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Is It Time To Regulate Or Nationalize Facebook?

I was oblivious to the real significance of Facebook in everyday life until the company disabled my personal, private thomhartmann account. The list of “possible” reasons they posted for doing this included “impersonating a celebrity,” so maybe they shut me down because they thought I pretending to be that guy who’s a talk show host and author. (Facebook, […]
Posted: December 10, 2019, 7:42 pm

CWA Executive Board Condemns Philippine Human Rights Abuses

Today, on International Human Rights Day, the Communications Workers of America Executive Board is united in its support for activists in the Philippines who face intimidation and retaliation for seeking to improve the lives and conditions of Filipino workers.

Posted: December 10, 2019, 3:46 pm

Valuing Working-Class Life: Recent Memoirs by Working-Class Women

With the UK general election looming, there has been renewed interest in the effects of years of austerity measures on poor and working-class people. It seems clear that inequality has increased and more and more people rely on food banks … Continue reading
Posted: December 9, 2019, 1:05 pm

File an Information Request with Every Grievance

December 06, 2019 / Robert M. Schwartz
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Practically speaking, one of the most useful parts of U.S. labor law is the obligation of employers to furnish records and other information needed to investigate and process union grievances.

Although this duty is not explicit in the National Labor Relations Act, the U.S. Supreme Court has construed it from Section 8(d) of the Act, which requires employers and unions to “bargain collectively.”

Posted: December 6, 2019, 8:46 pm

Will The 2020 Contenders Take On Inequality?

Is America’s political discourse on inequality finally getting real? In the early going of the 2020 presidential campaign, this has become a question worth asking. White House hopefuls have been condemning the maldistribution of America’s income and wealth with an intensity—and a specificity—that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. And the rich […]
Posted: December 6, 2019, 5:42 pm

Organizing Update

Workers at a Bay Area T-Mobile retail store in Pinole, Calif., have voted to join CWA.

Posted: December 5, 2019, 8:50 pm

Bargaining and Mobilization Update

The CWA bargaining committee representing CenturyLink workers in Texas reached a three year tentative agreement with the company.

Posted: December 5, 2019, 8:44 pm

CWA and Dominican Union FEDOTRAZONAS Announce Solidarity Agreement to Build Worker Power

The two unions represent call center workers who are employed at many of the same companies or who work at vendors that handle customer service work for those companies. 

Posted: December 5, 2019, 8:41 pm

CWA Supports Global Day of Action to Stop Attacks on Activists in the Philippines

CWA members will participate in a global day of labor union action on December 10, International Human Rights Day, to protest the severe repression of labor union and other activists in the Philippines. 

Posted: December 5, 2019, 8:36 pm

U.S. Senators Urge GateHouse and Gannett to Recognize Workers' Unions

As two of the largest newspaper chains in the country, GateHouse and Gannett News, plan to merge, a number of U.S. Senators are fighting to ensure that company employees aren't left behind.

Posted: December 5, 2019, 8:31 pm

Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 Still Falls Short for Workers

Congress must NOT say yes to NAFTA 2.0 until we get it right.

Posted: December 5, 2019, 8:26 pm

U.S. House Passes Bill to Prevent Violence in the Workplace

In a huge victory for working people, the U.S. House passed H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, by a vote of 251-158.

Posted: December 5, 2019, 8:05 pm

5 Things You Can Do to Celebrate Our Birthday With Us

5 Things You Can Do to Celebrate Our Birthday With Us
When We're 64
AFL-CIO

You said it's our birthday! And it is. If you've always wondered what you'd do with the AFL-CIO when we're 64, now's your chance! On this day in 1955, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations came together after a long and winding road.

You said you wanted a labor revolution, and we all still want to change the world. And over those 64 years, together, we have achieved something to be proud of. Under the leadership of the fab five presidents, we've refused to let it be and championed critical fights for workplace safety, trade fairness, fair wages, secure retirement and equal pay!

A wise person once said "all you need is love," but we know that working people also need a way to express their voices on the job. From the beginning, that's been our goal, and here's how you can help us celebrate our 64th birthday!

1. Sign our petition supporting pro-worker legislation: You should let your mother (and everyone else) know about bills like the PRO Act, which would help level the playing field between mean Mr. Mustard and his friends on Wall Street!

2. Subscribe to our podcast: In my life, I haven't found a better way to dig deeper about the stories important to working people than to listen to State of the Unions, the podcast of the AFL-CIO!

3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Money can't buy me love, but the good news is you won't need money to get the latest video content from the crew aboard our yellow submarine!

4. Follow us on social media: A great day in the life would include you following us on our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) to keep up with the latest news and information!

5. Sign up for text messages: While you're twisting and shouting, text WORK to 235246 to receive periodic text alerts from the AFL-CIO (message and data rates may apply) to know when your fellow working people need your solidarity!

We've accomplished a lot from yesterday to today and I've got a feeling the future is bright for working people. Whatever challenges we face, we can work it out as long as we work all together now!

(With apologies to the Beatles!)

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 12/05/2019 - 13:55
Posted: December 5, 2019, 6:55 pm

The Food Stamp Work Requirement Is a Scheme to Punish Hungry Americans

Growing up in Boonville, California in the 1990s, a friend of mine would sometimes jokingly use the phrase “the beatings will continue until morale improves.” If people are feeling bad, what better incentive to change their mood than getting repeatedly whacked with a stick? The recent proposal by Congress to add work requirements to the […]
Posted: December 5, 2019, 5:06 pm

Building Power And Raising Voices Of Rural Women

Here in North Carolina, like many other rural areas around the country, reactionary forces have used trends like the decline of jobs, infrastructure, and public services to consolidate power, advance racist and misogynist narratives, and erode public confidence in the power of government to work for the common good. The impact is real: every day, […]
Posted: December 4, 2019, 3:43 pm

Trump’s Labor Dept. Has Declared War on Tipped Workers

In October, the Trump administration published a proposed rule regarding tips which, if finalized, will cost workers more than $700 million annually. It is yet another example of the Trump administration using the fine print of a proposal to attempt to push through a change that will transfer large amounts of money from workers to their employers. […]
Posted: December 4, 2019, 3:31 pm

In Wisconsin, the Teamsters Faced a Revolt from Below

Every day, Nikki Sampson drives from her home in Portage to Madison, where she works as a dispatcher for the city’s bus service. To get there, she drives along a 40-mile stretch of highway, which crosses the Wisconsin River twice and then slices south through farms and municipalities. That road lies at the heart of […]
Posted: December 3, 2019, 6:31 pm

Red for Ed: The Working People Weekly List

Red for Ed: 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 the latest edition of the Working People Weekly List.

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

Trade Unions Demand Governments Address Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work: "This week marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and trade unions around the world are demanding governments ratify and implement International Labor Organization Convention 190 (C190), on ending violence and harassment in the world of work."

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: A Future Where People Will Have Jobs: "On the latest episode of 'State of the Unions,' podcast co-host Tim Schlittner talks to Guy Ryder, the director-general of the International Labor Organization, about the international labor movement, the idea of 'decent labor' and the future of work."

Native American Heritage Month Pathway to Progress: Ojibwe Women Transform Working Life in Minneapolis: "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 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. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we will take a look at a group of Ojibwe women who helped transform the world of work in Minneapolis-St. Paul throughout much of the 20th century."

Colombian Workers Launch General Strike: "Colombia's workers, students, and rural, indigenous and Afro-descendant communities [joined] together in a national general strike Nov. 21. Unlike the strikes many of America's workers have participated in increasingly in the past five years, Colombians are not striking against any single employer or industry."

Work Doesn't Hurt: 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."

Protect Survivors: 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."

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

Building the Battleground Bench: Union Members Elected to Office Across the Great Lakes Region: "While the labor movement was busy helping to elect pro-worker candidates in important elections in Kentucky and Virginia this week, union members themselves were on the ballot, and they were elected to local offices across the country at an impressive rate. This result was especially pronounced in the battleground states in the Great Lakes region, where an energized union candidates program helped carry union members to victory."

Trump’s SEC Chairman Proposes to Disenfranchise Investors and Reduce Shareholder Democracy: "In a partisan 3-2 vote, the Trump administration’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed to curtail the rights of investors to file proposals for a vote at company annual meetings. If adopted, these changes will hinder shareholder proposals by union members and their pension plans to hold corporate management accountable."

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 12/02/2019 - 15:07
Posted: December 2, 2019, 8:07 pm

Support Labor Notes: The Strike is Back!

Labor Notes is in the midst of our year-end fundraising drive. Below is the text of our fundraising letter, which will hit supporters' mailboxes in the first half of December. Donate to support our ongoing efforts to put the movement back in the labor movement at labornotes.org/donate.

This year workers hit the picket lines all over the country. Here’s what Labor Notes means to them and why we're asking for your support:

Posted: December 2, 2019, 8:04 pm

How Supporters of the Green New Deal Are Showing Up for Workers

Calls for a “just transition” have become central to a robust and revitalized environmental movement in the United States aimed at preventing climate catastrophe. The idea behind a just transition is that, as our economy shifts away from dependence on fossil fuels, the workers in the fossil fuel and related industries should be treated with […]
Posted: December 2, 2019, 7:08 pm

Trade Unions Demand Governments Address Gender-based Violence in the World of Work

This week marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and trade unions around the world are demanding governments ratify and implement International Labor Organization Convention 190 (C190), on ending violence and harassment in the world of work. Read the statement from the International Trade Union Confederation in English, Spanish or French. C190 was adopted last June at […]
Posted: December 2, 2019, 7:05 pm

Amplified Advantage: Why Education Is Not the Answer to Our Class Problems

Thirty years ago, after having dropped out of college after just one term, unable to pay for my dorm room, I was unsure if I would ever leave the working class.  Two years later I was a student at Barnard … Continue reading
Posted: December 2, 2019, 12:30 pm

Film Review: Nothing But a Man

Lead couple of Nothing But a Man depicted sitting together, smiling.

You’ve probably noticed that Hollywood doesn’t turn out many movies about unions. But, says film buff and labor historian Toni Gilpin, there are some overlooked movies out there that depict working people and their lives on the job even though they might lack scenes with picket lines. This is her latest installment in an occasional series of viewing suggestions.

Posted: November 27, 2019, 7:56 pm

The Hard Fight at Amazon

Around 200 Amazon workers, mostly of East African descent, protested outside their workplace in Minnesota.

Amazon is today’s most high-profile corporate villain. It’s the devil incarnate to activists concerned with labor standards, climate change, public subsidies, and the deportation machine.

But for all the condemnation of CEO Jeff Bezos, why have no U.S. Amazon workers managed to unionize?

Much like Uber, Amazon grew under labor's inattentive eye. By the time unions and worker centers saw the threat it posed, it was already a formidable opponent. It now threatens union bastions like supermarkets, UPS, and the Postal Service.

Posted: November 27, 2019, 7:22 pm

Trade Unions Demand Governments Address Gender-based Violence in the World of Work

Trade Unions Demand Governments Address Gender-based Violence in the World of Work

This week marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and trade unions around the world are demanding governments ratify and implement International Labor Organization Convention 190 (C190), on ending violence and harassment in the world of work.

Read the statement from the International Trade Union Confederation in English, Spanish or French.

C190 was adopted last June at the International Labor Organization. The AFL-CIO and trade unions around the world campaigned for more than a decade to win this important new global standard, and now are leading the fight to see its framework adopted by governments and employers.

Gender-based violence and harassment is a particular threat to women, LGBTQ workers and other marginalized groups. Homicide is one of the leading causes of death on the job among women in the United States, accounting for almost a quarter of workplace deaths among women, while it accounts for only 8% of workplace deaths among men. It is also a particular threat to workers in low-wage, precarious working arrangements, as poverty and marginalization can prevent workers from escaping or challenging dangerous conditions.

The C190 framework emphasizes that everyone has the fundamental right to be free from violence and harassment at work, and requires governments adopt an inclusive, integrated and gender-responsive approach to end it. C190 requires governments and employers address the root causes of gender-based violence at work, including discrimination and unequal power relationships. Violence is a tool that both reflects and reinforces a gendered power hierarchy at work and in society, and ending violence requires allowing women workers to take collective action to confront this hierarchy directly.

C190 also calls for investigating sectors and occupations that are more likely to experience violence and harassment. In the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed legislation to adopt specific violence protections for nurses, medical assistants, emergency responders and social workers. These workers are predominantly women, and they face extremely high rates of violence on the job. The law would require employers to develop an enforceable, comprehensive violence protection program in U.S. workplaces.

Learn more about the global C190 ratification campaign. Learn more about the law on workplace violence.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 11/27/2019 - 11:47
Posted: November 27, 2019, 4:47 pm

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: A Future Where People Will Have Jobs

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: A Future Where People Will Have Jobs
Guy Ryder podcast
AFL-CIO

On the latest episode of “State of the Unions,” podcast co-host Tim Schlittner talks to Guy Ryder, the director-general of the International Labor Organization, about the international labor movement, the idea of "decent labor" and the future of work.

Listen to our previous episodes:

  • A discussion with Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig about his work connecting the labor movement and the veterans community. 
  • A conversation with union member and Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (Wis.) about strikes, trade, health care, LGBTQ equality and the freedom to form a union. 
  • A chat with Maine Senate President Troy Jackson (IUPAT, IAM) about his path to power and the experiences that have shaped his life and career.
  • Talking to Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) about worker power, automation, trade and his decision to stay in the U.S. Senate. 
  • Checking in with AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council Executive Director Brad Markell about the UAW strike at General Motors and interviewing 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.
  • SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris discussing the future of work, sexual harassment and her journey from young actor to labor leader. 

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

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 11/27/2019 - 11:06
Posted: November 27, 2019, 4:06 pm

What Other Unions Can Learn from the Historic Gains We Won in the Chicago Teachers Strike

As a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) student from first grade through high school, and in my 17 years of teaching in the system, none of my schools ever had a full-time social worker or nurse every day of the week. In the first contract the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) secured in the era of legalized public […]
Posted: November 27, 2019, 1:52 pm

Native American Heritage Month Pathway to Progress: Ojibwe Women Transform Working Life in Minneapolis

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, […]
Posted: November 27, 2019, 1:47 pm

Teachers and Public Workers in Argentina: Four Months of Strikes and Pickets

Chubut workers gathering by the side of the road.
November 26, 2019 / Julia Soul and Leandro Rodríguez
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Teachers and public workers in an Argentinian province have been striking, blockading roads, marching by the thousands, occupying buildings, and even attacking and burning the provincial parliament building, in a fight to defend their contracts and their bargained wage increase.

For the last four months, these workers in Chubut province battled their provincial government, which is supported by transnational corporations and by the national leadership of the oil workers union—a key political player in the country’s main oil region.

Posted: November 27, 2019, 12:22 am

Bay Area T-Mobile Retail Employees Vote to Join Communications Workers of America

Workers at a Bay Area T-Mobile retail store in Pinole, Calif., voted last week to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The vote was 7-2 in favor of union representation.

Posted: November 26, 2019, 11:06 pm

Native American Heritage Month Pathway to Progress: Ojibwe Women Transform Working Life in Minneapolis

Native American Heritage Month Pathway to Progress: Ojibwe Women Transform Working Life in Minneapolis
Emily Peake
Hennepin County Library

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 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. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we will take a look at a group of Ojibwe women who helped transform the world of work in Minneapolis-St. Paul throughout much of the 20th century.

In the early 1960s, activism among Native American populations was on the rise. The goal of federal "termination" policy was to integrate Native American tribe members into mainstream American culture with a heavy emphasis on assimilation. With little to no help coming from Washington, the struggle for Native American rights shifted to state and local fights. Those smaller fights would culminate in a wave of activism that stopped bad legislation, won legal protections and ended the termination policy. One of the key battlegrounds was Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The Ojibwe people lived in various places throughout the upper Midwest, but the combination of the termination policy, economic troubles and job opportunities opened up by American foreign policy led them to move in large numbers to Minneapolis-St. Paul. The twin cities were established in the Dakota homeland and tribal people from the prairies and northern lake country began moving into Minneapolis-St. Paul in large numbers, leading to the region housing one of the largest Indigenous populations in the U.S.

Ojibwe women generally arrived in the twin cities with families and friends although some came to search for employment on their own. Life in the city was drastically different than life on the reservation and there were intense pressures to reject their cultural ideas about work to fit in with the white population. In order to survive and prosper, they had to develop new ideas about labor, but they wanted to maintain their link to the values of the traditional Ojibwe economy.

Prior to moving to the city, many of the Ojibwe women, such as Gertrude Howard Buckanaga, worked in agriculture, such as blueberry picking or wild rice harvesting. In the early days, Howard Buckanaga and others would work in the city and travel home for the wild rice harvest. Ojibwe women, for the most part, only had high school degrees or a boarding school education. Neither prepared them for working in the city, but they found ways to transition skills they had used in agriculture to work in the city.

The longer they lived in urban areas, Ojibwe women began to attend community meetings, participate in activism and attend college to obtain higher degrees. The earliest work they found were office jobs, in the Indian Service or as teachers at government boarding schools. Those schools began training Ojibwe girls to be nurses, which led to other job opportunities. Outside that, employers often viewed Ojibwe women as only suited for domestic or factory work and discrimination against them was widespread. De facto segregation was the norm in Minneapolis-St. Paul at the time.

Low-paying jobs, discrimination and segregation put up significant road blocks and the Ojibwe women came in at the lowest rung of the economic ladder in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Social services were few and far between and often didn't serve Native Americans. This isolation forced Ojibwe women (and men) to create new patterns of participation in the workforce and other organizations and agencies to fill in where U.S. government services didn't.

One of the most important leaders to emerge from the community was Emily Peake. Peake's family included French, English and Ojibwe ancestry, and she moved to Minneapolis from the White Earth reservation. Peake signed up for the Works Projects Administration, leading her to jobs in the Minneapolis Public Library and making parachutes for Honeywell. After serving in the Women's Coast Guard, she moved back to Minneapolis and began working as a community organizer during the years of the federal termination policy. 

As the Indian population in the Twin Cities grew, Peake worked together with a group of Ojibwe and Dakota sisters and brothers to create the Upper Midwest Indian Center, for which she would serve time as the executive director. The center provided social service programs for Indian workers and their families and would operate solely off of money Peake and her colleagues raised until War on Poverty grants were made available. The community center idea would soon spread to other cities and these centers not only provided social services, but they interwove Indian values and spiritual beliefs. Other community institutions would be created by Indian activists in Minneapolis and elsewhere.

These efforts would not only lead to increased community and more employment, it set the ground for larger activism as well. The Ojibwe and other Indian women active in the Twin Cities are credited as creating the opening for which the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act would be passed. Other legislation followed. Ojibwe women took leadership positions throughout Minneapolis' community life, and they pursued meaningful jobs, cared for family and children, mentored other women, and continued to grow the services that were offered. The Minneapolis American Indian Center, for example, has served more than 14,000 American Indians since it opened in 1975.

Women held the majority of the sustained leadership roles in in the Ojibwe community of Minneapolis and their visionary body of work can still be seen today in schools, Indian centers, academic curricula, social services and legislation. Their work not only increased well-being for the Ojibwe and other Indians in Minneapolis, it was instrumental in leading to greater sovereignty for Indian people across the country.

Women like Peake, Howard Buckanaga, Rose Robinson, Frances Fairbanks, Ona Kingbird, Norby Blake, Pat Bellanger, Vikki Howard and others laid a foundation for the institutions and laws that increased the quality of life for many Indians, not only in politics, but in the economy as well. As Bellanger said, "'Ojibwe women have been strong throughout everything' and 'we have kept our ways,' acknowledging the significance of the women’s work like harvesting wild rice, which 'has always gone through the women.'"

Source: Brenda J. Child, Politically Purposeful Work: Ojibwe Women’s Labor and Leadership in Postwar Minneapolis

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 11/26/2019 - 14:12
Posted: November 26, 2019, 7:12 pm

Re-Placing Class: Community, Politics, Work, and Labor in a Changing World

This week, we’re posting something a little different: the call for papers for this year’s Working-Class Studies Association conference. This year’s gathering marks the 25th anniversary of the conference that led to the founding of the Center for Working-Class Studies, … Continue reading
Posted: November 25, 2019, 12:24 pm

Twenty Years Later, Remembering the Battle in Seattle

The morning of November 30, 1999, was unseasonably warm as I jumped in my car to meet up with my fellow members of the Inlandboatmen’s Union at our headquarters in Seattle. At the time I was a business agent for tugboat workers and running for national president of the IBU, the marine division of the Longshore union (ILWU).

Posted: November 22, 2019, 8:30 pm

Red for Ed: In the States Roundup

Red for Ed: In the States Roundup
In the States Roundup
AFL-CIO

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

Alaska AFL-CIO:

0-3, @GovDunleavy.#akleg #akgov

Read more here —> https://t.co/4p4mZKBHaM pic.twitter.com/WuUDvVjr84

— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) November 8, 2019

Arizona AFL-CIO:

We’re spending Veteran’s Day on the #ASARCOStrikeLine @UNITEHERE11 @UFCW99 @USWLocal937 @ibtlu104 #IUOE428 pic.twitter.com/FNuTIoGC94

— Arizona AFL-CIO (@ArizonaAFLCIO) November 11, 2019

Arkansas AFL-CIO:

We love it when Union members run for public office! Brother Matthew Stallings is running for State House District 38. Check out his new… https://t.co/36BkVRXxRM

— Arkansas AFL-CIO (@ArkansasAFLCIO) November 7, 2019

California Labor Federation:

*NEW* Report from @UCBLaborCenter --> California’s Steps to Expand Health Coverage and Improve Affordability: Who Gains and Who Will Be Uninsured? https://t.co/8zW35WivMu

— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) November 19, 2019

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

We were saddened to learn that Mel Olsson, former President of @UAW Local 571, passed away earlier this week. Even after he retired, he continued to fight every day for working people in Connecticut. You will be missed, brother. @UAWRegion9A https://t.co/f23kmZl1wN pic.twitter.com/jSnHdgstkg

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) November 15, 2019

Florida AFL-CIO:

Last week, over a hundred new Union members were elected to public office. This website shows you what union members are currently serving and how you can get involved in helping elect more members of Organized Labor to represent working people.https://t.co/0p30RiAmbC

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) November 15, 2019

Georgia AFL-CIO:

Today we also met UAW retiree George, who’s 94 years old, who started working in 1947, when the plant first opened, and retired in 1987. #1u pic.twitter.com/NBSzBRRgM2

— AFL-CIO Georgia (@AFLCIOGeorgia) November 19, 2019

Idaho AFL-CIO:

I just added my name to stand with @The_AFM musicians! #1u #BandTogether Add your name and write one here: https://t.co/HhC6lOvenn

— Idaho State AFL-CIO (@IdahoAFLCIO) November 19, 2019

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

Thousands of teachers are at the Indiana Statehouse!

They’re joining together to demand the public schools our students deserve. #RedForEd pic.twitter.com/liCXdwxBb5

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) November 19, 2019

Iowa Federation of Labor:

Inside IBEW’s Efforts To Help Hotel Workers Unionize In Dubuque https://t.co/XUDGk4KavF pic.twitter.com/rRwerRICe2

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) November 19, 2019

Kentucky State AFL-CIO:

“Hoover emphasized a concern that several legislators of both parties have about the bill — that it will likely diminish the retirement... https://t.co/sGobvVaB40

— Kentucky AFL-CIO (@aflcioky) May 7, 2019

Maine AFL-CIO:

Congrats to the operating technicians at @WABI_TV5 on their new contract! https://t.co/QgGvGZfb6H #mepolitics

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) November 19, 2019

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

‘MD/DC AFL-CIO president Donna Edwards: "We are at one moment in time"’ on #SoundCloud #np https://t.co/0auguUHwuM

— MetroDCLaborCouncil (@DCLabor) November 18, 2019

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

Hennepin County’s first labor-trafficking case ends in guilty plea https://t.co/O3NvJSPr9J Welcome news for workers. #1u

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) November 19, 2019

Missouri AFL-CIO:

A more cooperative relationship between workers and management would result in a more sustainable system for supporting the middle class. https://t.co/oR7dzver4x

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) November 17, 2019

Montana AFL-CIO:

Mary Munger was a nurse by trade and an activist by calling. Her advocacy gave nurses in Montana the right to collectively bargain and improved working conditions for the profession statewide. She will be missed. https://t.co/fJ1naQiZBC

— Montana AFL-CIO (@MTaflcio) November 18, 2019

New Hampshire AFL-CIO:

From Pres. Glenn Brackett: Congratulations on a successful Election Day! video at https://t.co/CxERWrlKfN

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

New Mexico Federation of Labor:

Wow! So surprising that fair wages don’t kill businesses!

Time for the excuses to stop, and #FightFor15 @INAFLCIO @AFLCIO https://t.co/J9PIA2M1qY

— NMFL (@NMFLaflcio) November 14, 2019

New York State AFL-CIO:

The #UnionStrong podcast Episode 23: The @wrkingTheater explores how plays about bus drivers and baristas, postal workers and police officers help amplify the voice of workers in NYC @IBEWLocal3 @DC37 @32BJ Episode 23: The Working Theater https://t.co/JefNpn3ik5

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) November 13, 2019

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

The GOP’s latest gerrymander ought to be the last straw for NC https://t.co/oMIum4Q1S8 #ncpol via @ncpolicywatch #ncpol #fairmaps

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

North Dakota AFL-CIO:

#LegacyFund #UniversalSchoolLunch @NBCNightlyNews @LesterHoltNBC https://t.co/YF2NQ3HRh4

— North Dakota AFL-CIO (@NDAFLCIO) November 17, 2019

Ohio AFL-CIO:

Take time to enjoy the huge win for working people! https://t.co/jlDLOUp5OS pic.twitter.com/6ONxuaahwU

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) November 18, 2019

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Great turnout for the OK Building and Construction Trades Apprenticeship open house! pic.twitter.com/4T8Gv9gDWZ

— Oklahoma AFL-CIO (@OK_AFL_CIO) November 15, 2019

Oregon AFL-CIO:

Oregon AFL-CIO President Graham Trainor writes in the NW Labor Press about the importance of recognizing graduate employees’ work and why grads at universities around the state are fighting for a fair contract. #1u #UnionStrong https://t.co/GV0icFeaRB

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) November 19, 2019

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

Equal Pay is a central foundation of workers’ rights and we are proud to be joined by @RepSims and his legislation to support equal pay! pic.twitter.com/Ju8izeaHRD

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) November 19, 2019

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

#1U #Apprenticeship #apprenticeships #apprentices #Labor https://t.co/m9P8Rw11sS

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) November 19, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO:

.@UAW sister Pauline sharing her story and how her union organized during the #UAWStrike in Dallas @AFLCIO @TexasAFLCIO #1u pic.twitter.com/qbkPMlC0Ez

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) November 16, 2019

Virginia AFL-CIO:

Virginia Democrats could repeal right-to-work. It shows how America is changing. - The Washington Post https://t.co/EvdddLhHVN

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) November 19, 2019

Washington State Labor Council:

"(This) is an egregious attack on one state’s employment law and states’ rights generally." https://t.co/OO9CWftV50

— WA State AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) November 11, 2019

West Virginia AFL-CIO:

“W/1 of the biggest organizing victories since WV became a RTW state, nurses are sending a resounding message to working people across WV that forming a Union is the best way to shift the balance of power away from corporations & toward the people.” #wvpol https://t.co/vyertUROO4

— West Virginia AFLCIO (@WestVirginiaAFL) November 14, 2019

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

What to know about the legal fight over who should be on Wisconsin's voter rolls, https://t.co/w2KlEGf7g6

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) November 19, 2019
Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:56
Posted: November 22, 2019, 2:56 pm

Gary Jones Just Resigned as UAW President—Now Questions Arise about Acting President Rory Gamble

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As news broke yesterday that United Auto Workers President Gary Jones was resigning over allegations of corruption, questions arose whether Acting President Rory Gamble was also mired in the unsavory culture that has become a way of life in the upper reaches of the union.

Posted: November 21, 2019, 9:51 pm

CWA and Dominican Union FEDOTRAZONAS Announce New Solidarity Alliance Agreement

The new agreement between CWA and FEDOTRAZONAS demonstrates CWA’s belief that strengthening relationships between the union’s members and workers in countries that serve as centers for offshored global call center work is critical to reversing the global race to the bottom in the industry.

Posted: November 21, 2019, 8:16 pm

UAW Official Demoted After Saying Locals That Voted Against Ford Agreement Should Lose Jobs

As voting on the Auto Workers’ agreement with Ford came to a close last week, a union official publicly expressed his contempt for locals that had voted against the pact.

Management should move production to locals that voted yes, wrote Michael Robison, an assistant director in the union’s National Ford Department.

“Everyone of them Locals should lose there product now and in the future. $1 Billion dollar investment in KTP [Kentucky Truck Plant] really. Ship Lima Engine to Dearborn Engine. Ship Chicago Assy’s work to Flat Rock,” Robison wrote Friday on Facebook.

Posted: November 20, 2019, 8:55 pm

Colombian Workers Launch General Strike

Colombian Workers Launch General Strike
Colombia protest
AFL-CIO

Colombia's workers, students, and rural, indigenous and Afro-descendant communities will join together in a national general strike tomorrow, Nov. 21. Unlike the strikes many of America's workers have participated in increasingly in the past five years, Colombians are not striking against any single employer or industry.

Since the Colombian labor movement convened the strike some seven weeks ago, this broad alliance of social justice organizations have come together to express their belief that the government of President Iván Duque is taking the country in the wrong direction: suggesting reforms that would reduce even further workers' access to decent work, labor rights and social security, increasing repression and violence against the most vulnerable Colombians and refusing to move forward with the peace process negotiated three years ago. Along with other human rights and social justice organizations based in the United States, the AFL-CIO and some affiliates are sharing with Congress a joint letter of support for this strike and the right to strike and protest as fundamental to building and sustaining democracy. 

Unfortunately, some elected leaders, right-wing parties and Colombia's former president Álvaro Uribe and his supporters have described the strike as illegal and unpatriotic. Even worse, the government has conducted raids into the homes and offices of groups organizing the strike and militarized many likely sites of citizen mobilization. Given Colombia's history of violent repression of legal and peaceful protest, the international community has expressed deep concern about Colombia's capacity and will to protect and respect the rights of its citizens exercising those rights and commitment to the peace process.

We stand with Colombian workers, their unions and their communities in demanding respect for fundamental human rights before, during and after the national strike.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 11/20/2019 - 11:23
Posted: November 20, 2019, 4:23 pm

Work Doesn't Hurt: Labor Podcast and Radio Roundup

Work Doesn't Hurt: 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.

AFT in Action: "In the first of three episodes addressing workplace violence, our state federation president teams up with the head of the Connecticut AFL-CIO to introduce the topic to union members. Together, Jan Hochadel and Sal Luciano help lay the groundwork for the future discussions, which will focus on efforts to prevent assaults on health care professionals and public school educators.Their guest for this episode is Connecticut Council on Occupational Safety and Health (ConnectiCOSH) Co-Chair Steve Schrag, who has for decades advocated for better workplace and community conditions. He provides important history and offers valuable context, as well as insightful answers to members' questions about previous and ongoing efforts to ensure that 'work doesn't hurt.'"

Building Bridges: The Making of a Democratic Economy, Part 2: "Ted Howard, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, and Marjorie Kelly, author of 'The Divine Right of Capital' and 'Owning Our Future,' have teamed up to co-author 'The Making of a Democratic Economy,' a clarion call for a movement ready to get serious about transforming our economic system."

Heartland Labor Forum: Medicare for All: "We’ll do a primer on Medicare for All. We’ll ask Dr. Anand Bhat how it would work, whether taxes will go up, if there are hidden costs and, if, as a number of candidates for president say, employer-paid health insurance is better, and if we have it, we shouldn’t give it up. Thursday at 6 p.m., rebroadcast Friday at 5 a.m. on KKFI 90.1 FM or streaming."

LABOR LIVE@5: Joe Uehlein and the U-Liners: "First Tuesdays, 5 p.m. on WPFW 89.3 FM. Part of Union City Radio in D.C. Classic labor songs and U-Liner originals, plus Joe talks with Chris about the role of music in the movement and hope for the future."

Labor History Today: Precarious Work in the Movies: "Tom Zaniello talks with Sherry Linkon about his next book, an exploration of media accounts of precarious work, ranging from Edward R. Murrow's famous 1960 documentary 'Harvest of Shame' to the storytelling of modern video games. Kalmanovitz Associate Director Lane Windham on 'The Uprising of the 20,000' in 1909. October was LGBTQ History Month and for this week’s Cool Things from the Meany Archive, Chloe Danyo digs into the archive’s Pride At Work collection and comes up with a historic pamphlet on organizing for lesbian and gay rights in unions."

UCOMM Live: Trump Gets Booed, a Sign of Things to Come?: "AFGE's president is taking a leave of absence after accusations of sexual harassment. Should we cover stories like this? Some say yes, some no, we discuss. Trump is getting booed everywhere he goes, and unemployment is up in important swing states. Chance the Rapper is now the Chicago Teachers favorite after his appearance on SNL. The UAW's president is forced out after leaders listened to last week's show. Elizabeth Warren's education plan is a game changer and the Mets hire Carlos Beltran. Listen to UCOMM Live Thursday's at 4 on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube or anytime on UCOMMLive.com."

Union City Radio: Bus Driver Strike, Virginia Election Wins and More: "Weekdays at 7:15 a.m. on WPFW 89.3 FM. Flexing labor's muscle: Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Mark Pocan; 'Shut it down!' say striking bus drivers; Transdev cuts health insurance for strikers, walks away from table; labor gets out the vote on Election Day; AFSCME demands safe staffing in Maryland."

Union Strong: Keeping New York Moving: "TWU Local 100 is in a contract fight with the MTA. We cover everything from the Trash Train competition to the trash email that went public, all on the day of a massive rally taking place tonight in NYC."

Willamette Wake-Up: Vincent Blanco: "Our KMUZ labor radio segment this month will feature an especially inspiring interview with Vincent Blanco Jr. of Oregon's American Federation of Teachers. Brother Blanco will be talking about workers in the Portland Community College system and their fight for union contracts, universal health care, some basics of union organizing and social justice, his union's response to the Janus decision and the PERS crisis and much more. This really is a great conversation, so please tune in on Friday, Nov. 22, at around 8:10 a.m. PST on KMUZ. The station is at 88.5, 100.7."

Your Rights at Work: Virginia Elections, Union Veterans Council, Union Plus and More: David Stephen, new political director at the Metropolitan Washington Council; Doris Crouse-Mays (Virginia AFL-CIO president): Labor helps flip Virginia to blue; labor's agenda in 2020; William Attig (executive director, Union Veterans Council): Veterans on the Rise mission on Veterans Day; Jill Cashen (vice president at Union Plus): expert legal help; David Schloss (Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis): Case closed. Thursdays 1-2 p.m. on WPFW 89.3 FM.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 11/18/2019 - 09:55
Posted: November 18, 2019, 2:55 pm

National Labor Relations Board Twists the Knife in the Heart of Unions and Workers

It may be hard to remember, but the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is supposed to ensure the right of workers to organize and safeguard the stated public policy expounded in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which favors collective … Continue reading
Posted: November 18, 2019, 1:01 pm

GM Workers Shocked to Learn New Hires Will Still Take Eight Years to Reach Top Pay

After six weeks on the picket line, General Motors workers ratified an agreement that left many major areas unchanged, but one provision stood out as a true gain: the time it took to “grow in” to the top wage would be cut from eight years down to four.

Posted: November 15, 2019, 8:21 pm

Chile in Revolt: ‘It’s Not about 30 Pesos, It’s about 30 Years’

Chilean protesters gathered near a flag.
November 15, 2019 / Camilo Santibáñez Rebolledo
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In October, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, an entrepreneur and right-wing politician, proclaimed that “in the midst of this turbulent Latin America, our country is a true oasis.”

Six days later, high school students in the capital city, Santiago, began a protest against the rising cost of public transit through mass fare evasions.

Posted: November 15, 2019, 7:12 pm

Protect Survivors: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Protect Survivors: What Working People Are Doing This Week
Working People Weekly List
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 Association:

Together, the City That Sings and Kentucky’s largest city form a thriving Liaison Area that boasts nearly 4,000 work weeks for members. Check out the 2018 Regional Theatre report to read more about the #Cincinnati / #Louisville Liaison Area - https://t.co/jxh5Xxv1C1 pic.twitter.com/xdMJz95h9A

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) November 14, 2019

AFGE:

In the final installment of our 5-part series on the #WhiteHouseSecretMemo, we reveal the administration’s secret plan, laid out in black and white, to wipe out federal employee unions. #1u https://t.co/d67I2zwIMh pic.twitter.com/85DJqg1GB9

— AFGE (@AFGENational) November 13, 2019

AFSCME:

AFSCME has long stood with immigrant workers and their families, especially Dreamers, whose future is being weighed by SCOTUS. A ruling against Dreamers would be nothing less than a betrayal of new Americans by their government. #HomeIsHere https://t.co/YpaFG9iTOX

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) November 13, 2019

AFT:

.@rweingarten: The contract is proof positive that by working together, we can help make the school an even better place for kids to learn and thrive. It treats educators as the professionals they are – and provides the resources to back it up. https://t.co/keE3HD8dqW

— AFT (@AFTunion) November 14, 2019

Air Line Pilots Association:

We appreciate our Advocates for advancing the pilot profession! https://t.co/Vf7nD9QSM3

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) November 14, 2019

Alliance for Retired Americans:

Nearly 80% of Americans say prescription drug prices are unreasonable. Will Congress take action, or will they fall prey to wealthy pharmaceutical lobbying money? It's time for us to make sure lawmakers put #PeopleOverPharma! https://t.co/gwiYXpi1rz pic.twitter.com/dId0fnSQaD

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) November 13, 2019

Amalgamated Transit Union:

#HSR drivers, city still far apart on key contract issues: union - #Hamilton https://t.co/5sZoRoslyc #Labour pic.twitter.com/fALcs4O69f

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) November 14, 2019

American Federation of Musicians:

"They’re making billions & claiming poverty. People value music in movies," said @ChrisABmusic, an orchestrator, negotiating committee member, & #UnionMusician. #BandTogether #1u ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏽📽️🎬🎼 https://t.co/xpfvCyhG13 via @WSJ

— AFM (@The_AFM) October 8, 2019

American Postal Workers Union:

Interest Arbitration is re-starting. This morning Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks gives evidence on bargaining unit work in Level 18 offices, and responses to USPS management on "flexibility" and their proposal to expand two tier working. #APWUnited #GoodContractNOW pic.twitter.com/57cbd0ZK3d

— APWU National (@APWUnational) November 14, 2019

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

Our APALA staff showing up for our DACA + TPS siblings at the #HomeisHere March! Immigrants are our teachers, our nurses, our first responders, & other vital members of our communities. Losing DACA would hurt us all.

DONATE to support DACA: https://t.co/Gng4Ebz0wM pic.twitter.com/iIIhn5SGxD

— APALA (@APALAnational) November 12, 2019

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

Today in 1970, 75 ppl lost their lives after Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed into a hill just short of the Tri-State Airport in WV. The plane was carrying 37 members of the Marshall University football team, 9 members of coaching staff, 25 boosters, & 4 flight crew members. pic.twitter.com/p6DXytnGoi

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) November 14, 2019

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

This BCTGM Local 68 retiree is committed to pushing the Senate to pass the #ButchLewisAct (S.2254) to #SaveOurPension - join Sister Moog and take action TODAY: https://t.co/ApE4dAf4eZ pic.twitter.com/DvFGd6HdJv

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) November 6, 2019

Boilermakers:

#Boilermaker craftsmen are #union taught for a reason, let's keep it that way. #SaveApprenticeshipWeek #BNAP #Boilermakers @NABTU

Murph Jamerson member of @Boilermakerslocal363 pic.twitter.com/nTtVgC5qXM

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) November 14, 2019

Bricklayers:

Registered Apprentices gain an average of $300,000 more over the life of their career than non-apprenticeship participants. #Brick apprentice Matt of BAC Local 7 CO agrees. #Union Apprenticeships Matter. #SaveApprenticeshipWeek#NationalApprenticeshipWeek #NAW19 #1u https://t.co/vsoUniwn73

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) November 13, 2019

California School Employees Association:

"After I joined, I was able to meet different people all over the world and different walks of life. I think it helped me really understand that we are so different, but we are all connected in some way or another." -Margaret Ortiz, Navy, Claremont Chapter 200 pic.twitter.com/WSFFZ5jerL

— CSEA (@CSEA_Now) November 13, 2019

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

Black vets epitomize the sacrifice and glory of African American patriotism: From the first war fought on U.S. soil to world wars fought on foreign soil to battles in Vietnam and being lynched in Jim Crow South. Today we salute CBTU veterans and all military families.#VeteransDay pic.twitter.com/f5WBXyqdTo

— CBTU (@CBTU72) November 11, 2019

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

I’m with @SenFeinstein to support S. 2843 because native survivors deserve justice! Please co-sponsor! #S2843. #VAWA2019 pic.twitter.com/fir6IsTmq5

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) November 14, 2019

Communications Workers of America:

#NAMD2019 (@statemedicaid) Attendees:

Problems at MAXIMUS have impeded vulnerable Americans from accessing health services they desperately need.

Read the new report on @MAXIMUS_news' Medicaid management failures: https://t.co/TulGJucSvU pic.twitter.com/n51Nqg54OE

— CWA (@CWAUnion) November 12, 2019

Department for Professional Employees:

Musicians create a critical part of movies and tv shows. They deserve a fair return on their work, and that includes receiving streaming residuals. #1u #BandTogether https://t.co/pWOcZuHEPE

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) November 14, 2019

Electrical Workers:

#IBEW apprenticeships provide solid middle-class career opportunities and all without a dime of student debt. #SaveApprenticeshipWeek pic.twitter.com/PUgpiC956K

— IBEW (@IBEW) November 14, 2019

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

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— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) November 13, 2019

Fire Fighters:

Quincy, IL fire stations do their part to help prevent cancer among #firefighters https://t.co/vUxEGol9vw

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) November 14, 2019

Heat and Frost Insulators:

Hands-on training and real world experience go a long way in developing a talented professional. They also happen to be pillars of the Insulators Union nationally recognized Registered Apprenticeship Program! @USDOL #SaveApprenticeshipWeek

— Insulators Union (@InsulatorsUnion) November 14, 2019

International Labor Communications Association:

#ILCA2019 is high-tech and live thanks to @MachinistsUnion, whose skilled staff is livestreaming our plenary https://t.co/OIGz6QpuDa

— Labor Communications (@ILCAonline) November 14, 2019

Ironworkers:

It's #NationalApprenticeshipWeek. But it's also National #SaveApprenticeshipWeek! Raise your voice to protect the construction industry from mediocre training and preserve the Registered Apprenticeship Program that is widely regarded as the gold standard for training. pic.twitter.com/jpssFZ3nkG

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) November 12, 2019

IUE-CWA:

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— IUE-CWA (@IUE_CWAUnion) July 5, 2019

Jobs with Justice:

The future may seem uncertain for working people right now, but when we join together and have a voice in our workplaces and our economy, we can work to build a better future for working people. https://t.co/EOIBlUHwSP

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) November 14, 2019

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

Meet Shelby Herrera, one of our 2019-2020 #Trabajadoras Fellows and a member of the Tarrant County LCLAA chapter. To learn more about our Fellows follow us on Facebook, Instagram & LinkedIn. pic.twitter.com/63MyOHdfBF

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) November 13, 2019

Laborers:

The skilled Building Trades registered #apprenticeship programs have been a path to the #middleclass for generations of Americans. #NAW19 #ApprenticeshipWorks #SaveApprenticeshipWeek

Learn more about LIUNA's apprenticeship: https://t.co/0hGdbD4c6X pic.twitter.com/PPNjespl37

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) November 13, 2019

Machinists:

ICYMI: @TCUnionHQ Vice President Jack Dinsdale this week testified before a House subcommittee about a changing culture at @Amtrak, adding that the nation’s passenger rail corporation today includes workers living “in fear for their livelihood and careers” https://t.co/lZHelo9wrF

— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) November 14, 2019

Metal Trades Department:

A dozen unions lean on Congress: Fix or oppose USMCA
— Leaders of 12 unions are urging House lawmakers not to vote on the USMCA until significant improvements are made on labor and enforcement. Without changes, the leaders warn they will oppose the pact. https://t.co/47cnaAUdlk

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) November 8, 2019

Mine Workers:

Happy Veterans Day to all who have served and are serving today. pic.twitter.com/Ev1wpzhPeh

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) November 11, 2019

Musical Artists:

The artists of @HoustonBallet stand behind the artists of Nevada Ballet Theatre, and support their decision to to form a union and join AGMA! #WeAreAGMA #UnionStrong pic.twitter.com/TrjLKmhvUc

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) November 13, 2019

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

Retired member Pat Burke and Northern California TRACON (NCT) Legislative Rep Alton Pamintuan attended an event for California Congressman Doug LaMalfa. "We spoke to both Congressman LaMalfa and his Chief of Staff Mark Spannagel, at great length," said Pamintuan. pic.twitter.com/9QPD2kikFO

— NATCA (@NATCA) November 14, 2019

National Association of Letter Carriers:

Did you miss the coverage of the 2019 NALC Heroes of the Year Awards? All speeches and awards are available on NALC's YouTube channel: @thepostalrecord!

Link: https://t.co/y0luOC8Bkt #NALC #Heroes #PostalProud pic.twitter.com/lkK5IQz9Mk

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) November 14, 2019

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

If the courage of these folks doesn’t bring you to tears... #HomeisHerepic.twitter.com/T9k4Az01YP

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) November 13, 2019

National Federation of Federal Employees:

“In addition to the physical safety of our members, I became concerned about their psychological well-being, too,” said Cassandra Buckhanan, president of NFFE Local 1956. https://t.co/LawlFKmJqW

— NFFE (@NFFE_Union) November 8, 2019

National Nurses United:

Union #nurses at @UChicagoMed brave the cold today to participate in a strike vote.

We don't want to be on the picket line; we want to be with our patients.

But we'll do what it takes to fight for the #SafeStaffing patients need — and we will win! pic.twitter.com/9ReyL6EdWX

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) November 14, 2019

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

NYTWA ED Bhairavi Desai: "New Jersey is sending a message that the state's labor laws aren't dictated by corporations. It's time for New York to follow."

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) November 14, 2019

NewsGuild-CWA:

"The new company has a nine-member board that includes no current or former journalists." https://t.co/I3xjDf7VcS pic.twitter.com/Is4Gm7XfhK

— NewsGuild (@news_guild) November 14, 2019

NFL Players Association:

.@Joe_MainMixon linked up with @StrikesForKids to host 20 youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati @BGCGC to bowling, unlimited arcade fun, pizza, and brand new bikes. pic.twitter.com/b5OZu2XmHx

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) November 13, 2019

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s almost that time 👀🔥

To some, next week is #NationalApprenticeshipWeek… But for us? It’s National #SaveApprenticeshipWeek!

Let’s hear your take on what makes registered apprenticeship the BEST training system around 💪 pic.twitter.com/6g8qOlTpMU

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) November 8, 2019

Office and Professional Employees:

Q: Why are working people working longer hours with less to show for it?

A: Because working people aren’t writing the rules.

This #NationalRunForOfficeDay, commit to building a future worth fighting for. #1u https://t.co/7KsW9i4Dgf

— OPEIU (@OPEIU) November 12, 2019

Painters and Allied Trades:

The Trump Administration enables their operatives to strike again. This is just another sign that he is completely inept in oversight - and that IRAPs have been a scam since the beginning. #SaveApprenticeshipWeek #IRAPs https://t.co/aDmNGCsIr9

— GoIUPAT✊🏽 (@GoIUPAT) November 7, 2019

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

On this Veterans Day, the #OPCMIA salutes our many members and all others who served in our armed forces. They deserve more than our words — they deserve our deeds, including fully staffing and fully funding the VA. #VeteransDay #stafftheva #1u https://t.co/lQofBKMg95

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) November 11, 2019

Printing, Publishing and Media Union:

#Solidarity to @HearstUnion, and we will be using this bingo for ALL of our campaigns! #CantFoolUs #UnionYES #1U https://t.co/DLJrOR53Ta

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) November 14, 2019

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

Thank you @KYComer for spending time w dedicated public servants @FlyLouisville. PASS members at Federal Aviation Admin committed to their jobs & keeping flying public safe. So glad you could see these federal employees doing their important work! #aviationsafety #publicservice https://t.co/T4PrdoQgQQ

— PASS (@PASSNational) November 12, 2019

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers:

BREAKING: Over 500 Workers at @GeneralMills Reach Tentative Agreement – Narrowly Avoiding A Strike

"Our membership stood strong" said Tim Sarver, a General Mills worker of over 35 years.

Read more: https://t.co/nDCwr41bm5 pic.twitter.com/MOs7sWHKiL

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) November 8, 2019

Roofers and Waterproofers:

Not sure what fall protection equipment to use for your residential construction project? This website can help! It’s organized by equipment type and phase of construction to make searching easy. https://t.co/g7sPv0njwj #roofersafety365 pic.twitter.com/oQ229GzX1h

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) November 14, 2019

SAG-AFTRA:

Robert De Niro to Be Honored with 2019 SAG Life Achievement Award https://t.co/NgPXQWDiW7 pic.twitter.com/xzXqzxjOlm

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) November 12, 2019

Seafarers:

Urgent regional cooperation needed to tackle rising piracy attacks in Gulf of Guinea https://t.co/qdGxmagUSQ

— Seafarers Union (@SeafarersUnion) November 12, 2019

Solidarity Center:

30,000 #Bangladesh garment workers were laid off btwn Jan-Sept, with 59 garment factories closing. @FashionRev @cleanclothes @GLJhub https://t.co/ozudWCqOv1

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) November 14, 2019

TCU/IAM:

Today at 10am, Congress will finally hold power to account....

TCU Nat. Vice President Jack Dinsdale will be testifying about Amtrak's union-busting campaign. Tune in live!https://t.co/pVP3DxgvRT
CC: @TTDAFLCIO @AmtrakCouncil @transportworker @MachinistsUnion

— Transportation Communications Union/IAM (@TCUnionHQ) November 13, 2019

Theatrical Stage Employees:

We represent over 140,000 skilled craftspeople, united by our commitment to winning better workplaces, being the best at our crafts, and improving the lives of entertainment workers and their families. pic.twitter.com/kwvfRN2P8z

— IATSE (@IATSE) November 12, 2019

Transport Workers:

Congress directed the @USDOT and @FAANews to implement a minimum 10-hour rest period for flight attendants over a year ago. TWU is proud to stand with @iamtransport and @APFAunity to demand these rules go into effect immediately https://t.co/TXuxBRRqyG

— TWU (@transportworker) November 13, 2019

Transportation Trades Department:

.@RepStephenLynch to #Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson: we expect those who work for Amtrak be treated with respect. We have high expectations for Amtrak and you aren't meeting those expectations. @TransportDems pic.twitter.com/YhQsZhZS6I

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) November 13, 2019

UAW:

Lula’s freedom today is a victory for democratic principles and the right to legal due process as affirmed by Brazil’s Supreme Court.

We thank the thousands of UAW members who sent personal notes to Lula during his unjust detainment. A luta continua! https://t.co/S7hOLgYxmO

— UAW (@UAW) November 8, 2019

Union Veterans Council:

OPERATION VETERANS OUTREACH WASHINGTON DC https://t.co/xRIeILjKJP

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) November 13, 2019

UNITE HERE:

Airline catering workers shouldn’t have to choose between paying their bills or getting medical
treatment.

Tell @AmericanAir: One Job Should Be Enough! #AirportStrikeAlert | #1job | #1u | #unitehere |@unitehere

Sign here: https://t.co/wx5Fgga8DT

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) November 6, 2019

United Food and Commercial Workers:

Grocery companies claim self-checkout machines free up workers to be able to focus more on customers.

The reality is this: They're reducing work schedules, understaffing stores, and putting customers to work. #1u #futureofwork https://t.co/ApAjE9W85U

— UFCW (@UFCW) November 13, 2019

United Steelworkers:

USW Mourns Passing of District 12 Director Robert LaVenture https://t.co/Jm6xLbXIsZ #USWUnity

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) November 14, 2019

United Students Against Sweatshops:

Local Spotlight! We want to spotlight a training on Anti-Oppression and a Collective Liberation hosted by USAS Local uscscale “We believe that oppression does not allow anyone to be a full human being whether they… https://t.co/9KT9Ywp0Wb

— USAS (@USAS) November 12, 2019

Utility Workers:

A solid education, passionate instructors, and on-the-job training are just a few of the things you’ll experience as an apprentice. @UWUA_P4A pic.twitter.com/4Jrzq99wY0

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) November 13, 2019

Working America:

While impeachment hearings seem to be on everyone's mind right now, Working America Exec Director @MattMorrisonWA reminds us that it's not going to be the voting issue for many undecided working class voters in 2020 battleground states. #ImpeachingHearings https://t.co/3hpB9jTBNh

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) November 14, 2019

Writers Guild of America, East:

"More than 400 film and TV writers including John Oliver, Samantha Bee and Amy Schumer have signed a petition urging @NYGovCuomo to sign the Television Diversity Tax Credit Bill." #RepresentationMatters https://t.co/B4adIx6Tu3

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) November 12, 2019
Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:12
Posted: November 14, 2019, 4:12 pm

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Serving Those Who Served

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Serving Those Who Served

On the latest episode of “State of the Unions,” podcast co-hosts Julie Greene Collier and Tim Schlittner talk with Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig about his work connecting the labor movement and the veterans community.

Listen to our previous episodes:

  • A conversation with union member and Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (Wis.) about strikes, trade, health care, LGBTQ equality and the freedom to form a union. 
  • A chat with Maine Senate President Troy Jackson (IUPAT, IAM) about his path to power and the experiences that have shaped his life and career.
  • Talking to Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) about worker power, automation, trade and his decision to stay in the U.S. Senate. 
  • Checking in with AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council Executive Director Brad Markell about the UAW strike at General Motors and interviewing 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.
  • SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris discussing the future of work, sexual harassment and her journey from young actor to labor leader. 
  • North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU) Chief of Staff Mike Monroe exploring the Department of Labor proposal that would undermine world-class apprenticeships in the construction industry.

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

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:35
Posted: November 13, 2019, 6:35 pm

Sanders or Warren? Populist-Progressivism or New Deal? Take Your Pick!

Despite their general agreement on specific issues, the two most left-wing candidates for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have embraced different ideological markers.  Sanders calls himself a “democratic socialist” and his near-miss 2016 primary … Continue reading
Posted: November 11, 2019, 6:27 am

Counting on Class: The Continuing Appeal of Meritocracy

Neither faith in nor critiques of the idea of meritocracy is new. Michael Young’s famous 1958 book The Rise of Meritocracy argued that class privilege and advantage were likely to be amplified as financial and cultural capital passed across generations … Continue reading
Posted: November 4, 2019, 12:47 pm

En Guerre: Populism and a Plant Closing in France

Stéphane Brizé’s En Guerre (At War), released in France in 2018 and in the United States this July, tells the story a car factory closing in Agen, a small company town in the southwest of France.  In this grim and … Continue reading
Posted: October 28, 2019, 11:13 am

White Middle-Class Racism

What do you picture when someone refers to the “Trump’s base”? If you’ve watched television coverage of his rallies or read any of the dozens of articles in which reporters and commentators try to explain Trump’s appeal, then you probably … Continue reading
Posted: October 21, 2019, 12:00 pm

Equality and Electability

In 2015, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg advised Hillary Clinton to run on a promise to “level the playing field” and “rewrite the rules of the economy.”  She didn’t take his advice. Instead, she told voters she would “build on the … Continue reading
Posted: October 14, 2019, 11:52 am

Religious Freedom: Freedom to Discriminate?

On September 28, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson issued Executive Order 11246 directing the government “to provide equal opportunity in Federal employment for all qualified persons.” Not only would federal contractors not  “discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because … Continue reading
Posted: October 7, 2019, 11:49 am