Organizing Leads to Prosperity: What Working People Are Doing This Week

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By Kenneth Quinnell

Boilermakers Prosperity

Organizing Leads to Prosperity: 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:

“But theatre will not go away. Because theatre is a site, I am tempted to say a refuge. Where people congregate and instantly form communities. As we have always done.” @SimonMcBurney for #WorldTheatreDay

— Actors’ Equity (@ActorsEquity) March 27, 2018


Staffing at the EEOC is at a historic low. We’re hoping that changes soon.

— AFGE (@AFGENational) March 27, 2018


Workers at UCAN, a youth services agency in Chicago, voted to form a union with AFSCME Council 31 despite a strong anti-unionization campaign mounted by their employer. We welcome these fighters to the AFSCME family.

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) March 27, 2018


March 31: Engage students w the life & legacy of activist Cesar Chavez @sharemylesson #CesarChavezDay

— AFT (@AFTunion) March 28, 2018

Air Line Pilots Association:

@WeAreALPA celebrates Girls in Aviation Day Reno, helping to ignite girls’ enthusiasm for the industry! #GIAD, #ClearedToDream, #WAI2018Experience

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) March 24, 2018

Alliance for Retired Americans:

Prices for the 20-most prescribed brand name drugs for seniors have risen an average of 12 percent each year since 2012. That’s nearly 10 times higher than the rate of inflation. Older Americans can’t live like this anymore. We need #RxForAll!

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) March 27, 2018

Amalgamated Transit Union:

Asleep at the Wheel: Close Call with Fatigued Dallas #Greyhound Driver Highlights Sweatshops on Wheels #1u #DriverFatiguePreventionAct

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) March 23, 2018

American Federation of Musicians:

Working people are under attack and they are rising up to join in union together! #Organize

— Amer. Fed. Musicians (@The_AFM) March 28, 2018

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

ICYMI: Tipped workers, educators, and public schools win in #omnibus bill, while fate of undocumented immigrants remains uncertain:

— APALA (@APALAnational) March 26, 2018

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

Thx to your advocacy, we are closer than ever to achieving our #Fightfor10! Our 10 hours min rest & Fatigue Risk Management Plan will be in the final version of the long-term bill as long as we continue to hold lawmakers accountable w/ our action.

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) March 24, 2018

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

MUST READ: The Baker Uprising – BCTGM | The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) March 22, 2018


Better opportunities. A union can help you get better wages, benefits and a say in shaping your future. Check it out. #FormAUnion #Organize

— Boilermakers Organizing (@joinIBB) March 22, 2018

Communications Workers of America:

CWA has opened negotiations w/the State of New Jersey for 32k state employees! At stake are across-the-board wage increases & restoring withheld salary increments — annual raises state workers receive when they reach an annual milestone in state service.

— CWA (@CWAUnion) March 27, 2018

Department for Professional Employees:

Interested in increasing the power of working people? Check out @WomenLeadLabor‘s new fellowship. Letters of interest due April 6. #1u

— DPE (@DPEaflcio) March 28, 2018

Electrical Workers:

#IBEW urges bidding process for Puerto Rico power restoration

— IBEW (@IBEW) March 27, 2018

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

VP Justin Flores explains the #BoycottVUSE campaign and asks supporters in Winston Salem to join @SupportFLOC in boycotting @RAI_News tobacco product VUSE until Reynolds signs an agreement guaranteeing farmworkers protections to organize and join labor unions #1u

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

Fire Fighters:

Over 1,200 Days And Counting: San Antonio, TX #Fire Union Contract Still Lacks Resolution

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) March 28, 2018

Heat and Frost Insulators:

Second year apprentice Damon Cannon working the Local 6 booth at the Brockton Workforce Investment Career Fair!

— Insulators Union (@InsulatorsUnion) March 27, 2018

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

“Describing the move as “mean spirited,” Debbie Jennings, president of International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 4, which represents workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine…” #IFPTELocal4

— IFPTE Local 4 (@IFPTELocal4) March 23, 2018

International Labor Communications Association:

#ILCAbookshelf This week we’re reading Julius G. Getman’s The Supreme Court on Unions from @CornellPress. An important book to understand Janus, so-called “Right-to-work” and the role of courts in shaping labor law #1u

— ILCA Communications (@ILCAonline) March 23, 2018

Jobs With Justice:

NEW: A study of @Gap stores shows that predictable and consistent work schedules aren’t just good for working people, but can also help improve a store’s bottom line. Corporations should heed the findings and end their unstable scheduling practices. #1u

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) March 28, 2018


See which 15 states have the worst #roads and #infrastructure in US #RepairOurRoads #FixOurBridges

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) March 28, 2018


Workers at BMW Victoria join IAM | Canadian Labour Reporter

— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) March 28, 2018

Metal Trades Department:

Proud to see our affiliates leading the way on diversity in the trades.

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) March 27, 2018

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

#OnThisDay in 2008 #NATCA & the #FAA signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the ATSAP. This voluntary reporting program has helped advance safety culture in U.S. aviation, overall making the National Airspace System safer for all users.

— NATCA (@NATCA) March 27, 2018

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

Watch and share. Thanks to @BklynDefender!

— NDLON (@NDLON) March 27, 2018

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

Rest in Power, Linda Brown. You and your family’s bravery in the face of bigotry has reshaped our country and leaves a powerful legacy of equality whose ramifications will be felt for many generations to come #BlackWomenLead #WomesHistoryMonth

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) March 27, 2018

National Nurses United:

In Healthcare Worker Safety, California Leads The Way #workplaceviolence

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) March 27, 2018

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

Please donate and share to support our brother Nicanor Ochisor’s widow. Nicanor was a yellow taxi owner-driver who committed suicide after facing financial ruin.

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) March 28, 2018

The News Guild-CWA:

Philadelphia Media Network is adding six fellows to engage diverse audiences that they are ‘simply not reaching.’ @TNGLocal10.

— NewsGuild (@news_guild) March 28, 2018

NFL Players Association:

Today, we’re joining @AmDiabetesAssn advocates to take Capitol Hill by storm for the annual Call to Congress! Players are sharing the impact of diabetes on their lives with legislators. #ThisIsDiabetes #TeamTackle

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) March 22, 2018

North America’s Building Trades Unions:

“Privatization would leave small states like Maine in a lurch because there is no financial incentive for corporations to invest in small states where there is minimal return on investment.”

— The Building Trades (@BldgTrdsUnions) March 27, 2018

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

Thank you @dscc for putting forth a plan with BROAD and SUSTAINABLE investment in our infrastructure and America’s workers. We look forward to continued discussions that will result in a bipartisan bill to rebuild America. #builditrightbuilditnow

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) March 27, 2018

Pride At Work:

Congratulations to @rweingarten, President of @AFTunion, and her wife, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum!


— Pride at Work (@PrideatWork) March 26, 2018

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

PASS wins representation election at Federal Aviation Administration Service Centers. 400 more employees at FAA will benefit from union protection! #1u #unionsolidarity #federalemployees #publicservice

— PASS (@PASSNational) March 26, 2018

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

We conducted a comprehensive survey of food service workers at @CUNY campuses throughout NYC, and found low wages, unstable work schedules & widespread labor violations. These workers make CUNY run and they deserve better. #1u

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) March 28, 2018


SAG-AFTRA Honors #WomensHistoryMonth with ‘Making a Difference: Widening the Lens on Human Trafficking’ presented by #SAGAFTRA LA Local Women’s Committee. Featured panelists: @GarcelleB @marisolnichols @LalosHouse @castla @ILRF and moderator @shaunrobinson

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) March 28, 2018

School Administrators:

Students with emotional disabilities: Facts about this vulnerable population

— AFSA Leadership (@AFSAUnion) March 22, 2018

Solidarity Center:

Fabulous news from Colombia! Palm oil workers waged a 20-day strike to formalize their employment and gain fundamental workplace rights–and they won!

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) March 28, 2018

Theatrical Stage Employees:

Unbelievable..1 whole year and still no contract. Please attend tomorrow and show your support.

— IATSE Local 764 (@IATSELocal764) March 27, 2018

Transport Workers:

We have demanded that American Airlines, the largest and most profitable airline in the world, offer the richer Legacy U.S. Airways plans to all Association members. More info here: #1u

— TWU (@transportworker) March 28, 2018

Transportation Trades Department:

“The logic behind Buy America is straightforward and fair: Money spent on federal projects — or on massive infrastructure programs — should not go to firms overseas if cost-competitive and quality goods are available at home.”

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) March 28, 2018


In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re celebrating the women who helped build and strengthen the UAW. Today we celebrate Olga Marie Madar, the first female member of the UAW’s International Executive Board and the first president of @CLUWNational.

— UAW (@UAW) March 21, 2018

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

IAMAW Pledges $1 Million to Fight Right-to-Work in Missouri

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) March 28, 2018


50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King & the historic Memphis sanitation workers’ strike, our union remembers & recommits to their vision of faith, civil rights & labor movements united in nonviolent action. #UNITEHERE #IAM2018

— UNITE HERE #SaveTPS (@unitehere) March 21, 2018

United Food and Commercial Workers:

March is #NationalNutritionMonth, a time to focus on healthy eating & proper nutrition. We’ve been sharing helpful tips from the USDA’s MyPlate program. For more on the program & to find more healthy recipes, fun activities, & meal planning, go to:

— UFCW (@UFCW) March 28, 2018

United Steelworkers:

RT to welcome 300 new #USW members who work at First Student in Philadelphia! #USWWorks

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) March 28, 2018

United Students Against Sweatshops:

Members of @gtownsolidarity are taking votes from undergrads. Should @Georgetown do the right thing and agree to a fair union election process with @WeAreGAGE? The answer is a resounding YES.

— USAS (@USAS) March 27, 2018

Working America:

The Louisiana Senate refused to pass a minimum wage increase of just $1.25 over two years. Anyone who works full time should be paid enough to support their family. It’s time to raise wages for workers across the country.

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) March 28, 2018

Writers Guild of America, East:

Thank you to the writers from @TheOpposition with Jordan Klepper who participated in a panel discussion with WGAE members after a taping of the show.

— Writers Guild East (@WGAEast) March 21, 2018

Kenneth Quinnell
Thu, 03/29/2018 – 11:47

Source: AFL-CIO

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