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The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:12:58 +0000

The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) just released a new ad in support of its U.S. Mail Not for Sale campaign. The campaign is a worker-led effort that brings together working people, elected officials and member organizations of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service to fight plans to privatize the U.S. Postal Service.

Watch the video above, then check out the U.S. Mail Not for Sale website, where you can learn the story behind the ad. A short summary:

On June 21, 2018, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a restructuring proposal for the federal government. The proposal, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” delivered misinformation without ever consulting the U.S. Postal Service and, if implemented, would end regular mail and package services at one affordable price, delivered to all 157 million addresses six days a week–regardless of geographic location. The OMB proposal takes direct aim at the U.S. Postal Service under the guise of reforming and structuring for the 21st century.

Learn more at U.S. Mail Not for Sale, where you also can take action to protect the U.S. Postal Service.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 11/20/2018 - 14:12

Black Women Rising: The Working People Weekly List

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:13:13 +0000

Black Women Rising: The Working People Weekly List

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 this week’s Working People Weekly List.

The Election Now: Black Women Rising: "A cadre of black women is working behind the scenes as organizers, fund-raisers, strategists and more. Black women in labor unions, including Julie Greene, who heads the AFL-CIO’s mobilization hub, are making key decisions around this election, while the I Am 2018 voting campaign of the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees)—which has 1.6 million members—aims to engage communities of color."

Unionized Athletes Need to Stop Crossing Picket Lines and Start Supporting Fellow Workers: "It should have been an easy opportunity to show solidarity. It should have been a friendly, comradely way to unite against oppressive bosses. Instead, professional athletes from the various North American sports unions have, again and again, put themselves ahead of the striking Marriott hotel workers, and crossed the picket lines that were put up in early October 2018. As if these hotel workers didn’t already have enough of an uphill battle ahead of them against the world’s largest hotel company, they now have to contend with athletes and sports unions ignoring their fight. That has to stop."

Pelosi Has Union Support in Bid for House Speaker: "The AFL-CIO and a growing list of labor unions are supporting Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) bid for House speaker. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Nov. 10 tweeted that Pelosi is an 'effective advocate for working families.' A group of six labor unions also pledged support for Pelosi’s bid to lead the 116th Congress, according to a letter addressed to Pelosi and obtained by Bloomberg Law Nov. 14. The correspondence, signed by, among others, the presidents of the United Food and Commercial Workers and the United Auto Workers, said Pelosi has 'made labor rights, including the rights of federal workers, a top priority on your agenda and we support you for doing so.'"

AFL-CIO President: How Working People Defined the Midterm Election: "There was plenty of punditry plastered across cable news last week. But, as the dust settles, there is one story that has come to define this election: working people standing together to make a difference. The labor movement unleashed an unprecedented political program this year. Across the country, union members made the difference, fighting for our issues, for union candidates and for our proven allies. Over the last few months, we knocked on more than 2.3 million doors and distributed 5 million fliers at more than 4,600 worksites. That represents millions of conversations between fellow union members, talking earnestly about the opportunity we embraced in this election—a chance to stand up and demand the fairer economy and more just society that we deserve."

With Its Primary Opponents Voted Out, What's Next for Labor Unions?: "Trumka: The labor movement really did prove to be the driving force throughout much of this cycle. We knocked on over 2 million doors. We passed out 5 million fliers. We had 12 million pieces of direct mail, and I just have to say this, Michel. This is part of something that's bigger than just politics or the last election. You're seeing a tremendous upsurge in collective action throughout the United States right now."

Bridge the Gap: "Did you know that flight attendants and workers for regional airlines are often paid 45% less than their colleagues at major carriers for doing the same work?"

Trumka Talks the Future of the Labor Movement on Yahoo Finance: "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) appeared on Yahoo Finance this week to discuss the future of labor unions. Here are some key excerpts from the interview."

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

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:13

Make Your Thanksgiving Union-Made in America

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:20:51 +0000

Make Your Thanksgiving Union-Made in America

When you buy union, you're supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, safe working conditions, and dignity and respect for work. Look for these quality products, produced by union members, when preparing for your Thanksgiving feast.

The following list comes to us from Union Label and the products are made by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM); the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers (GMP); the Machinists (IAM); UNITE HERE; the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW); the United Steel Workers (USW); the United Farm Workers (UFW); and the Teamsters (IBT).

Set the Table

  • Anchor Hocking (GMP)
  • Bennington Potters (UNITE HERE)
  • Clauss knives (USW)
  • Corning-Ware (USW)
  • Fiestaware (GMP)
  • Homer Laughlin china (GMP)
  • Libbey glassware (USW and GMP)
  • Pyrex (USW)

Fresh Whole Turkey

  • Butterball (UFCW)
  • Foster Farms (UFCW)

Ham

  • Appleton Farms ham (UFCW)
  • Butterball ham (UFCW)
  • Cook's ham (UFCW)
  • Farmland old-fashioned pit ham (UFCW)
  • Farmland original pit ham (UFCW)
  • Hormel honey roasted ham (UFCW)
  • Tyson ham (UFCW)

Stuffing

  • Manischewitz (UFCW)
  • Stroehmann bakery products (BCTGM)

Vegetables

  • Andy Boy (UFW)
  • Birds Eye (UFCW)
  • Eurofresh (UFCW)
  • Mann's (UFCW)
  • Muranaka Farm (UFW)
  • Sunripe (UFCW)

Cranberries/Cranberry Sauce

  • Dole (IBT)
  • Ocean Spray (IAM)

Potatoes

  • Betty Crocker specialty potatoes (BCTGM)
  • Dole fresh potatoes (IBT)
  • Mann's fresh culinary cuts sweet potatoes (UFCW)

Bread

  • Aunt Millie's bread products (UFVW)
  • Pillsbury rolls (BCTGM)
  • Stroehmann bakery products (BCTGM)

Pie

  • Banquet fruit pies (UFCW)
  • Entenmann's (BCTGM)
  • Marie Callender's (UFCW)
  • Pillsbury pie crust (BCTGM)
  • Sara Lee (BCTGM)

Pie Filling

  • Del Monte fresh apples (IBT)
  • Food Club canned pumpkin (UFCW)
  • Kroger pumpkin pie (UFCW)

To find more union-made in America products, visit Union Label and Service Trades Department.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:20

New Bill Seeks to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 18:27:59 +0000

New Bill Seeks to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is a serious and growing problem for health care and social service workers. Nurses, emergency room doctors, social workers, psychiatric facility aides, and other health care and social service workers frequently face violence that leads to serious, life-altering injuries, loss of productivity and death. In 2016, working people petitioned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a workplace violence standard and, in 2017, OSHA granted that petition; yet there has been no action by the Trump administration to develop a national standard to protect workers from violence.

    Some key facts about workplace violence:

    • It is responsible for more than 850 worker deaths and 28,000 serious injuries each year and is on the rise.
    • One of every six workplace deaths each year are from workplace violence.
    • It is now the second leading cause of death on the job.
    • Health care and social service workers are at greatest risk: They are nearly five times more likely than other workers to suffer a workplace violence injury.
    • Last year, workplace homicides doubled for health care and social service workers.
    • Two of every three workplace violence events are suffered by women.
    • Workplace violence is foreseeable and preventable.

    Today, Reps. Joe Courtney (Conn.) and Bobby Scott (Va.) introduced legislation aimed at protecting health care and social service workers from workplace violence. In a letter supporting the legislation, Courtney said:

    To address these rising rates of violence, I am introducing the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. This legislation will require the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to issue a workplace violence prevention standard requiring employers in the health care and social service sectors to develop and implement a plan to protect their employees from workplace violence. These plans will be tailored to the specific workplace and employee population, but may include training on de-escalation techniques, personal alarm devices, surveillance and monitoring systems, or other strategies identified by the employers and employees to keep workers safe. While OSHA has already issued voluntary guidance to employers on how to prevent violence in these workplaces, data from [the Bureau of Labor Statistics] as well as personal testimony from workers about continuing violence shows that voluntary guidance is not sufficient. An enforceable standard is required to prevent the types of violence that are prevalent in too many of our hospitals, nursing homes and social service settings.

    Watch the video above to hear from working people affected by workplace violence.

    Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:27

    Union Veterans Council Leader Attig to Help Gov.-Elect Pritzker Serve Illinois Veterans

    Fri, 16 Nov 2018 21:54:15 +0000

    Union Veterans Council Leader Attig to Help Gov.-Elect Pritzker Serve Illinois Veterans

    J.B. Pritzker & Will Attig
    Union Veterans Council

    Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig will serve on Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker's transition team, the Serving Illinois' Heroes Committee. Attig will help make sure that Pritzker and his administration are ready to serve veterans right out of the gate.

    Attig said:

    What this committee is is really a working group, a very diverse group of veterans, veteran lawmakers and individuals from the community that are going to be setting out a set of agenda items that the new administration will be looking at to support veterans in Illinois.

    I think that this committee is a great way to improve the lives of the veterans that live in Illinois, not just the younger generation of veterans, but our veterans that are retiring, the Vietnam veterans that are entering retirement age right now that we still need to make sure that we take care of.

    Read more about Attig's role and learn about the Union Veterans Council.

    Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 11/16/2018 - 16:54

    Bridge the Gap

    Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:05:03 +0000

    Bridge the Gap

    Tefere Gebre talks to Flight Attendants
    AFL-CIO

    Did you know that flight attendants and workers for regional airlines are often paid 45% less than their colleagues at major carriers for doing the same work?

    That’s why AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre (UFCW) joined his fellow labor leaders at a rally to call out this injustice and demand it be fixed.

    Executive Vice President Gebre joined Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) International President Sara Nelson, AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department President Larry Willis, Mine Workers (UMWA) President Cecil Roberts and UNITE HERE Deputy Director Alisa Gallo to build support for flight attendants. The flight attendants are in contract negotiations with Air Wisconsin Airlines, Endeavor Air and PSA Airlines and serve passengers flying with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.

    Check out a few highlights from the speakers below, and watch the rally here.

    • Gebre: “When we fight, we win! Your fight is my fight!”

    • Nelson: “It’s just not right, and it’s certainly not fair. Airlines aren’t hurting, but many airline employees are. We’re fighting to fix that.”

    • Willis: “The most important tool working people have to get ahead—union membership—is being vilified. We won't stand for it!”

    • Roberts: “They’re telling us they’re going to pay us different even though we’re doing the same job? We’ve had it up to here with this division!”

    • Gallo: “Everyone who shows up at these workplaces...makes sure that passengers are treated with respect, get where they’re going safely and [workers] deserve the same respect back from those enormously profitable companies.”

    Air Wisconsin’s flight attendants, who service United and have been negotiating since July 2016, recently voted to authorize a strike for better wages and working conditions. This news comes just a few weeks after 2,700 catering workers at United voted overwhelmingly to join UNITE HERE.

    Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:05

    Trumka Talks the Future of the Labor Movement on Yahoo Finance

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:57:36 +0000

    Trumka Talks the Future of the Labor Movement on Yahoo Finance

    Yahoo Trumka talk
    AFL-CIO

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) appeared on Yahoo Finance this week to discuss the future of labor unions. Here are some key excerpts from the interview.

    In this first clip, Trumka talks about the biggest potential threat to America's workers:

    In this next clip, Trumka talks about the top priorities for the labor movement:

    In this last clip, Trumka talks about the future of labor unions in a changing economic environment:

    Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:57

    Union Strong: In the States Roundup

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:56:06 +0000

    Union Strong: In the States Roundup

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

    Arizona AFL-CIO:

    Arkansas AFL-CIO:

    California Labor Federation:

    Connecticut AFL-CIO:

    Georgia AFL-CIO:

    Illinois AFL-CIO:

    Indiana State AFL-CIO:

    Iowa Federation of Labor:

    Kentucky State AFL-CIO:

    Maine AFL-CIO:

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

    Michigan AFL-CIO:

    Minnesota AFL-CIO:

    Missouri AFL-CIO:

    Nevada State AFL-CIO:

    New Mexico Federation of Labor:

    New York State AFL-CIO:

    North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

    Ohio AFL-CIO:

    Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

    Oregon AFL-CIO:

    Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

    Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

    Texas AFL-CIO:

    Virginia AFL-CIO:

    Washington State Labor Council:

    Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

    Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 11/14/2018 - 11:56

    We Did It! The Working People Weekly List

    Fri, 09 Nov 2018 17:44:44 +0000

    We Did It! The Working People Weekly List

    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 this week’s Working People Weekly List.

    A Driving Force in This Election: "We did it! The labor movement helped elect a wave of union members and pro-worker allies across the country last night. We proved that if you support working people, we’ll have your back. And we sent a resounding message to every candidate and elected official that if you seek to divide and destroy us, we’ll fight back with everything we have."

    Fighting for Those Who Serve: "As we celebrate millions of service members’ selfless sacrifice this Veterans Day, the Union Veterans Council is fighting to defend their economic rights and dignities when they return home. Join that fight today and be a voice for working-class veterans."

    In the States: Working People Across the Country Respond to Midterm Elections: "Across the country, working people showed up in significant numbers on Election Day to make our voices heard. And while we didn't win every race, we fought hard to make sure that as many winning candidates as possible are champions of working people."

    New Jersey Labor Movement Leads Charge to Take Back House in the Midterm Elections: "On Nov. 6, after what may have been the most consequential election in recent U.S. history, union members across New Jersey celebrated Bob Menendez’s re-election to the U.S. Senate, as well as the election of all 12 labor-endorsed congressional candidates, eight state Senate and assembly members and 50 rank-and-file union members."

    Working People Respond to Midterm Election Results: "Across the country, yesterday's elections showed that where candidates appealed to working people and championed policies that support us, working people will support those candidates. Working people provided winning margins in races across the country, sending a clear message that the pathway to winning elections in the United States goes through the labor movement."

    Who Says Union Organizer Debriefs Can't Be Fun?: "We are coming off of an exciting two days of Debriefs: Successful Strategies and Tactics for Winning Campaigns! This Organizing Institute (OI) Exchange Clinic took place Oct. 22-23 and was held at the historic AFSCME Local 1733 union hall in Memphis, Tennessee.  Sixteen advanced and lead level organizers from Ironworkers International Union and Communications Workers of America (CWA) leading campaigns across the country participated. The clinic focused on how lead organizers understand and apply the components of effective debriefs into their campaigns."

    AFL-CIO and Anti-Slavery Activists Get Results on Mauritania: "On Friday, in response to a petition originally filed by the AFL-CIO in 2017, the U.S. government gave Mauritania an ultimatum: It must make sufficient progress toward protecting internationally recognized workers' rights, including combating the scourge of hereditary slavery, or face the loss of trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Mauritania has until Jan. 1, 2019, to take action."

    AFL-CIO on Wisconsin Governor Race: 'Scott Walker Was a National Disgrace': "Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, issued a brief but harsh statement on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) losing his reelection bid. 'Scott Walker was a national disgrace,' Trumka’s entire statement read. 'Scott Walker was a national disgrace.' The comment was almost identical to Trumka’s statement after Walker formally entered the 2016 presidential race."

    Unions to Push New Democratic House to Alter Trump's Trade Deal: "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Wednesday his group would push the new Democratic majority in the House to demand tougher enforcement language in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement before it's approved. Trumka indicated unions would support the deal to replace the old North American Free Trade Agreement when it comes up for a vote likely next year provided these changes can be made, and if they could be assured that the agreement's provisions on factory wages and auto part rules of origin will work as advertised."

    Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 11/09/2018 - 12:44

    Fighting for Those Who Serve

    Fri, 09 Nov 2018 17:02:23 +0000

    Fighting for Those Who Serve

    Union Veterans Council
    Union Veterans Council

    As we celebrate millions of service members’ selfless sacrifice this Veterans Day, the Union Veterans Council is fighting to defend their economic rights and dignities when they return home. Join that fight today and be a voice for working-class veterans.

    Whether fighting to preserve the integrity of the Department of Veterans Affairs or handing an economic lifeline to returning service members, the labor movement is fighting every day for those who committed themselves to service.

    “We’re seeking to bridge the gap between military and civilian life, helping those who served our country apply the unparalleled leadership and technical skills they learned in the military to a good union job once they’re back home,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at a Toys for Tots kickoff earlier today. “Serving our veterans is just one way the labor movement is making an impact in our communities.”

    You can be a part of that effort. This Veterans Day, stand with us and speak out on the issues that impact us most. Demand more from politicians and corporations than a lapel pin or catchphrase. Together, we can win the fair economy and just society that millions of veterans have fought and bled for.

    Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 11/09/2018 - 12:02

       
      

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