Fighting for Better Pay and Workplace Safety: What Working People Are Doing This Week

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By Kenneth Quinnell Fighting for Better Pay and Workplace Safety: 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.

Actors’ Equity:

“There is a misconception that we are in the ensemble because we are the least talented. Often times it’s the exact opposite.” – @FrozenBroadway ensemble member Tracee Beazer Barrett (@TraBeaz81 ) on why #EveryoneOnStage matters.

— Actors’ Equity (@ActorsEquity) May 24, 2018


AFGE calls legislation an ‘extremely dangerous step’ toward privatization of the VA → #1u

— AFGE (@AFGENational) May 24, 2018


Workers at a big social services agency in Portland, Oregon, have voted to join together with AFSCME Council 75. Better pay and workplace safety are two priorities for these workers.

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) May 23, 2018


Check out @AFTUtah President Brad Asay’s commentary about how Utah unions stand united to protect working families. #JanusvsAFSCME #IamAFT

— AFT (@AFTunion) May 24, 2018

Alliance for Retired Americans:

Thanks for fighting for retirees @LisaBRochester! We appreciate your votes to protect #Medicare and #SocialSecurity #RetireeHero #RetireeVR17

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) May 24, 2018

Amalgamated Transit Union:

TriMet’s LIFT Contractor Accused of Labor and #HumanRights Violations #1u #transit #TriMet

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) May 18, 2018

American Federation of Musicians:

Nick Ballarini at Klyde Warren Park today courtesy of the Music Performance Trust Fund, @The_AFM and @KlydeWarrenPark

— AFM Local 72-147 (@dfwmusicians) May 23, 2018

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

AFA released a quick reference guide to secure safe uniforms, define the problem, and encourage airlines to take adequate steps to avoid the safety hazard. New uniforms are rolling out at major airlines next week and over the next few years. WATCH:

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) May 24, 2018

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

Carrier Wanted to Move to Mexico. Trump Stepped In. A Year Later, This Is What Happened to Indianapolis. via @PopMech

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) May 24, 2018


Here’s a little history for you: In the early 1900s #Boilermakers developed secret hand signals and a secret code book to protect communication (especially telegrams) from anti-union spies. #ThrowbackThursday

— Boilermaker News (@boilermakernews) May 24, 2018


Great to have .@staceyabrams with us today at our South Regional meeting in #Atlanta. Together, we will build a better #Georgia! #TeamAbrams #GAgov #gapol #1u

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) May 24, 2018

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

Brother Burrus epitomized the fire that black trade unionists carry to survive racism and serve working people. Our condolences go out to his family.

— CBTU (@CBTU72) May 21, 2018

Communications Workers of America:

14,000 working people at @ATT may strike soon if necessary for good jobs, affordable healthcare, and a secure retirement. #NoJobsNoDeal #1u

Stand with them in their fight. Sign the petition:

— CWA (@CWAUnion) May 23, 2018

Department for Professional Employees:

“We believe as a community that a teacher contract would help provide stability to the school, will help make sure teachers stay, and will also hold accountability to the administration to ensure principals stay as well.” #1u

— DPE (@DPEaflcio) May 24, 2018

Electrical Workers:

Michigan prevailing wage repeal halted … for now

— IBEW (@IBEW) May 24, 2018

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

Maybe some good news for #DACA recipients, most likely bad news for the rest of immigrants and our country as a whole. More info on the latest in #Congress by @taragolshan “The Return of the DACA Fight in Congress, Explained”

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) May 24, 2018

Fire Fighters:

“Organized, the #firefighter is a champion, But-Unorganized he is in no condition to fight.” #IAFF100years #UnionStrong #labormovement

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) May 24, 2018

Heat and Frost Insulators:

Looking for a career where you don’t have to worry about your gender influencing your paycheck? We believe in fair compensation and are looking for women who would like a career in Mechanical Insulating. Watch now:

— Insulators Union (@InsulatorsUnion) May 24, 2018

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

@IFPTE stands with our brother and sisters in @MachinistsUnion in their organizing of Boeing South Carolina!

— IFPTE WEST (@IfpteWest) May 22, 2018

International Labor Communications Association:

Enter the 2018 ILCA Labor Media Contest today! #1u

— ILCA Communications (@ILCAonline) May 14, 2018


Louie, a beloved elephant born @ToledoZoo received extra special care from Dunbar’s rigging team when it was time for him to be transferred to a zoo in Omaha. Read more

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) May 22, 2018

Jobs With Justice:

Remember when Trump “saved” jobs at a @Carrier plant in Indiana? Well, hear from the working women and men at Carrier and find out what really happened. (Spoiler Alert: Trump didn’t do much)

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) May 24, 2018

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

Applications are now open for The Maria Portalatin National Freedom Scholarship! Every year this scholarship awards 3 students $1,000 book stipend and a laptop computer. Application deadline is June 20, 2018.

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) May 22, 2018


DYK the current repair backlog for #bridges requires $123 billion? #FixOurBridges #TimeToBuild

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) May 24, 2018


SOLIDARITY REQUEST: The company is continuing its anti-union campaign. Sign the petition to stand with working people at Boeing South Carolina.

— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) May 22, 2018

Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association:

Proud to support the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act! #ShipUSA @bvlworks @RepGaramendi @RogerWicker @Rep_Hunter @DonaldNorcross @RepLowenthal

— M.E.B.A. (@MEBAUNION) May 23, 2018

Maritime Trades Department:

Maritime Trades Department stands in solidarity with its brothers and sisters with BCTGM Nabisco Workers.

— MaritimeTrades (@Maritime_Trades) May 16, 2018

Metal Trades Department:

“These brave men and women didn’t risk life and limb to receive inferior care outside of the only health care system tailored to their unique needs.” How the VA MISSION Act is setting the stage for privatization of veterans care →

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) May 24, 2018

Mine Workers:

Thanks to @Bob_Casey for his hard work to preserve health care benefits retired miners earned in blood. #TheyEarnedIt

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) May 22, 2018

Musical Artists:

Long the domain of men, choreography gets a female boost at @BalletWest1 National Choreographic Fest

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) May 15, 2018

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

Thank you to everyone who helped #NCF have a successful #NATCAinWashington! Because of your generosity NCF raised a record amount of OVER $14,000 during NiW! Also, members helped us stuff 300 homeless kits to deliver to the local shelter. #NATCA #GivingBack

— NATCACharitable (@NATCACharitable) May 24, 2018

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

The trump agenda.

— NDLON (@NDLON) May 24, 2018

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

Adelaide, an immigrant #domesticworker, was in DC w/ her daughter yesterday to protest Trump’s latest proposal to punish immigrant families “I shouldn’t have to choose between being able to take my daughter to the doctor or getting papers to stay in the country” #ProtectFamilies

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) May 24, 2018

National Nurses United:

DC nurses cheer contract, celebrate back pay due to them #nursepower #1U

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) May 23, 2018

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

The Ruling That Could Change New York’s Uber Landscape

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) May 24, 2018

The NewsGuild-CWA:

“Gannett should cease this act of nonsense and begin treating its Indianapolis journalists with the respect they deserve.”

— Indianapolis Newspaper Guild (@indynewsguild) May 19, 2018

NFL Players Association:

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) May 23, 2018

North America’s Building Trades Unions:

Thanks to @SenatorAument for focusing on this important issue. Well done @Boilermakers13 BM Williams and @IBEW3RDDISTRICT International Rep. Anderson making the trades’ voice heard 🗣

— The Building Trades (@BldgTrdsUnions) May 24, 2018

Painters and Allied Trades:

Congratulations @staceyabrams! @GoIUPAT puts feet on the street where it matters most! #GroundGame 💯

— GoIUPAT✊🏽 (@GoIUPAT) May 23, 2018

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

#OPCMIA Local leaders: We need you! We are creating an web page saluting and supporting our proud veteran members. Please obtain photos and brief biographies of your members who served in the U.S. or Canadian militaries — and email them to

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) May 24, 2018

Pride At Work:

Hear ED Jerame Davis talk about the importance of constituency groups and the Pride at Work convention with the @MachinistsUnion

Register for our convention today to get the Early Bird rate!

— Pride at Work (@PrideatWork) May 23, 2018

Printing, Publishing and Media Workers:

In a scathing 30-page dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the ruling “egregiously wrong” and added that “Congressional correction … is urgently in order.” Sign if you agree with RBG 👉🏾

— CWA Printing Sector (@CWAPrintingSect) May 23, 2018

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

@PASSNational is proud to join our union brothers & sisters @AFLCIO working to protect the nation’s veterans & the dedicated public servants @AFGENational who provide their care at the VA. #NoMissionAct Call 833-480-1637; urge Senators to vote No. #1u #unionsolidarity

— PASS (@PASSNational) May 23, 2018

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers:

RWDSU is in the house for the New York Democratic Convention at @HofstraU. We’re right at home, the @Local338 office is nearby in Mineola, NY, & all cafeteria and maintainable workers at Hofstra are @Local_1102 members!

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) May 23, 2018


SAG-AFTRA Military Personnel & Families Support Committee is proud to support #GIFF2018 in DC. Vice-Chair Gene DeFrancis, committee member Marc Baron, and #sagaftramember @GarySinise attended the @gifilm congressional reception on Capitol Hill.

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) May 24, 2018

School Administrators:

#BetsyDeVos faces questions over school shootings, makes no mention of guns or announcement of date for school safety commission deliverables

— AFSA Leadership (@AFSAUnion) May 22, 2018


Congress has a responsibility to save the Merchant Marine

— Seafarers Union (@SeafarersUnion) May 23, 2018

Solidarity Center:

Workers from #SriLanka Textile, Garment and Clothing Workers Union rallied in support of @ilo rule on #genderbasedviolence at work! Workers, employers & govt gathering now for #ILC2018 to discuss a draft convention!
@ituc @AFLCIOGlobal @IndustriALL_GU @GLJhub @rosenbaumj

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) May 24, 2018

Theatrical Stage Employees:

Our @FoodBanksCanada #EveryPlatefull Challenge team page is up and running! #EveryPlateFull runs from May28th-Jun8th. Join, Help, Donate! #YYC #Calgary #IATSE #IATSECares #FeedYYC @IATSE @IATSECanada @CalgaryFoodBank

— Iatse 212 Calgary (@Iatselocal212) May 24, 2018

Transport Workers:

Congratulations to TWU’S Mike Mayes, who was selected to serve on the @TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee

— TWU (@transportworker) May 24, 2018

Transportation Trades Department:

There is an increased risk for American travelers when U.S. planes are maintained and repaired by foreign companies. Read the full @RidgeGlobal report here: @TransportWorker

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) May 24, 2018


In this week’s #LaborVoices, outgoing UAW President Dennis Williams reflects on the past four years and the importance of collective bargaining.

— UAW (@UAW) May 23, 2018

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

Check out this video from NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Harley-Davidson’s Greed after the #TaxScam

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) May 24, 2018

Union Veterans Council:

This is a purposefully directed attack against middle-class veterans and their families and will amount to one of the largest cuts (6.45% annually) to benefits the veterans community has received. @votevets @commondefense @vets4bernie @AFGENational

— UnionVeteransCouncil (@unionveterans) May 12, 2018


Never let anyone define patriotism who excludes protest or the right to take collective action. This “policy” seems more about keeping predominantly black workers in their place than “protecting integrity.”@unitehere stands strong with the @NFLPA and its members. #1u ✊🏽

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) May 24, 2018

United Food and Commercial Workers:

“I love the fact that UFCW offers education programs like Free College. I was worried it was going to be complicated, but it was so easy to sign up for Free College. I’ll have 30 years at the plant come January and I’m in the paralegal program now.” Apply:

— UFCW (@UFCW) May 24, 2018

United Steelworkers:

New UnionHall trainings just announced! For locals who’ve applied for websites, sign up for a training, here:

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) May 24, 2018

United Students Against Sweatshops:

“I support @AFSCMELocal3299 workers because black, brown, indigenous and migrant labor is being exploited here on my campus. @UofCalifornia is acting like a corporation & selling out the workers who make campus run.”
– Diego, 3rd Year @UCBerkeley Urban Ecology & Edu. #WeRunUC

— USAS (@USAS) May 8, 2018

Utility Workers:

@The_UWUA is proud to partner with @BayStateWind. We see this initiative as a model for the future of offshore wind energy development in this country.

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) May 19, 2018

Working America:

“As union membership in America has declined, economic inequality has risen. New research confirms the obvious: It ain’t a coincidence. Unions are the tools that built America’s ‘golden age.'” #1u

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) May 24, 2018

Writers Guild of America, East:

Today is a great day to watch the Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning documentary “Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson,” written by Geoffrey C. Ward and directed by Ken Burns.

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) May 24, 2018

Kenneth Quinnell
Fri, 05/25/2018 – 11:00

Source: AFL-CIO

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