News of the Week for Working People | Week of Mar 29 to Date!

Column: As Amazon awaits results of union vote in Alabama, some ask if a new labor movement …─ Chicago Tribune

Google settles with labor board in win for new union ─ MarketWatch

A Looming Fight Over the Future of Union Organizing ─ Progressive.org

Twitter bans fake Amazon worker accounts posting anti-union messages ─ CBS News

Biden ‘jobs plan’ pushes labor organizing 13 times, jobs just for unions ─ Washington Examiner

8 Groundbreaking Contributions of Asian Americans Through History ─ History

Labor allies target ‘at-will’ employment rules ─ Chicago Sun-Times

Biden Administration Indicates Support For Union Neutrality Agreements ─ JD Supra

Biden Administration Indicates Support for Union Neutrality Agreements ─ The National Law Review

A CLOSER LOOK: Presidential Proclamation — César Chávez Day — farm worker to union leader ─ KNWA

Will federal unions get a Trump bump? ─ Federal News Network

Hollywood’s Unions Are Racking Up Huge Dues Losses During Pandemic Slowdown ─ Deadline

Google settles with labor board in win for new union ─ MarketWatch

Biden Administration Indicates Support For Union Neutrality Agreements ─ JD Supra

Teachers Unions Lift Salaries and School Spending, Research Shows, But Evidence on Student … ─ The 74

Landmark Amazon union vote count begins in Alabama ─ ABC News

Ballot review in watershed Amazon union election to stretch into Wednesday – Reuters

The Trailer: Amazon workers in Alabama just voted on a union. What’s next? – Washington Post

Offshore wind and labor union partnerships: a boon for an equitable green recovery ─ Atlantic Council

Counting begins in vote on first Amazon labor union ─ Tech Xplore

Amazon union vote enters final stretch in watershed moment for US labor ─ CNBC

Amazon loses effort to install camera to watch counting of ballots in pivotal union vote ─ CNBC

The results of Amazon’s historic union vote are days away ─ Vox

Union-Backed Coalition Outlines Broad New Energy Plan ─ WGLT News

Healthcare labor union helping unemployed fast-food and hotel workers pursue careers in senior … ─ The New York Times

The Amazon union vote: What happens next. ─ For union battling Amazon, victory could bring a stalemate ─ Politico

Labor Union Files Grievance Over Rail Project Layoffs ─ Hawaiipublicradio

Teachers, retirees, labor unions caravan around Kentucky Capitol in support of Governor’s vetoes

New vaccination site will be dedicated to essential union workers

City to team with Chicago Federation of Labor to vaccinate up to 1200 eligible union workers per … ─ Chicago Tribune

Union-backed coalition outlines broad new energy plan – Capitol News Illinois

Illinois lawmakers introduce union worker-centered green energy bill – CIProud.com

State lawmakers, unions present clean energy bill to improve Illinois, save nuclear jobs – WSIL TV

Union-backed coalition outlines broad new energy plan for Illinois ─ Bloomington Pantagraph

‘Who do they trust? It’s their union.’ Organized labor steps in to convince immigrant workers to get … ─ Politico

Are Unions Primed for a Comeback? ─ JD Supra

Teachers, retirees, labor unions caravan around Kentucky Capitol in support of Governor’s vetoes ─ WAVE 3

State lawmakers, unions present clean energy bill to improve Illinois, save nuclear jobs ─ WSIL TV

Union-backed coalition outlines broad new energy plan for Illinois – KPVI News 6

Union-backed coalition outlines broad new energy plan – Capitol News Illinois

Here’s why more young people are starting to unionize in new industries ─ USA TODAY

DOL will nix Trump-era requirement that unions report info on financial trusts ─ Reuters

Hawaii labor union files grievance over rail project layoffs ─ McDowell News

News of the Week for Working People

News of the Week for Working People

HuffPost: Amazon Workers’ Fight to Unionize Draws Help from Around the World

Teen Vogue: Amazon Union Vote Is a Big Deal for the U.S. Labor Movement

The Wall Street Journal: A Clash Over Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers in COVID-19 Pandemic

Law 360: COVID-19 Relief Bill Could Rescue Union Retirees’ Pensions

CBS News: Once Viewed as Essential, Grocery Workers Now Treated as ‘Expendable,’ Union Chief Says

EHS Daily Advisor: Experts Urge More Action, Emergency OSHA Standard on COVID-19

Newsweek: CDC Urged to Recognize COVID-19 Aerosol Transmission in Petition Signed by 10,000

The Guardian: ‘We Deserve More’: an Amazon Warehouse’s High-Stakes Union Drive

The Progressive: Multimillion-Dollar ‘Union Avoidance’ Industry Faces New Scrutiny

CNBC: A $15 Minimum Wage Could Boost Social Security Benefits by About $5,000 a Year

The Indypendent: ‘We Want to Send a Message to Bessemer’

The New York Times: Why Top Economists Are Citing a Higher-Than-Reported Jobless Rate

The Wall Street Journal: Four Million Hotel, Restaurant Workers Have Lost Jobs. Here’s How They’re Reinventing Themselves.

Northern Public Radio: Record Number of Women in Local Labor Leadership

The New York Times: 2.5 Million Women Left the Work Force During the Pandemic. Harris Sees a ‘National Emergency.’

Engineering News-Record: Infrastructure Is Prime Topic in Biden Meeting with Union Leaders

The New York Times Magazine: Amazon’s Great Labor Awakening

Reuters: As U.S. Pork Plant Speeds Up Slaughtering, Workers Report More Injuries

The Guardian: Uber Drivers Are Workers, U.K. Supreme Court Rules

CNN: Grocery Store Workers Have Been on the Front Lines for a Year, but They’re Struggling to Get the COVID Vaccine

The Washington Post: Grocery Workers Say They Can’t Get Vaccines, Even as They Help Distribute Them

The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Unemployment Claims Rise, Pausing Recent Downward Trend

New York Daily News: The Express Train to More Dangerous Subways

 

 

President Biden – Strengthening Registered Apprenticeship Programs, Protecting Union Jobs And Workers

President Biden – Strengthening Registered Apprenticeship Programs, Protecting Union Jobs And Workers

Due in large part to the hard work of North America’s Building Trades Unions and other unions, registered apprenticeships have been a reliable pathway to the middle class for decades – including for workers who don’t go to college – by training workers for good jobs and allowing them to earn while they learn. A Mathematica study shows workers can earn $240,000 more over the course of their lifetime – $300,000 when including benefits – by participating in these programs. Registered apprenticeships are especially important as we recover from the pandemic, allowing workers who have lost their jobs or young people who are entering a weak job market to train for the jobs of the future while earning a decent income.

To this end, President Biden took the bold step to end the Trump-era program by reversing industry recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs), which threaten to undermine registered apprenticeship programs. Industry-recognized apprenticeship programs have fewer quality standards than registered apprenticeship programs – for example, they fail to require the wage progression that reflects increasing apprentice skills and they lack the standardized training rigor that ensures employers know they are hiring a worker with high-quality training.

In an Executive Order, President Biden rescinded Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13801, which spurred the creation of these programs. He is also asking DOL to consider new rulemaking to reverse these programs and to immediately slow support for industry recognized apprenticeship programs by pausing approval of new Standards Recognition Entities and ending new funding for existing Standards Recognition Entities.

The Ohio AFL-CIO Legislative Agenda!

The Ohio AFL-CIO Legislative Agenda!

The Ohio AFL CIO has released its legislative agenda for the 2021-2022 calendar year. The Agenda focuses on the Pandemic, Worker safety, Jobs, Racial justice, Education equity, Tax Fairness and fair districting. Many of these priorities impact a not just our membership but all Ohio citizens. These key issues will be the guide this year as we fight for Labor and working people across the state. With the collaboration with our CLC’s and Local unions, we can be a positive force that can pass effective legislation and give security to all Ohioans.

Infrastructure:

The Ohio AFL-CIO is waiting on an infrastructure Bill to be announced from the Federal Level, Pres. Biden has vowed to push for a revitalization of Americas infrastructure with backing from the House and Senate. There will be a bill in the near future and will be shared with our CLC and members when available.

IUE-CWA Walmart Action:

This past Saturday the Cincinnati AFL-CIO held a 2-location action in support of the GE-Savant light bulb plant in Bucyrus Ohio. The Actions have garner national attention from the National AFL-CIO and even the Wal-Mart Cooperation. Actions containing to go on around the nation every Saturday from 12-1pm. The Next Walmart Action in Cincinnati will be March 6th (details TBD)

COVID Relief:

The COVID relief bill will be introduced on the House floor within the next week, After a passing vote the Bill will be sent to the Senate for a final vote. As we’ve seen in in the recent past the vote may fall by party lines. The COVID relief bill will cover minimum wage, stimulus checks and the PRO Act.

Pro Act Summary:

The pro Act (H.R. 842) has recently been introduced by the 117th congress. The bill currently has 200 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and has been referred to the Education & labor committee for further review. The resolution would still need to pass the Senate without a filibuster or possibly vote by party lines with Vice President Harris as the tiebreaker. President Biden has express support for the PRO Act as a part of his “Build Back better” plan and his support for Labor. The Passage of the Pro Act would strengthen unions, penalize employers for violating labor laws and eliminate ALL Right to Work laws. Pro Act will be introduced to senate around March 8th. Please review and participate in our Pro Act Campaign Actions!

PRO Act Actions

Call In: We are mobilizing and organizing members to participate in the Pro- Act campaign by calling in our Legislators and Urging them to Support the Pro-Act. Please Call your Legislator and urge them to PASS THE PRO ACT.

To Participate, Please Call 866-832-1560 and tell Congress to PASS THE PRO ACT!

Letter to the Editor (LTE): We are mobilizing and organizing members to participate in the Pro- Act campaign by submitting Letters to the Editors to local Newspapers across the State. If interested, please see attached file for Letter templates!

PRO Act Informational meetings: We are mobilizing and organizing members through education. If you would like to organize a PRO Act Informational or want a short Pro Act presentation at your next Local union meeting, Please Contact me to set up the event.

Follow the Bill: If you are interested in following the PRO Act (HR 842) through Congress, Please Click the link!

https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/842/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+842%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=2

Ohio Legislature Introduces Resolution To Protect Steel Worker and Building Trades Jobs

Ohio Legislature Introduces Resolution To Protect Steel Worker and Building Trades Jobs

A project critical to protecting the environment and the long-term viability of Enbridge Line 5, a crude oil pipeline that supplies refineries throughout the Midwest, is in jeopardy.

The Enbridge Straits Line 5 Replacement Segment Project would allow for the current pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac to be rerouted through a tunnel in the bedrock beneath the Straits, protecting the waterway and the Great Lakes.

Representative Michael Sheehy (R-46) has introduced a bi-partisan resolution to encourage Michigan to grant Enbridge the Act 16 application to relocate Line 5. The Ohio AFL-CIO Executive Board also voted to support the resolution. Read the resolution here

The Enbridge Line 5 pipeline delivers a majority of the crude oil refined at The Toledo Refining Company (TRC), in Toledo, Ohio. TRC provides over 550 permanent good paying jobs to Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. A vast majority of these jobs belong to the Union members of United Steelworkers Local 912 and several building trades unions. Without the Line 5 Tunnel project these brothers and sisters jobs may be in danger, as well as the supply of transportation and jet fuels in Ohio, Michigan, and the surrounding areas.

To protect good paying jobs and safeguard the environment, it is imperative that the Michigan Public Service Commission grant Enbridge its Act 16 application to relocate Line 5. You can sign the USW petition here.