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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IBEW Members Volunteer Labor of Love for Crisis Center in Missouri

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.

A crisis center and shelter in Jefferson City, Missouri, now has bright, efficient lighting, thanks to a dozen Electrical Workers (IBEW) volunteers who were proud to lend a hand. The members of Local 257 gave their time and talent to help the community’s Rape and Abuse Crisis Service (RACS) spare funds that are badly needed to aid and shelter survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The workers at the center expressed their gratitude.

“We were glad to answer the call. That’s what we do as IBEW members,” said local President Joel Vanderslice (pictured on the right), who helmed the project. “And we want to thank RACS for everything they do, and for being such a great organization to work with.”

Through energy audits, RACS leaders learned that a lighting upgrade could...

Working People Rise Up: 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.

California Labor Federation:

Uber, Lyft and Doordash are spending $189,000,000 to write themselves out of labor law. Prop 22 is designed to keep drivers POOR and App-based rideshare companies RICH. Enough with the corporate greed! Make sure you vote #NoOnProp22!!! pic.twitter.com/1TzTEVWPva
— California Labor Federation #NoOnProp22 (@CaliforniaLabor) October 15, 2020

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

In CT, the median penalty assessed by OSHA for a workplace fatality was less than $4,000. This is unacceptable. @AFLCIO #1u https://t.co/QW7FdimOBg
— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) October 9, 2020

Florida AFL-CIO:

“In Miami, it’s very difficult to make it on $275 dollars a week,” said Gonzalez, referring to Florida’s unemployment compensation payment. The federal boost of $600 per week is gone. “It’s basically impossible to...

Make a Family Plan to Vote: 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:

Actors' Equity is fighting for diversity, inclusion and the principles of equal opportunity for all who work in the theatre industry. By submitting your self-ID, you can help Equity fight against hiring bias and discrimination. https://t.co/p2c1r3DgSY pic.twitter.com/lguGMytUCI
— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) October 8, 2020

AFGE:

All while @SecWilkie and @realDonaldTrump team up to take away VA workers’ right to a union and a fair contract! https://t.co/3ty6yPqjPr
— AFGE (@AFGENational) October 8, 2020

AFSCME:

By walking away from negotiations on COVID-19 #stimulus legislation, @realDonaldTrump has shown the true measure of his callousness and cruelty today. He simply doesn’t care...

Pest control is sometimes overlooked or underrated in most residential establishments. This is usually a mistake as is always later discovered. Most people usually like ‘pest removal’ to eliminate fleas, spiders, or roaches. However, it also involves ants who have actually become quite regular homestead visitors. If unchecked, ants can cause significant damage to your establishment, especially the foundation which may inflate your construction or repair cost. Therefore, it is important to conduct a regular ant inspection to ensure that your house is always in good condition. In addition, doing inspections also ensures that the food that your family consumes is always not contaminated. Notably, this inspection is not always easy and may require some level of expertise in order to be done properly to avoid later repercussions. For this reason, hiring pest control experts may be a welcome idea that you should definitely pursue. Discussed below are some of the benefits of hiring professional ant control services:
Time and flexibility
As has been discussed above, pest eradication exercises can be cumbersome and require a lot of time. This may require you to take some...

Ants are a common problem in many homesteads, workplaces and other establishments that often results in various forms of discomfort and inconvenience. For instance, ants can cause physical pain to humans and livestock alike by biting them, they can build anthills along paths and impede movement. In addition, they can also eat away building poles which interferes with their structural integrity thereby making them less safe. Ants often exist in colonies which is why it is crucial to determine what could possibly be attracting them to your establishment before deciding on a viable approach of eliminating them. Discussed below are some of the tips that you can use to help in ant eradication efforts:
Rid your surroundings of damp spots
Ants have been shown to have a specific preference to damp areas as a good habitat for settling their colonies. These includes areas such as windows, showers and other damp areas that may exist in your homestead. In addition, rotted wood also provides the unique soft and damp conditions that favor ant residence. Therefore, it is important to pay special attention to such areas and ensure that the ants are kept at bay. Carpenter ants, for...

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Wyoming AFL-CIO and Affiliates Register New Voters in Cheyenne

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 Wyoming State AFL-CIO held a voter registration drive outside at the Cheyenne Historic Depot Plaza on Oct. 3, as part of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 279’s annual chili cook-off, supporting the local’s Fill the Boot campaign in raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. It was the single best registration drive in Wyoming this year, a place where local races are often won and lost by a handful of votes. Another voter registration drive will be held Oct. 10 at the Electrical Workers (IBEW) hall. State federation Executive Secretary Tammy Johnson (USW) said: “We had a fabulous event with our brothers and sisters from IAFF, IBEW, Laborers (LIUNA), AFGE and the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The Wyoming State AFL-CIO is proud to be part of a giving, vibrant and growing union...

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: ‘Drive Thru to Beat the Flu’ Event Hosted by Hawaii State AFL-CIO

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 Hawaii State AFL-CIO’s Labor Community Services Program partnered with My Health Solutions in anticipation of an active flu season amidst a global pandemic. To combat the “twindemic” of COVID-19 and influenza, a drive-through flu vaccination clinic called Drive Thru to Beat the Flu was held in Honolulu last Saturday and Sunday. “Our clinic was available to everyone with or without insurance. So many of our people have either been furloughed or have lost their jobs and their health insurance due to COVID-19. We know a healthier community is a way to get people back to work and create more stability in our lives. We intend to take this program to the neighboring islands in November,” said Catherine Lederer (AFSCME), director of the Labor Community Services Program. Some 700 people were...

 

The importance of a good accountant should not be underestimated for the growth of an SME. Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) that are starting in business must have good planning and control in legal and financial aspects.
So whether they include an accounting professional in-house or they have an external adviser, this measure will be essential for the business to stay on the right track.
Accounting and bookkeeping services provide information that supports decision-making at any stage the company is in, making its processes more efficient.
It is vital to have the services of a professional in the field since they can become a trusted adviser, as well as being the best ally when it comes to growing the business in a sustained way.
Tips to organise your accounting
From the conception of a company, an accountant is necessary to comply with tax obligations, since if these are not carried out promptly there is a risk of obtaining sanctions from the authorities.
Therefore, an important activity within the accountant’s responsibilities is to present the company’s financial information in the necessary formats so that people, both...

National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Henry L. 'Hank' Lacayo

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Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling labor leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Hispanics and Latinos have made to our movement. Today's profile features Henry L. "Hank" Lacayo.

A longtime staple of labor, political and academic circles in California, Henry L. "Hank" Lacayo was a force from his beginnings in the labor movement in the 1950s all the way up to his passing in 2017. He was born in Los Angeles in 1931 but moved to Mexico when he was young. He returned to California for high school. Upon graduating, he joined the Air Force. After his military service ended, Lacayo went to work at North American Aviation (later Rockwell International) in 1953. Within a few years, he not only became involved in UAW Local 887, he quickly rose to a full-time employee of the local and served as editor of its newspaper.

UAW President Walter P. Reuther encouraged Lacayo to continue his labor activism, and in 1962, he was elected president of Local 887, a position he held for 10 years. He represented more...

The Right to Vote Safely: The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s the latest edition of the Working People Weekly List.

National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Henry L. 'Hank' Lacayo: "Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling labor leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Hispanics and Latinos have made to our movement. Today's profile features Henry L. 'Hank' Lacayo."

FLOC Co-Hosts Black/Brown Unity Coalition Peace Rally: "On Saturday, members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) co-hosted the Black/Brown Unity Coalition peace rally. At the end of 2017, the coalition came together and signed a historic code of conduct agreement with the Toledo Police Department that brought reform to the department and developed a community grievance mechanism."

ILA Secures Contractual Protections for Members Impacted by COVID-19: "Thousands of members of the Longshoremen (ILA) are set to benefit from an amendment to the union’s master contract with their...