Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends of working families,
Every year at this time starting back around 1985, the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council has held its annual Labor Day Picnic/Coney Island invitation for our union affiliates, their members and working families, and to our Friends of Labor. We would go about preparing for one of the largest, most recognized Labor-sponsored Labor Day picnics in the country.
Unfortunately, once again this year, out of an abundance of caution and to maintain Labor’s Leadership position placing health and safety above all else, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Annual Labor Day Celebration at Coney Island for a second year. This decision is not an easy one. Quite frankly, our Labor Day Picnic is the biggest annual fundraising event for the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council.
And while we know that it serves the health and best interests of our local affiliates, union families and friends of Labor, we are once more preparing for an important election with opportunities to elect pro-Union, pro-working family candidates to our courts, and to our municipal, county, state, and federal offices. In short, the work we do is incredibly important.
So, what can we do now? The funds that are generated each year from our historic annual Labor Day Picnic/Coney Island help run our daily operations and Labor programs, maintain our office and communication tools, fairly compensate our dedicated staff, and progressively move forward our Labor movement/agenda in the greater Cincinnati area.
As our labor affiliates/partners and Friends of Labor, we respectfully request that your organization once again consider making a Labor Day donation to the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council to make certain that we are able to continue doing the good work that we do for you, and all the hard-working women and men of Greater Cincinnati.
We thank you for your leadership, your activism/dedication to the Labor movement, and your consideration of the above request. We will continue to stand with you, fight for your union and members rights, and social/racial/economic justice for all working families, in Cincinnati and throughout our great nation! Please help us continue to serve you and this community where we all live, love, learn, work, play and pray.
51st Annual COPE Dinner Broadcast Program — 7:00 PM
Never before has Labor had an opportunity like we have today.Not in any of our lifetimes has there been a political environment this favorable to working people and our right to organize! New Leadership and new opportunity…
It’s time to seize the day!
Because we stood up and stood strong, Unions are on the rise, and to the extent that this world has continued to function in these times of political division and COVID 19, we have been given a unique and inspiring look at the true face of our nation. It’s you… it’s us… it’s your Sisters and Brothers in Healthcare, Public Safety, Building Trades and Construction, Food Workers/Retail, Transportation, Public Sector, Education and US Postal Service making it happen for America, every hour of every day. To the extent this nation is functioning, thank a Union Worker. Bravo Sisters and Brothers! So, where do we go from here!Cope 2021 will celebrate new leadership, new direction, new inspiration!
Unfortunately, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the new threat posed by the Delta Variant, we are once again unable to hold our traditional, in-person dinner gathering. Instead, the Cincinnati AFL-CIO will be holding a private COPE broadcast/online event. So, once more from the comfort of your own living room, join us and the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council family and friends to celebrate Unity, Solidarity, and the greater Cincinnati Labor movement.
Details of our exciting program and dinner are coming together nicely and will be released soon! Reserve your passes now!
Please complete and return the following to Request your passes for this unforgettable, unprecedented event!
LOCAL UNION OR ORGANIZATION:
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The COPE Dinner is an important fundraiser for the Committee on Political Education. COPE sponsors voter registration, voter education, candidate screenings and endorsements, Meet-the Candidates Night, sample ballots, Chronicler, and Get-Out-the-Vote activities. Contributions to the Cincinnati AFL-CIO COPE are not deductible for income tax purposes. Tickets may be purchased individually, out of general funds or out of political action accounts.
To reserve your access pass(es) make your check payable to Cincinnati AFL-CIO COPE and send along with this registration form to Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, 1385 Tennessee Avenue – 2nd Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45229. Please respond by Friday, October 15.
For further information contact the CLC Communication Office at 513-421-1846 ext. 5 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IUOE LOCAL 20 REACHES AGREEMENT WITH HAMILTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS — Strike Averted
Local 20 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO, is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement upon a new labor agreement with the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. As a result, the strike, which was to commence this Sunday, August 21, 2021 has been averted.
IUOE Local 20 had served notice upon the County Commissioners of its intent to strike following the parties’ inability to reach agreement upon the key issue of wages after more than 1 ½ years. Following notice of its intent to strike, the County Commissioners increased their wage offer which was accepted by IUOE Local 20.
IUOE Local 20 Business Manager Rick Gerrein stated: “We are pleased that the strike was averted, and that our members received a wage increase taking them one step closer to full parity with employees of other comparable Cincinnati employers. More importantly, we are pleased that the public will continue to receive, without interruption, professional maintenance of County Buildings, including the HVAC systems so critical to ensuring safe air quality during the ongoing pandemic.”
IUOE Local 20 represents 23 separate bargaining units in the Greater Cincinnati area with a total membership of approximately 500. Employers include the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the University of Cincinnati, the Cities of Fairfield and Hamilton, and the Southwest Regional Water District. Visit us on the web at iuoe20.org.
(Washington, D.C., Aug. 20, 2021)—The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation. The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.
The election of Shuler and Redmond comes after the unexpected and untimely passing of Richard Trumka, who served as AFL-CIO president from 2009 until his death on Aug. 5, capping a more than 50-year career of dedication to America’s unions and working people.
“I am humbled, honored and ready to guide this federation forward,” Shuler said after her election. “I believe in my bones the labor movement is the single greatest organized force for progress. This is a moment for us to lead societal transformations—to leverage our power to bring women and people of color from the margins to the center—at work, in our unions and in our economy, and to be the center of gravity for incubating new ideas that will unleash unprecedented union growth.”
“I could not be more excited to get to work with President Shuler so we can build on the labor movement’s legacy of change, writing a new chapter that brings the promise of union membership to workers across this country,” Redmond said. “This is the right team at the right time to help bring about the economic and social justice America is hungry for.”
“Our country is at a crossroads. Now more than ever, the labor movement is the best vehicle to fight inequality, systemic racism, and attacks on our basic rights and freedoms,” said Gebre. “I am honored to work with our historic team led by President Shuler and look forward to fighting every day for working families.”
Shuler grew up in a union household—her father, Lance, was a power lineman and longtime member of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 125 at Portland General Electric and her late mother, Joyce, worked as an estimator in the company’s service and design department. In 1993, Shuler was hired as an organizer at Local 125. When energy giant Enron Corp. tried to muscle electricity deregulation through the Oregon Legislature, Shuler worked with a broad-based coalition of labor, community and environmental activists to challenge and ultimately overcome Enron’s powerhouse lobbying campaign, a victory that sparked her passion for mobilizing workers to make change even when faced with overwhelming odds.
In 1998, Ed Hill, then-secretary-treasurer of the IBEW, assigned Shuler to California where she mobilized IBEW members to help defeat Prop. 226, the so-called paycheck protection initiative that threatened to silence union members in the political process. That victory prompted John J. Barry, then president of the IBEW at that time, to hire her as an international representative in the union’s Political/Legislative Affairs Department in Washington, D.C. In that role, Shuler ran grassroots political mobilization efforts and lobbied Congress on a range of issues important to working families. In 2004, she was promoted to assistant to the international president, where she served President Hill, who had succeeded to that position, in driving the agenda of the nearly 1-million member union.
In 2009, she joined forces with Trumka, becoming the first woman elected to the position of secretary-treasurer at an AFL-CIO convention and the youngest woman ever on the federation’s Executive Council. As secretary-treasurer, she also served as the chief financial officer, turning deficits into surpluses and steering the federation through multiple fiscal crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to her stewardship of the federation’s finances, Shuler led the AFL-CIO’s initiatives on the future of work, retirement security, the clean energy economy, public safety reform, workforce development, and empowering women and young workers. She is committed to busting myths about labor, leveraging the labor movement’s diversity for innovative approaches to social justice and making the benefits of a union voice on the job available to working people everywhere.
Redmond has been a USW member since 1973, when he went to work at Reynolds Metals Co. in Chicago. He became active in his local union almost immediately, serving as shop steward and eventually vice president. He served three terms as local president.
For decades, Redmond served the USW in various staff and leadership roles, assisting local unions, developing and conducting training programs, and bargaining contracts.
As international vice president for human affairs, Redmond oversaw the Civil and Human Rights Department, as well as the union’s shipbuilding, health care and public sector bargaining, and worked with USW allies across the country in responding to attacks on voting rights and in combating economic inequality. Redmond has a long history of leadership on various boards, including the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the A. Philip Randolph Institute. In 2021, Redmond was elected president of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, a prestigious international post.
The terms of the three executive officers run through June 2022, when delegates to the AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia will elect leaders for new four-year terms.
Cincinnati – Cincinnati Public Schools will be open for the new school year on Thursday. But last month’s decision by the Southwest Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) to eliminate the XTRA bus routes relied on by thousands of 7-12 students has spun CPS parents and high schools into a tailspin. The dedicated “XTRA” bus routes have been used by students in grades 7-12 to safely get to and from CPS high schools for decades. Students will now be expected to wait and get off at regular SORTA bus stops, mingle with non-student bus passengers and endure extra travel time, confusing bus transfers and potential safety hazards. We fear these inconveniences and hazards will increase drop outs and absences in a year when its critical for students to make up for lost instruction time.
In Cincinnati, there is already an unacceptable level of pedestrian fatalities and injuries. Too many students have been hit by cars in recent years. The city does not have adequate crossing guards to protect students at intersections. This reduction in services to CPS families and students is a betrayal to those of us who supported a recent transit tax increase for SORTA based on the promise higher taxes would actually improve and expand service! Moreover, the travel time for some of these students will be up to two hours just to get to school, making the new “Healthy Start” times at some CPS high schools meaningless.
SORTA is governed by a 16-member volunteer citizens’ board of trustees. Five trustees are appointed by the Mayor of Cincinnati and eleven are appointed by Hamilton County Commissioners.
The Ohio Revised Code states that the “appointing authority” may remove its SORTA appointees “for misfeasance, nonfeasance or malfeasance”. If the SORTA Board fails to move promptly to restore the XTRA routes that thousands of CPS families have relied on for decades, Mayor Cranley and the Hamilton County Commissioners should remove their appointees for failing to take into account the health and safety of these students – a clear example of misfeasance and nonfeasance.
The Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, concerned parents, teachers and community members will protest these cuts in front of City Hall at 4pm on Tuesday, August 17, and demand Mayor Cranley, City Council and the Hamilton County Commissioners call on their appointed board members restore the XTRA student routes, and replace them if they do not. This failure of leadership threatens the health and safety of students, and only widen the equity in education gap.
The Cincinnati Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals who champions the social and economic well-being of our members, Cincinnati’s children, families, working people and communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism and especially through our members’ work.
Local 20 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO, has served notice upon the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners of its intent to go on strike Sunday, August 22, 2021 beginning at 12:01 a.m. Picketing will occur both at the Hamilton County Courthouse located at 1000 Main Street, and the Todd B. Portune Center for County Government located at 138 East Court Street.
The bargaining unit is composed of 18 members working as Facilities Maintenance Workers and HVAC Technicians at several County facilities, including the Courthouse, the County Administration Building, the Justice Center, the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office, the Juvenile Detention Center, and the Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services Building. Their work is critical to the operation and maintenance of those facilities, including maintaining air quality which is particularly important during the ongoing pandemic.
The parties have failed to reach agreement upon the key issues of wages. IUOE Local 20 Business Manager Rick Gerrein explains: “Although delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, negotiations for this labor agreement began as long ago as December of 2019, but we have yet to reach an agreement. Local 20 is simply attempting to bring our wages into parity with comparable Cincinnati employers including the University of Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Public Schools. We regret that the County Commissioners’ unreasonable position has forced us to prepare to take this action, but we feel we have no other alternative. Regardless, IUOE Local 20 stands ready, willing, and able to continue good faith negotiations with the County Commissioners with the goal of reaching a mutually acceptable labor agreement providing fair wages for our members.
IUOE Local 20 represents 23 separate bargaining units in the Greater Cincinnati area and a total membership of approximately 500. Employers include the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the University of Cincinnati, the Cities of Fairfield and Hamilton, and the Southwest Regional Water District. Visit us on the web at iuoe20.org.
Over the past year and a half, we have all made enormous adjustments, immense sacrifices, and difficult decisions. And while we had hoped and believed that we would be beyond most of this by now, unfortunately, reversals over the past month or so in vaccination rates accompanied by a steep rise in new cases of COVID-19 spawned the Delta variant, a much more virulent and insidious form of this virus which is dangerous in its own right, but proving to be even more contagious for children, the very group for whom a vaccination is not even choice.
Given this recent turn of events and the likelihood, that circumstances surrounding this Delta variant, cases will continue to rise, and overall circumstances of safety will continue to degenerate, we once again find ourselves facing some uncomfortable truths and difficult decisions. So, it is with a truly unhappy and heavy heart that I now inform you that the Executive Board of the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council decided today, Thursday August 12 to cancel the upcoming Annual Labor Day Picnic.
Throughout this pandemic Labor has led the way as a beacon of hope and voice of reason, maintaining that above all, worker health and safe workplaces remain our primary consideration, and must never be compromised. We will continue to take a leadership position in doing the right thing and taking every precaution to ensure that all of you, our Sisters, Brothers, and your families remain healthy and well. For those of you who are disappointed, or even angered by this decision, it is essential to remember that worker health and safety are the primary driving principle of the Labor movement, and that is precisely why this decision could go no other way.
Over the next few days, we will be reaching out to each affiliate that has already made the investment to support this event and work out the return of that investment to you. Thank you for your understanding.
As some of you are aware, one of our Brothers here in Cincinnati, Jon Skirvin (Plumbers, Pipefitters and MES, Local 392) suffers from Polycystic kidney disease (PKD). PKD is an inherited disorder in which clusters of cysts develop primarily within your kidneys, causing your kidneys to enlarge and lose function over time. Jon’s kidneys were at 7% functionality at the time of the taping of the video we’re presenting to you here today.
As you will learn from the story, Jon has a girl friend, a family and much to live for. So, now we are asking that you use the bully pulpit of the AFL-CIO to spread this important information to the 12.5 million Sisters and Brothers in the movement. One of them may just be the solution to Jon’s challenge, but certainly many of them can and will learn what it means to be a kidney or other organ and tissue donor and how that very important, life-giving act works.
Below are two links that take you to a short, intro or teaser video that sets the stage for the longer interview that provides the story as well as a wealth of information on the who, what, when, where and why of organ and tissue donation. It is a massive issue that faces tens of thousands of American each and every day. What’s more, the answer to every single case is readily available and could be solved in any single day.
Please take the time to watch this video and more importantly, use your vast network to share this video with all our Sisters and Brothers. Without meaning to be melodramatic, a man’s life depends on it, as do the lives of tens of thousands more that are in the very same life-threatening situation in which our Brother Jon Skirvin now finds himself. So, take a moment — or maybe a little longer — and listen to our story and how you can help…
Thank you in advance for helping with this very, very important work. If we Sisters and Brothers in Labor are not perfectly suited to rise to this challenge, no one is. If there is a truer illustration of “Unity and Solidarity,” I have not seen it. So please, spread the word. And please, share!
Wednesday of this week [July 29,, 2021] on a vote of 67-32 the U.S. Senate moved to begin consideration of the bipartisan infrastructure deal. This is a significant step in realizing a major plank of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. A summary of where the major funding would be directed includes:
$110 billion for roads and bridges. The $40 billion for bridges is the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the Interstate highway system
$39 billion for public transit. The money would be used to modernize bus and subway fleets and bring new service to communities. That’s about $10 billion less than senators negotiating the agreement had originally designated.
$66 billion for passenger and freight rail. The money would be used to reduce Amtrak’s maintenance backlog, improve Amtrak’s 457-mile-long Northeast Corridor as well as other routes and make safety improvements to rail grade crossings.
$7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging stations, which the administration says is critical to accelerating the use of electric vehicles to curb climate change.
$5 billion for the purchase of electric school buses and hybrids, reducing reliance on school buses that run on diesel fuel.
$17 billion for ports and $25 billion for airports to reduce congestion and address maintenance backlogs.
$55 billion for water and wastewater infrastructure, including funding to replace all of the nation’s service lines using lead pipe.
$65 billion to expand broadband access, a particular problem for rural areas and tribal communities. Most of the money would be made available through grants to states.
$21 billion for cleaning up superfund and brownfield sites, reclaim abandoned mine land and cap obsolete gas wells.
$73 billion for modernizing the nation’s electric grid and expanding the use of renewable energy.
Momentum is building to usher in a new era, one that puts working people first. To level the playing field for workers from decades of corporate and CEO excesses we must continue to advocate for passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.
This past Tuesday, July 27, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown shared a part of his busy morning speaking with a number of Cincinnati Labor Leaders. The discussion included Passing the PRO Act, Child Tax Credits and Infrastructure and include the following individuals: US Senator Sherrod Brown, Bill Froehle – President, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council and Business Manager, Plumbers, Pipefitters & MES Local 392, Fred Lampe – Executive Secretary, Greater Cincinnati Building & Construction Trades Council, Paige Stephens – Representative, UFCW Local 75, Matt Alter – President, Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48, Rick Fischer – Business Manager, IBEW Local 212, and Michelle Thoman – President, RNA of UCMC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 ― Cincinnati, OH: At the July meeting of the executive board of the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council Tuesday, July 6, the executive board voted to recommend the endorsement of Aftab Pureval in the 2021 Mayoral race for The City of Cincinnati. The following evening, at the July 7 meeting of the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council Delegate Body, that recommendation was unanimously affirmed by the Delegates.
When notified of his endorsement by Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, Mr. Pureval commented, “Our friends at the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council are champions in the struggle for fair compensation and protections for working families. It’s an honor to have their support in my campaign for Mayor. I look forward to our partnership as my administration works to improve the opportunities for organized labor and all working families across the city.”
Mr. Pureval, currently the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, is the first Democrat elected to this office in more than 100 years. During his tenure he brought modern and professional reforms to the Clerk’s office. He invested in the people who serve this city by paying a living wage to all employees and becoming the first county officeholder in Ohio to offer comprehensive paid family leave.
About the endorsement, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council President, Bill Froehle said, “The decision by the Labor Council to endorse Aftab Pureval for Mayor Cincinnati is a statement by the Labor Community recognizing the respect shone by Mr. Pureval for working people when he ensured a Living wage for his entire clerk staff. It is our expectation that Mr. Pureval will continue to be an advocate for working families and to help bring about economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our city.”
For further information, contact Brian Griffin, Director of Communication & Technology, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council – 513.421.1846 or email@example.com.
Brothers, Sisters, and Friends of Cincinnati working families:
The Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council’s 34th Annual Golf Tournament is Friday, August 6, 2021, once again on the Grizzly Course at the City of Mason Golf Center! This nationally renowned course was designed by Jack Nicklaus, 18-time Major Champion and Ohio native, and has been host to several PGA, LPGA, and Senior PGA tournaments.
The entry fee is $150 per individual golfer or $500 for a four-person team. The fees include greens fees, carts, coffee, donuts, lunch, and prizes. Individuals and/or organizations may also purchase hole sponsorship ($150), lunch-only tickets ($35), our VIP Package, which includes a four-person team plus hole sponsorship ($600). We also gratefully accept donated items for door prizes at this fun event!
The reservation flyerlists all relevant details, including directions and a registration form with payment information. Just fill it out and send it along with your check made payable to Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council to Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, 1385 Tennessee Avenue, 2nd Floor, Cincinnati OH 45229 and you are done.
The Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council Annual Golf Tournament helps provide the Council with the resources it needs to strengthen the Labor movement and continue providing valuable resources and services to working families in the greater Cincinnati area. Now, as things begin to find their new normal after a year of social distancing and the inability to gather and celebrate, it is more important ten ever that we take the time to come together to celebrate who we are, what we have achieved, and what more we have to look forward to. So please, come out to play and celebrate. Your support is greatly appreciated!
On behalf of over one-hundred-plus union affiliates, our union members, and all working families, I thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you Friday, August 6!
Post-Issue 3: Building A New Coalition to Address Affordable Housing in Cincinnati
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 7, 2021 ― Cincinnati: On the heels of the defeat of Issue 3-City Charter Amendment, and the heightened awareness it raised of the challenge of affordable housing in greater Cincinnati, the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council is reaching out to government, business, faith-based, non-profit and community leaders to form a new, diverse, inclusive and broad-based coalition dedicated to building and implementing an Affordable Housing strategic plan.
Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Peter McLinden said, “Most of us involved in Keep Cincinnati Safe/Vote NO on Issue 3 Coalition recognize and are strong advocates for a sustainable solution to our very real affordable housing challenges. Greater Cincinnati’s affordable housing issues are not going away – not without a concerted, regional effort,” said McLinden.
“Our opposition to Issue 3 was based on its language, not its subject – its lack of structure, specificity, and failure to identify new, dedicated funding steams while not endangering peoples’ jobs and sacrificing essential City services. To that end, a new initiative is underway to coordinate and restructure an alliance of advocates representing the places where we live, learn, work, play, and pray, dedicated to solving this issue; a coalition that will bring all stakeholders to the table to work collaboratively on a true, long-term, and sustainable solution,” McLinden said.
Over the next few days and weeks, a new coalition will be formed whose sole purpose is to bring together public and private sector leaders across Cincinnati to define and communicate a regional vision, build partnerships, and mobilize action to advance a shared vision for our future and solve our challenges with affordable housing – To put forward an inspiring, comprehensive, and audacious vision that improves Cincinnati’s economic future and quality of life so as to eradicate our affordable housing challenges by addressing them at their root causes.
“We are not alone in this fight.Cities all over the nation are grappling with this challenge, and many are getting it right. We don’t have to recreate the wheel, just be open to change and doing the right things. We are always stronger when we work collaboratively together, and like the African proverb says: If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, go together!” said Mclinden. If you are interested in participating in this new coalition – one that epitomizes leadership through partnership – and join with leaders and organizations dedicated to creating and achieving a new vision for the future of Cincinnati, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council – One of more than 500 state and local labor councils of the AFL-CIO, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council is at the heart of the labor movement. We are a democratically elected body dedicated to representing the interests of working people at the state and local level. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin. For information on the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, or questions regarding this release, contact Brian Griffin 513.421.1846 or email mailto:email@example.com.
Wednesday, April 28, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council had its maiden voyage of Vox Operántium ― “The Voice of the Worker!” with this year’s Worker’s Memorial Day Tribute. The CLC’s new streaming Media Studio welcomed Host, Pete McLinden, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, who was joined by Bill Froehle, President, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council and Business Manager, Plumbers, Pipefitters, & MES Local 392, Brian Strunk, Vice President, UAW Local 647, Tim Burga, President, Ohio AFL-CIO, Deacon Royce Winters, IAFF Local 48 and our special guest, Ken Montgomery, OSHA Cincinnati Area Office Director. The Springboro HS JROTC Color Guard provided the Presentation of the colors along with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Shon Estee Hubble who shared her immense talents singing The National Anthem and “Lift Every Voice And Sing.” Deacon Royce Winters, IAFF Local 48 Chaplain provided our Invocation and Benediction to both welcome us and send us on our way. Watch this excellent tribute to those Sisters and Brothers who left us in 2020 after having given so much to their families, communities and this nation.
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 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.
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)
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!
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.
Ronnie (Pup) Wardrup has run the race, fought the good fight, and has hung up his cap as Staff Representative at USW. Ronnie joined Southwestern Ohio Steel September 7th, 1978 and became dues paying member of the United Steelworkers Local Union 5541. He was Appointed as a Grievance Committeeman in the early 1980’s of USW Local Union 5541.
Ronnie joined the Butler Warren Clinton Counties AFL-CIO serving as an Executive Board Member until merging with the Dayton-Miami Valley Regional Labor Council of the AFL-CIO serving on the Executive Committee and Executive Council and worked collaboratively with the Cincinnati AFL-CIO at every opportunity. He was first appointed and then elected in his own right to serve on the Area Labor Federation (ALF) of the Cincinnati and Dayton/Miami Valley Labor Councils of the AFL-CIO.
Ronnie joined the Butler County Democratic Party serving as 2nd Vice President until serving as Chair of the Executive Committee Butler County Democratic Party. He is currently serving as Central and Executive Board member and Governing Board member in a Labor Position.
Served Vice President of USW Local Union 5541 and moved up according to USW Constitution to President of USW Local Union 5541 when the office was vacated. He worked on the Civil Rights Committee, the Political Committee, Organizing Committee. Ronnie also served on State of Ohio Worker’s Compensation Committee and on USW Safety Committee and was appointed as Butler County United Way as a board member by the Butler Warren Clinton County AFL-CIO.
Ronnie was brought out of the plant and placed on Casual Status by Director Frank Vickers. He was hired by Director Dave McCall for the United Steelworkers as a Staff Representative May 15th, 1998 and served in that capacity as a USW Staff Representative for 21 & 1/2 years. He was appointed to Co-chair of the USW Sports Committee by Director Dave McCall and was elected as Democratic Party Man for Butler County as a member of the Executive Committee to the Ohio Democratic Party then appointed and serving as “At Large” for the Ohio Democratic Party Executive Committee. Finally, Ronnie was appointed and served as a USW Vice President to the Ohio AFL-CIO State Federation by Director Donnie Blatt.
Another of the many, many things Ronnie was not just involved in, but active and dedicated to was Masons. In 1993 he became a Freemason in Columbia Lodge # 44, now known as Nova Caesarea Harmony # 2. Soon thereafter he joined the Cincinnati chapter of Scottish Rite Masons, and then the Cincinnati Chapter Shriners Serving the Shriners Burns hospitals.
Of course, anyone who really knows Pup, knows the greatest source of his energy, focus, and zeal for life comes from the love of his life, his wife Lisa. About them and their relationship, he said “I would never have been able to do any of my activism without the love and support of my beautiful and understanding wife Lisa.”
In speaking with Ronnie about his new-found status, he said “Although my exit from The United Steelworkers as a Staff Representative was hurried along due to health reasons, I will never forget all of those I have met through this journey of Solidarity, from the beginning when I first started paying dues In September of 1978 until my Retirement on February 1st, 2021. I’ve have made lifelong friends I will treasure eternally. Always remember to say a good word about your Union. Solidarity Forever…
Ronnie (Pup) Wardrup, your leadership, your activism, your support, and most of all your kindness will always be remembered and missed. Happy retirement Brother Pup…Well deserved!