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Voluntary Recognition: Worker Wins

Despite the challenges of organizing during a deadly pandemic, working people across the country (and beyond) continue organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life. This edition begins with several groups of organizers who won voluntary recognition of their new unions.


Kentucky Democratic Party Staff Join IBEW: Staff at the Kentucky Democratic Party have joined Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 369, gained voluntary recognition from management and secured their first collective bargaining agreement. In a statement, the Kentucky Democratic Party staffers said, “We asked for support and recognition of our right to organize. Our leadership stepped up to bargain in good faith and ensure that, as Kentucky Democrats, we live up to our values. We believe deeply in the importance of building and maintaining long-term organizing infrastructure as a means for achieving an equitable and inclusive Kentucky Democratic Party. We came together and organized with a single, common purpose: to make the Kentucky Democratic Party the best possible workplace for everyone, now and in the future.”


Service + Solidarity Spotlight: MM&P Members Rescue Downed Pilots in the Pacific

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

The officers and crew of the Horizon Reliance rescued two pilots who had been forced to land their plane on the ocean and debark to a life raft about 1,000 nautical miles from Honolulu. The ship received an alert by satellite call from the Coast Guard on Nov. 6 and quickly began steaming toward position 80 nautical miles to the southwest. Aboard the Horizon Reliance were Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) members Capt. Mark Tuck, Chief Mate Steve Itson, Second Mate Joseph Comerford II and Third Mate William Laprade. Within two hours of spotting the downed pilots in their life raft, the rescue mission was successfully completed.

Kenneth Quinnell
Fri, 11/20/2020 - 10:00

Community Service, COVID-19

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Boilermakers Boost EPRI Certification Across the Country

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Boilermakers (IBB) are ramping up Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) training and testing for advanced rigging at various sites across the United States, making the union even more attractive to contractors and owners in the construction sector. EPRI conducts research, development and demonstration projects across the United States and is an independent nonprofit focused on research in electricity generation, delivery and use. “Offering testing for this certification saves contractors and owners money so our members can get right in there and start working,” said Matt Wertz, the Boilermakers’ National Apprenticeship Program coordinator. “It makes our contractors more aggressive to get work and gain work.”

Kenneth Quinnell
Thu, 11/19/2020 - 09:34


#FundTheFrontLines: 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:

Equity members now have an additional way to access the online harassment hotline. Lighthouse now offers an anonymous reporting app available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store.

Read more in the member portal - https://t.co/y7dZhCza27 pic.twitter.com/lKrChmRlNH
— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) November 18, 2020



Service + Solidarity Spotlight: APWU Launches Day of Action

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Members and allies of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), led by President Mark Dimondstein, are holding a day of action today to save the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). In particular, the APWU is making three demands: invest at least $25 billion in immediate COVID-19 relief for the USPS; stop and reverse the mail slowdown policies introduced by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy; and expand the role of the post office to provide vital services in every community. Click here to call your senators and ask them to save the Postal Service.

Kenneth Quinnell
Wed, 11/18/2020 - 09:45

COVID-19, Community Service

The vehicle leasing process is now a lot easier – all you have to do, basically, is go online, look for the vehicle you prefer and input the make and model or do your search based on your budget, and you are guaranteed to find some of the most excellent contract hire deals around. Prices are a lot more competitive nowadays as well, especially since there are many leasing providers vying for customers. But is vehicle leasing really the best solution for you? What should you know about your other options? Here’s how you can really determine if vehicle leasing can give you the ideal solution you need.

A look at the pros
Contract hire and leasing deals certainly have their merits, and there are some merits that are more apparent than most. One pro of such a deal is that you can have the lowest monthly repayment compared to other deals, and you don’t have to have such a big deposit, either. Compared to the cost of a vehicle purchase, a contract hire deal is cheaper, particularly if you are going for a high-end model.
Another pro is that the deal will often come with the warranty from the manufacturer since you are driving a brand new vehicle, after all. Also, it...

Ten 2020 Election Wins for Working People That You Should Know About, Part 2

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ victory in this free and fair election is a win for America’s labor movement. Everywhere in every way, working people are heroically and resiliently fighting back against this pandemic, its economic fall out, chronic income inequality and systemic racism. Union voters delivered this election for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris. Their message and commitment to create “the most significant pro-labor, pro-worker administration” resonated with our 12.5 million members and 55 affiliated unions who are hungry for a bigger voice in our economy and our politics.

Working people also spoke loudly in electing union-friendly candidates at all levels of government. Here are 10 more victories you should know about:

1. Michigan State Supreme Court: The Michigan labor movement flipped the state Supreme Court as Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack won re-election and Elizabeth Welch gained a seat to give pro-worker justices a 4–3 majority. 

2. Greg Thompson, Florida: The former Machinists (IAM) Local 57 president won...

Diabetes patients sometimes develop other health issues, from vision problems to skin conditions, cardiovascular disease and kidney disease. In men, a common complication is erectile dysfunction. In his latest video, Dr. Andrew Kramer, urology specialist and penile implant surgeon, performs and discusses penile implant surgery in a diabetic patient.

The patient is a three-hour drive away from the clinic but decided nonetheless to work with Dr. Kramer as he is a well-respected and renowned urologist specializing in penile implants. The doctor, incidentally, performs about 10-15 penile implant surgeries per week.
Erectile dysfunction in a diabetic patient
Of the various health issues linked to diabetes, erectile dysfunction tops the list of primary concerns in male patients. Erectile dysfunction in a male diabetic develops for various reasons but in general, it could develop if the patient has been remiss in diabetic care, meaning they have been neglecting prescribed medication, have not been watching what they eat, and basically not taking better care of their physical health.
More serious health issues arising from diabetes, such as cardiovascular...

During my first year in Mexico I began to learn a great deal about the quirky customs which they have here. Each nation has these of course, and it can be strange for anyone who is coming from the outside, to witness these for the first time. The longer you stay of course, the more that you find yourself recognizing these little quirks.

To anyone who is coming to Mexico, these are some of the little customs and ways which many people here have.
Sweet Little Lies
Some prefer to be punched with the truth rather than being kissed with a lie, but here in Mexico things aren’t exactly like that. As my friend Rose Burillo always points out, here they do not want to disappoint you and this is why they will always agree to come to your party, even if they have another engagement. This is all why asking for directions can be problematic, because even if they do not know, they will still offer you some directions. This is well intentioned of course, but it doesn’t exactly make things very clear.
The word ahorita is a tough one to master, it is used to give a length of time, but it is as clear as mud as to what that length of time is. Ahorita could...

For Pietro Triassi Montreal Canadiens are very much his life and he is the man who inspired me to follow the sport of ice hockey, and the local team. I have never had much love for American sports, they were always just a little bit too stop-start for my liking, yet as I was in Montreal it seemed a good idea to try and get a game in whilst I was there. I met Pietro at the game, he was in the seat next to me, and he gave me all the information that I needed about the NHL and about the Canadiens, I was hooked.

For any of your who are the same as I was with regards to US sports, here is why I reckon you’ll love ice hockey.
Even though the NFL looks a bit savage, and to be honest I wouldn’t like to be on the receiving end of one of those challenges, there is something about ice hockey which just looks worse. The injuries that you see in this game are incredible and there is an active enthusiasm for fights to take place. Now I am not saying that I enjoy this sport because of the violence, not at all, what I am saying however is that the passion which is shown by both teams is clearly apparent, based on how tough they play.
So Many Games
As a fan...