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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Tradeswomen Lean In to Support Each Other

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.

Following a successful Tradeswomen Build Nations conference earlier this month, North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU), its affiliates and Lean In have joined together to launch a virtual, structured mentorship program made for tradeswomen, by tradeswomen. “It’s important that tradeswomen have a space to talk about their experiences and to help each other,” said Aurora Bihler, a member of the Ironworkers. “I wanted to be a part of this program so that women all over can have this support system in place with researched advice and solutions that are specific to our unique careers.”

Kenneth Quinnell
Tue, 10/27/2020 - 09:50

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COVID-19, Community Service

Working People Endorse Candidates Across the Country

Election Day is less than two weeks away and many states have already started early voting and vote-by-mail. If you aren't certain about who to vote for in races up and down the ballot, AFL-CIO's state federations and allies have done the work to identify pro-working family candidates. Check out who your state's labor movement has endorsed:

Alabama AFL-CIO
Alaska State AFL-CIO
Arizona AFL-CIO
Arkansas AFL-CIO: U.S. House of Representatives, Joyce Elliot; State Representative, Bill Monahan
California Labor Federation
Colorado AFL-CIO
Connecticut AFL-CIO
Delaware State AFL-CIO
Florida AFL-CIO
Georgia State AFL-CIO: U.S. Senate, Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock; U.S. House of Representatives District 5, Nikema Williams; U.S. House of Representatives District 7, Carolyn Bordeaux; state Senate endorsements
Hawaii State AFL-CIO
Idaho State AFL-CIO
Illinois AFL-CIO
Indiana State AFL-CIO
Iowa Federation of Labor
Kansas AFL-CIO
Kentucky State AFL-CIO
Louisiana AFL-CIO
Maine AFL...

Labor Radio Podcast Network Launches Interactive Network Map

To highlight the geographic reach of more than 70 members in four countries, the Labor Radio Network has created an interactive map.

Launched in 2019, the Labor Radio Podcast Network focuses on working-class issues that are often overlooked in the corporate-controlled media. The goal of the network is to help raise the voices of working people and strengthen organized labor to demand and achieve better treatment from workplaces and elected officials.

If you are a journalist interested in learning more, or if you’re a labor radio or podcast producer and want to join the network, contact us at info@laborradionetwork.org.

Visit the Labor Radio Podcast Network.

Kenneth Quinnell
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 14:04

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Podcast

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IFPTE Backs Members Running in Kansas

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 International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) is throwing its support behind three of its own members running in Kansas: Matthew Joyce and Derek Milligan are running for the state House and Charity Kennedy is a candidate for Sedgwick County treasurer. Earlier this month, IFPTE sent out a series of mailers in support of the three members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace/IFPTE (SPEEA/IFPTE) Local 2001. The mailers, which were sent to nearly 2,700 members living in Kansas, highlighted not only the fact that fellow IFPTE members were seeking office, but that they would be strong voices for the rights of workers to collectively bargain. IFPTE International President Paul Shearon commented that, “IFPTE is a strong proponent of union members running for elected...

Workers' Rights Are on the Ballot: In the States Roundup

It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations on Twitter.

Alaska AFL-CIO:

Austin Quinn-Davidson, we know that you will fulfill your duties as mayor with integrity. Thank you for taking on this challenge when Anchorage needs you the most.#ancassembly pic.twitter.com/TCx6EglP4t
— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) October 17, 2020

California Labor Federation:

“California voters must vote NO on Proposition 22, and say yes to a future with universal rights and good jobs for Black workers and for every worker in the state.” —  Must read from @votingwhileblk @rashadrobinson & @NelpNews @RebeccaDNELP: https://t.co/t3gx09P2hH #NoOnProp22
— NO on Prop 22 (California Labor Federation) (@CaliforniaLabor) October 23, 2020

Florida AFL-CIO:

“If this initiative passes, only well-funded special interests will be able to afford to make changes to our Constitution, thus subverting...

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Alliance for Retired Americans and NFLPA Team Up to Educate Older Pennsylvania Voters about Voting in 2020

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 NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Former Players Services Department and the Alliance for Retired Americans released a public service announcement (PSA) on Tuesday to encourage all Pennsylvania seniors to vote and ensure they are aware of how to cast a ballot by mail. This year’s elections mark the first time that any Pennsylvania voter can get a mail ballot. The PSA features Robin Cole, vice president of the NFLPA Former Players Pittsburgh chapter and retired linebacker who won two Super Bowl championships with the Pittsburgh Steelers football team in 1979 and 1980; his wife, Judith Cole; and Harriet Ellenberger, a member of the Pennsylvania Alliance. “Everyone needs to make a plan to vote this year,” Cole said. “I usually vote at the church, but...

Plant and equipment are essential for any large-scale construction project. But since the ownership of these types of machinery isn’t economical, many contractors turn to plant hire companies instead to get what they need. And while this can undoubtedly keep your operational costs low, you can still spend more than necessary if you don’t select the right products and supplier carefully. The good news is that it’s neither a complicated nor tricky task to drive your expenditure down when hiring plant and machinery. And in this article, we will talk about a few tips that should help you save money without cutting any corners and making a lot of compromises in the process.

1. Do your research on the chosen plant hire company
Contrary to popular belief, hiring plant equipment isn’t as simple as finding a supplier that has the desired machinery available for rent. There are a few things that you’ll need to consider as well, from the quality of the products to the level of service that they offer. And since it’s unlikely that you’ll get it from the company itself, it makes sense to turn to their past and existing customers for more objective insight. It may seem like...

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Black Training Leaders in the Bricklayers Discuss How to Support People of Color in Your Union

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.

Kay Whigan (BAC) stands 6 feet, 3 inches tall and carries a deep and booming voice. A welding instructor at the John J. Flynn Bricklayers (BAC)/IMI International Training Center in Maryland, he admits that one of his biggest fears about becoming an instructor was how his students would perceive him. As a Black man who grew up in Alabama, Whigan said he is no stranger to racism. So as an instructor, he worried that his appearance might be intimidating. “I wasn’t sure I wanted to take the job,” said Whigan, who said he was tapped some years ago for a foreman role. “They told me I’d be good at it because of how I carry myself and how I treat people. When I’m working with someone—whether it’s a student in the shop or a worker on the job—I want them to feel nourished...

#ReliefNow: 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:

ICYMI - @TheActorsFund can provide emergency financial assistance to help performing arts and entertainment professionals impacted by the California Wildfires or Hurricane Laura. To apply, visithttps://t.co/J5JH3ZClGu
— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) October 20, 2020

AFGE:

In a new op-ed in @TheHill, AFGE National President Everett Kelley, the head of the largest union representing federal and D.C. government employees, says American government must change leadership in November to restore trust, fight pandemic: https://t.co/SlCqkzNRkB
— AFGE (@AFGENational) October 20, 2020

AFSCME:

“This is a clear attempt to harm workers and take away their power at the bargaining table. These kinds of anti-union...

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Seafarers Perform Humanitarian Rescue of Stranded Boaters

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 of the Seafarers (SIU) recently came to the rescue of stranded boaters in the Pacific Ocean, some 150 miles off the California coast. Chief Steward Samuel Sinclair provided the photo above from the MV Jean Anne (Pasha Hawaii). “The boat was drifting at sea for days….The captain notified the U.S. Coast Guard,” Sinclair explained. “The people in the boat were Mexican citizens trying to gain access to the U.S. Their motor gave out, resulting in the boat drifting aimlessly in the Pacific. The SIU crew professionally performed duties in this humanitarian rescue.”

Kenneth Quinnell
Wed, 10/21/2020 - 09:37

Tags:
Community Service, COVID-19