCPA changed its bylaws to allow the first Canadian associations to join and the organization changed its name to the International Conference of Police Associations. Soon after, the organization officially became a union and changed the name once more to the International Union of Police Associations.

In 1979, IUPA was granted a charter as a national union under the AFL-CIO. In recent decades, IUPA has continued to expand rapidly, including the affiliation of law enforcement and corrections officers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Current Campaigns/Community Efforts: IUPA helps members and their families with higher education costs through the IUPA Free College Benefit and the Edward J. Kiernan scholarship. The Run for the Badge 5K raises money for the National Law Enforcement Museum. The Law Enforcement Officers Relief Fund (LEORF) holds a golf tournament to raise money for the fund. LEORF also sponsors an annual conference that provides training and education for attorneys and local leaders who represent union members through collective bargaining and other civil/criminal matters. IUPA publishes the Police Union News to keep members and the public informed about law enforcement-related news.

Learn More: Website, Facebook, YouTube.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 09/23/2019 - 14:10

Solidarity with Autoworkers: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 08:50
Solidarity with Autoworkers: 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 latest issue of Equity News is available now!

In this issue: Looking back at Equity's first strike, updates to the Short Engagement Touring Agreement and more! https://t.co/FJ25BeCmWj pic.twitter.com/vSmIvsnN11

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) September 18, 2019

AFGE:

We’re sending a clear message that no one messes with America’s workforce. Join us on September 24. https://t.co/FyYxjY90h4 #FedUpRiseUp #1u #RedForFeds pic.twitter.com/zN0bYjHVzg

— AFGE (@AFGENational) September 18, 2019

AFSCME:

“He means the world to me,” says Never Quit Service Award winner Mandy Roberts-Amo. “I treat him like one of my own kids, because I know that he can do things. He’s a very strong-willed child and he’s extremely intelligent.” https://t.co/Z2bUXw3DSH

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) September 18, 2019

AFT:

The secretary of labor needs to be a true advocate for working people, not a lawyer who spent his career defending corporations and stripping workers of their rights. Sign the petition here & reject Eugene Scalia for Secretary of Labor! https://t.co/MHDzk7kl5l pic.twitter.com/bGjZZ9ig4r

— AFT (@AFTunion) September 18, 2019

Air Line Pilots Association:

Did you miss @ALPAPresident's keynote at #NATCACFS2019? Check out the full remarks here: https://t.co/GuxGo24Aiq

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) September 17, 2019

Alliance for Retired Americans:

ALERT: The Trump administration is pushing short-term health plans. But these plans don't provide the comprehensive coverage the ACA does and leave consumers with hefty bills. We can't afford insurance companies' greed any longer. #ProtectOurCare #JunkInsurance https://t.co/kq1Bh0X2QT

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) September 18, 2019

Amalgamated Transit Union:

Silicon Valley light rail, bus drivers reach contract deal after contentious negotiations https://t.co/T6Vl6bN0P4 #1u #p2 #UnionStrong

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) September 9, 2019

American Federation of Musicians:

Never surprising, but always outrageous when the corporate overlords try to stop working people from joining together in union. Solidarity with the @kickstarter staff organizing! ✊🏿✊✊🏾 #1u
https://t.co/eaNHECekAx via @slate

— AFM (@The_AFM) September 13, 2019

American Postal Workers Union:

Have you made the call? #USPSFairnessAct #APWUnited #1U pic.twitter.com/iDjlKBcE4v

— APWU National (@APWUnational) September 18, 2019

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

Power to the striking @UAW workers!

We brought our protest pup Hermione to the picket line at the Whitemarsh GM plant in MD where many workers share that this will be the 5th or 6th time they are are left to forcibly quit or relocate. #UAWstrike #StandWithUs pic.twitter.com/kWIxZmXGuT

— APALA (@APALAnational) September 18, 2019

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

A room full of @afa_cwa Government Affairs activists gearing up to head to Capitol Hill to fight for Flight Attendant issues. #1u pic.twitter.com/CcGGaLK30p

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) September 17, 2019

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

One day longer @UAW. This fight against the greed of @GM is for all of us. We stand with you in solidarity. #UAWStrike #1u https://t.co/Jpt0ahO3T2

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) September 18, 2019

Boilermakers:

Local 158 (Peoria, IL) members love veterans. Find out how they show their support https://t.co/vVN9VDr1CL

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) September 16, 2019

Bricklayers:

Proud BAC Local 13 Nevada members are working on this project! #BestHandsintheBusiness #1u https://t.co/jq9IvMm1Cs

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) September 18, 2019

California School Employees Association:

The final member who received the Member of the Year award at conference this year was Sandy Bennett! pic.twitter.com/4Kuy0uZN6u

— CSEA (@CSEA_Now) September 17, 2019

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists stands in solidarity with our striking UAW sisters and brothers. Know that your fight is our fight. Your victory will be our reward. #OneFight #solidarity @UAW pic.twitter.com/GapR8eyihB

— CBTU (@CBTU72) September 17, 2019

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

Register TODAY: September 16, or an extra $50 dollar fee will be added to the price of registration. https://t.co/KtwL7xICwu pic.twitter.com/nx52WQIdfF

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) September 16, 2019

Communications Workers of America:

This #HispanicHeritageMonth, we celebrate the valuable contributions of Latinx communities around the country to our culture and history! We recognize the incredible sacrifices made by Hispanic labor activists and continue to fight in their honor to build solidarity and power. pic.twitter.com/IV8QekUeUM

— CWA (@CWAUnion) September 16, 2019

Department for Professional Employees:

Story producers for reality tv shows often have low pay, no benefits, and poor working conditions. Joining together in union is best way to fix these problems. #1u https://t.co/OdsITpX9Ok

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) September 18, 2019

Electrical Workers:

Hotel employees in the #IBEW ? In this Iowa community, they’re a perfect fit. https://t.co/kEiEAgj3HW

— IBEW (@IBEW) September 16, 2019

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

Farm worker members working hard all day, doing backbreaking work at these speeds, work we will not do. We thank them and fight alongside them for their human rights!https://t.co/JVNmgHf5DW

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) September 18, 2019

Fire Fighters:

#IAFFBurnCamp19 is happening this week and burn campers had a chance to tour the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. To learn more about the International Burn Camp visit: https://t.co/qN8uvsjhaj pic.twitter.com/6JtB3y9oFQ

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) September 18, 2019

Heat and Frost Insulators:

We are extremely excited to announce that the Insulators Union will be participating in the @EnergyCommerce hearing this Friday at 9am:
“Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: Solutions for the U.S. Building Sector."

The hearing will be streamed live: https://t.co/KCPLf4nJ5b

— Insulators Union (@InsulatorsUnion) September 18, 2019

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

. @IFPTE, @seiu_uhw, and @OPEIU are ready to #STRIKE for their patients and their families!! #KaiserPermanente can still do the right thing and put patients over profits! #1u #UnionStrong https://t.co/32tkkC28hK

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) September 18, 2019

Ironworkers:

On September 27, you have a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how an old stove turns into the World Trade Center. Steel mills, fabrication plants, and other facilities across the country will open their doors for an annual #SteelDay celebration. https://t.co/rb59QLS2Uy pic.twitter.com/OVux8FyN3w

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) September 18, 2019

Jobs With Justice:

When employers force working people to sign arbitration agreements, they strip them of their ability to take action if and/or when the employer does something wrong. https://t.co/GKUUXcC9nv

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) September 18, 2019

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

Hispanic Heritage Month has kicked off, read this compelling interview with Yanira Merino, LCLAA's National President and LiUNA's National Immigration Coordinator.@LIUNA https://t.co/bxtRawhkmc

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) September 17, 2019

Laborers:

#LIUNA members are speaking out against so-called right-to-work in Virginia https://t.co/Mc3ttMYETX

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) September 17, 2019

Machinists:

🧘🏿‍♀️🧘🏻‍♀️🧘🏽‍♀️🧘🏾‍♀️🧘‍♀️ teachers are organizing around making yoga instruction a sustainable profession. Follow @Unionize_Yoga for more ℹ️ #1u https://t.co/dgIDFvavPI

— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) September 18, 2019

Metal Trades Department:

“For this particular strike, I think what happened is the union feels somewhat betrayed. Because they helped GM during the bankruptcy period by taking concessions. And then GM turned around and closed those plants.” https://t.co/uZic6CXVJl

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) September 17, 2019

Mine Workers:

“In July, we were alarmed to learn that 1,200 retired coal miners, their widows and their dependents would lose their health care benefits at the end of the calendar year." https://t.co/MI6Jd04hQY

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) September 17, 2019

Musical Artists:

New York is a Union Town. Had a great day marching in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in organized labor! @AFLCIO @lizshuler @Local_802_AFM #LDP2019 #unionstrong #1u pic.twitter.com/6me5Seuk3I

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) September 7, 2019

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

For the panel “Commercial Space: Integrating the Future of the NAS,” NATCA Commercial Space Rep Paul Behan introduced ACTA's Kevin Hatton & Space Florida Senior VP & GM Jim Kuzma at #NATCACFS2019 to talk about ensuring compliance while encouraging commercial space operations. pic.twitter.com/teZl9eoFOS

— NATCA CFS (@NATCACFS) September 17, 2019

National Association of Letter Carriers:

Gerome went to #NewMexico! He visited the Hot Air Balloon Museum in Albuquerque & then met with a retired letter carrier, Daniel Cdebaca, at the post office in Bernalillo. Write to cbragg5414@comcast.net if you want Gerome to visit you. https://t.co/XgDZrRdfJa #1u #postalproud pic.twitter.com/zzeEIKlNgD

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) September 18, 2019

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

"Every single candidate needs to answer this question."

NDLON's @sg_ndlon on whether Dems will #ChangeCourse on immigration, and the powerful #ElPasoFirme call to action

Via @latinorebels: https://t.co/eEqoJ0uIhn

— NDLON (@NDLON) September 16, 2019

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

Here’s how we do it:
→ Universal Family Care
→ Paid family leave
→ Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) September 18, 2019

National Federation of Federal Employees:

It's time to rise up against attacks on federal workers' rights, union contracts, and the ability to have a voice in the workplace! Join us on 9.24.19. #FedUpRiseUp pic.twitter.com/mxl65YWwnq

— NFFE (@NFFE_Union) September 18, 2019

National Nurses United:

Why are #nurses at @UChicagoMed going on strike on Friday?

Three words: For. Our. Patients.

RN Denise Summers speaks at the @RPCoalition Saturday Morning Forum about this week's #RNStrike: pic.twitter.com/0vmh7LFuH5

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) September 18, 2019

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

Lyft, you may recall, is the same company that has been lying to California drivers, telling them that the new rules in AB5 will force the company to make drivers work scheduled shifts, when nothing in the law has any impact on driver schedules.

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) September 13, 2019

The NewsGuild-CWA:

Congratulations on winning your first raise in more than a decade! Keep fighting the good fight! https://t.co/3mUyzxTOO8

— NewsGuild (@news_guild) September 18, 2019

NFL Players Association:

Veteran @BBulaga has the right idea–it's all about being prepared. #StayReady #ExpirationisComing https://t.co/zy5kIQ6o3D pic.twitter.com/IoCHaIS0ox

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 17, 2019

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Another day, another #UnionConstruction project 🙌

Great progress is being made on the new 65,000 @Raiders stadium. Check out what the #BuildingTrades union members have to say!
https://t.co/lPnkpscJct

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) September 17, 2019

Office and Professional Employees:

We must put an end to #ForcedArbitration to ensure all working people retain the right to hold their employer accountable.

— OPEIU (@OPEIU) September 18, 2019

Painters and Allied Trades:

Sign up for the IUPAT Rapid Action Network now! This e-activist network is our latest effort to get you the issues that matter the most on time and in your inbox. https://t.co/6qsEy4YPrk pic.twitter.com/VyyZKD7111

— GoIUPAT✊🏽 (@GoIUPAT) September 17, 2019

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

“IRAPs will not only jeopardize standards in the construction industry, putting workers and customers at risk, but also endanger the public who use the buildings and infrastructure the workers build. IRAPs have no place in the construction industry” https://t.co/uk5LojFyx3

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) September 18, 2019

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

Aviation safety begins with men & women who make up the aviation workforce worldwide. PASS members at Federal Aviation Administration who perform safety critical work stand in solidarity w #RyanAir & @sepla_pilotos fighting for a fair contract. #unionsolidarty @WeAreALPA @AFLCIO https://t.co/CFLHOH10mf

— PASS (@PASSNational) September 13, 2019

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

Who do you think really represents the interests of working people? The union members & allies who came out to protest, or the @RightToWork attorney they were protesting who literally represented Mark Janus in front of the Supreme Court? pic.twitter.com/d1C0qlDTni

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) September 17, 2019

SAG-AFTRA:

Union Announces Sweeping Changes for Largest Third Party Signatories https://t.co/mGUAssQSOt pic.twitter.com/BN3eFfJ4y5

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) September 17, 2019

School Administrators:

GM closing plants and sending job overseas not only hurts workers and our economy, it impacts the tax base in our communities taking vital money and resources away from schools and our children. Don't buy a GM car until the workers get a fair contract. Read our letter. #UAWStrike pic.twitter.com/rDN7f6k4Dg

— AFSA Leadership (@AFSAUnion) September 17, 2019

Solidarity Center:

50+ union leaders & activists have been abducted in #Zimbabwe since Jan, & doctors now are protesting the abduction & disappearance of the acting president of the Zimbabwean Hospital Drs Assoc, Peter Magombeyi. @ZctuZimbabwe @ituc_africa @AfriNewsAgencyhttps://t.co/rzJrrFqZKk

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) September 18, 2019

Theatrical Stage Employees:

"His great grandfather John Epley Barnhart was one of the original founders of IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, whose logo Lohrer proudly wears on the sleeve of his official The Lion King shirt." https://t.co/cyyv9Hh64Z

— IATSE (@IATSE) September 18, 2019

Transport Workers:

The TWU supports @UAW workers on strike! #1u #solidarity https://t.co/hsqRGpT1Yz pic.twitter.com/tfnQCC4eSf

— TWU (@transportworker) September 17, 2019

Transportation Trades Department:

The time to invest in our transportation #infrastructure is now, as, in the words of @RepPeterDeFazio, "the cost of inaction is too great."https://t.co/wVz5AuZsQW

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) September 18, 2019

UAW:

We stood up for General Motors when they needed us most. Now we need GM to stand with us and invest in the healthcare we deserve. Working in the plant takes a toll on our bodies, so quality healthcare and affordable prescriptions are an investment in us! #Solidarity #StandWithUs pic.twitter.com/mFXKQpihLW

— UAW (@UAW) September 18, 2019

Union Veterans Council:

It’s Saturday morning what are you doing🤔

I spent time this morning with over 50 union volunteers with the NOVA Labor Council launching a walk for @HelmerVA.

Don’t just post about change! Be the change by knocking 🚪’s and making 📞’s. #1u pic.twitter.com/2a06sR3vip

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) September 14, 2019

UNITE HERE:

Truth is, @Marriott’s “Green Choice” program hurts housekeepers.

💸 We lose wages and benefits.

🤕 Our jobs are harder and more painful.

🧪 We have to use more chemicals.

Don't skip housekeeping. Sign the pledge to reject "Green Choice" → https://t.co/9XVtbcIRll#OOW19

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) September 18, 2019

United Food and Commercial Workers:

Congrats to these members! MT @PaulMeinemaUFCW: Firefighters in Quebec - proud members of #UFCW Local 501 - have achieved a new union contract that provides wage increases, minimum hours of work & more. That's the #union advantage! https://t.co/Lg8Q3v5b9d pic.twitter.com/6nIN3UsXfq

— UFCW (@UFCW) September 17, 2019

United Steelworkers:

As summer ends, other journeys begin at district Women of Steel leadership trainings https://t.co/TteioPgFSZ #WOS pic.twitter.com/ObIriD5sxF

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) September 18, 2019

United Students Against Sweatshops:

"Campus activism can have a huge impact. Take the case of United Students Against Sweatshops..." Climate Strikes: What They Accomplish And How They Could Have More Impact https://t.co/QVAY5TCrPz

— USAS (@USAS) September 16, 2019

United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers:

September is #SuicidePreventionMonth. We have partnered with the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention to bring awareness to our members and their families. Pledge to STAND up for #suicideprevention. https://t.co/HaWee9IciE pic.twitter.com/WjLimz1vXA

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) September 16, 2019

Utility Workers:

Thank you, @SenDuckworth of Illinois, for taking the time to meet with us this week. It was an honor to meet you, and we appreciate the opportunity to discuss important issues faced by our members both in the state and across the nation. pic.twitter.com/iMqKXdf74m

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) September 18, 2019

Working America:

.@GM cutting off the health coverage of @UAW members striking for fair wages and better job security is beyond cruel.

It's even worse when you remember that the CEO of General Motors was compensated $21.87 million in 2018 alone. #GMStrike https://t.co/toc3Z419pO

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) September 17, 2019

Writers Guild of America, East:

Introducing #LaborLingo - the WGA East's official Union Glossary! Because fall may be back-to-school season, but you can learn about unions any time of the year. #1u pic.twitter.com/rQljE7zIOR

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) September 12, 2019 Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 09/19/2019 - 09:50

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: A Huge Deal

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 09:40
‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: A Huge Deal

On the latest episode of “State of the Unions,” podcast co-hosts Julie Greene and Tim Schlittner check in with AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council Executive Director Brad Markell about the UAW strike at General Motors and interview Veena Dubal, an associate law professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, whose work helped pave the way for passage of A.B. 5, the landmark pro-worker legislation in California. 

Listen to our previous episodes:

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

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 09/18/2019 - 10:40

Tags: Podcast

U.S. Labor Movement Supports Mexico's Working People

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 09:03
U.S. Labor Movement Supports Mexico's Working People AFL-CIO

At a meeting Saturday in Chicago, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) assured Mexican-American political, labor, community and religious leaders that the U.S. labor movement will work to ensure that any new trade agreement raises the standards of living for all working people across North America.

“Any NAFTA agreement that leaves Mexican workers poor and vulnerable and American workers jobless is dead on arrival," Trumka said. And the U.S. and Mexican labor movement are in agreement that any new trade agreement must work for people not corporations.”

Mexican Sen. Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, who leads Los Mineros, one of Mexico's few independent unions, attended the meeting along with Mexican Congresswoman María Libier González-Anaya. Both agreed with Trumka that any new trade agreement must protect workers on both sides of the border.

AFL-CIO

Gómez Urrutia explained that while the recently passed Mexican labor law reform was an important step forward, there is still much work to do to protect independent unions, and workers' freedom to bargain for a fair contract.

“When NAFTA was passed 25 years ago, Mexico had the highest wages in Latin America," Gómez Urrutia said. "Today we have the lowest salary. This trade agreement created a model to exploit working people, through sham contracts written by corporations. Today in Mexico corporations set their own unions and enforce their own contracts."

AFL-CIO

The meeting took place a week after Trumka met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the presidential palace in Mexico City, where they had a frank conversation about the fundamental changes that must be at the heart of any North American trade deal. 

“I am absolutely convinced that President López Obrador wants the new labor law to work," Trumka said. "If in fact the new labor law doesn’t work and we can’t get rid of those 700,000 contracts, then I am afraid that our brothers and sisters in Mexico will be forced to live in poverty for decades to come. This is a great opportunity to enforce that law."

AFL-CIO

While in Mexico, Trumka also met with the nation’s labor minister and leaders from independent unions, including Gómez Urrutia. He witnessed firsthand the obstacles Mexican working people face in freely negotiating a collective bargaining agreement:

My trip only served to confirm the disastrous impact of NAFTA. Forty percent of our brothers and sisters in Mexico are living in poverty. There are still hundreds of thousands of protectionist contracts. For years the Mexican government has kept wages artificially low for Mexican workers, and the tool that they used to do that are these sham contracts. 

AFL-CIO

The AFL-CIO’s senior strategic adviser for state and local bodies and federations, Ramon Becerra, and AFL-CIO International Director Cathy Feingold played active roles in organizing the meeting and engaging with political and community leaders from Mexican-American clubs, federations and worker centers, and labor and immigration activists.

AFL-CIO

In addition to trade, immigration was a top issue discussed during the meeting. González-Anaya highlighted the important role of labor unions in protecting immigrant rights. 

In his address, Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter (IUOE) said, “At this time of history when Chicago is building on its legacy of being an immigrant city and fighting back against those who seek to divide us on economics and issues of race and ethnicity, when we should be coming together to lift up our core values and fight for economic and social justice.”

AFL-CIO

Trumka reminded attendees that we are a labor movement of immigrants and that our unions must provide sanctuary and our contracts must offer protections where our laws do not. 

“Immigrants can find hope and a home in the labor movement,” he said. “Our nation is being poisoned by hateful rhetoric and divisive tactics that come from the highest level of our government. We are not going to rest until every aspiring American can live here and work here safely as a citizen of the United States.”

 

AFL-CIO Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 09/17/2019 - 10:03

Tags: Mexico

Pittston, Solidarity and Labor's Future: Labor Podcast and Radio Roundup

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:50
Pittston, Solidarity and Labor's Future: 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.

Follow the links below to find podcasts. They also can be found wherever you listen to podcasts:

Arise! Labor Edition: Richard Trumka on Pittston, Solidarity and Labor's Future.

Building Bridges: "Putting the movement back into the union movement with Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, who denounced President Trump’s government shutdown for endangering airline security and forcing workers to labor without pay and told her fellow labor leaders, 'to end this shutdown with a general strike!' She became America’s most powerful flight attendant and a rising star of the labor movement. And Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, president of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), New York's largest nurses union, which has become known for its support of Medicare for All. It has taken its service-oriented union work and further extended it for community needs. And Bianca Cunningham, a staff writer and organizer at Labor Notes Magazine, who got her start in the labor movement as a Verizon retail worker. She was a leader in the 2014 drive that won a union at seven stores, breaking into wireless retail for the first time in the company's history. These workers went on to win their first union contract when they joined landline workers in the 2016 Verizon strike."

Heartland Labor Forum: "It’s 38 days and counting that the Blackjewel coal miners of Harlan County, Kentucky, are occupying the tracks saying, 'No Pay, We Stay!' We’ll get their story. Then, it’s almost 40 years since President Ronald Reagan fired over 11,000 striking professional air traffic controllers. What are the lessons of the [Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization] strike for today?"

UCOMM Live: This week: "SharpieGate, the Weatherman and our new app, Drug Hub. Plus we have an interview with the AFL-CIO's Liz Shuler. She talks to us at the New York City Labor Day Parade. We remember 9/11 with IBEW Local 3's Business Manager Chris Erikson. Lenny is back to talk about the opioid crisis and some of the great work he did this past week volunteering in Philly. We look at how the [National Labor Relations Board] has lost its way under Trump, his obsession with a weather map, and the 10,000 jobs that were lost because of his trade war."

Union City Radio: For the week of Sept. 9-13.

Your Rights At Work: "Brian Prechtl, co-chair of the Baltimore Symphony Musicians Players’ Committee, with a BSO lockout update; 1199 SEIU's Yahnae Barner on the NLRB ruling that Universal Health Services Inc. at George Washington University Hospital engaged in unfair labor practices; POGO's Becca Jones on the effect of SharpieGate on federal workers, 'Case Closed' with David Schloss and Press Associates Inc.'s Mark Gruenberg with the latest labor news."

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 09/16/2019 - 14:50

Tags: Podcast

Nearly 50,000 UAW Members at GM Go on Strike

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 11:17
Nearly 50,000 UAW Members at GM Go on Strike AFL-CIO

As of midnight Sunday, UAW members at General Motors have gone on strike. The 2015 collective bargaining agreement between UAW and GM expired Saturday after GM offered an inadequate new contract. Nearly 50,000 workers are now on strike. They are demanding fair wages, affordable health care, a share of profits, job security and a defined path to permanent seniority for temporary workers.

UAW President Gary Jones said: “We told UAW GM members that we would stand up for them and their future.”

UAW Vice President Terry Dittes explained: “We stood up for General Motors when they needed us most. Now we are standing together in unity and solidarity for our members, their families and the communities where we work and live."

Ted Krumm of UAW Local 652, who is the national bargaining committee chair, further expanded upon the need for the strike: 

We have been clear at the table about what GM members have indicated we will accept. We are standing up for what is right. We as local unions will sacrifice to stand up for what we deserve. Our members have spoken; we have taken action; and this is a decision we did not make lightly. We are committed to a strong contract at GM that recognizes our UAW members, who make some of the greatest products in the world and make GM so profitable.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) showed the federation's support for members of the UAW:

As our UAW brothers and sisters prepare to walk the picket line, the 12.5 million working people of the AFL-CIO are ready to march alongside them. Calling a strike is a deeply difficult decision and always a measure of last resort. This is a fight to win dignity for the 46,000 auto workers who have delivered their bosses record-breaking profits for years. We will have their backs every day until they win the respect and security that they deserve.

Other labor leaders, organizations and allies quickly showed their support for UAW members:

Statement from President Bieber supporting UAW-GM members on strike. #Solidarity #1u https://t.co/cTCHl0zVkW

— Michigan AFL-CIO (@MIAFLCIO) September 16, 2019

 

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

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

 

Statement of NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on UAW’s Strike against General Motors https://t.co/6ahSY6RjUd

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) September 16, 2019

 

AFGE members stand in total solidarity with @UAW members striking for a fair contract with @GM! https://t.co/GVPa9hqTNO

— AFGE (@AFGENational) September 16, 2019

 

The IAM stands with the thousands of @GM workers as they fight for good wages and benefits! #solidarityhttps://t.co/whLHt9iK7q

— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) September 16, 2019

 

.@Teamsters will honor @UAW @gm picket lines pic.twitter.com/NJpBv2DAfy

— David Shepardson (@davidshepardson) September 15, 2019

 

I support the @UAW's decision to employ American workers' most serious tool to achieve a better deal. #1u

— Rep. Andy Levin (@RepAndyLevin) September 16, 2019

 

I stand in solidarity with workers as they fight for better wages and benefits.

— Senator Gary Peters (@SenGaryPeters) September 15, 2019

Numerous presidential candidates also weighed in with their support for the UAW members:

Unions like @UAW built the middle class in America by negotiating for better wages, benefits and treatment in the workplace. That work continues today.

I stand with UAW as they fight to ensure their members’ hard work is rewarded with a fair share of the success they’ve created.

— Michael Bennet (@MichaelBennet) September 16, 2019

A job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It's about dignity and respect.

Proud to stand with @UAW to demand fair wages and benefits for their members. America's workers deserve better. https://t.co/vdYS3sp4eo

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 15, 2019

I'm proud to stand with the hardworking members of @UAW in their fight for fair wages, health care, and job security. @GM should do right by the workers who fuel its profits. https://t.co/3XF8OswRRn

— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) September 16, 2019

My grandfather was an assembly line worker & @UAW union rep outside of Detroit who showed me the power of collective action as a force to improve lives & right injustice. I stand with UAW workers in their fight for fair wages, better benefits & reversal of plant closures. https://t.co/zgXmm0m8jw

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 16, 2019

As a former union-side labor lawyer, I know how difficult of a decision this is for hardworking folks and their families. They deserve better wages, benefits, and job security. A company generating record profits should pay workers their fair share. https://t.co/rc3ll07SBO

— Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) September 16, 2019

The CEO of @GM made nearly $22 million dollars last year—281 times the median GM worker.

I stand with the 46,000 @UAW members who have moved to strike, fighting for affordable health care and fair wages.

GM can afford to do right by them.#StandWithUS #1U

— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) September 15, 2019

I stand in solidarity with the more than 48,000 United Auto Workers members who are striking for affordable health care, fair wages, and job security. When we raise our voices together, we can win. https://t.co/VJOhoBqjs6

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 16, 2019

I stand with workers. I stand with @UAW. #UnionStrong https://t.co/rCVz7D4VvK

— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) September 16, 2019

I am with the United Auto Workers on strike today—and with workers everywhere, fighting for the dignity they deserve.

— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 16, 2019

Proud to be on the picket line w/ Lordstown @UAW members who are striking w/ 40,000+ of their sisters & brothers for fair wages & affordable healthcare, job security, a path for temp workers to become full-time workers and their share of GM's record-setting profits. #StandWithUS pic.twitter.com/dMvIZV2lfR

— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) September 16, 2019

I am proud to support the @UAW workers who are standing up to the greed of GM. Our message to GM is a simple one: End the greed, sit down with the UAW and work out an agreement that treats your workers with the respect and the dignity they deserve. https://t.co/nAQoeX82oz

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 15, 2019

I stand with the 50,000 @UAW members striking at General Motors. GM must put the welfare of its workers above perks for its executives and provide fair wages, affordable healthcare, and secure jobs.

— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) September 16, 2019

Auto workers deserve good wages, comprehensive benefits, and economic security. I stand with @UAW as they strike to get what they deserve, and urge GM to come to the table and negotiate in good faith. https://t.co/VRmL7VzSzt

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) September 16, 2019

Unions and the @UAW have been a force for worker equity and fair treatment for decades even as our economy has grown more inhuman and punishing. GM should value its workers fairly and compensate them what they deserve. https://t.co/hPwo38VOOp

— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 16, 2019 Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:17

Never Forget: The Working People Weekly List

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 12:15
Never Forget: 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.

Working People Remember Those Lost Because of 9/11: "The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, 18 years ago today, affected all Americans, but they had a particular impact upon first responders. Thousands of lives were lost that day and more died in the aftermath because of illnesses related to the attacks. The members and leaders of the various unions affected by the 9/11 attacks are memorializing the anniversary in various ways."

Celebrating Labor Day: 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."

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

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

Economy Gains 130,000 Jobs in August; Unemployment Steady at 3.7%: "The U.S. economy gained 130,000 jobs in August, and the unemployment rate remained at 3.7%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics."

Responding to Dorian: 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."

State of the Unions’ Podcast: Humble Courage and 90210: "On the latest episode of 'State of the Unions,' podcast co-hosts Julie Greene and Tim Schlittner talk to SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris about the future of work, sexual harassment and her journey from young actor to labor leader."

Say No to IRAPs: In the States Roundup: "It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states."

Stand Up and Be Recognized: Worker Wins: "Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with actors and actresses winning new contracts and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life."

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 09/13/2019 - 13:15

Union Power on the Rise: In the States Roundup

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:40
Union Power on the Rise: In the States Roundup AFL-CIO

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

Alabama AFL-CIO:

We wish brother Tom Chamberlain the best with his retirement. #1u #UnionStrong https://t.co/f2HBSFoKFQ

— Alabama AFL-CIO (@AlabamaAFLCIO) August 30, 2019

Alaska AFL-CIO:

We are also excited to support our sister @galradio for FNSB Assembly! #themindycampaign #akleg https://t.co/HPS0I57QHr

— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) September 10, 2019

Arkansas AFL-CIO:

Please remember our Sister in Odessa who lost her life this week. 😔 https://t.co/kvaQqzYvRP

— Arkansas AFL-CIO (@ArkansasAFLCIO) September 2, 2019

California Labor Federation:

Solidarity with Port Truck Drivers ✊ #EndWageTheft #PortStrike #AB5 https://t.co/O5ZNOCWJYW

— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) September 9, 2019

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

"If we can get 99 percent of people to fight together for a more dignified life, we will get it. Let’s get it." #1u https://t.co/SSQfsQD5EM

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) September 6, 2019

Florida AFL-CIO:

“I will be your ally in Tallahassee, we will stand with you and we will stand together in fighting for our future.” ⁦@NikkiFriedFL⁩ joins us at the Biennial AFL-CIO Conference. We’re excited about the new ideas she brings and her accomplishments so far. pic.twitter.com/wVSV2lfxnC

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) September 8, 2019

Idaho AFL-CIO:

#1u #UnionStrong #IdahoUnions #AFLCIO #IDAFLCIO #LaborUnions pic.twitter.com/Z0Ao7YxIg7

— Idaho State AFL-CIO (@IdahoAFLCIO) September 10, 2019

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

Trump’s NLRB sides with corporations over working people #ElectionsMatter #1u https://t.co/Ale2EPPlgJ

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) September 10, 2019

Iowa Federation of Labor:

How American Workers Won the Eight-Hour Workday https://t.co/pr85ugE9JR

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) September 9, 2019

Maine AFL-CIO:

“We are literally forced to work consecutive shifts from nights to days without enough time to sleep. Our fight, first and foremost, is for safe patient care.” https://t.co/w5wfwGi7Fv @MeNursesUnion @AFLCIO #mepolitics

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

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

Members of the Mass AFL-CIO’s Young Workers Movement are in #Marshfield standing on the picket line with @Teamsters25 in their fight for a fair contract. #1u #solidarity pic.twitter.com/k8TJi12Jxe

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

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

Challenger paratransit workers reach first-time tentative agreement - Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO https://t.co/UUjoobX9WA

— MetroDCLaborCouncil (@DCLabor) September 9, 2019

Michigan AFL-CIO:

#Solidarity https://t.co/JOvPF69Mjv

— Michigan AFL-CIO (@MIAFLCIO) September 6, 2019

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

Five Signs That Worker Power Is on the Rise https://t.co/tyJ1N15O3I #1u pic.twitter.com/FLBXc7GYT6

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) September 8, 2019

Missouri AFL-CIO:

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. If you or someone you care about is struggling, please know you're not alone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. #WSD2019 #WorldSuicidePreventionDay pic.twitter.com/mED2I8LbNV

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) September 10, 2019

Montana AFL-CIO:

🚨Job Opportunity🚨
If you're looking to break into political work and organizing @MontanaFed is great place to start. https://t.co/XJWMt74QDK

— Montana AFL-CIO (@MTaflcio) September 6, 2019

Nebraska AFL-CIO:

Working people want a better life for everyone, not just the wealthy few. #laborDay #1u pic.twitter.com/oZeqRH5VeR

— NE State AFL-CIO (@NEAFLCIO) August 28, 2019

New Hampshire AFL-CIO:

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

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

New Mexico Federation of Labor:

President Vince Alvarado in the dunk tank this #LaborDay https://t.co/Dk8PUcBuHJ

— NMFL (@NMFLaflcio) September 2, 2019

New York State AFL-CIO:

And we are off! #UnionStrong #Solidarity #LDP2019 @centrallabornyc pic.twitter.com/dKp1m0lhGE

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) September 7, 2019

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

Opinion: In This Economy, Every Day Should Be #LaborDay https://t.co/sQbeZfwpZB via @MikeElk #1u

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) September 3, 2019

Ohio AFL-CIO:

👏👏👏
Being #UnionStrong = Strong Communities! https://t.co/l3PMKtqNz7

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) September 9, 2019

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Yes, America is Rigged Against Workers https://t.co/wia8ybPsk3

— Oklahoma AFL-CIO (@OK_AFL_CIO) September 6, 2019

Oregon AFL-CIO:

Unbelievable. https://t.co/SB5QG97rWw

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) September 8, 2019

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

Have you ever seen a snake at a #LaborDay parade? Thank you, @The_UWUA because now we have!! 🐍 pic.twitter.com/g62H7LOe4W

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) September 2, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO:

State employees rally for higher pay https://t.co/7JgC1HoEUZ

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) September 7, 2019

Virginia AFL-CIO:

20,000 @ATT workers in the South went on strike—and won. @CWAUnion, congratulations on a big win. Read about it here: https://t.co/R506v1v3NX #UnionStrong #Solidarity #JoinAUnion #Winning pic.twitter.com/hgHC1AEkTw

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) September 10, 2019

Washington State Labor Council:

ICYMI... The high cost of Tim Eyman's Initiative 976 (by the WSLC's David Groves) #waelex https://t.co/RiyOnFEYYu

— WA State AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) September 9, 2019

West Virginia AFL-CIO:

Happy Labor Day everyone!!

Workers around the country are winning because we are standing together and communities are rallying behind us. In fact, fresh research from Gallup shows approval of unions at 64 percent, a nearly 50-year high. #WV #wvpol #UnionStrong 💪 pic.twitter.com/qzPyTDmLJI

— West Virginia AFLCIO (@WestVirginiaAFL) September 2, 2019

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Kenosha AFL-CIO chooses 2 for Labor Person of Year, https://t.co/AYpepI2Mxv

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) September 3, 2019 Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 09/13/2019 - 11:40

Labor Unions Are for Safety and Creativity

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 08:41
Labor Unions Are for Safety and Creativity Terence Faircloth

I do not go around asking people if they believe in God. But I frequently ask people if they believe in labor unions. I am genuinely curious about how people around me think about collective bargaining in workplaces. How do people who work for a living, or who have at some point worked for a living (meaning most of us) think about people being courageous, together, for the sake of the integrity of their work or the safety of their work or the dignity of their lives at work? Several men working for the fire department recently said, loud enough for people coming out of the grocery store to hear, “Oh, yes ma’am, we sure do need our union.” In a hotel elevator this summer, a man, carrying a poster noting his retirement as an airline pilot, said he is clear that people working in the industry, at all levels, need labor unions. He said it was a basic matter of safety.

This is one very obvious reason why everyone who walks around in the world needs labor unions. If you drive in a car, you want the people who put your car together to have the ability to stop production if they notice something is awry. If you ride around on one of those rent-by-the-day scooters, you want the people who put the scooter together to have been able to take the time to test whether or not the scooter is safe to scoot. (Same for the people who put together the helmet you should be wearing if you are scooting. Just saying.) People who work for the fire department need equipment that allows them to put out the fire safely and quickly if, by chance, you have overestimated your oven’s ability to be “self-cleaning.” (A real, and embarrassing, example.) Look up the cover of “The Berenstain Bears: Jobs Around Town” and tell me a job that Jan and Stan Berenstain feature that does not need a labor union? The man on the girder being lifted by a crane needs the person pulling the lever to be able to call in sick if necessary. The woman selling hot dogs does not want to sell Sister Bear a dog with, well...actual dog under the relish. The bear walking across the bridge with what appears to be a giant pumpkin relies on the fact that the bears who built the bridge had time off to eat lunches and sleep. And the bear with the pink shirt, up in the corner, painting on a canvas? They need a labor union, too.

This is one of the trickiest concepts for some people to grasp. Labor unions are about our safety as people living together in a town or city, and they are also about creativity. As a writer and a teacher, I need the committed, active support of other writers and teachers in order to write and to teach in my own unique, best, way. While I was a graduate student, collective bargaining allowed me to write what turned out to be a damn good dissertation (and eventually a book) without worrying that my adviser would punish me for writing something very different than what he had published. I needed the courage in common that was collective bargaining to formulate my own particular and singular way of thinking. Actors, photographers, journalists, sculptors—all have expressed a similar sense that labor unions allow for individual freedom in their craft. If you want to hear what music sounds like without labor unions, turn on your canned radio station and hear the same pop song every two hours, interspersed with a few others deemed by someone in marketing to meet the least common denominator of music. Alternatively, find the alternative station in the genre that helps you through your own workday, and consider periodically the teamwork behind the scenes that allowed those musicians to defy what some person in the number-crunching department determined would be passable as music.

There are no doubt some people in this world who manage to be remarkably creative without labor unions and the collective bargaining that comes with courage. I am frankly worn out from trying. I need a union as much as people putting out fires and people putting airplanes together. My labor is also important, and so I will keep asking people about their unions and their ideas about unions. And I will keep trying to find the best, most creative and unique ways to explain why I need a team.

Amy Laura Hall has taught ethics at Duke University since 1999. Her most recent book is Laughing at the Devil: Seeing the World with Julian of Norwich. This post originally appeared at the North Carolina State AFL-CIO.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 09/13/2019 - 09:41

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