No Bargaining, No Justice: What Working People Are Doing This Week

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By Kenneth Quinnell No Bargaining, No Justice: 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.

A. Philip Randolph Institute:

Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

— APRI National (DC) (@APRI_National) March 28, 2018

Actors’ Equity:

Beyond his own gifts as an actor, Soon-Tek Oh helped to greatly expand opportunities for Asian-American actors in theatre. We mourn his loss and offer condolences to his family and friends. #RIP

— Actors’ Equity (@ActorsEquity) April 8, 2018


AFGE members shouted “No bargaining, no justice!” outside of the Department of Education’s headquarters last week. Here’s the story → #1u #StandWithEdWorkers

— AFGE (@AFGENational) April 5, 2018


Gregory Eliopoulos, a sewage treatment plant process worker and member of CSEA Local 1000, was killed on the job last fall. Now, the City of Watertown, New York, is being cited for safety violations in the wake of his death.

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) April 6, 2018


The teacher walkouts are a reminder that even professionals with master’s degrees in some of the country’s largest cities endure many of the same economic challenges associated with those in blue-collar jobs.

— AFT (@AFTunion) April 7, 2018

Air Line Pilots Association:

Thank you @RepPeterDeFazio and @RepRickLarsen for urging @SecElaineChao and @StateDept to insist any new U.S.-UK air services agreement protects fair competition for U.S. workers & prohibits flags of convenience by airlines flying between U.S. & UK #OpenSkies

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) April 5, 2018

Alliance for Retired Americans:

New research from @AHIPCoverage shows that patients with Medicaid have significantly better access to health care services than those without coverage: #SaveMedicaid #ProtectOurCare

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) April 9, 2018

Amalgamated Transit Union:

Local 282-Rochester, NY, joins with advocates to push for more funding for #publictransit #p2 #transit

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) March 30, 2018

American Federation of Musicians:

We must change our antiquated #copyright laws. 80+ additional artists have joined our fight to pass the #CLASSICSAct, bringing the total number of artists who support the legislation to 300+

— Amer. Fed. Musicians (@The_AFM) April 5, 2018

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

#AAPIs can and will be the force to be reckoned in elections.

(Also, don’t miss this photo of APALA Nevada members on this article, too!)

— APALA (@APALAnational) April 7, 2018

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

“25 years ago, we used CHAOS to win raises of up to 60% for Flight Attendants…with power, comes respect.” –@afa_cwa‘s @FlyingWithSara #afabod2018

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) April 9, 2018

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

This morning, on the 50th anniversary of #MLK‘s assassination, the BCTGM was among thousands who marched through the streets of Memphis in solidarity with the thousands who marched for justice and dignity 50 years ago. #IAM2018

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) April 4, 2018


Why union? How about higher wages. Union workers make 26% higher wages than non-union. And that’s just one reason to @joinIBB #FormAUnion or check out our apprenticeship programs.

— Boilermaker News (@boilermakernews) April 5, 2018


Congratulations to @TuftsUniversity‘s dining hall workers on joining @UNITEHERE26! #Solidarity #1u #ThursdayThoughts

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) April 5, 2018

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

This is an important and alarming trend in labor relations. @BillFletcherJr @barbs73 @WSpriggs #1uMLK #1u

— CBTU (@CBTU72) April 6, 2018

Communications Workers of America:

Local 83711 works hard to make @IUE_CWAUnion STRONG. Local activists signed up 30+ members & developed new member activists. As the union’s grown stronger, previously rigid MGMT has taken a more open approach to its relationship w/the union. Great job! #1u

— CWA (@CWAUnion) April 8, 2018

Department for Professional Employees:

“Our members collaborate in their work and in their union, and we are proud that the editorial and production employees at Onion, Inc. will become part of this community of creative professionals.” – @WGAEast‘s @LowellPeterson. #1u #OnionIncUnion

— DPE (@DPEaflcio) April 9, 2018

Electrical Workers:

“Gov. Rauner has shown to be essentially driven by the sole goal of breaking men and women of organized labor” #1u

— IBEW (@IBEW) April 6, 2018

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

Add your name to the petition demanding that convenience stores drop VUSE e-cigs until @RAI_News signs an agreement with @SupportFLOC giving farmworkers a voice to improve their working conditions. #BoycottVUSE

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) March 26, 2018

Fire Fighters:

Encourage your mayor to participate in #IAFFMayorsFireOps a pre-conference event of the 86th Annual Conference of Mayors in Boston, MA on June 8th. Sign up today!

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) April 9, 2018

Heat and Frost Insulators:

Are you wondering what it’s like to be an insulator? Can you picture yourself working for the Insulators Union? If you’ve thought about this as a career, reach out to us today and join others as they create a life-long career.

— Insulators Union (@InsulatorsUnion) April 4, 2018

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

Our IFPTE delegation in Memphis for #IAM2018 represents a union and a labor movement inspired by and committed to achieving Dr. King’s moral vision of justice. #MLK50 #1u #canlab

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) April 4, 2018


Ironworkers can earn six-figure salaries per year, as well as pensions, benefits and paid time off. It is also an alternative to college. #MondayMotivation

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) April 9, 2018

Jobs With Justice:

New York State wants to end unpredictable scheduling practices, which wreak havoc on the life of people working in the retail and service industries. #FairScheduling #JustHours

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) April 9, 2018

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

Dr. King once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. Today we not only remember his powerful words but we recognize that we still live in an unjust world. We call for a just peace. #MLK50 #NoJusticeNoPeace

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) April 4, 2018


ATTN Drivers: Obey road crews and signs when traveling through work zones! #LIUNA Flaggers are trained & highly skilled, they know how best to move traffic safely in work zones. Warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely. #workzonesafety

— LiUNA Chicago (@LiUNAchicago) April 9, 2018


We build the @Boeing planes we fly on, the @LockheedMartin jets keeping us safe, the @ulalaunch rockets exploring our galaxy and the @harleydavidson bikes we ride.

We’re union and proud of it.

— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) April 5, 2018

Maritime Trades Department:

MTD Joins Other Unions at I AM 2018 to Commemorate the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike of 1968 | Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO

— MaritimeTrades (@Maritime_Trades) April 4, 2018

Metal Trades Department:

All of us at Metal Trades Department send our condolences to the family of Senator Daniel Akaka. Senator Akaka was a great friend to the Department. May he rest in peace.

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) April 9, 2018

Mine Workers:

The @KyLegislature has put every worker in KY at risk, especially coal miners: #1u

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) April 6, 2018

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

Take time to unwind during Stress Awareness Month. #DYK the National Institutes of Health has a free library eBook collection? Explore topics like the benefits of chocolate, sleep medicine & mindfulness.

— NATCA (@NATCA) April 9, 2018

National Association of Letter Carriers:

Letter carriers deserve to know the facts about the Postal Service with respect to the president’s latest tweets:

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) April 4, 2018

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

“We have not backed down. We will continue to move forward.” – Orange County’s municipal seat, City of Santa Ana, reaffirms #CAValues, rejects Trump’s attack on California. #ICEoutofOC #ICEoutofCA #DefendSanctuary #sb54

— NDLON (@NDLON) April 4, 2018

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

“Whether in the professional context or the family context, caregiving is difficult work, and the undervaluing of the role of the caregiver has meant that we too often leave their expertise and insight on the table.” – @aijenpoo

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) April 9, 2018

National Nurses United:

No one should have to choose between food or medical care. Our patients and our communities need #MedicareforAll! #MondayMotivation

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) April 9, 2018

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

The real solution — the one that will require politicians to stand up to these Wall-Street-backed corporations — is to put a cap on the number of vehicles on city streets, not keep taking more money out of drivers’ pockets. @NYGovCuomo @NYCMayorsOffice

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) April 6, 2018

NewsGuild-CWA, The:

What’s happened to the newspaper industry cannot simply be explained by the rise of the internet. A lack of imagination is also to blame. Most owners have embraced cost cutting to maintain profits over trying to grow the business. #AldenExposed

— NewsGuild (@news_guild) April 9, 2018

NFL Players Association:

“Every employee deserves to be treated with respect…There is absolutely no justification for paying [cheerleaders] less than a fair wage and for making them endure discrimination in the workplace.” – @DeSmithNFLPA


— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 4, 2018

North America’s Building Trades Unions:

There are many reasons to oppose Scott Walker. The latest one? He insists #WIunion road conditions aren’t that bad. They’re ranked 44th this year. 49th last year. #infrastructure

— The Building Trades (@BldgTrdsUnions) April 9, 2018

Painters and Allied Trades:

Partnering with vocational schools is one way we are eliminating the “skills gap” and meeting the workforce demands of tomorrow. #PartnershipWorks

— GoIUPAT✊🏽 (@GoIUPAT) April 9, 2018

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

Millennials and professionals are bringing new energy to the [labor] movement. “This need to engage and make a difference, the construct of a #union fulfills that.” #1u #UnionStrong

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) April 9, 2018

Pride At Work:

On this 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination, we are honoring his legacy of progressive – and intersectional – movement building, and we are lifting up the memory of Bayard Rustin.#IAM2018 #1U

— Pride at Work (@PrideatWork) April 4, 2018

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

“Where are the veterans in the federal workforce?” @PASSNational is proud to count many veterans among its members at the FAA & honored to be part of @unionveterans @Marinetimes @FAANews #publicservice #federalemployees

— PASS (@PASSNational) April 9, 2018

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

If you purchase a major grocery chain like Whole Foods, you should probably be following FDA food safety rules.

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) April 9, 2018


#sagaftramembers @Esai_Morales and @Jon_Huertas stand in solidarity with #SBS unit members as they delivered a petition calling for fair livable wages and no wage cuts #SAGAFTRAUNIDOS @imarlenequinto @SmoochyOne @SandraPena @AlexPerezNet

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) April 6, 2018

School Administrators:

It’s National Assistant Principals Week! Join @AFSAUnion @NASSP @NAESP in celebrating APs for all their hard work and dedication #APweek18

— AFSA Leadership (@AFSAUnion) April 9, 2018


Nobody knows the truth of the old cliche “work hard, play hard” like a Seafarer does. Photo File Friday this week calls attention to this down-and-dirty contrast of seafaring life, with two selections…

— Seafarers Union (@SeafarersUnion) April 6, 2018

Solidarity Center:

Even in the face of severe employer harassment and government indifference, garment worker-organizers in #Bangladesh are helping workers join together and insist on their rights at work.

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) April 9, 2018

Theatrical Stage Employees:

“Behind all the glitz and glamour, filmmaking is difficult, hands-on, down and dirty labor.” @CreativeFuture ​ takes a look at the hard work that goes into what we do.

— IATSE (@IATSE) April 5, 2018

Transport Workers:

The TWU is fighting to keep jet mechanic jobs on US soil. The airline industry is extremely profitable and this betrayal of America’s working families must stop.

— TWU (@transportworker) April 6, 2018

Transportation Trades Department:

The same struggles Dr. King fought and died for are the same struggles working people are fighting for today. We stand with all those who have pledged to carry Dr. King’s legacy forward. #MLK50 #IAM2018

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) April 4, 2018


As we celebrate Women’s History Month with this year’s theme “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women,” the UAW has looked back on a history of strong trailblazers who persisted against the odds.

— UAW (@UAW) March 29, 2018

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

Do you like Cap’n Crunch? See how it’s made.

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) April 4, 2018

Union Veterans Council:

Today we welcome home our Vietnam Veteran Brothers and Sisters, though we will never forget the ones that never made it home.

— UnionVeteransCouncil (@unionveterans) March 29, 2018


“That’s why I support and UNITE HERE supports #AB3087, which would take on the main problem in healthcare for millions of CA workers and their employers: high prices for hospitals physicians, and health plans. We urge the legislature to pass #AB3087 without delay.”#unitehere

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) April 9, 2018

United Food and Commercial Workers:

We bet @UFCW is the only #union that can help you figure out how to eat a #pomegranate! Learn how to crack it open to get to the good stuff by prying apart the sections: #DIY

— UFCW (@UFCW) April 9, 2018

United Steelworkers:

How budget cuts and attacks on unions have revived one of labor’s most effective tactics, via @mic

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) April 9, 2018

United Students Against Sweatshops:

USAS is out here with our union family @AFSCME @Teamsters @CWAUnion at the #IAM2018 march in honor of MLK! #LaborRightsareCivilRights

— USAS (@USAS) April 4, 2018

Working America:

The gig economy “is glamorized by some, but the truth is, it undermines the traditional economy, and will aggravate unemployment, poverty and immigration.”

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) April 9, 2018

Writers Guild of America, East:

“Solidarity is a fundamental part of our union’s strength. Our members collaborate in their work and in their union, and we are proud that the editorial and production employees at Onion, Inc. will become part of this community of creative professionals.”

— Writers Guild East (@WGAEast) April 6, 2018

Kenneth Quinnell
Tue, 04/10/2018 – 09:43

Source: AFL-CIO

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